Jennifer James

Global Readiness Program Director, Smart Cities Council

Jennifer James leads the Smart Cities Council’s Global Readiness Program, which helps communities accelerate their smart cities initiatives and benefits. Prior to joining the Council, she was in leadership roles in smart cities, smart infrastructure and data analytics businesses in the the engineering, utility and technology industries. She has worked with municipal leaders and stakeholder groups to plan, implement and operate smart infrastructure systems to achieve integrated goals of sustainability, resilience, economic development and community well-being. Jennifer has also advised numerous technology companies about their strategic growth initiatives, and she enjoys applying sustainability and systems thinking best practices to help communities and businesses transform.  

Tuesday, April 16
11:00 am - 12:15 pm • City Readiness Hub: Palmdale, CAcity readiness hub
Our City Readiness Hub sessions offer a unique opportunity to hear from cities who are “in the trenches” on their journey to becoming a smart city. Featured Cities will highlight current challenges and will then receive targeted advice from Mentor Cities—other smart city practitioners who are further along the path to creating more livable, workable, and sustainable cities. Mentors have been carefully selected from those cities already designated as “Readiness Challenge winners and finalists” and paired with Featured Cities who are facing similar issues.
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm • Afternoon Plenary: Readiness Challenge Awards Ceremony
Keynote address: Building An Adaptable City: A Perspective on Smart Infrastructure and Smart Mobility,
  • Rahul Gupta, Managing Director and US Smart Infrastructure Leader, Deloitte Advisory
  • Anant Dinamani, Principal, US Mobility Solutions, Deloitte
Readiness Challenge Awards Ceremony
The largest Readiness Challenge in the Smart Cities Council’s history has built up to this: the 2019 Smart Cities Readiness Challenge awards ceremony — and you’re invited. Join us as we highlight 10 of the most inspiring smart communities in North America and reveal our five winning entities for the very first time.