Introduction by Mayor Steve Adler
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
5:15pm Doors and Cash Bar
6:00pm Presentation, Q&A
Austin is experiencing rapid growth—and so are many cities nationwide and worldwide, as the world population becomes increasingly urbanized. Cities can offer improved access to employment, housing, healthcare, education, and other services. This urbanization creates opportunities, but also puts stresses on these services and on resources, transportation, and environment. Thus, many cities around the world are adopting ‘smart city’ approaches—using technology, data, and analytics—to help tackle challenges, solve issues, and improve city services, operations, infrastructure, and environments. Smart city approaches can make cities better, and improve the lives of people living, visiting, and working in cities.
Austin is one of the most technologically savvy cities in the world, but is only now developing a vision for itself as a smart city. Bolstered by efforts such as competing for the US Department of Transportation $50M Smart Cities Challenge, hosting the Smart Cities Innovation Summit, and creating the Austin CityUP Consortium to advance smart city efforts, Austin is poised to become a leader in smart city approaches. Come hear from leaders from the City of Austin, Capital Metro, UT Austin, and leading technology companies about how Austin is already using smart city approaches, what will happen next, and how you can contribute to making Austin even better.
He speaks at conferences and industry sessions across the world, from the National League of Cities annual conference to the ANSI Smarter & Sustainable Cities work groups, and works with leaders in government and academia on the application of technology to improving citizen services.
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Lisa Barden is a software developer and application specialist at Vizias working on the HubCiti App. Lisa graduated from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and moved to Austin as quickly as she could. Lisa worked at The University of Texas at Austin, first as a computer programmer in the Admissions and Registrar’s Offices, where she developed one of the first dynamic applications available on the Internet for the university’s students. She later developed an internet capable application for admission to the university that later went on to serve as the basis for the Common Admissions Application for the State of Texas. Lisa spent her last 15 years at the University at the Cockrell School of Engineering as a developer, project manager, and IT manager for custom software applications, earning a University Excellence Award as well as a national award for a system developed for the school’s career services department. After 22 years, Lisa chose to switch it up with a stint as General Manager of Dynamax, Inc., where her duties ranged from managing relationships with fitness equipment distributors worldwide, streamlining large order fulfillment to meet a demand growth of 130% in 2 years, and attending trade shows, conference, and educational events to demo the use of the product and promote the brand. She left Dynamax to pursue an entrepreneurial endeavor to promote health and fitness through expanding the definition and accessibility of all movement for all people. Lisa’s professional interests lie primarily in anything that helps to promote the social good. She comes to Vizias with an eye to help improve the sustainability and social well-being of all communities.
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Mateo Clarke is Software Developer and “Civic Hacker.” By day, he is an engineer at AcademicWorks. By night, he is Brigade Captain of Open Austin, a civic tech collaborative and open data advocacy group. Mateo serves on the City of Austin Community Tech & Telecom Commission, eats tacos for all meals, and plays fiddle.
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Ben Holland is a Project Manager for Rocky Mountain Institute’s Mobility Transformation initiative, in Austin, TX. This multi-year partnership with the Austin community was launched to advance innovative solutions to the city’s most pressing transportation challenges. Through this initiative, Ben is managing public affairs, stakeholder relationships, and RMI’s Mobility Oriented Development project, which aims to improve walkability and accessibility of mobility options through better land use and development practices.
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Karl Popham has over 23 years experience in emerging technologies, leadership, and consulting. He currently leads Austin Energy’s Emerging Technologies and Electric Vehicle teams to include the award winning Plug-In EVerywhere™ program. Additionally, he is a Department of Energy Principal Investigator on 3 separate initiatives that involve renewables, energy storage, and mobility. He also serves on several research and policy boards relating to energy and innovation.
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Steve Sharpless is the Americas Director of Business Development for Experience Solutions at Hitachi Consulting and is based in Austin Texas. He started with Hitachi Consulting in 2008 after spending 7 years at Microsoft. Steve is a results-oriented and innovative Senior Business Development Executive with an extensive background in effectively identifying and creating partnerships to jointly market and sell business & technology solutions. His primary focus is on business strategy & new customer solutions enabled by technology with an industry point of view. Steve’s current IoT focus areas include: Smart City Platform Solutions, Real Time Urban Operating System, Hitachi Social Innovation, Ambient User Experience Solutions, Business Moment Enablement, and Autonomous Agents & Things.
Steve and his wife Melanie live in downtown Austin where they enjoy experiencing urban life after many years in the suburbs of Dallas. Whenever possible, Steve enjoys traveling with his three sons, Hunter (26), Cody (24), and Carson (21). He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
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