Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Workshop

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Georgia Smart’s next event is an all-day Workshop and Expo at the GTRI Conference Center in Atlanta, GA on April 9, 2018. This event is an opportunity for communities to learn more about the Challenge and the future of Smart Communities in the State of Georgia and at Georgia Tech. We will have numerous technology solution providers in attendance at the Expo to showcase smart technologies and services and to forge partnerships with communities.

Register for the Workshop and Expo here (communities and businesses use the same form)


Morning Sessions - GA Smart Introduction and Panel Discussions

  • 7:30am - 8:30am: Registration, Breakfast, and Expo
  • 8:30am - 8:40am: Welcome
    • Andrew Gerber, Director – Georgia Tech Research Institute Sr. VP – Georgia Institute of Technology

  • 8:40am - 9:00am: Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Overview

    • Debra Lam, Director – Smart Cities & Inclusive Innovation @ Georgia Tech

    • Greg McCormick, Director – Georgia Smart Communities Challenge

  • 9:00am - 10:20am: Panel - The Smart Future of Georgia

    • Moderator: Jennifer Clark, Director – Ctr. for Urban Innovation @ Georgia Tech

    • John Hibbard, Director – Division of Permits & Operations, Georgia Department of Transportation

    • Steve Justice, Executive Director – Georgia Centers for Innovation

    • Steve Nichols, Chief Technology Officer – Georgia Technology Authority

  • 10:20am - 10:40am: Break

  • 10:40am - 12:00pm: Panel - Smart Communities Research at Georgia Tech

    • Moderator: Leslie Langley, Transportation Technologist – Atlanta Regional Commission

    • Kari Watkins, Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor – School of Civil & Environmental Engineering

    • Subhro Guhathakurta, Director – Ctr. for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization, School of City & Regional Planning

    • Omar Asensio, Assistant Professor – School of Public Policy

    • Baabak Ashuri, Director – Construction Research Center, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and School of Building Construction

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch and Expo

Afternoon Sessions - Proposal Development

  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm: Economic Development Tools in Smart Community Planning

    • Leigh Hopkins, Sr. Project Manager – Ctr. for Economic Development Research, Enterprise Innovation Institute @ Georgia Tech

    • Annaka Woodruff, Program Manager – Appalachian Regional Commission, Georgia Department of Community Affairs

  • 1:30pm - 2:50pm: Exercise: Planning Your Smart Community

    • Facilitators: Leigh Hopkins, Annaka Woodruff

  • 2:50pm - 3:00pm: Wrap Up / Questions

  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm: Expo


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  • Created By: Amy Lambeth
  • Created: 03/22/2018
  • Modified By: Amy Lambeth
  • Modified: 03/22/2018



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