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2019 Triangle Smart Cities Summit

Learn how we’re building a smarter, more connected community

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The City of Raleigh and North Carolina State University hosted the 2019 Triangle Smart Cities Summit on Oct. 16, 2019 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The free event brings together city, industry, business and academic leaders to engage in discussions and share ideas on how to make our region a smarter and more connected community. Together, we’ll explore current and future challenges we face, and how we can work towards making the Triangle a smarter region.

Read Raleigh's Smart City Strategy.

Make sure to check back later this year for updates on the 2020 event

Triangle Smart Cities Summit 2019 Presentations

This year's presentations ranged from digital inclusion to artificial intelligence, maps and transportation. 

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2019 Welcome Remarks

"Welcome Remarks" were given by Tom Snyder, Executive Director, RIoT; Dennis Kekas, Associate Vice Chancellor, Partnerships, NC State; and Beth Stagner, Interim CIO, City of Raleigh.

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About the 2019 Event

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Date: Oct. 16, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Raleigh Convention Center


Digital inclusion, Transportation and mobility, Collaborations, Smart city accomplishments, Academic research, Artificial intelligence and Connectivity and Internet of Things.

Summit Agenda

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Smart Cities Event Agenda 

8 a.m. - Doors Open

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - Welcome Remarks

8:45 - 9:30 a.m. - “How Digital Inclusion Drives Economic Development and How Your City Can Make a Difference”, Will Aycock, City of Wilson

9:30 - 10 a.m. - Smart Cities & Maps: A Global Perspective Mansour Raad, Esri


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    10 - 10:30 a.m. - “Where We are as a Region” Nicole Raimundo, CIO, Town of Cary

    10:45  -11:45 a.m. - AERPAW: A PAWR Platform – Advancing 5G and Unmanned Aerial Systems 

    (UAS) Communications, Terry Yates, Moderator, Town of Cary

    • Darshan Divakaran, NC Department of Transportation
    • Ismail Guvenc, NC State University
    • Gerry Hayes, North Carolina Wireless Research Center
    • Joe Kochan, US Ignite
    • Noah Otto, City of Raleigh
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    Noon - 1 p.m. - LUNCH speakers TBA

    1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Innovation from Everywhere panelists 

    1:45 p.m.  - 2:30 p.m. – How to Make it Happen – Smart City Implementation Strategy Adelaide O’Brien and Curt Savoie- IDC

    2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Wireless Infrastructure Panel panelists 

    3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. – Collaboration and Partnership in Stormwater panelists 

    4 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. - Closing Remarks

    *Agenda current as of 9/23/19 and subject to change


    How to get to 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.


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    Thank you to our sponsors!



    Kimberley Sirk

    Lead Department:
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