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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

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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 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 goos such as air, energy and water.

*Program subject to change.


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”.

CINO, Chief Innovation Officer, Flexential

Jason Carolan

CINO, 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.

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


  • Congresswoman Diana DeGette is serving her 12th term in Congress as Representative for the First District of Colorado. As a member of the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce, an exclusive congressional committee with vast jurisdiction over health care, trade, business, technology, food safety, and consumer protection, she is one of the leading voices in the health care debate in this country. As lead whip, she played a vital role in the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, has fought for tough food safety legislation, and was a key player in crafting a comprehensive consumer product safety bill. In 2011 she was elected the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which conducts investigations into programs within the committee’s jurisdiction.

    U.S. Rep. DeGette is also the chief architect of legislation to expand stem cell research, which has been passed twice with broad, bipartisan support in Congress. The measure was vetoed twice by President George W. Bush – including his very first presidential veto. A life-long Coloradoan, U.S. Rep. DeGette is guided by traditional Western values. She’s also the author of the landmark Colorado Wilderness Act, which would protect and preserve pristine land across Colorado for generations to come. She has fought to enhance her constituents’ access to affordable quality health care, expand mass transit, improve transportation in the Denver area, clean up environmental waste sites, and improve opportunities for small business.


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.

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.

    Ms. Kae attended the University of Iowa and resides in Boston, MA. She is the Founder and President of “WeSeeHope USA Inc”, a not for profit supporting women and youth programs in Africa; serves as Board Member to the Friends of Dana Farber Cancer Institute; and is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Corporate Sustainability at Harvard 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.

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.

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.

Head of Micromobility Policy, Lyft

Caroline Samponaro

Head of Micromobility Policy, Lyft


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.

2018 CO Smart Cities Symposium Press


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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