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Save the date for May 2024: Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo

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The Connected Triangle+ Summit brought community leaders and technology business together to envision the Connected Triangle+ …. a region where interconnected smart communities work together to create an extraordinary place to live, work, and visit—for everyone.

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The Connected Triangle+ will be a place of inclusivity while extending its reach beyond our own boundaries (hence the "+"), unlocking the potential of smart technology across the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic. Our Vision is to nurture, foster, and develop actionable sustainable projects for the betterment of all citizens across the Triangle and beyond.

The communities and technology leaders from the Connected Triangle+ will create action plans based on what was learned from the Summit. Check back here for updates.

Recording of Nov. 9 Connected Triangle+ Summit event

Video from the entire event for viewing is available here 2023 Connected Triangle Summit

2023 Summit Agenda

Time Session and Sponsor Description & Speakers, Panelists 
8:15-9:00 AM  Registration, Networking  Coffee, light breakfast 
9:00-9:20 AM  Welcome 

John Holden, Smart City Manager, Raleigh 

Honorable Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin, Raleigh 

Tom Snyder, Executive Director, RIoT 

9:20-10:00 AM 

Keynote Speaker 

Sponsored by Dell/Intel 

Inspiring, Forward Thinking, Regional Collaboration 

Jim Mills, Industry Workflow Specialist, Dell Technologies 

Presentation slides (PDF)

10:00-10:15 AM  Coffee Break to Breakouts   
10:15-11:00 AM 

Breakout Track A  in Room 305A 

Sponsored by Wake County 

Regional Connectivity: Building Sustained Connected Region 

Data sharing projects, Data Governance: How do we improve & secure systems 


Breakout Track B in Room 305B 

Sharing and Learning from Smart-Connected Project 

Digital Equity and Workforce Trainings; How do we improve digital access and opportunities for all? 

11:15-12:00 Noon 

Breakout Track A in Room 305A 

Regional Connectivity: Building Sustained Connected Region 

How might we work across jurisdictional lines? —How do we build a Smart Region? 

  • Moderator: Steve Rao, City Council Member, Morrisville 
  • David Ihrie, Chief Technology Officer, Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation 
  • Brandon Zuidema, Town Manager, Morrisville 
  • David Eye, Director - Customer Solutions & Strategic Partner Alliances, Allied Digital 
11:15-12:00 Noon 

Breakout Track B in Room 305B 

Sponsored by Duke Energy 

Sharing and Learning from Smart-Connected Projects  

How might we work across jurisdictional lines? —How do we build a sustainable Smart Region? 

  • Moderator: Vakesia Graves, Managing Director of Connected Communities, Duke Energy 
  • Megan Anderson, Director, Office of Sustainability, Raleigh 
  • Deb Wojcik, Executive Director, Research Triangle Clean Tech Cluster 
  • Nicole Smith, Managing Partner Enterprise Solutions, Verizon 
12:00-1:30 PM 

Lunch & Keynote 

Sponsored by Cisco/NFF 

The Federal Imperative for Smart City and Smart Regional Collaboration 

  • Moderator: Mike Cannon, Smart Cities Consultant, NFF 
  • Dan Cotter, Acting Executive Director, Office of Science & Engineering, Principal Director of the Office of Science and Engineering, Department of Homeland Security 
  • Kyle Conner,CISCO Technology Business Development Manager​ 
1:30-2:00 PM  Break Networking and Vendor Opportunities
2:00-3:30 PM 

Reverse Pitch 

Sponsored by NC Idea 

Learn more and vote on the following smart city pitch participants. The winning pitch will receive $1,000 to help launch their application and be part of a presentation opportunity at the May 8-10 Smart City Connect Conference and Expo being hosted in Raleigh.

Katabasis https://www.katabasis.org/

TELLUS Sensors https://www.tellusensors.com/ 

Throne Labs https://www.thronelabs.co/ 

MyMatR https://mymatrcorp.com/ 

Acta Solutions https://www.actasolutions.io/ 

3:30-4:00 PM Break

Judging  of Pitch Contest 

Dell Digital Human (Clara) Demo

4:00-5:00 PM Pitch Awards & Closing Comments

Pitch Contest Awardee—Tom Snyder, RIoT

Brief Summary of Summit Survey—Mark Wittenburg, Raleigh CIO & Heather McDougall, Director Office of Strategy and Innovation

Closing Comments—John Holden, Raleigh

5:00-6:00 PM


Sponsored by City of Raleigh

Visit Sponsors and Vendors—make plans for the Connected Triangle+


2024 Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo

We encourage you to attend the Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo being hosted in Raleigh in May 2024 .

When: May 8-10, 2024

Time: TBD

Where: Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC

Register here


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.

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

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Event sponsors



John Holden
Smart City Manager, City of Raleigh


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