Inaugural Smart City Summit: Share Your Smarts, Hosted by Arizona Technology Council and Sustainability Transition Consulting

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arizona
Technology Council
, in partnership with Sustainability
Transition Consulting
, is proud to present the inaugural Smart City
Summit: Share Your Smarts. The all-day event, featuring a stellar lineup
of speakers, will occur Thursday, September 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale, 5401 N.
Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Pricing, the agenda and registration can be
found here.

“The Smart City Summit is an important event that will bring business,
education and government leaders together to discuss the future
well-being of our cities,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of
the Arizona Technology Council. “There is much we can do in Arizona to
make our cities cleaner and more sustainable, and to develop
infrastructure that lends itself to a connected environment that
improves transportation, education, security and communication.”

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) has stated that a major
opportunity for the region lies in capitalizing on its legacy sectors
that are evolving in emerging technologies, such as the Internet of
Things (IoT) and sensors. As a result, GPEC has embarked upon an effort
to brand Greater Phoenix as “The Connected Place.”

“Arizona has become a hotbed of testing self-driving autonomous cars,
with much of the underlying sensor technology emerged from military and
aerospace applications,” said Zylstra. “Innovation is happening in our
state faster than you can imagine. Companies here include those in
manufacturing, as well as the components, software, and communications
systems that power and operate them.”

In line with The Connected Place theme, the Summit goal is to bring
Arizona together to share the latest advances in transportation,
security and education as they apply to the development of smart cities,
smart universities and smart schools. The Summit is open to leaders in
corporate, education and government institutions, with the purpose of
discussing the progress the state has made in the three core values
promoted by the Smart
Cities Council
: livability, workability and sustainability.

The Summit will feature four separate tracks: network security, IoT,
education and transportation. For each topic, a panel of experts will
discuss the progress we have made, the challenges we face and the
innovations being developed to overcome these challenges.

Speakers for the Summit include Philip
Bane
, managing director, Smart Cities Council; Sameer
Sharma
, global GM, Intel; Frank
Grimmelmann
, president and CEO, Arizona Cyber Threat Response
Alliance; Curt
Cornum
, vice president – chief architect, Insight; Steve
Thompson
, general manager – Phoenix, Uber; and many more.

For more information on the Arizona Technology Council, please visit www.aztechcouncil.org.

About the Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association
for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse
professional business community, Council members work towards furthering
the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education,
legislation and social action. The Arizona Technology Council offers
numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring
together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact
on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the
Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming
technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the
Arizona Technology Council, please visit http://www.aztechcouncil.org.

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