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Join us on Wednesday, October 25th at BB&T Arena for the first Midwest IoT Showcase and Smart Regions Conference!

The Smart Regions Conference will include speakers and featured presentations in the morning, an open IoT Showcase and Expo throughout the day, and Smart City leadership workshops and awards in the afternoon. Oh, did we mention drones? Yeah, professional drone racing and exhibitions, too! Tickets and Sponsorships are available but limited.

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Wednesday, October 25


Advanced and Autonomous Transportation in Smart Regions
In the last century, we automated communication. It’s a new century, and we are on the verge of automating transportation as population growth is only increasing the strain on our existing transportation infrastructure. As we look through human history, every time we’ve had a paradigm shift in transportation, we’ve doubled our quality of life. It will not be without roadblocks, but we’re on the verge of achieving this goal in this century – and perhaps within the next decade.

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Mitch Kominsky

Co Founder, Venture Smarter

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Shaaban Abdallah

Professor, University of Cincinnati
I am the advisor of University of Cincinnati Hyperloop. I am the inventor of hybrid Solar/Wind Turbine with aerodynamic brake.
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Randy Cole

Executive Director, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission
Randy Cole serves as Executive Director of the Ohio Turnpike. He previouslyserved as Controlling Board President and Policy Advisor to the Office of Budgetand Management (OBM) in the administration of Gov. John Kasich. He currentlyserves on the Advisory Board of DriveOhio, a multi-agency... Read More →
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Mike Stanley

CEO, Transit X
Transit X is developing a personal mass transit network to supplant cars and roads in cities and suburbs.
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Mark Zannoni

Research Director, Smart Cities & Transportation, IDC

Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
BB&T Arena Room Three 500 Louie B Nunn Dr Newport KY 41099


Innovation, Inclusion, and the Workforce of the Future
The Internet is shattering socio-economic barriers and making our world smaller. Many groups are tackling this problem internationally, while organizations such as Tech Defenders are doing this here in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. How critical is Internet Inclusion and are we taking the right steps to provide equitable access to this basic utility?

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Rhonda Binda

Co-founder and VP Policy, Venture Smarter
Rhonda Binda is VP Policy for Venture Smarter and Director of their Smart Regions Initiative. She has a distinguished history of public service, as Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Intergovernmental Affairs Division, and in the West Wing of the White House, under tw... Read More →

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Michael Beck

Founder, Code For Kids
Michael Beck holds MBA in Int'l Business from Vienna University of Economics in Austria and in MIS/Int'l Marketing from Kent State University in Ohio. He spent 11 years working for NCR Corp. in Dayton, OH in various international assignments. Graduate of Leadership Cincinnati... Read More →
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Parag Joshi

Centric Consulting
Parag Joshi (https://www.linkedin.com/in/paragcjoshi) is a Co-Lead for Digital, Mobile, Portal, and Outsourcing for Cincinnati Business Unit of Centric Consulting LLC and has over 19 years software development experience working on various technologies. He is co-director of CINNUG, a technical group in Cincinnati and also director o... Read More →
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Austin Lee

Associate Professor, Northern Kentucky University
I received my B.A. in Communication from Seoul National University, and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from Michigan State University.I study how emerging information communication technology—including robots, computer agents, video games, and Web 2.0—influences human attitudes... Read More →

Seema Shah

LaGuarida Community College
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Bjorn Simmons

Co-Founder, Wyzerr
Community Catalyst for StartupCincy. It's my job to build an ecosystem of innovation enabled by entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship should be diverse and inclusive and I'm setting out to build communities that provide access to success through innovation for everyone!

Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
BB&T Arena Venture Smarter Lounge 500 Louie B Nunn Dr Newport KY 41099


Resilient Infrastructure and IoT for Smart Cities and Disaster Relief
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Rahul Bawa

Chairman, The Hamilton Mill
PowerIT Solutions provides strategic business, technology and web-development consulting services to a wide range of businesses across industries. I am also the Chairman of The Hamilton Mill, an incubator focused on clean-tech and advanced manufacturing, and Chairman of Pipeline... Read More →

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Katrina Eckard

CEO, WEL Enterprise
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Dr. Jess Kropczynski

Assistant Professor, UC School of IT
Jess Kropczynski, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests are primarily in the design and evaluation of civic technology to support collective action in community networks ranging from city planning... Read More →
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Dr Sudhir Kshirsagar

President, Global Quality Corp./HydroTrek
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Mark Moffet

Director of System Engineering State, Local Government and Education, Cisco Systems, Inc
Mark Moffett leads System Engineering for State, Local Government, and Education for the Eastern United States.  He and his team of 130+ Systems Engineering Managers, Systems Engineers and Architects are responsible for the design and deployment of Cisco solutions built on integrated... Read More →
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Chris Rezendes

Chris is the Chief Business Officer at ContextLABS, Spherical|Analytics and is the Founder of ImpactLABS. Chris and his teams are bringing digital trust platforms -- combining IoT, cybersecurity tools, proofing services, blockchain and machine learning -- to resilient infrastructure... Read More →

Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
BB&T Arena Room Two 500 Louie B Nunn Dr Newport KY 41099


The Business Case for Smart Cities
Cut costs, generate revenue, or create value. Depending on the value exchange, public-private partnerships may allow smart city solutions to act as profit centers in smart regions.

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Zack Huhn

President, Venture Smarter

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Terry Holmes

Vice President, Network Solutions, CNX
Terry serves as the VP, Network Solutions for CNX, where he has been at the forefront of connectivity infrastructure for Smart Cities. Terry is also responsible for working with government jurisdictions on asset management strategies and long-term telecommunications planning that... Read More →
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John Putnam

VP Sales, Powernet
John has been with Powernet for over 5 years, all of that time in the sales department. Having spent the previous 20 years in sales and sales management in the Information Technology sector, he has a strong solution-selling background and was involved in the development and initial... Read More →
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Jon Salisbury

Co-founder and CEO, smartLINK, nexigen
Jon Salisbury is the Co-founder and CEO at smartLINK, as well as the Co-founder & CEO at nexigen. Jon has led over 1000 technology projects to successful implementation. Jon has also helped create the IEEE smart city (Technical) framework.  Jon is a strong advocate for social good projects and innovative technologies which solve problem... Read More →
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Steve Wimsatt

Senior Director, Ruckus Wireless
Mr Wimsatt is Sr Director of Strategic Alliances for Ruckus Wireless.  He leads Smart and Connected City initiatives including go to market activities and ecosystem partnerships with key partners providing streetlights, digital kiosks, IP video analytics, and IoT solutions.  He... Read More →

Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
BB&T Arena Room One 500 Louie B Nunn Dr Newport KY 41099


Big Data and IoT in Smart Cities
Data exchanges like Cincy Insights have already demonstrated the value of big data in smart planning.They allow us to make better real-time and long-term planning decisions. However, collecting usable data is not as easy as it may seem, and in fact, creating standards and interoperable protocols are required to enable scalability and usability of such portals.

Big Data and IoT can significantly optimize and replace existing systems and inefficiencies; however, if not planned properly, can significantly strain already alleviated budgets. Join a leadership workshop to explore success stories, challenges, and opportunities using IoT and Big Data in smart cities and businesses.


James Cabe

Sr Security Researcher, Fortinet


Brandon Crowley

Chief Data Officer, City of Cincinnati
Chief Data Officer, City of Cincinnati
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Karen R Jackson

Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia
Karen Jackson serves as the Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Commonwealth’s Deputy Secretary of Technology and Vice President of Broadband Programs for the Center for Innovative Technology. Ms. Jackson serves as a senior... Read More →
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Rasib Khan

Asst. Professor, Dept of Computer Science, Northern Kentucky University
Rasib Khan, Ph.D., is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity in the Department of Computer Science at Northern Kentucky University, USA. Dr. Khan completed his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, in 2016. He completed his dual-MS degrees from Royal... Read More →
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Tim Metzner

Co-founder and Partner, Differential
Tim Metzner is co-founder and Partner of Differential, a leading digital innovation studio. Tim is also a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors for OCEAN Accelerator and Unpolished, a not-profit organization with a mission to increase the presence of God in the marketplace... Read More →

Nelson Vincent

CIO and VP for Information Technology, University of Cincinnati
Nelson Vincent leads the university’s enterprise technology organization and works with the university’s distributed IT organizations to achieve an optimal balance of standard and unique technologies and services. Vincent oversees the design and delivery of eLearning and research... Read More →

Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
BB&T Arena Room Two 500 Louie B Nunn Dr Newport KY 41099


Public Safety in Smart Cities
By 2050, 75 percent of world’s population will live in urban areas. The challenges this presents for law enforcement and other emergency responders is unprecedented. Smart cities provide new, effective tools to help with allocation of resources that proactively stop crime and reduce response times.

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Parag Joshi

Centric Consulting
Parag Joshi (https://www.linkedin.com/in/paragcjoshi) is a Co-Lead for Digital, Mobile, Portal, and Outsourcing for Cincinnati Business Unit of Centric Consulting LLC and has over 19 years software development experience working on various technologies. He is co-director of CINNUG, a technical group in Cincinnati and also director o... Read More →


Matthew Hammer

Lieutenant, Cincinnati Police Department
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Nicollette Staton

Analytics & Innovation Manager, City of Cincinnati, OH
Nicollette Staton is the Analytics & Innovation Manager for the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Performance & Data Analytics (OPDA) working to embed the office’s mission to use data analytics to deliver better, faster, and smarter services throughout city operations. Staton manages... Read More →
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Chief Tom Synan

Chief of Police, Newtown Police Department
Mr. Synan’s wide experience has allowed him to have a unique look into the heroin crisis. Mr. Synan is a United States Marine Corps veteran and a 24-year police veteran with the Newtown Police Department. For the last 10 years as Police Chief and as a SWAT Team Leader veteran.In... Read More →
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Mike Ward

Chief of Police, City of Alexandria KY Police Department
Chief of Police

Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
BB&T Arena Venture Smarter Lounge 500 Louie B Nunn Dr Newport KY 41099


Smart Cities are Connected Cities
Building a smart city starts with connecting people, places, things and information. The Internet is becoming less of a want and more of a utility, a means to connect people with information and opportunities. How can we make Greater Cincinnati a more connected region? We have the opportunity to create a model for smart regional growth worldwide, in fact, that is exactly what appears to be happening.

Connected communities are smart cities on a smaller scale. From Lawrenceburg, Ind, to the city of Hamilton and on both shores of the Ohio River in Newport and Cincinnati, municipalities have begun deploying smart city solutions, but those solutions have applications in the private sector, as well.

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Zack Huhn

President, Venture Smarter

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Greg Dunn

Partner, Ice Miller LLP
Greg Dunn has represented telecommunication clients for more than 33 years, providing legal and strategic assistance to a variety of private and public clients.Greg has a comprehensive knowledge of both public utility and broadband issues. His clients include municipalities, The Ohio... Read More →

Rob Scott

Director of Wireless Solutions, Cincinnati Bell
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Jamie Sullivan

Digital Infrastructure Lead, AT&T
I am focused on digital infrastructure, 5G and FirstNet as drivers for how cities will be smart. Sensor overlay networks for data analytics and organization will be critical to cities in order to succeed to enable citizens and drive economic growth.

Michael Turner

Macquarie Capital - National Broadband Strategies

Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
BB&T Arena Room One 500 Louie B Nunn Dr Newport KY 41099


Smart Cities are Healthy Cities
Data collection is the prescription for a healthier population in smart cities. This applies to monitoring the quality of our water and air, as well as the overall health of individuals and the region’s population. Putting this data to use allows us to react better and stay more prepared. Improved quality of life and extended life expectancy are natural outcomes for residents of smart cities.

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Jason Miller

Director, Digital Services, Centric Consulting
Ask me about Digital Strategy, Customer Experience and Design, Marketing Automation and Digital InnovationJason leads the Digital consulting practice, one of Centric’s fastest growing service offerings. Jason is passionate about re-imagining the customer experience around digital touch points, accelerating digital transformation and helping clients understand and respond to digital disruption.Jason has... Read More →

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Craig Brammer

CEO, The Health Collaborative

Prasad Chalasani

Attending, MedTech MD Inc
MedTech MD

Ashel Kruetzkamp

Nurse Manager, Edgewood Emergency Department Office
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Ami Shah

CEO and Founder, Face2Face Health

Leigh Tami

Chief Performance Officer, City of Cincinnati
Chief Performance Officer, City of Cincinnati

Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
BB&T Arena Room Three 500 Louie B Nunn Dr Newport KY 41099


Blockchain and Tech Disrupting Financial Markets
Blockchain and cryptocurrency, crowdfunding and digital platforms, and other connected mediums are disrupting financial markets and trends. Join a leadership workshop session to explore how these digital transformations will reshape our cities, regions, and industries.

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Marvin Abrinica

Founder CEO, Wunderfund
Marvin is an entrepreneur, public speaker, & advisor to many companies. He is the CEO of Wunderfund, an equity crowdfunding portal in Silicon Prairie that helps startups from breweries to tech raise capital. He also founded Thrivera, a brand agency that helps companies tell great... Read More →
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Joseph Barisonzi Barisonzi

Founder CEO, Apicista
I have a passio for revitalizing communities through the demoncratization of private capital. Through my sftware company I have been part of over 160 deployment of digitl platforms which solict, sell and service privte and exempt securities. This whitelabeled paltform is expanding... Read More →

David Crown

Partner, The digit Group inc & Harbinger Alpha Capital Partners
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Michael Hiles

Director, 10XTS
Michael Hiles (aka “HilesFiles”) is CEO/Founder 10XTS. He is a digital 10native with 25+ years of software engineering, data, and information architecture experience with enterprise systems. As a senior exec with cross-over experience in multiple subsectors and industry segments... Read More →

Wednesday October 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
BB&T Arena Venture Smarter Lounge 500 Louie B Nunn Dr Newport KY 41099


Cyber Security in Smart Cities
In 2016, there were 1.6 billion connected devices in smart cities. By 2025, there could be more than 52 billion connected devices that can create better outcomes for emergency response units and law enforcement as well as residents and businesses. However, each one an opportunity to be exploited by malicious actors across sectors, if not planned for properly.

Cyber and cyber-physical security experts in government, business, and academia will explore success stories, challenges, failures, and opportunities in cybersecurity related to building smart and connected cities and communities. 

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Mitch Kominsky

Co Founder, Venture Smarter

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Greg Akers

CTO for Cisco Systems Security and Trust Organization, Cisco Security and Trust
Greg Akers is the Senior Vice President of Advanced Security Initiatives and Chief Technology Officer within the Security and Trust Organization (STO) at Cisco.  With more than two decades of executive experience, Akers brings a wide range of technical and security knowledge to his... Read More →
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Richard Harknett

Head, Dept. of Political Science, University of Cincinnati
Professor Harknett has been publishing on national cyber security strategy for over 20 years. He recently returned to Cincinnati after 6 months at Oxford University serving as Fulbright Professor in Cyber Studies and a prior 8 months as scholar-in-residence at US Cyber Command. He... Read More →
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Mark Schnitter

Senior Manager, Centric Consulting
Mark is a Senior Manager with Centric Consulting in our Cincinnati office. He has over 25 years of experience spanning multiple industries utilizing various disciplines. Mark’s experience includes infrastructure, security, Smart Grid, application architecture, and project management. Highlights Infrastructure... Read More →
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James Walden

Professor and Director, Center for Information Security at NKU
I am Professor of Computer Science and Director of NKU's Center for Information Security. As Director, I am responsible for NKU's cybersecurity curriculum and outreach efforts. I enjoy teaching a variety of cybersecurity courses, including Securing Computer Systems and Advanced Cybersecurity... Read More →

Wednesday October 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
BB&T Arena Room One 500 Louie B Nunn Dr Newport KY 41099


Smart Cities are Mobile Cities
Improvements to our existing physical transportation infrastructure are necessary to accommodate population growth and business needs. But mobility is about more than getting from place to place; it’s about providing access to education and job training, advancing careers and growing businesses. Smart Mobility is about improving access and outcomes for people.

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Zack Huhn

President, Venture Smarter


Mike Doenges

IOT /Transportation Specialist, Cisco

Wade Johnston

Green Umbrella Foundation

Jiaqui Ma

University of Cincinnati
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Mark Samaan

Data Manager and Board Member, The Better Bus Coalition
Mark Samaan is the Data Manager and an executive board member of the Better Bus Coalition and handles all analysis, data collection, and planning related to the improvement of transit in Greater Cincinnati.  He is a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati in the Masters... Read More →

Wednesday October 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
BB&T Arena Room Two 500 Louie B Nunn Dr Newport KY 41099


Smart Cities are Sustainable Cities
Explore how IoT, data, cultural trends, and advanced technologies are helping build smart and sustainable cities and regions in a leadership workshop.

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Mike Murphy

Vice President, Centric Consulting
Mike is a Vice President with Centric Consulting, LLC and serves as a co-lead for Centric’s Energy & Utilities national practice. Mike has been a management and information technology consultant to the utility industry for over 25 years. In recent years, he’s worked with utilities... Read More →

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Pravin Bhiwapurkar

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Interior Design at UC
Dr. Pravin Bhiwapurkar is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. His research lies at the intersection of urban climate change, urban morphology and urban building energy use. In particular, he investigates how urban... Read More →

Lauren Gersbach

Sustainability Coordinator, City of Hamilton
The City of Hamilton
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Oliver Kroner

Sustainability Coordinator, City of Cincinnati, OH
Oliver Kroner is the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Cincinnati, where he works with city government and community members to identify and implement strategies to prepare the City for the future.  He is responsible for advancing and tracking the sustainability and resiliency... Read More →

Sue Magness

Recycling Manager/City of Cincinnati, City of Cincinnati
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Tim Raffio

Director of Engineering, JadeTrack
Tim Raffio is the Director of Engineering at JadeTrack.  Leveraging his experience in energy auditing, and alternative energy technologies, Tim now works with customers to empower their sustainability programs through data driven decision making.

Wednesday October 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
BB&T Arena Room Three 500 Louie B Nunn Dr Newport KY 41099