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Thursday, September 27 • 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Bringing it All Together: Creating a Smart Region, Connecting Communities

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­Smart Cities (counties and states), loosely defined as using data and technology to improve solutions across communities, have become a worldwide priority and focus. To be a truly smart region, “we must widen our focus and fully integrate economic growth and development, innovation, technology and livability under a regional umbrella”. There are smart city projects already in place or underway across the greater Washing region- the Smarter DC Initiative, Montgomery County’s Smart Community Alert Network, Prince George’s County and Virginia Smart Communities. Through partnerships and collaboration, the Greater Washington Board of Trade is working to converge and scale such capabilities into a broader region-wide effort to ensure the DMV remains both globally competitive and at the forefront of innovation. While technology is an important component of the greater Smart City/Smart region concept, it also needs to be built on a “conversation about human beings.” A ‘smart’ Smart City behaves holistically in a way that addresses the collective human needs of the entire community. In short, it is truly connected.  This session will provide an overview of the efforts to creating a smart – and – connected – region and how the pursued approach is placing people and the regions in which they reside at the core of this effort.

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Jack McDougle

President & CEO, Greater Washington Board of Trade
Jack McDougle is a champion of innovation-friendly and collaborative cultures; working with business, government and nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years to develop and implement breakthrough ideas that create sustainable competitive advantage. He focuses teams to thrive... Read More →

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Pete Celano

Director of Consumer Health Initiatives, MedStar Institute for Innovation
Pete has worked in healthcare for 20 years, including as a co-founder of BeClose.com and before that the owner of a Software-as-a-Service company in the x-ray space, for sharing DICOM images among hospitals. BeClose.com (Vienna, VA) was founded in 2009, and offers Remote Patient Monitoring... Read More →
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Kevin Curtis

Distinguished Solution Architect – Smart Communities, IOT, ITS - Verizon Enterprise Solutions (VES), Verizon
Kevin R. Curtis is a Distinguished IoT Architect with Verizon Smart Communities (VSC) within Verizon’s Global Products Group (GPS). He is responsible for developing outcome based IoT solutions that digitally transform cities, communities and business processes to enhance livability... Read More →
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George Thomas

Global Director, Smart Infrastructure, Hatch Ltd.
George Thomas is a thought leader and adviser to public and private sector organizations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. With more than nineteen years of experience, George has held a variety of sales, strategy and consulting roles. A dynamic leader and team builder, George... Read More →
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Tom Touchet

CEO, Smart City Media
Tom Touchet is an acclaimed media and IoT innovator, and a DC native. Currently the CEO of Smart City Media, Tom and his team have created one of the fastest growing companies in IoT with 25 (and growing) public contracts throughout North America . Tom was a founding member of the... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm EDT
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068