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From pre-conference workshops that drill down on fundamentals to an opening plenary that features updates from members of California’s Congressional delegation and a unique Mayors Roundtable, the Smart Cities Week agenda has it all!

Throughout the event, breakout sessions, mentoring and small group dialogue will highlight vital issues and explore the trends, data and technologies helping accelerate action and investment in more livable, workable and sustainable communities.

Session Themes

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  • What’s Working Now
  • Getting Ready for Tomorrow
  • Practical Policy and Governance
  • Spotlight Sessions and Progress Reports

Session Formats

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Facilitated interactive discussion on the plenary stage with audience Q&A.


Classroom-style session with one-four subject matter experts, presentations or exercises and learning objectives.


Small, interactive roundtable discussion with up three subject matter experts who set the context and launch directly into a dialogue with participants.


Up to seven speakers seated in a semi-circle surrounded by participants. 5-7-minute presentations by each speaker with related themes.

Pressure Cooker

Up to six speakers around a table debating a timely issue. Moderator asks a series of five questions for the speakers to discuss and debate.


Presentations featuring data about pilot projects and technology implementation findings.

City Readiness Hub

“Featured Cities” receive guidance from “Mentor Cities” about building more livable, workable, and sustainable communities

Monday, April 15
12:00 am - 12:00 am
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mobile Workshop: San Diego International Airport Tour
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mobile Workshop: San Diego Port Harbor Tour
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mobile Workshop: Smart City Walking Tour
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Code for Smart Communities Workshop
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Advancing Smart Communities through Geospatial Infrastructure, sponsored by ESRI
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Drones as First Responders in Chula Vista
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Smart Cities Activator Training Workshop
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Padres Game at Petco Park
Tuesday, April 16
12:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Opening Plenary: Mayors Roundtable
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Exhibition Hall
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Networking Break
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
The Smart and Resilient Power Grid – Powering Your Smart Citystage
Data-Driven Decision-Making for the Real Time Cityinstitute
Digital Equity: Ensuring Smart City Benefits for Allboardroom
Smart, Shared and Seamless: Future Vision from Transportation Trailblazersagora
City Readiness Hub: Palmdale, CAcity readiness hub
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Practical Progress to Propel Smart Cities (P3s): Partnership Lessons from the Front Linesstage
Procurement and Contracting for the Smart City: Putting Inter-Agency and Performance Contracting to Work for your CItyboardroom
Keeping the Smart City Safe: What do Facial Recognition, Bodycams and Other Technologies Offer for Public Safety?pressure cooker
Digital City Services—10 Strategies for Strengthening Quality of Life with E-governmentlab
City Readiness Hub: North Florida Smart Regioncity readiness hub
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Networking Break
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Building Back Stronger: Equitable Resilience Practicesboardroom
Finding the Dollars and Making Sense: Financing and Funding Strategies for Smart City Infrastructurestage
Smart Developments—Ports, Bases and Campusesagora
Smart Cities San Diego: A Regional Approachinstitute
City Readiness Hub: Jersey City, NJ & Edmonton, Canadacity readiness hub
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Afternoon Plenary: Readiness Challenge Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, April 17
12:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Plenary Session: The 5G City- Facilitating Work, Life, Equity and Sustainability
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Exhibition Hall
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Networking Break
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Transportation Evolved: Connected, Autonomous Inclusive and Sustainablestage
Building Trust in the Smart City: Standards and Architecture for Privacy and Securityinstitute
City Resilience: Preparing for and Responding to Extreme Weather Eventspressure cooker
City Readiness Hub: US/Mexico Consortiumcity readiness hub
A City Energy Operations Platform: Digitize, Democratize, and Decarbonize Your Cityboardroom
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Building Disruption—Achieving the Next Generation of Buildings with Prop Techagora
The Curbside Asset: Reallocation to support micromobility, shared services and smart parkinglab
Base Based-Planning: The Installation, Port (and other large facility) of the Futurestage
Future Directions in Urban Mobility (and how to get there)boardroom
City Readiness Hub: Racine, WI
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
First Pitch: Smart Cities Week, Co-Hosted by the California Technology Council
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mobile Workshop: Smart City Walking Tour
Smart Cities Activator Training Workshop
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Petco Park Behind the Scenes Tour