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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 last year’s 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 should attend the CO Smart Cities Symposium?

The CO Smart City Symposium brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to exchange ideas, network and learn.

Tech Company Professionals: Meet top smart city influencers and learn how your company can leverage these new smart city opportunities and capabilities within the public sector and beyond to create new business models and drive revenue.

Public Sector Leaders: Connect with cutting edge technology companies of all sizes leading the way in smart city development and learn from real innovative solutions being implemented across Colorado and beyond.

Residents: Find out what a smart city is beyond a marketing buzzword and explore how communities of the future will impact your quality of life from a diverse group of experts and change makers.

Academic and Research Leaders: Universities and research labs prepare students to innovate in a smart city and are positioned to create and test new ideas and technologies. Meet tech professionals and public sectors leaders who can benefit from this research and accelerate innovation.

Who was there?
Take a look at the impressive group who attended the 2018 CO Smart Cities Symposium!

  • 6e Technologies
    Add a Concierge
    Aero Wireless Group
    AIST, Japan
    American Council of Engineering Companies of CO
    Analog Devices, Inc.
    Arapahoe Libraires

  • Arrow Electronics
    Arrow Electronics IoT Division
    Arrow, ECS NA
    Aruba an HP Company
    Aspen Wireless Technologies, Inc
    AvePoint Public Sector
    Axline Solutions
    Bavarian U.S. Office for Economic Development, LLC
    Blind Institute of Technology

  • Borealist Ventures
    Business Research Division
    CareerConnect – Denver Public Schools
    CareerWise Colorado
    CDLE Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Charter Communications

  • Cincinnati/Norther Kentucky International Airport
    City & County of Denver
    City of Arvada
    City of Aspen
    City of Aurora
    City of Centennial
    City of Cheyenne
    City of Colorado Springs
    City of Golden

  • City of Grand Junction
    City of Greenwood Village
    City of Lone Tree
    City of Longmont
    City of Northglenn
    City of Thornton
    City of Westminster
    Clanton & Associates
    Colorado Technology Association

  • Colorado Business Roundtable
    Colorado Department of Transportation
    Colorado Governor’s Office of IT
    Colorado Interactive/NIC
    Colorado Municipal League
    Colorado Secretary of State
    Community College of Aurora
    Comptek Technologies
    Concord Energy

  • Coventry Development Corporation
    Crossland Telecom
    CU Denver School of Public Affairs
    Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
    Dell EMC
    Dentons US LLP
    Denver Broncos Football Club
    Denver International Airport

  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
    Denver Public Works
    Denver PW Smart Systems Team
    Denver South EDP
    Douglas County
    Downtown Denver Partnership

  • DVmobile Inc.
    Ecology and Environment
    eluminocity US, Inc.
    Foresite Group

  • Glassman and Associates
    Google Cloud
    GTRI Now Zivaro
    H5 Data Centers
    Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
    Hitachi Global Digital Holdings
    Hitachi Vantara
    Holland & Hart

  • Innosphere
    Inovation Corridor
    Layer 10 Consulting
    Lewis Fowler
    LGS Innovations
    Longmont Economic Development Partnership
    Look Listen

  • Merrick
    Minority Business Office
    National Conference of State Legislatures
    Nimble Storage
    OneNeck IT Solutions
    Panasonic CityNow
    Paragone Strategies

  • Pivot3
    Premier Manufacturing
    Pure Storage, Inc
    QC Data Inc.
    Real Original
    Rhize Tech
    RockCyber, LLC
    RTD Denver
    Scale Computing

  • Selective Site Consultants
    Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs
    Sirius Solutions
    Smart City Foundry
    SolderWorks LLC
    Spectrum Enterprise

  • St. Vrain Valley Schools
    State of Colorado
    Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging
    Sway Mobility
    Switch Automation
    The Colorado Health Foundation
    The CORE
    The Doyle Group

  • The Judge Group
    Town of Parker Economic Development
    Town of Windsor
    Trimble, Inc.
    University of Colorado
    University of Colorado Denver
    University of Denver
    Valid Evaluation

  • Venture Smarter
    Venture Technologies
    Verizon Wireless
    Vimoc Technologies
    WW Marketing
    WWT / Asynchrony Labs
    X-IO Technologies

Sponsorship Opportunities Available Now!

The CO Smart Cities Symposium brings together the top leaders across leading technology and solutions providers, government, research and academia. Demonstrate your expertise to our community on smart city leaders. All sponsorship opportunities include participation in our Technology Showcase.

Contact Jason Delp at 303-592-4070 or on how to leverage these opportunities!


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  • 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. In this session, discover the challenges and opportunities that come with advancing innovative smart city projects.

*Program subject to change.

The Tech Showcase features the latest tech innovation in smart cities with our showcase sponsors. Seeing is believing, after all.

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Matthew Bailey
Smart Cities Global Practice Leader
Arrow Electronics
Co-Founder, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance

Matthew leads Arrow Electronics’ smart city practice, co-founded the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, is on the board of CompTIA’s North American Smart Cities Council and is an international public speaker. Matthew has received wide public recognition as a leading authority in Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities. He has been a catalyst for the IoT revolution in many international territories and was a 2015 Worldwide Technology Network award nominee.



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Sean Harrington
VP City Solutions
Verizon Wireless

Sean Harrington joined Verizon through the acquisition of Sensity Systems by Verizon in October 2016. Sean was the COO for Sensity, where he was responsible for the operational and strategic leadership of Sensity. Sean has led engineering, operations, sales and marketing, and business development at the company. He established the first strategic and partner relationships for Sensity, building an ecosystem for the newly created Light Sensory Network category. Sean spent the five years before joining Sensity in sales, marketing, and business development of high-growth clean tech companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Aiden Mitchell
VP & GM, IoT Global Solutions
Arrow Electronics

Aiden is responsible for Arrow’s full-solution IoT stack, including sensors, embedded, connectivity, networks, data platforms within hybrid, private and public cloud, analytics and security. Aiden joined Arrow in 2011 and has more than 20 years of sales and general management experience in the technology sector. During his time at Arrow, Aiden has led the Intelligent Systems Business Unit, which centers on embedded processing, wireless and sensor products and was VP of Semiconductors running marketing, assets and operations for that business segment in the Americas region.


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John Tolva
Founder, CityFi
Co-Founder, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance

John co-founded CityFi, an urban change management consultancy enabling smart, sustainable cities through innovative public-private partnerships, triple-bottom-line policy making and human-centric technology. John leads the nonprofit Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, a collaboration among Colorado municipalities, private sector companies and academia to develop, pilot and test solutions to urban challenges. John teaches a graduate course about the intersection of urban technology and policy at the School of Public Affairs for the University of Colorado.




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Richard Adams
NREL Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

  • Richard joined NREL in 2011 and draws on his 20 plus years of international experience with small, medium, and large corporations across a broad range of industry sectors. He is recognized as proven driver of organizational performance and is the author of Results Ladder—a model for successful strategic planning and execution.

    Prior to joining NREL, Richard was the CEO/President of Warralong Group, a management consulting firm focused on organizational performance with a specific emphasis on how to grow successfully. Richard is a graduate of the University of New England (Australia), with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, and holds a Graduate Diploma of Business from the Phillip Institute of Technology (Australia).

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Chelsea Collier
Impact Hub Austin
Editor at Large
Smart Cities Connect

  • Chelsea is a connector across tech, government and social impact sectors. She does this by publishing articles and hosting events though her platform Digi.City, as the Editor-At-Large for Smart Cities Connect and as a Co-Founder of Impact Hub Austin. Her work has also been featured in, Venture Beat, the Chicago Tribune and dozens of other publications.

    Chelsea is a 2018 Marshall Memorial Fellow and a 2016 Eisenhower Fellow. Her research focuses on smart city policy and global best practices. She serves on the advisory boards of the Austin Forum, the Austin Technology Alliance and is active with Austin CityUP., the city’s smart city nonprofit.

    Chelsea is an Austin Under 40 Award recipient in Science & Technology (2015), a graduate of the Leadership Austin and has masters and bachelor degrees in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Dr. Sue Haupt
Senior Scientist and Deputy Director
NCAR Research Applications Laboratory

  • Dr. Sue Ellen Haupt is a Senior Scientist and Deputy Director of the Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). She was previously Director of the Weather Systems and Assessment Program in RAL. She also serves as Director of Education for the World Energy and Meteorology Council, Adjunct Professor of Meteorology at The Pennsylvania State University, and a Councilor for the American Meteorological Society. She earned her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, M.S. in Engineering Management from Western New England College, B.S. in Meteorology from Penn State, and did a postdoctoral fellowship with the Advanced Study Program of NCAR. She has also been on the faculty of the University of Colorado/Boulder; the U.S. Air Force Academy (visiting); University of Nevada, Reno; and Utah State University and previously worked for the New England Electric System and GCA Corporation. She is an expert in meteorology applied to renewable energy, boundary layer meteorology, large scale atmospheric dynamics, dynamical systems, numerical methods, artificial intelligence methods, and computational fluid dynamics. Dr. Haupt has authored and edited several books and published numerous journal articles on these topics.

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John Jackson
City Manager
City of Greenwood Village


  • City Manager John Jackson was born and raised in Northeastern Iowa. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and his Master’s Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy’s Session #236, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Policing Session #60 class, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leading Police Organizations class, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Northwestern University’s Advanced Supervision classes, and Situational Leadership for Law Enforcement class.

    John Jackson has 30 years of police service. This experience in multiple municipal police departments includes being in positions and ranks up to and including serving as the Chief of Police in both rural and urban cities in the State of Colorado.

    John’s last assignment in law enforcement was serving as the Chief of Police for the City of Greenwood Village, which is a southern suburb contiguous to Denver. As a Chief, John valued external leadership opportunities as evidenced by him being a past President of the Executive Board for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP). During his time with the CACP he served as chair on the Legislative and Marijuana Committees. John also served as the State of Colorado liaison for marijuana process for several years.

    In October of 2017, John was promoted to the position of City Manager for the City of Greenwood Village, where he currently leads city operations of seven departments and a staff of 273 people.

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Dennis Kyle
SVP, Fiber Solutions, Rocky Mountain Region
Zayo Group


  • Dennis has over 20 years of leadership experience in Technology and Communications related industries and currently serves as SVP, 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 Revenue, 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 such as 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. Over the years he and has held numerous senior leadership positions at companies such as McCaw Cellular, Nextlink Interactive, XO Communications, Level 3 Communications as well as a previous stint at Zayo Group where he ran one of Zayo’s business units. Dennis has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University as well as MBA and MA in “Development Economics” from Stanford University.

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Bob Patterson
Chief Strategist & Senior Enterprise Architect
Enterprise Data & Analytics
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

  • Bob is a Certified Master IT Architect and serves as an Enterprise Solution Architect focused on data, analytics and the Internet of Things. 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.

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Steve Skadron
City of Aspen


  • Steven Skadron has been the Mayor of the City of Aspen since June 2013. He is committed to sustainable land use practices that support a healthy year-round community and a vibrant visitor-based economy. Under his leadership Aspen has achieved its goal of reaching 100% renewable energy in its municipal utility and tightened building codes that threatened small town character. He is currently spearheading an effort to bring next generation mobility options into Aspen to reduce people’s reliance on single occupancy vehicles in the form of a 3-month mobility experiment transforming how people move in to, out of, and around Aspen.

    Mayor Skadron previously served six years as a member of the Aspen City Council and is the principal of SpoonerSkadron LLC, a marketing communications firm he founded in 2003. He serves as an adjunct professor of E-Commerce at Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School, and as a board member and past President of the Colorado Association of Ski Towns focusing on policies to benefit and sustain mountain communities. He is a graduate of University of Minnesota and has a MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.

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Mike Beevor
Technical Marketing Director


  • Mike is the Technical Marketing Director at Pivot3, the performance and technology leader in hyperconverged infrastructure. As the resident technology evangelist, Mike focuses on helping organisations create safer, smarter worlds by using a wide range of cutting edge technologies and helping those organisations to understand and realise the benefits that IoT can deliver. Leveraging his expertise in critical datacenter infrastructure, IoT and video surveillance through 15 years as a Principle Solutions Architect for a number of successful start-up organisations, allied with a strong belief in Social Enterprise, Mike offers a broad and slightly alternative viewpoint on IoT and the human aspects of technology.

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Mariano Delle Donne


  • Mariano Delle Donne grew up in a small town called Villa Regina, in the Rio Negro province of Argentina. He escaped a life of poverty as a young teenager, eventually enrolling in an exchange program that took him to an elite college preparatory school in South Africa. He excelled as a swimmer while receiving arguably the best academic training in Africa.

    Mariano was offered a full-ride athletic scholarship to the University of Denver (DU) in Denver, Colorado where he became captain of the swim team, a 16-time All American, and was ranked 8th in the nation in the 100 meter backstroke (Division II). At 21 years old, he turned down the opportunity to swim for Argentina in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia in order to retain his scholarship, finish his college education, and pursue another passion—developing technology that improves lives.

    Mariano earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from DU. He is now the CEO of Adventos, a software company dedicated to applying life-learned virtues of “working smart” and “working efficiently” to law enforcement. Adventos’ flagship SmartForce system reduces officer risks and agency costs by enabling a more efficient sharing of information (learn more at

    He and his team have worked with more than 250 public agencies across the U.S., and more than 100 public safety agencies.

    Mariano’s mission, ultimately, is to be a great husband and father. Today, he is married and has two sons. His family lives in Denver, Colorado and he still swims with his boys…giving them a small head start when they ask, “Come on dad, let’s race!”

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Seth Hoffman
City Manager
City of Lone Tree


  • Seth Hoffman was named City Manager for the City of Lone Tree on November 1, 2013. Hoffman has served in various roles for Lone Tree since 2005, including Deputy City Manager and Economic Development Director. During this time he conducted successful expansion, retention and relocation negotiations on a large number of high-profile projects, including Kaiser Permanente, Charles Schwab, Health One, and Cabela’s.

    As Lone Tree has grown over the past 13 years, Hoffman has overseen a wide variety of projects including design and construction of Lone Tree’s Municipal Offices in 2007 and the Lone Tree Arts Center in 2011. He recently completed work with Denver’s Regional Transportation District and local stakeholders to facilitate the construction of the $233 million Southeast Light Rail Extension in Lone Tree.

    As City Manager, Hoffman provides professional leadership for Lone Tree’s Police, Administrative Services, Public Works, Arts Center and Community Development Departments, and facilitates the direction of the City Council by implementing the details of City Council’s goals and policies.

    Prior to his work in Lone Tree, Hoffman worked for the City of Grand Junction, Colorado and began his professional career at the corporate headquarters of a Fortune 100 telecommunications company. He earned his bachelors and MPA degrees at the University of Kansas.

    The City of Lone Tree is a national leader in smart cities initiatives. It was one of 16 cities selected for Transportation for America and Sidewalk Labs’ Smart Cities Collaborative, and is a founding member of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance. In the summer of 2017, Lone Tree partnered with Uber to launch an on-demand shuttle bus, which was the first of its kind in the United States.

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Aleta Jeffress
Chief Information Officer
City of Aurora


  • Aleta Jeffress has over 20 years of success as an executive business leader and technologist with a proven track record of establishing relationships between business and technology.  Aleta has experience in enabling digital transformation and delivering best in class business value with software companies, as well as large federal, state, and local government agencies.  She drives innovative strategies for business and IT leadership, and has developed teams for Cybersecurity and Project Management Offices from the ground up.  She is a champion for change! 

    Originally from Indiana, Aleta has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs and Management from Indiana University.  She also sits on the board of the Colorado Technology Association, is an advisory board member for PC’s for People (Denver), and is on the advisory committee for the Community College of Aurora.  Aleta and her family moved to Colorado in 2014 and love the outdoors. 



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.

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Stephanie Piko
City of Centennial

  • Mayor Stephanie Piko has been involved with the City of Centennial since 2007, as a member of Centennial’s Open Space Advisory Board, Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. She brings a broad background to her role as Centennial’s third Mayor. As Mayor she is involved with many state, regional and local committees and boards such as the National League of Cities, Denver South Economic Development Partnership and Transportation Management Association, Centennial’s FiberWorks Commission, Chair of the Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority, Centennial’s Audit and Budget Committees and others.

    She and her husband, Jim have lived in Centennial since 2001. Their two sons Austin and Conner are both graduates of the Cherry Creek School District where Mayor Piko taught technology for 10 years. In her free time she enjoys being a substitute teacher for the Cherry Creek School District and skiing and hiking in the mountains.

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Andrew Spurgeon
Director of Operations


  • Andy Spurgeon is Chief of Operations for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) broadband programs, including BroadbandUSA and the Broadband Technology Opportunities (BTOP) program. Mr. Spurgeon’s responsibilities include the development and implementation of broadband technical assistance programs, managing regulatory relationships with other agencies, and the national broadband availability map. Prior to joining NTIA, Mr. Spurgeon was a senior executive at several start-up technology companies in the telecommunications and cloud computing industries, with roles spanning corporate development, sales, and marketing. Mr. Spurgeon has extensive experience as a consultant, advising several of the world’s largest telecommunications providers on service provisioning and business integration issues. Mr. Spurgeon has had the opportunity to work with clients in twenty countries spanning five continents. Mr. Spurgeon earned his Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Nolbert Chavez
Chief of External Initiatives
UC Denver
Executive Director
CityCenter, UC Denver

  • Nolbert D. Chavez works at both the campus and system level at the University of Colorado. He is Chief of External Initiatives for CU Denver. He works directly for Chancellor Dorothy Horrell, former president of the Community College system. He also serves on the Chancellors Cabinet. In addition, Nolbert is Associate Vice President for Community Engagement for the University of Colorado system, in the President’s office.

    Prior to working for the university, Mr. Chavez was a partner in Capitol Success Group, a public affairs and lobbying firm based in Denver, Colorado. Nolbert served a variety of non-profit, corporate, governmental, quasi-governmental and higher education clients including Adams State University and Metro State University.

    Mr. Chavez was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1994 and served eight years representing HD5 (Denver). He served on almost every committee in the House. His last bill in office, signed by Governor Bill Owens, was arguably the most significant structural higher education bill in the last 20 years. The bill eliminated the State College system and gave each of the colleges their independence.

    Nolbert has served on numerous Boards of Directors. In 2013, Mr. Chavez was appointed by Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar to serve on the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Parks Foundation. Mr. Chavez was appointed by Governor Ritter and reappointed by Governor Hickenlooper and Senate President Cadman to the Colorado Boxing Commission, where he serves as Vice Chairman. Mr. Chavez was reappointed this year by Mayor Michael Hancock, to serve on the Judicial Discipline Commission. In addition, he serves on the board of the Latin American Education Foundation, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver and the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

    Mr. Chavez earned a Bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing. In 2016, Nolbert graduated with a Master’s degree in political science with an emphasis in policy and politics from CU Denver. Currently, Nolbert is enrolled in a Doctoral program in CU Denver’s School of Education. In 2004, Nolbert completed executive education at the Harvard Business School on Corporate Governance.

    Nolbert Chavez is married to former Denver City Councilwoman Judy H. Montero. Nolbert ran the Marine Corp Marathon in 2005 and the Denver Marathon in 2007. His passion includes restoring a 1977 FLH shovelhead Harley Davidson motorcycle that has been in his wife’s family for 35 years.

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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.

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Zach Huhn
Venture Smarter
IEEE Smart Cities Standards Committee

  • Zack Huhn is the Founder of Venture Smarter, a technology and strategy company dedicated to streamlining the development of smart cities and regions. He is on the board of Regional Smart Cities Initiatives, an advisor to the United States House of Representatives Smart Cities Caucus, on the leadership team for the National Institute of Standards and Technology Wireless Supercluster for Global City Teams Challenge, and is the Chairman of IEEE’s Smart Cities Standards Committee (P2784.) He is also an active leader in IEEE’s Advancing Internet Inclusion Initiative and serves on the IEEE Standards Association Communications Society Standards Development Board. All of this is to say that he is committed to democratizing smart governance – driven by standards and collaboration, that puts people first.


Mark Jules
Vice President
Hitachi Insight Group


  • Mr. Jules currently serves as Vice President of Public Safety and Smart City Solutions for Hitachi Data Systems. The Public Safety and Smart City Group is focused on creating safer, smarter, more efficient communities through connected intelligence.

    Mr. Jules served as CEO for AvrioRMS Group, a provider of wide-area networks and software interoperability and integration platforms. He lead the effort to sell the company to Hitachi Data Systems in 2014. During his tenor AvrioRMS deployed solutions to support Federal, State and Local Agencies for day-to-day public safety as well as to secure special events including the 2008 Republican Convention, 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions, the 2009 G20, the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Inaugurations

    Prior to joining AvrioRMS Group Mr. Jules served as Founder and President of Protean Solutions, a provider of mobile platforms for battlefield communications, interoperability and emergency operations. Protean Solutions created strategic partnerships with some of the world’s largest defense companies to secure and deliver on Federal Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contracts.

    Before founding Protean Mr. Jules severed as Director of Business Development for Worldwide Information Network Systems, a minority owned enterprise IT company. Mr. Jules and his team grew the company from four to over 300 employees.

    Mr. Jules is currently active in various public safety and smart city organizations where he serves as a featured lecturer on the topic of Smart Cities, Interoperability and Private Public Partnerships.

    Mr. Jules graduated from Bucknell University as a member of the Phi Sigma Phi Honor Fraternity.

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David McCurdy
Chief Technology Officer
Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology

  • David McCurdy is an accomplished professional and thought leader who has been sought after to speak both nationally and abroad. Before joining the public sector in September 2014, he acquired more than 17 years’ experience working in IT as a programmer, system engineer, architect, and executive across the telecommunications, finance, healthcare fields.

    David spent ten years at Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) during which time CHI grew from a holding company to one of the largest healthcare systems in the country and provided more than $715 million in charity care in the year 2013 alone. In his roles as CHI’s Associate Vice President and Chief Enterprise Architect, David led a 1,000-person IT organization that serviced hospitals and clinics across the country and was responsible for setting standards and strategic direction of IT. His key accomplishments include the build out of three primary data centers, centralization and reorganization of IT, the build out of new ERP and business management systems, and the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR).

    Prior to Catholic Health Initiatives, David served as Manager of Special Projects for AT&T Broadband, now Comcast, where he was responsible for leading programs that built cable and telephony billing systems. He was also part of the core team that built the financial, human resources, and business management systems.

    David’s interest in technology began in high school when he was selected to work on the Cray Supercomputers at Los Alamos National Labs. This early success drove him into his career as a technology professional. Today, David holds multiple certifications and memberships from leading organizations, such as the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), Citrix, CompTIA, Microsoft, Cerner, and Gartner. David spent much of his childhood as a military dependent before establishing roots in Colorado.

    A family man, David, his wife, Jennifer, and two sons have called Colorado home for the last 18 years and wouldn’t live anywhere else. After serving patients and hospitals around the country, he now enjoys serving the state and people of Colorado. “My passion is knowing how our work with technology makes a positive difference in the world every day.”

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Dr. Florine Raitano
Director of Partnership Development & Innovation

  • Dr. Raitano is a third generation native Coloradoan, born in Pueblo and raised in Denver. She attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Colorado, Boulder, earning a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Psychology. She was awarded a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado in 1981. Dr. Raitano then completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Dr. Raitano managed and owned a small animal clinic in Dillon, Colorado for eight years.

    She was twice elected Mayor of Dillon, Colorado and served on numerous boards and commissions, including Colorado Municipal League Region 12 (president), Colorado Association of Ski Towns (vice-president), the Summit Leadership Forum (vice-president & founding member), and the Colorado River Headwater Forum (vice-chair & founding member). Former Governor Romer appointed her to two terms on the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission where she served as vice-chairman during her last term.

    Dr. Raitano served as the first Executive Director of the Colorado Rural Development Council from July, 1993 until January, 2003. She chaired the Colorado Rural Technology Project (CRTP) for Colorado’s Advanced Technology Institute for three years. Former Governor Romer appointed her to serve as the representative for rural consumers on the state’s Working Group on Telecommunications Deregulation and has served in an advisory capacity to the Public Utilities Commission for their telecommunications grants project. In 1997, Dr. Raitano was awarded Vice-President Al Gore’s Hammer Award for Re-Inventing Government for her work with the Colorado Ecosystem Partnership

    Beginning in 1997, Dr. Raitano served two terms on the 10th District Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank. In 1998 Dr. Raitano was appointed Senior Fellow at the Center for the New West. CSU Cooperative Extension presented Dr. Raitano their “Friend of Extension” award in 1998. From 1999 through 2003, she served on the Executive Committee of the Economic Developer’s Council of Colorado. She also served a term on the Board of the Education Foundation of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry from 1996 until 2000. She served on the Steering Committee for the Western Rural Development Center for six years beginning in 1999. In 2001, she was asked to serve on the charter board for the Community Development Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She served 12 years on the Rural Community Assistance Corporation Board of Directors. Dr. Raitano also serves as Chair Emeritus for the Board of Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology now known as Manufacturer’s Edge.

    Dr. Raitano chaired the RuralTeleCon 2000 national conference in Aspen and delivered an International Keynote on her work to stimulate deployment of advanced IT infrastructure to rural Colorado communities in Nova Scotia, Canada. In May, 2001, Dr. Raitano was a guest of the Australian Government where she presented the International Keynote address and a seminar at the Queensland University of Technology on the role of IT infrastructure in rural economic and community development. Dr. Raitano served on the Summit Medical Center Community Advisory Board since 1995 and was elected as the first Chair of its Board of Directors. She served on the St. Anthony’s Hospital Board of Directors in 2006 and 2007. She was named Executive Director of the I-70 Coalition in 2006 and has served on CDOT’s SB-1 Transit Task Force. At the request of CDOT Region 1, she served on the Context Sensitive Solutions project leadership team and selection panel. Former Governor Ritter appointed her to the Technical Advisory Committee for the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Finance and Implementation in 2007. She was a member of the I-70 AGS Feasibility Study Project Leadership Team and the Interconnectivity Study for CDOT.

    Dr. Raitano has been CEO of RD Specialists, LLC since March 2003 and has worked on contract assignments ranging from rural economic development projects in NE Colorado to rural community broadband projects for the State of Arizona, to tribal comprehensive community planning in Southern California. She completed work on several HUD Sustainable Communities projects (New River Valley Region in Virginia; St Charles Parish Louisiana). In 2013 she worked with the North Fork Valley in Delta County to attain Creative District status. Dr. Raitano has been at the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) since August 2013 in multiple capacities and is currently serving as the Director of Partnership Development and Innovation.

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Eulois Cleckley
Executive Director
Department of Public Works
City & County of Denver

  • Eulois Cleckley was appointed by Mayor Hancock in December 2017 to serve as the Executive Director of Public Works for the City and County of Denver. As Executive Director, Cleckley runs one of the city’s largest and most dynamic departments, managing the majority of services involving public infrastructure and facilities for residents and businesses.

    As Executive Director, Cleckley oversees 1,300 Public Works employees and is responsible for the department’s $340 million annual budget.

    Cleckley previously worked for the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC), where he served as the Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization which covers the eight-county Houston-Galveston region and provided overall strategic direction related to city and regional transportation planning, project development and implementation.

    Prior to his work with the HGAC, Cleckley served as Chief of Statewide and Regional Planning, and later acting Chief of the Field Operations Division, for Washington, D.C.’s District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

    Mr. Cleckley has a Transportation and Economics degree from North Carolina State University and a Global Logistics Specialist Professional Designation from California State University.

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Amy Ford
Chief of Advanced Mobility
Colorado Department of Transportation
State of Colorado


  • As the Chief of Advanced Mobility, Amy Ford is responsible for accelerating innovation and technologies that maximize the experience of people, goods and information moving on Colorado’s transportation system. She directs program strategy of various divisions including Mobility Operations, which manages Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Safety & Traffic Engineering and other Traffic Operations programs and the RoadX Program, which partners with the private sector to deploy transformational transportation solutions such as connected, autonomous, hyperloop and other technologies. She also guides CDOT’s Workforce of the Future initiatives and the Office of Communications, which is responsible for all strategic external and internal communications. Amy also serves as the Chair for the state of Colorado’s Autonomous Mobility Task Force which is responsible establishing consistent policy and operational deployment guidance in support of an autonomous mobility future.

    With over 20 years of experience working in transportation, education and city public affairs, Amy owned her own strategic communications firm prior to CDOT and has led various economic and community development efforts in the City and County of Denver. She received her Master in Public Administration from the University of Colorado.


Ramsay Huntley
Clean Technology & Innovation Philanthropy Program Officer
Wells Fargo

  • Ramsay Huntley is Wells Fargo’s Vice President, Clean Technology and Innovation Philanthropy Program Officer. A member of the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility team, Ramsay oversees Wells Fargo’s clean tech philanthropy programs including the Innovation Incubator (IN2) in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as well as tribal sustainability philanthropy programs.

    Before joining the Wells Fargo team in April 2018, Ramsay led the commercial development of Simple Energy’s rebates-as-a-service (RaaS) offering to allow utility customers to easily and quickly qualify for instant rebates on energy efficient products such as smart thermostats at the point of sale at their favorite retailers. Prior to taking on the RaaS role, he managed client relationships with some of the nation’s largest electric utilities. Previously, Ramsay served as a senior sustainability manager at DIRECTV, launching the sustainability program there and leading DIRECTV’s efforts to report on its sustainability progress, procure renewable energy, and produce efficient products.

    Ramsay is based in Denver, CO, and he and his wife are parents to two elementary school age boys and he can often be found trail running or skiing in Colorado’s high country. His personal favorite clean tech gadgets are his 2.5 kW solar system and Nest thermostat.


Gabe Klein


  • Gabe Klein is the former commissioner of the Chicago and Washington, DC Departments of Transportation. He has worked in variety of leadership roles in transportation and technology.

    Gabe served in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in Chicago as Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner. While at CDOT, Gabe and his management team transformed the agency into a national model for innovation in transportation and tech. Prior to his service at CDOT, Gabe was the director of the District Department of Transportation, where he was appointed by former Mayor Adrian Fenty to bring his private sector experience to innovate, operate, and streamline the agency, while dramatically cutting DDOT’s $1 billion operating budget.

    In both cities, he revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people first on city streets. This included launching two of the first and largest bikeshare systems in the U.S. and building protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, as well as facilitating private services like carshare and rideshare that could help each city’s mobility goals.

    Before his experience in public service, Gabe honed his creativity and leadership skills working in business, including Zipcar, where he served as Vice President for four years. He was also the national Director of Stores at Bikes USA, and co-founded On The Fly, an innovative, boutique food-service company that serves workers and visitors in densely trafficked areas from smartkarts. Gabe joined Fontinalis Partners in 2015 as a Special Venture Partner on their new fund. Fontinalis is the leading venture capital firm intelligently focused on technology investments in next-generation mobility. Also in 2015, Gabe published Start-Up City with David Vega-Barachowitz on Island Press, a manifesto on revamping how (and how fast) we innovate in cities.

    In 2016, Gabe co-founded CityFi to help city leaders, CEOs, and varied stakeholders understand the complexity of 21st century challenges, facilitate people-centric solutions, and utilize new models for delivery, with a focus on harnessing technology-based tools to deliver triple-bottom line results. Clients range from foreign governments to cities, states, start-ups, and publicly-traded companies.

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Dr. Karen Meidlinger
Director, New Business Ventures IoT

  • Dr. Karen Meidlinger is the Director, New Business Ventures IoT at machineQ. She is particularly focused on partnering with and investing in Internet of Things (IoT) startups of strategic interest to machineQ.

    Prior to joining machineQ, Karen was Co-founder and Managing Principal of Meidlinger Partners, LLC, where she was dedicated to investing in, growing and developing water technology, product and service companies that have scalable solutions to clean water and wastewater in an energy efficient manner while meeting governmental standards.

    Dr. Meidlinger was an Associate at Johnson & Johnson where she spent almost four years leading innovation management projects, identifying new technologies that would drive future business growth for the corporation, including setting up a seed stage investment platform to connect J&J operating divisions with emerging technologies.

    Prior to her work at Johnson & Johnson, Karen ran the life science business incubator at the University City Science Center. In this role she identified high-growth, technology-based life science companies and advised over 100 start-up companies, including several biotech companies that went from start up to exit, turning $432 million of VC investment into $1.2 billion.

    Karen earned her M.B.A. at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). She completed her Ph.D. in marine ecology at the University of Southampton (UK) and her B.Sc. in marine biology at the University of Liverpool (UK). She also completed an entrepreneurship fellowship at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Among other things, she is a professional SCUBA diver who has SCUBA-dived under ice in Antarctica.


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Jake Rishavy
VP of Innovation
Denver South EDP
Colorado Smart Cities Alliance

  • Jake has led innovation efforts for Denver South Economic Development Partnership since 2012, creating or contributing to impactful programs supporting companies 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.

    Jake provides board-level strategic leadership to initiatives he has co-founded including Prime Health, a statewide organization supporting Colorado health tech companies, and the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, a first of its kind multi-jurisdictional collaborative connecting 16 cities with leading global technology companies, universities and federal research labs to accelerate the adoption of emerging smart cities technologies, policies and practices.

    Finally, Jake is defining a long-range vision for urban change in the region, the Denver South Blueprint, creating a region-wide strategy to leverage land use, transportation and technology to enhance quality of life and overall competitiveness.

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Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Colorado Smart Cities Alliance and Arrow Electronics 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. Arrow Electronics, a founding partner of the Alliance, is leading the way in IoT and smart city technologies globally, and is intent on introducing the Arrow global network to the conversations happening across the state. 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.



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