2019 Triangle Smart Cities Summit

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

Last updated Oct. 11, 2019 - 11:46 am
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Join us for the 2019 Triangle Smart Cities Summit hosted by the City of Raleigh and North Carolina State University on Oct. 16.

The 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.

The event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Registration Closes Oct. 11.

For up-to-the-minute agenda updates, download the event guidebook.

About the event

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
  • Connectivity and Internet of Things

The event is free and open to the public; register now through Eventbrite. Registration closes Oct. 11. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Noah Otto for more information.

In the meantime, don't forget to check out videos and speaker presentations from last year's summit. Or, read about Raleigh's Smart City Strategy.

Summit Agenda

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Welcome Remarks Nancy McFarlane (Mayor of Raleigh), Tom Snyder (RIoT), Dennis Kekas (NC State), Marchell Adams David (City of Raleigh)

8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
How Digital Inclusion Drives Economic Development and How Your City Can Make a Difference - Will Aycock (Wilson Greenlight)

9:30 - 10 a.m.
Smart Cities & Maps: A Global Perspective - Mansour Raad (ESRI)

10 - 10:30 a.m.
Where We are as a Region – Nicole Raimundo (Town of Cary)

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless: A PAWR Platform – Advancing 5G and Unmanned Aerial Systems Communications Terry Yates (Town of Cary) – Moderator; Gerry Hayes (Wireless Research Center), Darshan Divakaran (NC DOT), Ismail Guvenc (NC State), and Mari Silbey (US IGNITE).

Noon - 1 p.m. (Lunch)
Trey Rabon, President, AT&T North Carolina & Patricia Zullo, Senior Director of Smart City Solutions, Spectrum

1:15 - 2 p.m.
Innovation from Everywhere Virginia Lingham (Consultant) – Moderator; Linda Jones (City of Raleigh); Craig Walton (AT&T) Dr. Ali Karimoddini,(NC A &T)

2 - 2:30 p.m.
Smart City Implementation Strategy Curt Savoie (IDC)

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Digital Infrastructure Panel Steve Rao (Town of Morrisville) - Moderator; Rob Morrow (Building Clarity), Howard Self (ABB), Ann Brooks (Crown Castle Representative), and Scott Clark (Town of Chapel Hill).

3:30 - 4 p.m.
Collaboration Stormwater Partnership Sarah Glova (RIoT) - Moderator; Karen Lindquist (Green Stream), (Cisco), Joseph Threadcraft (Wake County), James Alberque (City of Raleigh)

4 - 4:10 p.m.
Closing Remarks Tom Snyder (RIoT) & Noah Otto (City of Raleigh)

Download the event guide for up-to-the-minute information.


The event will be held at 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.


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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