The Gigabit City Summit is the premier conference for leaders in cities that either have or are planning to build out gigabit fiber-optic networks and use those networks to support smart city infrastructure and ecosystems. Education is a critical component of cities now and in the future, and we want to empower teachers to bring this expertise into the classroom.

We have worked with our partners to ensures some key content is accessible to local teachers and educators who may not be able to attend the whole conference, and we are offering a stand-alone ticket to the Education Track for $65, intended for educators throughout the region.

You are also invited to the Education-focused happy hour, location TBD, from 6:30-8:30 pm on Tuesday, May 17th.


Track Chairs: Janice Wait (Mozilla) and Kari Keefe (Think Big Foundation)

1:00-1:45pm: Keynote: Education as a Top Priority to CIOs

  • Richard Culatta, CIO, Rhode Island

1:50-3:00pm: The Role of Education in Leadership to Support the Development of Smart, Digital Cities

  • Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, Debruce Foundation & ThinkShift
  • Michael Baskin, Chief Policy Officer, City of Chattanooga
  • Charles King, Executive Director, Kansas City Teacher Residency, Kauffman Foundation
  • Sheri Gonzales Warren, Community & Economic Development Project Manager, Mid-America Regional Council (KC Rising)
  • Connie Yowell, CEO, Collective Shift (LRNG)


3:00-4:00pm: Ignite Talks: High Tech Applications for Learning + Teacher Led Innovation + Startups Impacting Education