Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerate 2020

Wednesday, December 9 | Virtual

9am – 12pm PT
7pm – 10pm PT

Fast-tracking the digital transformation of Smart Connected Cities and Connected Spaces.

Last year, our inaugural Qualcomm® Smart Cities Accelerate event brought together over 400 leaders from more than 260 companies across the Smart Cities ecosystem. We were joined by CIOs, CTOs, city managers, ODMs/OEMs, system integrators, and mobile operators from across the U.S. as well as global technology solution providers. 

We learned and heard from city leaders and created connections between end-to-end-solution providers on the latest technological advancements and deployments in a variety of smart city projects: smart street lighting, smart metering, smart logistics, transportation, public city Wi-Fi, and much more. 

This year, we’re looking forward to bringing the ecosystem together again — virtually — at Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerate 2020. Join us Wednesday, December 9, at 9:00 a.m. PT, kicking off with an opening keynote with President Cristiano Amon. We’ll explore the most recent technology advances, business models, and lessons that can make the Smart Connected Cities and Connected Spaces a reality. Register now and we’ll keep you updated with the full agenda and further details.

Keynote Fireside Chat: State of Smart Cities/Connected Spaces Today and the Transformation with 5G

Cristiano Amon will be joined by Aamir Hussain, SVP Chief Product Officer, Verizon, for a fireside chat moderated by Jeff Lorbeck.

The Smart Cities 2020 Accelerate keynote will be a virtual conversation between Cristiano Amon and Aamir Hussain, moderated by Jeff Lorbeck, to discuss the intersection of 5G and Smart Cities. With the proliferation of "smart devices" and the roll-out of 5G globally, IoT is ripe for commercialization. Through the discussion, we'll get a better understanding of the critical role 5G will play in the future of Smart Cities and Smart Connected Spaces, and will hear from the foundational technology and carrier perspectives about how to embrace the change.

Aamir Hussain
SVP Chief Product Officer, Verizon

Aamir Hussain is senior vice president of business products who recently joined Verizon in December 2019. Aamir has nearly three decades of experience implementing global technology operations, innovation, complex infrastructures, consumer and business solutions and digital transformation. He is responsible for Verizon Business Groups holistic enterprise product families -including IoT and 5G services, networking solutions, security, advanced communications services, and managed and professional services -and will lead product management across all customer segments.

Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerate 2020 Agenda

Start times

 

Agenda

 

 
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.                                                                         

Keynote Fireside Chat: State of Smart Cities/Connected Spaces Today and the Transformation with 5G

Cristiano Amon, President, Qualcomm and Aamir Hussain, SVP Chief Product Officer, Verizon

Moderated by Jeff Lorbeck, SVP and GM, IoT, Qualcomm Technologies

The Smart Cities 2020 Accelerate keynote will be a virtual conversation between Cristiano Amon and Aamir Hussain, moderated by Jeff Lorbeck, to discuss the intersection of 5G and Smart Cities. With the proliferation of "smart devices" and the roll-out of 5G globally, IoT is ripe for commercialization. Through the discussion, we'll get a better understanding of the critical role 5G will play in the future of Smart Cities and Smart Connected Spaces, and will hear from the foundational technology and carrier perspectives about how to embrace the change.

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

 

U.S. Mayoral Roundtable - Transforming Our Cities
“How will Future Technology Support the Transformation of our Cities”

Mayor Steve Benjamin - City of Columbia, SC
Mayor Kirk Caldwell - City & County of Honolulu, HI
Mayor Francis X. Suarez - City of Miami, FL

Moderated by George Burciaga, IGNITE CITIES

10:20 – 10:50a.m.

CTIA Industry Panel: “Rising to the Challenge: Connected Communities”

Talin Aghazarian, Director of Government and Community Affairs, Modus
Ariel Brassil, Director of Strategy, AT&T Smart Cities & Communities, AT&T
Dr. Brenda Connor, Director, Security Portfolio Application, Ericsson
Karen Lightman, Executive Director, Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Moderated by Michelle James, Vice President, Strategic Industry Programs, CTIA

The CTIA wireless industry panel delivers insights from a few of today’s leading women in tech! Join Ericsson, Modus, AT&T, and the executive director from Carnegie Mellon University Smart Cities Institute, “Metro21,” as these experts discuss innovations in connectivity and how IoT is solving for some of our communities’ greatest challenges. We will cover trends in which sectors will benefit from 5G, utilizing existing infrastructure, importance of community engagement, and clever use case deployments. Join our experts as they share their experiences in the advancement of smart connected communities.

10:55 – 11:25 a.m.

Qualcomm Technologies and Infinite:

AI-driven, IoT-powered, end-to-end Digital Transformation solutions to empower Smart Connected Spaces

Sanjeet Pandit, Sr. Director, Head of Smart Cities, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Srini Samudrala, Vice President & Chief Architect, Infinite

Innovative AI-driven IoT applications using wireless technology are driving Digital Transformation in multiple verticals across cities and spaces by making them smarter, safer and ubiquitously connected. Qualcomm Technologies and Infinite discuss “IoT as a Service” and how our collaboration using their Zyter SmartSpaces™ platform is enabling AI-driven, IoT-powered, end-to-end Digital Transformation solutions for rapid global deployment across multiple verticals to empower Smart Cities & Connected Spaces.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Impact of COVID19 on the following areas:
Smart Education as a Service
Connected Healthcare as a Service

Ashok Tipirneni, Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Sneha Murali, Business Development Manager, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Rebroadcast of earlier session

U.S. Mayoral Roundtable: “How will Future Technology Support the Transformation of our Cities”

Mayor Steve Benjamin

Mayor of City of Columbia, SC

Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Mayor of City & County of Honolulu, HI

Mayor Francis X. Suarez

Mayor of City of Miami, FL

George Burciaga

Moderater
Managing Partner
IGNITE CITIES

CTIA Industry Panel: “Rising to the Challenge: Connected Communities”

The CTIA wireless industry panel delivers insights from a few of today’s leading women in tech! Join Ericsson, Modus, AT&T, and the executive director from Carnegie Mellon University Smart Cities Institute, “Metro21,” as these experts discuss innovations in connectivity and how IoT is solving for some of our communities’ greatest challenges. We will cover trends in which sectors will benefit from 5G, utilizing existing infrastructure, importance of community engagement, and clever use case deployments. Join our experts as they share their experiences in the advancement of smart connected communities.

Michelle James

Moderator
Vice President, Strategic Industry Programs
CTIA

Michelle James graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Economics & Finance. She has been in the wireless industry for over 20 years and specializes in marketing, branding, and building member communities. Since 2018, Michelle has been leading program development at CTIA and has championed member collaboration to solve for some of the greatest challenges in the wireless industry. Michelle values the opportunity to drive new services for the wireless industry and sees the adoption of IoT as a roadmap to increase connectivity, improve safety, and maximize efficiencies for the services and solutions shaping our communities today.

Talin Aghazarian

Director of Government and Community Affairs
Modus

Talin brings to Modus a variety of planning skills and experience, having worked as a planner at the municipal level as well as in a variety of corporate planning positions for over 20 years. In the early years of her career, she held planning positions for a variety of cities in Northern California as well as working as a Planning Manager for the West Coast Region New Build and Store Expansion projects for Target Corporation. Talin began her experience in the Wireless Industry in 2000. She has worked on all types of wireless projects including new builds, site modifications, oDAS, and small cells. She has worked for several Bay Area carriers including AT&T, MetroPCS, and T-Mobile. Talin holds a B.A. in Urban Studies with a Minor in Art History for the University of California at Berkeley. 

Ariel Brassil

Director of Strategy, AT&T Smart Cities & Communities
AT&T

Ariel Brassil is the Director of Strategy for AT&T Smart Cities & Communities, where she leads the team responsible for shaping the go-to-market strategy, business development, and adoption of smart cities and communities. Prior to this role, Ariel led communications, strategic projects, and citizenship & sustainability initiatives for AT&T’s Smart Cities organization since 2017. Ariel has a diverse background in engaging customers and ecosystem partners to realize the transformative effects of emerging technology such as 5G and IoT. Ariel received her BA in German and International Business from the University of Tennessee and her MBA in Operations Management from the University of Georgia. Ariel is also a Fulbright scholar and has taught and lived in Germany on multiple occasions. Ariel is passionate about environmental stewardship and community engagement and volunteers with several organizations including Pi Beta Phi Women’s Fraternity and Women of AT&T Atlanta, where she has served on the board since 2016.

Dr. Brenda Connor

Director, Security Portfolio Application
Ericsson

Dr. Brenda Connor has been with Ericsson since 1994 and is providing thought leadership in 4G/5G ecosystems for secure enterprise, smart city, & Industrial IoT use cases. Passionate about scalable go-to-market approaches that benefit from IoT data-driven outcomes requiring secure and reliable data delivery and insights. Business Model innovator, security expert, and data scientist. Connor is a change maker for the Networked Society, where every individual and every industry is enabled to reach its true potential. Proven track record of building successful solutions for real time command & control and vertical use cases including a defense-in-depth security approach based on NIST Cybersecurity Framework and Industrial Control Systems guidelines.

Connor holds a B.S. and a M.S in Computer Engineering from Boston University, a PhD in Engineering Management and has been awarded 2 patents in the open ecosystem space.

Karen Lightman

Executive Director, Metro21: Smart Cities Institute
Carnegie Mellon University

Karen Lightman is Executive Director of Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Karen is an internationally recognized leader in building and supporting communities based on emerging technologies. She is well-regarded in the MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) industry, having helped start and then lead MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), the largest industry consortium solely focused on MEMS and sensors. Under her leadership, MSIG covered every sector of the MEMS value chain and successfully orchestrated numerous annual international conferences, workshops and tradeshows. Karen led the successful acquisition of MSIG by SEMI, the world’s largest semiconductor association. Karen has expertise with commercializing academic research, building industry-based consortiums and strategically leading teams to explore market-based opportunities. Her diverse background spans the consumer, military, healthcare, manufacturing, and automotive sectors. Karen is ranked by EETimes as one of the top 25 “Women in Tech.”  She is a passionate advocate and spokesperson for technology solutions to real-world problems and has held several board positions and is currently treasurer on the board of the MetroLab Network. Karen has a BA from the University of Vermont (UVM) and a MS in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. She and her family reside in Pittsburgh, PA. 

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