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Regional Smart City Movement: Connected Triangle+

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Status and Next Steps The Launch: The Connected Triangle+ Summit (November 2023)

The Connected Triangle+ is a regional effort launched at our November 9, 2023 Summit.  Simply put, the Connected Triangle+ Partners envision a region where interconnected smart communities work together to create an extraordinary place to live, work, and visit—for everyone. 

Status and Next Steps

Since the initial Summit, we have focused our vision and are identifying the use cases to build a connected and "smart" region. As part of Smart City Connect we held a workshop and focused in on the following use cases:

  • Climate Change
  • Stormwater
  • Electrification
  • Air Quality

View the opening slides.

We had a mix of public and private participants, sharing experiences and input.  We will be digesting the notes and anticipate issuing a “smart city challenge” to move towards addressing a component of at least one of these use cases:  How do we improve the measurement and tracking our local and regional data and better measure and track improvement in each community and across the Triangle.

Look for an announcement of our “challenge” and plans for The Connected Triangle+ Summit II. To stay in the loop, sign up for email alerts under the topic "Smart Raleigh."

The Launch: The Connected Triangle+ Summit (November 2023)

We began our regional journey during the Connected Triangle+ Summit.  The video from the entire event for viewing is available: 2023 Connected Triangle Summit.  

Take a look at the 2023 Connected Triangle Summit agenda and speakers below.

TimeSession and SponsorDescription & 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 BreakNetworking 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 PMBreak

Judging  of Pitch Contest 

Dell Digital Human (Clara) Demo

4:00-5:00 PMPitch 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+