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From Hype to Action

There has been much hype about smart cities. The Colorado Smart Cities Symposium provides a forum to support and accelerate this hype into action.

This event brings together civic-minded leaders from enterprise, government, academia, research, impact investors, startups and nonprofits to dive deep into what it takes to create a state full of connected communities. This event includes a full day of general session presentations, breakout sessions and workshops designed to enhance collaboration and move innovation forward. The event also features a tech showcase of cutting-edge smart city solutions. Together, we will create the ultimate citizen experience, one partnership at a time. Take a look at photos from the 2019 Symposium.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

8 am – 5:30 pm

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

650 15th St, Denver, CO 80202




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Who was there?
Take a look at the impressive group who attended the 2019 CO Smart Cities Symposium!

  • Accenture
    ACEC Colorado
    Arapahoe County
    Arapahoe Libraries
    Arapahoe/Douglas Works!
    Arrow Electronics

    Blind Institute of Technology
    Blue Star Recyclers
    Burwood Group Inc.
    Burwood Group, Inc.
    CareerWise Colorado
    Charter Communications Inc
    Chrysalis Partners
    CIMCON Lighting

  • Cisco Systems, Inc
    City & County of Denver – Mayor’s Office
    City & County of Denver – Office of Economic Development & Opportunity
    City & County of Denver – Technology Services
    City of Arvada
    City of Aurora
    City of Boulder
    City of Centennial
    City of Colorado Springs
    City of Grand Junction

  • City of Greenwood Village
    City of Lakewood
    City of Lone Tree
    City of Pueblo
    City of Thornton
    City of Westminster
    City of Westminster Parks, Recreation & Libraries
    Colorado 811

  • Colorado Broadband Office
    Colorado Business Roundtable
    Colorado Competitive Council
    Colorado Department of Transportation
    Colorado Interactive
    Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
    Colorado SIPA
    Colorado Smart Cities Alliance
    Colorado State University (CSU)
    Colorado Sun

  • Colorado Technology Association
    Comcast Business
    Community College of Aurora
    Consulate General of Canada
    CopperPoint Solutions, LLC
    COS Exponential Impact Tech Accelerator
    Crimson Strategy Group

  • CTCi Group
    Denver Public Schools
    Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
    Denver South Economic Development Partnership
    Dev IQ
    DPS CareerConnect

  • Fahrenheit IT
    FMI Capital Advisors
    Foundation to Grow
    Gagen MacDonald

  • Google
    Google Cloud
    Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT)
    Grand Junction Economic Partnership
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    High Plains Library District
    HiQo Solutions Inc.

  • IBM
    Innovar Group
    Innovation Corridor
    Jacobs Engineering Group
    KMC Controls
    Layer 10 Consulting
    LONG Building Technologies, Inc.

  • Madison Moncrief, LLC
    Marketing Assist, llc
    Meridian Metropolitan District
    Merrick & Company
    Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.
    Minority Business Office – OEDIT
    Mountain Parking Equipment

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Neal Analytics
    NIC, Colorado Interactive
    North Highland
    Powering IoT LLC
    Powers Brown Architecture
    Pueblo West Metropolitan District
    QC Data

    Radian Inc.
    Red Hat
    Regional Transportation District
    Regis University
    RevGen Partners
    RockCyber, LLC
    Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Inc.

  • Smart Connections Consulting
    Spectrum Mobile
    St. Vrain Valley School District
    STONE Resource Group
    Stony Brook University
    Sturgeon Electric
    Synq3 Restaurant Solutions

  • Tack Mobile
    The Copley Consulting Group
    The CORE
    The World Transformed
    Town of Breckenridge
    Toyota Mobility Foundation

  • Trace3
    Tributary Real Estate
    Triunity, Inc.
    Turing School
    Tyler Technologies
    United States Patent and Trademark Office
    University of Colorado
    University of Denver
    US House of Representatives

  • Verizon Wireless
    View, Inc
    W Risk Group LLC
    Whitefield Academy, Kansas City, MO
    World Wide Technology
    Wyant Data Suystems, Inc.
    Xcel Energy

  • Xilinx
    Zayo Group



  • Smart Cities are no longer a thing of the future. They are here now and accelerating quickly. In this session we will explore the technologies that are essential to smart city development – from edge computing to e-government to IoT to cloud – and how to overcome the barriers of implementation.

    • Moderated by Eric Drummond, CEO & Founder, Innovation Corridor
    • Amanda Blevins, Sr. Director & Chief Technologist, Office of the CTO, VMware
    • Mike Grigsby, Smart + Connected Communities, Cisco
    • Bryan Hagedon, Senior Director, Wireless Innovation, Spectrum Mobile
    • Crystal Lagrone, North America Sales & Account Manager, Cybernetica
    • Denise Pearl, Strategic Business Executive, State & Local Government, Google Cloud




  • It is crucial that smart city mobility infrastructure can manage the pressure of city growth, from traffic control to environmental issues. In this session, hear from leaders who are spearheading mobility infrastructure development in Colorado and beyond.

    • Moderated by Jake Rishavy, VP of Innovation, Denver South Economic Development Partnership
    • Dave Genova, Managing Director, Regional Transportation District (RTD)
    • Lauren Isaac, Director of Business Initiatives, EasyMile
    • Dennis Kyle, SVP Rocky Mountain Fiber Solutions, Zayo
    • Bill Pugh, Managing Partner, Smart Connections Consulting
    • Sophie Shulman, Chief of Innovative Mobility, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)





  • Today, more than 54 percent of the world’s population resides in urban areas, and this number is estimated to rise to nearly 70 percent by 2050. While this shift is poised to create immense opportunity for communities and businesses alike, it should also bring new considerations for urban planning and sustainability. In this session, discover the challenges and opportunities that come with advancing innovative smart city projects, as well as the impacts on public resources such as air, energy and water.

    • Moderated by: Ryan Trujillo, Innovation & Sustainability Manager, City of Colorado Springs
    • Prof. Mazdak Arabi, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University
    • Deepak Shivaprasad, VP of Product Marketing, View
    • Marty Skolnick, Director of Business Development – Real Estate Innovation, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Inc. (Sterling Ranch development)
    • Dr. Martha Symko-Davies, Laboratory Program Director for the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
  • Smarter communities hold the promise of not just making communities more efficient but also improving quality of life. In this session, we will explore strategies that ensure these benefits are equitable across all citizens.

    • Moderated by Sumanth Channabasappa, Founding Director, THE CORE
    • Jason Carolan, Chief Innovation Officer, Flexential
    • Mike Hess, Founder & ED, Blind Institute of Technology
    • Julie Kae, ED & Head of Corporate Responsibility, Qlik
    • Robert Patterson, Chief Strategist & Senior Enterprise Architect, HPE






    • Congreswoman Diana DeGette
  • In 2018, of the 84 million micro-mobility trips taken, 38.5 million of those were on scooters and the other 45.5 million trips were on bikes. These convenient micro-mobility options are a growing trend, however there is still uncertainty on how these new shared vehicles should be managed. This panel will explore these new innovations and how cities are integrating them into their communities.

    • Moderated by Tamara Chuang, Business/Technology Writer, The Colorado Sun
    • Maurice Henderson, Director of Government Relations – West Coast, Bird
    • David Kemp, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Boulder
    • Cindy Patton, Interim Director of Transportation Operations, Denver Public Works
    • Patrick Quintana, Market Manager, Lyft
    • Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City & County of Denver
  • Participate in our afternoon “unconference” workshops designed to bring together fellow attendees and smart city leaders for dialogue on tactics that will enhance collaboration and move innovation forward. Discussions will center around the Symposium track topics – Technology, Infrastructure, Planning and Environment and Human-centric Design.


The Tech Showcase will be open from 11:30am – 5:30pm in parallel to the program. The Tech Showcase features the latest tech innovation in smart cities with our showcase sponsors. Seeing is believing, after all.

*Program subject to change.



Regional Vice President, Colorado, Xcel Energy

Jerome Davis

Regional Vice President, Colorado, Xcel Energy

Jerome Davis serves as Regional Vice President, Colorado for Public Service Company of, an Xcel Energy Company. In this role, Davis has executive leadership responsibility for local government affairs in 165 communities located throughout the state. He oversees the managed accounts of the company’s largest business customers, which account for more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Davis is also responsible for providing strategic leadership for the management of community relations and economic development for the Colorado jurisdiction. Davis also has oversight of the company’s charitable giving foundation, United Way Campaign, employee volunteer programs, and corporate sponsorships that support organizations and
programs in the communities we serve. Under his guidance, Xcel Energy has built a solid and well-earned reputation for community involvement.

After starting with Public Service Company of Colorado in 1984, Davis filled diverse roles within the company. His most recent position was that of director, Community Relations. Prior to that, he was area manager for the City and County of Denver and the City of Aurora, and has broad experience with the utility, working in substation engineering, corporate accounting, sales and marketing, and supplier diversity. Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and computer information systems and a MBA from Regis University. He is also a Walter Kaitz Foundation Fellow. He has long been active in the community and is currently a board member of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, as well as Visit Denver, Colorado Health Foundation, Aurora Economic Development Council and the Denver Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy.

VP of Global Strategy

James Thurston

VP of Global Strategy & Development, G3ict

James Thurston is an international technology policy leader. As G3ict’s Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, he leads the design and implementation of new worldwide advocacy strategies and programs to scale up G3ict’s global impact. He has experience applying both technology and public policy to important social and economic challenges. He has led efforts ranging from using technology to promote the inclusion and human rights of people with disabilities around the world to using technology to increase the economic competitiveness of aging industrial centers in the United States. He has broad policy and management experience in both the private and public sectors and at the federal, state, and international levels of government.

Prior to joining G3ict, Mr. Thurston was Director of International Accessibility Policy at Microsoft, where he developed and executed a worldwide strategy to expand the company’s outreach on disability and technology issues to governments and NGOs around the world. He has also served as a standards leader for an international technology industry association, an economic and technology advisor to a U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate, and a senior manager for a national technology and economic development initiative of the U.S. government. Mr. Thurston holds both a Master of Public Administration and an M.A. in East European Studies from the University of Washington, as well as a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Maine.


Professor of Civil

Mazdak Arabi

Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University


  • Dr. Mazdak Arabi is the director and founder of the One Water Solutions Institute at Colorado State
    University.  His research is primarily focused on development of decision support systems for
    management of water resources at the watershed scale. To make informed decisions, policy makers
    should have the tools necessary to identify areas that are most vulnerable to erosion and contaminant
    transport, and subsequently assess tradeoffs between environmental and economic impacts of
    management actions. Dr. Arabi has developed and demonstrated optimization-based approaches to
    facilitate development of watershed management plans that achieve water quality goals at significantly
    lower costs. He has published analytical and computational methods to support both deterministic and
    probabilistic evaluation of watershed-scale benefits of best management practices.

Sr. Director

Amanda Blevins

Sr. Director & Chief Technologist, Office of the CTO, VMware


  • Amanda Blevins, Sr. Director and Chief Technologist, Office of the CTO at VMware, speaks across the world in customer briefings, industry events, and partner events about VMware’s vision and strategy and technology industry trends. She leads digital transformation for customers in many industries and markets while focusing on solving problems and achieving business goals. Amanda also leads programs inside VMware to develop technical talent and influence roadmap and innovation across all VMware technologies based on industry trends. She drives solutions for Multi-Cloud Automation, Machine Learning, and other Emerging Technologies. She has been in the IT field for over 20 years in roles such as infrastructure administrator, technical architect, enterprise architect, and transformation consultant. Her first position within VMware was Sr. Systems Engineer in the field organization in 2010. Amanda became VMware’s first female Principal Systems Engineer a few years later. As VMware’s first and only female Chief Technologist, she leverages her experience and network to increase awareness and action in STEM fields for girls and young women. Most importantly, Amanda believes in “Doing the Right Thing”.

Chief Innovation Officer, Flexential

Jason Carolan

Chief Innovation Officer, Flexential


  • Jason leads a team focused on defining, assessing and providing direction on the changing technology landscape of Flexential’s business and customers. He and his team are responsible for developing insights on what is next on the horizon to further position Flexential as a hybrid IT and data center leader. He joined the company in 2011 and has held various roles in product, operations and technical management.
    Jason has over 25 years of experience in leadership positions in product architecture, software engineering, and technical sales and support across a variety of companies, including Sun Microsystems, where Jason was honored as a Distinguished Engineer, VMware and the Mayo Clinic.

    Jason was the lead author of “Building N1 Grid Solutions,” one of the first books highlighting the combined use of virtualization and automation. He also has several patents in networking, data center resource management, virtualization, and security.

    He attended Luther College and Western Governor’s University.

Founding Director, The CORE

Sumanth Channabasappa

Founding Director, The CORE


  • Sumanth is a technology and strategy executive, entrepreneur, and investor. He loves to work on globally impactful innovations that deliver market-based returns.

    He is currently working on changing healthcare as the Chief Architect (consultant) at The Center, and enabling cities to create thriving areas (e.g., he is a co-founder of the CO Smart Cities Alliance). As a venture partner and investor via 3 Lines Venture Fund he supports entrepreneurs and startups in areas such as health, artificial intelligence, learning, agriculture technologies etc. As Founding Director of The CORE he helps leaders grow high-impact businesses, collaborations, and investments.

    His past experiences include leadership & contributions to mobile, internet technologies,broadband, security, the Internet of Things (IoT), wireless, cloud etc. Efforts included strategies, technology architectures, partnerships, products and services.

    His mentorship, board and advisory affiliations include Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, Techstars (sustainability & smart cities), Rockies Venture Club,The Hopper, Open Labs, 10.10.10, etc.

Business/Technology Writer, The Colorado Sun

Tamara Chuang

Business/Technology Writer, The Colorado Sun


  • Tamara Chuang has spent the better part of the last two decades covering technology and business news primarily for The Denver Post and The Orange County Register. But as the newspaper industry changed and the decline in traditional newsrooms seemed inevitable, Tamara jumped at the chance to start The Colorado Sun in 2018 to figure out how to create a sustainable local news business and provide valued stories for the community. She continues to focus on business and tech coverage and looks for stories that get overlooked. The Colorado Sun is owned by 10 journalists and relies on member and community support.

Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Technology Association

Monica Coughlin

Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Technology Association


  • Monica Coughlin serves as the Chief Operating Officerfor Colorado Technology Association, the state’s premier non-profit tech organizationadvancing the Colorado technology industry through advocacy, economic development, community building, and workforce development.Prior to joining CTA, Monica wasthe Chief Strategy Officer for Colorado Office of Information Technology (OIT). In her role with the State of Colorado, Monica’s responsibilities included development and execution of OIT’s overall organizational strategy ensuring alignment with the Governor’s Office and agencies’ goals. She also focused on attracting, growing and retaining IT jobsand businesses in Colorado andsupporting the Secretary of Technology in promoting Colorado as the ideal location for technology based companies and workers. In addition, her efforts also focused on defining the overall broadband strategy for the State of Colorado and promoting coordination and collaboration activities across the state.

    Monica has over fifteen years experience in the IT industry with proven strategy development, business operations and program/project management expertise. This included Chief of Staff for Oracle’s Global IT Service Operations, the organization responsible for all data centers and computing operations worldwide. In this role, Monica was responsible for driving strategic goal alignment, organizational readiness, employee enablement and communications throughout the organization of 600+ employees. She also worked several years at Sun Microsystems, Inc. holding a variety of business, people and project management roles within IT Operations and Services.

    Monica has a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Regis University in Denver. She alsocompleted the University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business 50 for Colorado Leadership Program. Monica is a recipient of the Denver Business Journal’s 2013Forty Under 40awards and the StateScoop 50 Awards Golden Gov: State Executive of the Yearand was also a finalist in the Colorado Technology Association’s APEX Woman in Tech of the Year award.

U.S. House of Representatives

Congresswoman Diana DeGette

U.S. House of Representatives


  • As a fourth-generation Coloradoan, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) is now serving her 12th term in Congress representing Colorado’s first Congressional district, which includes the greater Denver area. DeGette currently serves as the Chair of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations panel, and as a member of the House Natural Resources committee.

    While in Congress, DeGette has been a leader in the effort to increase students’ access to STEM education and is currently pushing to expand broadband access to schools and communities throughout Colorado.

    DeGette received her B.A. from Colorado College in 1979 and her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1982. Prior to being elected to Congress, she served two terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, including as Assistant Minority Leader from 1993-1995.

    She is married to Judge Lino Lipinsky and they have two daughters.


Eric Drummond

CEO & Founder, Innovation Corridor


  • Eric Drummond is an entrepreneur, business development ecosystem builder, and a former partner at one of the globe’s most prestigious law firms, now with 46 offices in 21 countries. Drummond has more than 25 years of business, corporate, and complex administrative law, with a focus in emerging technology, alternative energy issues, telecommunications, climate, and capital formation.

    Drummond has represented the U.S. Department of Energy in the nation’s $32.4 billion Section 1705 Loan Guarantee Program and was appointed to Colorado’s Renewable Energy Development Team by the Governor in 2011. In 2012, he was asked to assist in creating the Energy Fellows Institute, where he founded the Clean Energy Generation program and ultimately served as Co-Managing Director. An advocate for Colorado’s innovation and business community, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Venture Capital Authority by the President of the Senate in 2013 and currently serves as Chair. In 2014, Drummond was appointed to the 5-member Foundation Board of Directors for the University Corporation for Atmosphere Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the nation’s premiere federally funded research lab in weather forecasting, climate, and the earth sciences, on behalf of the National Science Foundation.

    Drummond is the former Vice Chairman of the Innosphere technology incubator, headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, and currently the President of Global Strategy for FORMATIV, and the CEO & Founder of the Innovation Corridor. Drummond received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Symbolic Logic) from the University of Texas at Austin and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law.

General Manager

David Genova

General Manager & CEO, Regional Transportation District (RTD)


  • A 25-year veteran of the transit industry and of RTD, Dave is the agency’s General Manager
    and CEO.  He previously served as the Assistant General Manager of Safety, Security and
    Facilities; the Senior Manager of Public Safety; and the Manager of Safety. Prior to RTD, Dave
    worked in the environmental field, safety and oil and gas industries.

    Dave currently serves in a number of roles at the national level including: American Public
    Transportation Association’s (APTA) Board of Directors Executive Committee; Vice Chair of
    APTA’s Rail Transit Committee; Vice Chair of APTA’s Rail Transit CEO’s Committee; APTA’s
    CEO Coordinating Council; APTA’s Commuter Rail CEO’s Subcommittee; a former appointment
    by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to the USDOT FTA Transit Rail Advisory Committee on
    Safety; and former Chair of APTA’s Rail Safety Committee.

    In addition to serving at the national level, Dave is on the Board of Directors for Visit Denver –
    the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau; and the Board of Directors for Mobility Choice.
    His experience is diverse including the delivery, certification and commissioning of capital
    projects and Public Private Partnerships (P3s), Asset Management and State of Good Repair,
    safety, security, innovative technology programs and pilots, and multi-modal transit operations.
    Dave has a Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a
    Master of Business Administration degree from Regis University.

BDM Smart Connected Communities, Cisco

Mike Grigsby

BDM Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco


  • Mike Grigsby serves as an engagement leader in Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities practice for North America. As a former public sector CIO he has undertaken several Smart City initiatives, including numerous transportation and public safety technology innovation projects. In addition to his work with Cisco, Mike serves as a member of the CompTIA Smart City Advisory Council, Kansas City Tech Council Board of Directors, advisor to the University Innovation Fellows at William Jewell College, and is a past member of the Kansas City Smart City Advisory Board. A thought leader in digital citizenry, he is an advocate and champion for Smart City Solutions, Public Safety Technology, Digital Equity and Inclusion, and Transportation Innovation. Mike is a veteran of both the military and law enforcement with undergraduate studies in engineering and information systems and he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Mike and his family live in Kansas City, Missouri.

Senior Director, Wireless Innovation, Spectrum Mobile

Bryan Hagedon

Senior Director, Wireless Innovation, Spectrum Mobile


  • Bryan Hagedon is Senior Director, Wireless Innovation, Spectrum Mobile, a part of Charter
    Communications Inc. He is responsible for defining the wireless strategy and leading the Wireless
    Innovation team that is helping to build Spectrum Smart City solutions and its partner and vendor

    Bryan Hagedon has over 25 years as a wireless and channels veteran serving leadership roles for
    companies spanning wireless services, technology and software. His leadership roles have included:
    Principal of Manitou Passage; Head of Enterprise Mobility for Ingram Micro; Vice President of Sales and
    Distribution for Cricket Wireless; Vice President of Mobile Broadband for Leap; Business Development
    Director for Clearwire; and management roles driving enterprise sales for BT Global Services and France
    Telecom’s Equant. Bryan is a patent holder and has also been deeply involved in a number of technology
    startups and venture funding.

    Bryan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, and completed an Executive
    Leadership program at Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

City and County of Denver

Mayor Michael B. Hancock

City and County of Denver


Director of Government Relations - West Coast, Bird

Maurice Henderson

Director of Government Relations – West Coast, Bird


  • Maurice has worked both domestically and internationally in the public and private sectors as
    well as on a number of political and advocacy campaigns across the country. Whether in his
    time as an educator, in his roles in the public sector, advocating for working people under the
    banner of organized labor, or on the campaign trail for individuals and causes he supported,
    nearly his entire professional career has been spent working towards providing equitable access
    to opportunities, most recently through his work in the Smart Cities arena.

    He has served in various capacities at the highest levels of the local and state governments as
    well as in the transit industry. Those roles have included working as the Chief Operating Officer
    for the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) in Portland, he was
    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Chief of Staff, the Deputy Director at the Portland Bureau of
    Transportation (PBOT), the Chief Administrative Officer for the Technology office in
    Washington, DC, and as the Deputy Press Secretary for former Virginia Governor, now U.S.
    Senator, Tim Kaine. He is a member of the inaugural class for the Bloomberg Harvard City
    Leadership Initiative. He holds a Bachelors in Leadership Studies and a Masters degree in
    Public Administration.

Executive Director, Blind Institute of Technology

Mike Hess

Executive Director, Blind Institute of Technology


  • Mike Hess is the founder and executive director of the Blind Institute of Technology and serves on its Board of Directors. Determined to reduce the high unemployment rate among skilled blind and visually impaired IT and tech professionals in the U.S., Mike leads BIT’s mission to prepare blind and visually impaired people and the employers who hire them for success in the workplace.

    Before founding BIT – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Colorado in February 2013 – Mike spent four years as a senior software engineer for Level 3 Communications, where he led a variety of IT and other technical projects. Prior to Level 3, Mike held IT, software engineering and other technical positions with Qwest, U.S. West and other companies during the course of his 18-year career.

    Mike, who has been legally blind since first grade, graduated from Community College of Denver (CCD) in 1995 with a certificate in applications programing and also received the Student of the Year award from the Computer Training for People with Disabilities (CTPD) program.

Director of Business Initiatives, EasyMile

Lauren Isaac

Director of Business Initiatives, EasyMile


  • Lauren Isaac is the Director of Business Initiatives for the North American operation of EasyMile, where she leads business development, government regulations, and partnerships. Prior to working at EasyMile, Lauren worked at WSP where she did consulting for transit agencies, DOTs, and cities. Lauren also led business development for one of the largest global bikesharing companies. Lauren maintains the blog, “Driving Towards Driverless”, and has presented on the topic of driverless vehicles at more than 200conferences. She recently did a TEDx Talk, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg Government, and other publications.

Executive Director,

Julia Kae

Executive Director,


  • Ms. Kae is currently serving as the Executive Director of and the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility at Qlik. In this role, Ms. Kae leads the organization’s program towards globally sustainability and empowering nonprofits to effectively serve our planet and vulnerable populations. The program includes leading sustainability reporting best practices internally and externally; managing strategic partnerships with the United Nations, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Private Sector Roundtable and other organizations; directing a successful grant program leveraging the Qlik software through; and directing employee engagement activities with partners, WeSeeHope and Medair, as well as many other global nonprofits. Qlik has received numerous corporate responsibility awards and was named to the list of “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies for Social Good” by Fast Company magazine in 2017 and Corporate Engagement Awards Winner, Third Sector Awards Winner, and Government Innovation Award all in 2018.

Senior Transportation Planner, City of Boulder

David Kemp

Senior Transportation Planner, City of Boulder


  • DK has been putting people on bikes since 1997. Following an illustrative career as a bike shop salesman, DK moved on to conceptualize and implement the Tour de Fat event series with New Belgium Brewing from 2000-2004. From 2006-2012, DK served as the Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Fort Collins and helped move the community from a silver to platinum level bicycle friendly community. In 2012, DK moved to Davis, CA to become the city’s first Active Transportation Planner. DK moved back to Colorado in late 2014 to serve as a Senior Transportation Planner for the City of Boulder where he now specializes in multimodal infrastructure design and programming.

Senior Vice President, Fiber Solutions Rocky Mountain Region, Zayo

Dennis Kyle

Senior Vice President, Fiber Solutions Rocky Mountain Region, Zayo


  • Dennis Kyle has more than 20 years of leadership experience in Technology and Communications related industries and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Fiber Solutions Rocky Mountain Region at Zayo where he is responsible for Zayo’s fiber business across 11 states and Western Canada. In this role, Dennis has full purview over the P&L for one of Zayo’s core products inclusive of business development, operations, and service. Previous roles at Zayo include sales and marketing positions where he had global responsibility for Zayo’s growth objectives across several sectors, including healthcare and education as well as with key Content and Media customers. Prior to rejoining Zayo in 2015, Dennis held leadership positions at two successful Silicon Valley funded startups in the IoT and Connected Devices space, and numerous leadership positions at companies such as McCaw Cellular, Nextlink Interactive, XO Communications, and Level 3. Dennis has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University as well as an MBA and an MA in Development Economics from Stanford University.

North America Sales

Crystal LaGrone

North America Sales & Account Manager, Cybernetica


  • Crystal LaGrone is an e-governance specialist, and the North American Sales and Account Manager for Cybernetica, a premiere Cyber Security and R&D firm from Estonia.

    Before joining Cybernetica, Crystal worked as a representative for the E-Estonia Briefing Center under the auspices of the Estonian Investment Agency (EAS). While there, her duties included presenting the history of Estonian e-government development to business executives, government officials, innovators, and world leaders. She is an international speaker and advocate for sustainable e-government.

    Crystal’s focus has been on the use of innovative solutions that promote security and transparency in e-service design and implementation using the Estonian model of e-government.

    By studying and working in Estonia, Crystal has experienced first-hand e-government solutions that are citizen-centered. She has an MSE degree in E-Governance Services and Technologies from Tallinn University of Technology in Tallinn, Estonia and a BA degree in Political Science from Oklahoma State University.


Frannie Matthews

President & CEO, Colorado Technology Association


  • Frannie Matthews serves as the President & CEO for Colorado Technology Association, the state’s premier non-profit tech organization advancing the Colorado technology industry through advocacy, economic development, community building, and workforce development. 

    Prior to her role at CTA, Frannie spent nearly 20 years at IBM, most recently as the IBM Senior Location Executive for Denver. As a public sector, healthcare, and life sciences sales leader for the western region, she was responsible for growing the IBM portfolio within the territory. She has over ten years of sales management and leadership experience with regional high-performance teams. Industry verticals have included higher education, state and local, healthcare, and telecommunications.

    Technology solutions have always been her point of strength. Frannie has expertise in the areas of SaaS, cloud, analytics, high-performance computing, mobile, social, and security solutions.

    She has a passion for helping the next generation and has a particular interest in S.T.E.M. education. Frannie has taught high school-level Junior Achievement courses and works with University of Colorado students through the Leeds School of Business Professional Mentoring Program and Professional Selling course. She also mentors a high school student at the IBM sponsored PTECH program at Skyline High School.

    Frannie has been a member of the University of Colorado Wellness Center Board and currently serves as a board member of the Colorado Technology Association. She is also an active member of the Colorado Business Roundtable’s InnerCircle. Governor John Hickenlooper has recently appointed her to the Colorado Workforce Development Council.

    Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and earned her Master of Science in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Chief Strategist

Robert Patterson

Chief Strategist & Senior Enterprise Architect, Hewlett-Packard


  • Bob is a Certified Master IT Architect and serves as an Enterprise Solution Architect focused on data, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT). As a member of HPE’s North America IoT and Data Analytics team Bob works across customers, industries, partners, and HPE product and services teams to drive opportunities, activities and initiatives around data analytics and IoT.
    Bob joined HPE in 2010 after 20 years with IBM as a Systems Engineer, Consultant, IT Specialist, Certified Senior IT Architect and member of the Global Technology Services Architecture Board responsible for the design, development, and implementation of reference architectures and global solutions. At HPE Bob has focused on big data, analytics and IoT developing and executing strategies, delivering field and partner enablement, supporting the Americas sales force and presenting on behalf of HPE at industry conferences and conventions.

    Bob has two patents in cloud implementation and holds additional certifications in ITIL and HPE’s ExpertOne Planning and Design of Business Critical Systems. He guest lectures for the School of Engineering at Robert Morris University and volunteers for several non-profit organizations. Bob has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and MS degrees in Computer Information Systems and Telecommunications from the University of Denver.

Interim Director of Transportation Operations, Denver Public Works

Cindy Patton

Interim Director of Transportation Operations, Denver Public Works


  • Cindy Patton is the Interim Director of Transportation Operations for Denver Public Works (DPW) where she works to implement new and innovative policies for a variety of work programs within the division – including signal maintenance, striping, signs, curbside management and other operations. Prior to her current role, Cindy served as the Strategic Advisor for DPW standing up programs like the Dockless Mobility Pilot Program (scooters) as well as the Manager of Parking and Mobility Services where she led a team committed to furthering multi-modal transportation through creative curbside management. She believes that new mobility and operations innovations can unlock powerful city building tools. Cindy earned her Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado in Denver and her Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Strategic Business Executive, Google Cloud State and Local Government

Denise Pearl

Strategic Business Executive, Google Cloud State and Local Government


  • Denise Pearl leads strategic sales efforts for Google’s State and Local Government business. Her primary mission is to align engineering, marketing and sales teams within Google around the issues that matter to state and local customers, enabling the use of technology to better serve residents across the country. Denise and her team focus on several key areas including smart cities and transportation planning, disaster readiness, health and public safety issues, economic development and climate action plans. Prior to joining Google, Denise held various sales leadership roles at Nokia, Symantec, EMC and Microsoft. She has a passion for climate issues and works diligently to spread the word about Google’s Geo for Good projects.

Managing Partner, Smart Connections Consulting LLC

Bill Pugh

Managing Partner, Smart Connections Consulting LLC


  • Mr. Pugh has over 25 years of experience in  wired/wireless strategy of platform development and deployment of networking technologies for  several private and public companies. Most  recently over the past 4 years, working with cities  on strategies for executing Smart City initiatives  around Street lights, Smart Parking, Intelligent  Traffic and Security.

Market Manager, Lyft Bikes

Patrick Quintana

Market Manager, Lyft Bikes & Scooters


  • Patrick joined Lyft in 2018 and leads Lyft Bikes & Scooters in Colorado – he is responsible for all marketing, operations and local government relations. Before venturing into the world of micro mobility, Patrick held roles in finance and strategy at DaVita and Google. He graduated with a degree in economics from The Catholic University of America, and holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Sales Director, Smart Spaces

Chuck Reeves

Sales Director, Smart Spaces & Video Intelligence, Hitachi Vantara


  • Chuck is a Sales Director and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Smart Spaces and Video Intelligence Division of Hitachi Vantara, based in Santa Clara, CA. With a corporate background of strategic sales and business development, Chuck also has extensive experience as a former law enforcement official in the Dallas Fort Worth area. His in-depth understanding of Smart Cities technologies, video intelligence and analytics is supported by 19 years in the industry with companies such as Tiburon (Tritech), Intergraph and Motorola Solutions.

    As a former law enforcement official, Chuck had budget oversight for five police divisions and deployed technology to create efficiencies and improve service delivery to the public.

    Chuck is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, the Southwestern Legal Foundation School, and the Texas A&M School of Business.

VP of Innovation, Denver South Economic Development Partnership / Co-founder, CO Smart Cities Alliance

Jake Rishavy

VP of Innovation, Denver South Economic Development Partnership / Co-founder, CO Smart Cities Alliance


  • Jake Rishavy has led innovation efforts for Denver South Economic Development Partnership since 2012, creating or contributing to impactful programs supporting organizations throughout the growth spectrum—from startup to scaleup to large enterprise and public sector entities—as they compete in an increasingly technology driven global economy. Among other efforts, Jake is a co-founder and board member of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, a first-of-its-kind statewide, multi-jurisdictional 501c3 non-profit linking 20+ cities and CDOT with a dozen leading global technology companies, numerous universities and federal research labs to accelerate the adoption of emerging smart cities technologies, policies and practices.

VP of Product Marketing, View

Deepak Shivaprasad

VP of Product Marketing, View


  • Deepak Shivaprasad has over two decades of technology and marketing experience. He has dedicated his career towards product innovation and commercialization in the field of semiconductor, clean energy and CRE technology. He was instrumental in commissioning the first solar farm in Canada in the Ontario region and has worked on multiple solar farms in Asia.

    He is the Vice President of Product Marketing at View Inc, a leader in building innovation & CRE tech. View Inc. is the first company to successfully advance the large-scale commercialization of dynamic glass with headquarters in Silicon Valley, CA and manufacturing in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

    Prior to joining View, Deepak has held leadership positions in product marketing in several clean tech and nanotechnology and materials companies. When he not planning the next product launch or prepping for next sales presentation, you’ll find him working out at the fitbody bootcamp, walking his standard poodle or cooking a healthy meal for his family. He pursues his passion for teaching by coaching teenage kids on STEM and Marketing topics.

Chief of Innovative Mobility, Colorado Department of Transportation

Sophie Shulman

Chief of Innovative Mobility, Colorado Department of Transportation


  • Sophie Shulman is the Chief of Innovative Mobility at the Colorado Department of Transportation. Sophie most recently led partnerships and business development at Electrify America, an electric vehicle charging company. Before joining Electrify America, Sophie served as the acting Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation, focusing on energy, environment, and innovative transportation technologies. During her time at USDOT, Sophie worked extensively on the $40 million Smart City Challenge grant. She had several other roles across the federal government, including the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Energy. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

Director of Business Development - Real Estate Innovation, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Inc.

Marty Skolnick

Director of Business Development – Real Estate Innovation, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Inc.


  • Marty is the North American Director of Business Development for Real Estate Innovation for Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Inc. He specializes in working with long-term accounts, as a Technology Partner, in developing, designing, implementing and servicing their integrated digitally connected infrastructure, and energy and water needs. Marty has been involved in the integration and energy management field since 1981. He has broad experience in systems integration, energy performance contracting, energy management, IoT, advanced metering, and renewable energy systems from conceptual design through project implementation. Marty holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Systems from University of Northern Colorado and a Masters degree in Energy, Power Instrumentation and Controls from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Marty is also functions as the Account Executive for Siemens for the Sterling Ranch development in northwest Douglas County, which is under construction and designed the first true gigabit community in Colorado and one of the most technologically advanced communities of its size in North America.


Executive Director, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance

Tyler Svitak

Executive Director, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance


  • Tyler Svitak has built his career solving problems at the intersection of technology and urbanism. As the Executive Director of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, Tyler leads a coalition of public, private, academic and research organizations committed to solving today’s problems with tomorrow’s way of thinking. Tyler’s role is to grow the Alliance by identifying the appropriate partner and technology to address a member city’s problem, facilitating the successful execution of a solution, and growing the solution across regions and municipal boundaries through collaboration and transparency.

    Prior to joining the Alliance, Tyler held strategic roles at the Colorado Department of Transportation, the City and County of Denver, and the American Lung Association in Colorado where he accelerated the deployment of new transportation technologies like electric, connected, and automated vehicles to solve problems like transportation safety, climate change, and air pollution. He’s developed or managed public-private partnerships both large and small, and he understands how to bridge the divide between government and enterprise to identify mutually beneficial projects that make cities smarter and their people better-off.

Laboratory Program Director for the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

Dr. Martha Symko Davies

Laboratory Program Director for the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)


  • Dr. Martha Symko-Davies is currently the Laboratory Program Director for the Energy Systems
    Integration Facility (ESIF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden.  In
    this role she oversees the facility and Infrastructure of $36M for the Department of Energy
    (DOE) EERE. ESIF which is the nation’s first research facility able to conduct integrated
    megawatt-scale research, development, and testing of the components and strategies needed to
    safely integrate clean energy technologies seamlessly. This integration includes electricity,
    thermal, water and fuels pathways.

    Dr. Symko-Davies was recognized by DOE as one of the top innovators in the area of
    photovoltaics, and has received four R&D 100 Awards in this area and numerous publications.
    She has given a TedX talk and receives numerous speaking opportunities in the field.
    She was recently recognized by the Denver Business Journal as a 2014 “Top Women in Energy.”


Ryan Trujillo

Innovation & Sustainability Manager, City of Colorado Springs


  • As the manager of the City of Colorado Springs’ Office of Innovation & Sustainability, Ryan Trujillo leads the smart cities program, SmartCOS, among various projects and programs.  Ryan is responsible for developing and implementing SmartCOS in close partnership with regional stakeholders, state & national non-profits, industry partners, city staff and the citizens of Colorado Springs.  Prior to working for the city, he worked in the private sector for eight years with a focus in energy, contracting, commodities and project management.

    Ryan holds a BA in Economics from Colorado College, an MBA from Regis University, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance.


Colorado Technology Association (CTA) and Colorado Smart Cities Alliance are dedicated to bringing smart cities to life across Colorado. Founded in 2017, the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance seeks to build partnerships, pilot ideas and drive action across the state to better connect our communities and serve our citizens. As the leading technology nonprofit in the state, CTA is proud to showcase members who are changing the way we build cities, do business and connect.