MEET OUR 2016 SPEAKERS

Nigel Jacob   Co-founder, New Urban Mechanics

Nigel Jacob

Co-founder, New Urban Mechanics

Blair Levin   Fellow, Brookings Institute

Blair Levin

Fellow, Brookings Institute

Angela Siefer   Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Angela Siefer

Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Heather Burnett Gold   President and CEO, Fiber to the Home Council

Heather Burnett Gold

President and CEO, Fiber to the Home Council

Paul Barham   Captain, Code for KC

Paul Barham

Captain, Code for KC

Tony Luppino   Law Professor, UMKC

Tony Luppino

Law Professor, UMKC

Gary Williams   Interim City Manager, Carbonadale, IL

Gary Williams

Interim City Manager, Carbonadale, IL

Michael Liimatta   ConnectHome

Michael Liimatta

ConnectHome

Bob Bennett   CIO, City of Kansas City, MO

Bob Bennett

CIO, City of Kansas City, MO

Linda Jones   Community Tech Advocate, City of Raleigh

Linda Jones

Community Tech Advocate, City of Raleigh

Sheri Gonzales Warren   KC Rising

Sheri Gonzales Warren

KC Rising

Leana Mayzlina   Digital Inclusion Manager, NTEN

Leana Mayzlina

Digital Inclusion Manager, NTEN

Clarence Tan   Co-Founder, Edcoda

Clarence Tan

Co-Founder, Edcoda

Bill Hulterstrom   President & CEO, United Way of Utah County

Bill Hulterstrom

President & CEO, United Way of Utah County

Leigh Anne Taylor Knight   Founding Director, The Debruce Foundation

Leigh Anne Taylor Knight

Founding Director, The Debruce Foundation

Sean Harrington   COO, Sensity

Sean Harrington

COO, Sensity

Jim Loter   Dir of Digital Engagement, City of Seattle

Jim Loter

Dir of Digital Engagement, City of Seattle

Kelly Carnago   City Manager, Google Fiber (KC)

Kelly Carnago

City Manager, Google Fiber (KC)

Jason Harper   Barkley, Code for KC

Jason Harper

Barkley, Code for KC

Blake Miller   Think Big Partners

Blake Miller

Think Big Partners

Eric Roche   Chief Data Officer, City of Kansas City, MO

Eric Roche

Chief Data Officer, City of Kansas City, MO

Yinhai Wang   University of Washington

Yinhai Wang

University of Washington

Matt Foreman   AT&T Smart Cities

Matt Foreman

AT&T Smart Cities

Luis Rodriguez   Ultimaker

Luis Rodriguez

Ultimaker

Peter Hirshberg   Co-founder and Chair, Gray Area Art and Technology Theater

Peter Hirshberg

Co-founder and Chair, Gray Area Art and Technology Theater

Eric Freedman    Dean,   James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte

Eric Freedman

Dean, James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte

Colin Rhinesmith   Assistant Professor of Library & Information Science, University of Oklahoma   

Colin Rhinesmith

Assistant Professor of Library & Information Science, University of Oklahoma

 

Mike Burke    Mayors' Bistate Innovation Team of Kansas City, MO

Mike Burke 

Mayors' Bistate Innovation Team of Kansas City, MO

Aaron Deacon   Managing Director, KC Digital Drive

Aaron Deacon

Managing Director, KC Digital Drive

Jennifer Clark   Director of Urban Innovation, Georgia Tech

Jennifer Clark

Director of Urban Innovation, Georgia Tech

Nishal Mohan   Community Manager, US Ignite

Nishal Mohan

Community Manager, US Ignite

Elizabeth Lindsey   ByteBack

Elizabeth Lindsey

ByteBack

Richard Culatta   CIO, State of Rhode Island

Richard Culatta

CIO, State of Rhode Island

Rich Leadbetter   Global Manager, ESRI

Rich Leadbetter

Global Manager, ESRI

Ben Levine   MetroLab Network

Ben Levine

MetroLab Network

Kate Garman    Innovation Analyst, City of Kansas City, MO

Kate Garman

Innovation Analyst, City of Kansas City, MO

Kami Griffiths   Co-Founder, Community Technology Network

Kami Griffiths

Co-Founder, Community Technology Network

Ted Smith   Chief Innovation Officer, City of Louisville

Ted Smith

Chief Innovation Officer, City of Louisville

Bill Wallace   CEO, US Ignite

Bill Wallace

CEO, US Ignite

Carrie Coogan   Kansas City Public Library

Carrie Coogan

Kansas City Public Library

Kari Keefe   Think Big Partners

Kari Keefe

Think Big Partners

Luke Norris   PayIt

Luke Norris

PayIt

Tony Singer   Sprint

Tony Singer

Sprint

John Thomson   PayIt

John Thomson

PayIt

Rick Usher   Asst City Manager, City of Kansas City, Mo.

Rick Usher

Asst City Manager, City of Kansas City, Mo.

Evan Absher   Kauffman Foundation

Evan Absher

Kauffman Foundation

Randi Mason   Invest Atlanta

Randi Mason

Invest Atlanta

Ryan Weber   President, KCnext

Ryan Weber

President, KCnext

Kevin Honomichl      President, BHC RHODES

Kevin Honomichl

President, BHC RHODES

Deb Socia   Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Deb Socia

Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Rick Freeman   GM of Intelligent Cities, GE

Rick Freeman

GM of Intelligent Cities, GE

Craig Settles   Industry Analyst, Broadband Strategist

Craig Settles

Industry Analyst, Broadband
Strategist

Jim Baller   President, Baller Stokes & Lide PC

Jim Baller

President, Baller Stokes & Lide PC

Maria Meyers   Executive Director, SourceLink

Maria Meyers

Executive Director, SourceLink

Connie Yowell   CEO, Collective Shift

Connie Yowell

CEO, Collective Shift

Julia Pulidindi   Advantage Engineers

Julia Pulidindi

Advantage Engineers

Michael Schirling   BTV Ignite

Michael Schirling

BTV Ignite

Matthew Marcus   KC Startup Village

Matthew Marcus

KC Startup Village

Nole Walkingshaw   Office of Civic Engagement, Salt Lake City

Nole Walkingshaw

Office of Civic Engagement, Salt Lake City

James Epp   Board of Public Utilities, Kansas City, KS

James Epp

Board of Public Utilities, Kansas City, KS

Julie Lorenz   Strategist, Burns & McDonnell

Julie Lorenz

Strategist, Burns & McDonnell

Fred Ellermeier   VP of Smart Integrated Infrastructure, Black & Veatch

Fred Ellermeier

VP of Smart Integrated Infrastructure, Black & Veatch

Brice Jensen   Physics Teacher, Winnetonka High School

Brice Jensen

Physics Teacher, Winnetonka High School

Mike Brown   President, The Brainzooming Group

Mike Brown

President, The Brainzooming Group

Jeanne Eicks   Vermont Law School

Jeanne Eicks

Vermont Law School

Sammy Lowdermilk   Tech Goes Home

Sammy Lowdermilk

Tech Goes Home

Pam O'Connor   City Council, Santa Monica, CA

Pam O'Connor

City Council, Santa Monica, CA

Alan Fitzpatrick   Co-founder, Charlotte Hearts Gigabit

Alan Fitzpatrick

Co-founder, Charlotte Hearts Gigabit

DeAnna Soukup   Lee's Summit School District

DeAnna Soukup

Lee's Summit School District

John Vandewalle   LumenTouch

John Vandewalle

LumenTouch

David Sandel   Sandel & Associates

David Sandel

Sandel & Associates

Katie Boody   Founder, The Lean Lab

Katie Boody

Founder, The Lean Lab

Cliff Thomas   Managing Director, Cisco

Cliff Thomas

Managing Director, Cisco

Lev Gonick    Co-founder and CEO,   OneCommunity

Lev Gonick

Co-founder and CEO, OneCommunity

Joe Reardon   President/CEO, KC Chamber of Commerce

Joe Reardon

President/CEO, KC Chamber of Commerce

Ken Hays   President and CEO, Chattanooga Enterprise Center

Ken Hays

President and CEO, Chattanooga Enterprise Center

Anne Schwieger   Digital Equity Advocate, City of Boston

Anne Schwieger

Digital Equity Advocate, City of Boston

Daniel Green   Cloudera

Daniel Green

Cloudera

Mary Beth Henry   City of Portland

Mary Beth Henry

City of Portland

Tom Esselman   CEO, Connecting for Good

Tom Esselman

CEO, Connecting for Good

Debbie Acosta   CIO, City of San Leandro

Debbie Acosta

CIO, City of San Leandro

Michael Baskin   Policy Director, Mayor's Office, City of Chattanooga

Michael Baskin

Policy Director, Mayor's Office, City of Chattanooga

Sonja Marziano   Smart Chicago Collaborative, CUTGroup Collective

Sonja Marziano

Smart Chicago Collaborative, CUTGroup Collective

Herb Sih   Think Big Partners

Herb Sih

Think Big Partners

Brett Goldstein   Senior Fellow, Univesity of Chicago

Brett Goldstein

Senior Fellow, Univesity of Chicago

Virgil Turner   Director of Innovation and Citizen Engagement, Montrose, CO

Virgil Turner

Director of Innovation and Citizen Engagement, Montrose, CO

Rebecca Stavick   Executive Director, Do Space, Omaha

Rebecca Stavick

Executive Director, Do Space, Omaha

Brett Deichler   311 Director, Kansas City, KS

Brett Deichler

311 Director, Kansas City, KS

Anne Callenbach   Polsinelli

Anne Callenbach

Polsinelli

Lindsey Frost   Mozilla

Lindsey Frost

Mozilla

Torri Martin   Fiber Services Team, City of Atlanta

Torri Martin

Fiber Services Team, City of Atlanta

Ellen Suni   Dean, UMKC Law School

Ellen Suni

Dean, UMKC Law School

Janice Wait   Mozilla

Janice Wait

Mozilla

Kelly McCarthy   Tech Goes Homes Chattanooga

Kelly McCarthy

Tech Goes Homes Chattanooga

Yiaway Yeh   Google Fiber

Yiaway Yeh

Google Fiber