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Smart City Expo Atlanta announces top speakers

The Expo aims to redefine what it means to be a smart city and will convene mayors, CEOs, CIOs and innovators to discuss issues and share knowledge.

Atlanta will host the only US edition of Fira Barcelona's Smart City Expo
Atlanta will host the only US edition of Fira Barcelona's Smart City Expo

Smart City Expo Atlanta has released its featured speaker line-up for the inaugural edition of its annual conference later this month.


The conference is convening leading mayors, CEOs, CIOs, and innovators who are shaping the future of the world’s cities and is the only US edition of Fira Barcelona’s Smart City Expo World Congress.


Compassionate 21st century cities


Ambassador Andrew Young and global thought leader, peace advocate, and CEO of the The King Centre, Dr Bernice King will speak about building compassionate 21st century cities, and Alex Taylor, CEO at Cox Enterprises, will speak about corporations serving as stewards of equity, innovation, and sustainability.


Artist, actor, and entrepreneur, Tip ’TI’ Harris, will be speaking with John Hope Bryant, CEO of non-profit, Operation Hope, about fostering entrepreneurship and driving economic development. And SunTrust Banks CEO Bill Rogers and Atlanta Braves’ president Derek Schiller will come together for a “fireside chat” about the power of public-private partnerships.

“To build inclusive 21stcentury economies, we must ensure that equity, prosperity, and humanity are on par with AI, blockchain, and big data”

During the three-day conference (11-13 September), an estimated 2,500 attendees, more than 200 speakers, and some 50 exhibitors will attend and explore the eight programme tracks.


These are: public safety and security; mobility and transportation; innovation and talent; infrastructure; health and wellness; digital transformation; climate and sustainability; and civic engagement.


“Metro Atlanta has made incredible strides over the past decade. Our reputation for developing cutting edge technologies, including Smart City and IoT innovations, transformed the region into a global destination for tomorrow’s solutions,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber


“We’re proud to host Smart City’s first US extension, and we’re excited to see the impact of the conference in the coming years as we all work to improve our quality of life through tech.”


Alongside the featured speeches there will be an expo and on-site activations of cutting-edge technologies, autonomous and electric vehicles, robots, and drones by leading global companies.


The conference counts among its many partners, the city of Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and the National League of Cities. Global sponsors include: SoftBank Robotics; BlackRock; Cisco; and Southern Company.


“Smart City Expo Atlanta is redefining what it means to be a smart city. To build inclusive 21st century economies, we must ensure that equity, prosperity, and humanity are on par with AI, blockchain, and big data,” added Aarti Tandon, co-founder and CEO, Smart City Expo Atlanta.


Smart City Expo Atlanta will be held at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, from 11-13 September 2019.


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