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Connected Communities Conference

Formerly the Triangle Smart Cities Summit

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Thanks to our participants and to the City of Raleigh's Connected Communications Conference partners N.C. State University, the Town of Cary, N.C. and RIoT. for another successful event.  

Couldn't Attend? Watch the 2021 presentations here

Raleigh Television Network: 2021 Connected Communities Conference

Upcoming Conference

Connected Communities Conference sponsors Platinum Dell and Gold level AT& T and hosts City of Raleigh, NC State University, R!OT and Town of Cary, NC

When: Save the date coming soon for 2022

Where: Raleigh Convention Center 

Free to attend and open to the public 

Why Attend? 

The one-day conference is packed with tech know-how and offers an opportunity for networking with peers. 

Speakers and panelists will discuss digital inclusion; transportation and mobility; pandemic response using data and technology; Smart City accomplishments; artificial intelligence; future technologies; connectivity; and Internet of Things as well as building smarter and more connected communities.  

Leave with great connections and actionable takeaways to help drive your connected community forward. 

  • Digital inclusion 
  • Transportation and mobility 
  • Pandemic response using data and tech
  • Smart city accomplishments 
  • Artificial intelligence 
  • Future technologies 
  • Connectivity & IoT 
  • Building smarter & more connected communities 

Conference Agenda from 2021

8:30 a.m. Doors Open    

9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks 

  • Mary-Ann Baldwin, Mayor, City of Raleigh; Kevin Howell, Vice Chancellor for External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development, NC State University; and Sindhu Menon, CIO, City of Raleigh

9:15-10:00 a.m. Artificial Intelligence

  • Rob Silverberg- DELL Technologies

10:00-10:15 a.m.  Pandemic Response Using Data and Tech

  • JP Kenney- IntelliSite 

10:15-10:45 a.m. Connectivity and IoT

  • John Cowan- EDJX 

10:45-11:00 a.m. BREAK  

11:00-11:15 a.m. MITRE Corporation

  • Mike Robinson, Department Chief Engineer for Operations Performance,The MITRE Corporation 

11:25-11:45- Smart City Accomplishments 

  • Jim Alberque, GIS and Emerging Technology Manager, City of Raleigh, Information Technology; Chad Foley, Enterprise Senior Application Developer, City of Raleigh, Information Technology Department; and Ismail Guvenc, Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State University

11:45-12:40: LUNCH

12:40-1:00 p.m. Transportation and Mobility

  • David Spenser, Traffic Engineering Supervisor, Town of Cary 

1:00- 1:45 p.m. Advanced Mobility in Connected Communities

  • Todd Spain, The Collective; Dr. Ginn, WakeMed; Kathy Salamati, SAS; Brett Slone, LifeScale; and Frank Mundy, Stewart Engineering 

1:45-2:00 p.m. BREAK 

2:00 -2:45 p.m. Digital Inclusion Panel

  • Aydin Atasoy, Digital Connector, City of Raleigh; Cari DelMariani, Kramden Institute; Yvette Holmes, CEO, Southeast Raleigh Promise; Linda Graham Jones, Community Enrichment Administrator, City of Raleigh; and Bradley Upchurch, Digital Inclusion Manager, City of Raleigh

2:45-3:30 p.m. A CIO Discussion, Building Smarter More Connected Communities

  • Moderator for CIO panel: Dr. Sarah Glova, CEO of Reify Media; Sindhu Menon, CIO, City of Raleigh; and Jim Weaver, Secretary & State Chief Information Officer, NCDIT

3:30-4:00 p.m. Future Technologies

  • NatureRX 

4:00-4:10 p.m. Closing Remarks  

Connected Communities Conference Registration

Connected Communities - Building a Smarter Community

In this short video, find out why people and organization choose to come to the Connected Communities conference (formerly Triangle Smart Cities Conference), find out about the reason behind the name change and the cool things people come to learn. 

Past Conference

Participants learning about new technology at the Connected Communities Conference

The 2019 Triangle Smart Cities Summit was on Oct. 16, with city, industry, business and academic leaders. Presentations in 2019 ranged from digital inclusion to artificial intelligence, maps and transportation. 



The event will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center, at 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC

  • From points west: 1-40 East to exit 298B South Saunders Street
  • From points east: 64/264 to I-440 East; merge onto I-40 West and exit at 298B South Saunders Street
  • From points south: US-1 North to I-40 East; exit at 298B South Saunders Street
  • From points north: US-1 South into the city; left on Lenoir Street

GoTriangle provides public transportation throughout the Triangle region; view routes and schedules.


Performing Arts Parking Deck

Several public parking decks are located near the Raleigh Convention Center. The closest deck is the Performing Arts Parking Deck.

Accessible parking: First-level of each garage and near elevators on upper levels (varies by deck). See more information on ADA accessibility at the convention center.

Check out the downtown Raleigh interactive parking map

Drivers can download the City’s Passport Parking app and securely pay for metered parking using a debit or a credit card.



Noah Otto


Lead Department:
Information Technology