CONNECTED. IMMERSED. INSPIRED.
CONNECTED: Expand your horizons. Collaborate with fellow gigabit city colleagues to gather insight and create a plan for your community.
IMMERSED: Go behind the scenes of a full-scale fiber build-out. Learn from those on the front lines how gigabit technology is powering the new economy.
INSPIRED: Learn from today's leading gigabit business and smart city innovators. Bring home insights for your community and your mission.
MONDAY, JANUARY 12
4-10 pm: Early Arrivals Lounge & City Connection Dinners
Join us Monday before the conference for a cocktail hour at the Intercontinental Hotel, then break into dinner groups with people who share a similar discipline or job title.
Attn: Mayors, City Managers, Economic Development Officials, IT Managers, Urban Planners, etc.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 13
Location: UMKC Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
7:30-8:30 am: Conference Check In and Continental Breakfast at Bloch Executive Hall
8:30-8:45 am: Stories of Success
Community Testimonials on the transformative power of the gigabit.
8:45-9:15 am: Mayors’ Welcome
Mayor Sly James (City of Kansas City, Missouri)
and Mayor Mark Holland (City of Kansas City, Kansas).
9:15-10:00 am: The Early Adopter’s Dilemma
Keynote: Blair Levin (Communications & Society Fellow, The Aspen Institute)
10:15-11:15 am: Laying a Community Foundation
Moderator: Alan Fitzpatrick (Charlotte Heats Gigabit) Panelists: Mike Brown (Brainzooming),
Herb Sih (Think Big Partners), Margaret May (Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council)
11:15 am-12:15 pm: Moving from Checklist to Playbook
Moderator: Yiaway Yeh (CIO of Nashville) Panelists: Mike Burke, Ray Daniels (KC Mayors Bistate Innovations Team), David Warm (Mid-America Regional Council), David Sandel (Sandel & Associates)
12:15 - 1:45 pm: Lunch and Inspiration Theater / Connection Lounge
Grab lunch and learn from some of the most innovative companies providing services in the gigabit space.
1:45-2:35 pm: Metro Area Workshop Breakout Session
Meet up with your metro or assigned delegation to start laying the groundwork for your community plan.
Facilitator: The Brainzooming Group
2:35-3:05 pm: Google Fiber’s Checklist and You
Sponsored by Google Fiber
3:05-3:45 pm: The Red Tape: Where and How to Cut
Rick Usher (City of Kansas City, MO)
Rondella Hawkins (City of Austin, TX),
3:45-4:45: City Case Studies (Breakout Session)
Meet one-on-one with delegates from cities who have experienced fiber builds or reached an agreement with a provider.
4:45-5:30 pm: From Gigabit City to Smart City
Keynote: Boyd Cohen (Professor and Urban Strategist, Universidad del Desarrollo)
5:30-7:30 pm: Opening Reception at Bloch Executive Hall
6:15-6:45 pm: Why the Gigabit Matters
Keynote: Joe Reardon (McAnany, VanCleave & Phillips, former mayor of Kansas City, KS)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14
Location: Kauffman Foundation
8-9:00 am: Breakfast at Kauffman Foundation
9:00-10:30 am: 1 Million Cups
Enjoy Pitches by Entrepreneurs Using the Gigabit
10:30-11:15 am: Scaling Networks Across the U.S.
Panelists: Catherine Bracy (Code for America), Chris Lawrence (Mozilla), Bill Wallace (US Ignite)
11:15 am-12:00 pm: Connecting Networks within Our Cities
Panel: Ken Hays (The Enterprise Center - Chattanooga, TN), Bradley Holt (FoundLine Burlington, VT), Aaron Deacon (KC Digital Drive)
12:00-1:30 pm: Lunch and Kauffman Foundation Workshop
Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Return to Bloch Executive Hall
2:00-2:50 pm: Making It Pay - How to Make a Gig a Powerful Economic Engine
Panelists: Drew Solomon(Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, MO) Andy Huckaba (City of Lenexa, KS)
2:50-3:40 pm: The Digitally Underserved in a Time of Broadband Abundance
Panelists: Deb Socia (Next Century Cities, formerly of Tech Goes Home- Boston, MA), Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner (Kansas City Public Library), Michael Liimatta (Connecting for Good-Kansas City)
4:00-4:50 pm: Building the Future with Gigabit Apps
Panelists: Will Barkis (Gigabit Developer Evangelist), Glenn Ricart (US Ignite)
4:50-5:30 pm: Life in the Second Machine Age
Keynote: Anthony Townsend (Author of “Smart Cities”, NYU Rudin Center)
4:50-5:30 pm: Gigabit Business & Community Exhibits
Learn and connect with entrepreneurs and community groups with gigabit pilot projects in the field.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 15
Location: Google Fiber Space
7:30 - 8:30 am: Breakfast at the Intercontinental Hotel
8:00-8:30 am: Broadband as a Utility and the Responsive City
Keynote: Susan Crawford (Author of “The Responsive City”, Harvard Law School)
9:00-10:00 am: Closing Workshops
10:00 am-1:00 pm: KC Tech Tours
Meet with members from your metro delegation to digest the conference and develop an action plan, then take a tour of KC’s tech hotspots: the Google Fiber Space, Kansas City Startup Village, Think Big Partners, OfficePort, and the Sprint Accelerator.