On November 1, Capitol Broadcasting’s WRAL TechWire will host “The Evolution of a Smarter City” at Research Triangle Park as part of the Executive Exchange series.

As the smart cities movement spreads across the U.S., Wilson proves that businesses and citizens in major metropolitan cities are not the only beneficiaries of gigabit technology and the innovation it fosters. No matter the size, architecting a smart city is a community effort requiring a shared vision and unwavering focus. This WRAL TechWire Executive Exchange convenes city, industry and academic leaders in the heart of downtown Wilson to share the strategies and ideas powering the city’s evolution and journey to become even smarter and more connected.

This event is draws together experts from Harvard, N.C. State, and Google Fiber with an agenda discussing lessons learned, best practices and an address from keynote speaker Susan Crawford. Crawford is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance, and a contributor to Medium.com’s Backchannel. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations.

In addition to Crawford’s keynote, there will also be two panels on the future of smart cities.

Panel: The Future of Smart City Technology

  • Moderator:Dennis Kekas, Associate Vice Chancellor of Partnerships and Economic Development, NC State University
  • Gail M. Roper, Regional Expansion Specialist, SE Google Fiber Expansion
  • Taylor Kerby, Founder & President, Triangle UAS
  • Andy Fusco, VP of Member Services & Corporate Planning, ElectriCities 

Panel: Creating a Smart City Culture

  • Moderator: Glen Fellman, Experience Creative Director, Clean
  • Gary Daynes, Provost, Barton College
  • Jon Rennie, CEO, Peak Demand
  • Jeff Bell, Director, Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum

Special thanks to our sponsors Greenlight, ElectriCities of NC, ETI Software Solutions and Barton College.

Learn more and register here.

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