San Diego Roundtable Event

San Diego Roundtable Event

San Diego has big ambitions to continue to make the city smarter and more sustainable. These include halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2035, getting traffic flowing better, improving public safety and using existing infrastructure much more efficiently.

To do this, San Diego is deploying the world’s largest city IoT sensor platform, transforming its street lighting into a connected digital infrastructure. The real-time sensor data delivered from across the city will be used to develop applications that tackle pressing challenges and improve the city for its citizens.

Experts from the City of San Diego will share their priorities and challenges around data, connectivity, energy and more, as well as the milestones along the journey so far. They’ll discuss insights for other cities around issues such as making the business case for the IoT sensor platform, the procurement process, lessons learned so far and more.


If you work for a city or regional authority in North America and are in Barcelona for Smart City Expo World Congress, then why not join us for this breakfast round table? This event takes place directly opposite the Expo and requires just an 90mins of your time before the Expo opens.


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Registration is free, however delegate will need to work for city or state government within the United States or Canada. Applications will be approved by an event curator.

Agenda for the Day:

08.00 – 08.30: Registration, Breakfast & Networking


08.30 – 08.40: Welcome, Introductions


08.40 – 08.55: Discussion Point 1


08.55 – 09.10: Discussion Point 2


09.10 - 09.25: Discussion Point 3


09.25 – 09.30: Summary


09.30 onwards: Escort to Smart City Expo World Congress



Venue: Hotel Porta Fira (opposite Smart City Expo World Congress), Plaza Europa, 45 – 08908 – Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona

Venue: Hotel Porta Fira (opposite Smart City Expo World Congress), Plaza Europa, 45 – 08908 – Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
Introduction and Keynote

Roundtable Discussions

In advance of the roundtable, SmartCitiesWorld's will provide all guests will a preview of its latest City Profile report - which focuses on San Diego. Sarah Wray, Editor of SmartCitiesWorld, will then set the scene for the breakfast roundtable with a short snap shot of San Diego's journey towards becoming a smart city..


We will then look at a number of initiatives within San Diego and discuss the issues, challenges and learning that other cities can take away.


Delegates will have a chance to give their own views and to ask questions throughout this session - making it as interactive as possible!

Guest - Lori Cosio Azar

Guest - Lori Cosio Azar

Name: Lorie Cosio Azar

Title: Program Manager Energy & Sustainability

Company: City of San Diego






Lorie Cosio Azar is the Program Manager of the Energy & Sustainability Division at the City of San Diego.


Lorie has more than 25 years of experience with the City of San Diego and more than 7 years’ experience working in energy, sustainability and most noteworthy, Smart City initiatives. She has also been responsible for the Smart City Outdoor Lighting Program since its inception in 2010 and is now currently responsible for implementing the City’s comprehensive Smart City programs, and works closely with SDG&E on advance metering tariff rates for the region.


Lorie is also responsible for the coordination and development of the Cities Municipal Energy Strategy with multiple departments throughout the City. She has been responsible for many of the City’s energy and sustainability programs. The most current project includes deployment of 14,000 Intelligent Street Lights with more than 3,200 smart sensors Citywide.


Lorie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology.

Guest - Austin Ashe

Guest - Austin Ashe

Name: Austin Ashe

Title: Co-Founder and General Manager, Intelligent Cities

Company: Current, powered by GE





Austin Ashe is the Co-Founder and General Manager of GE Intelligent Cities. In this role, he leads the sales, marketing, alliances, and engineering teams required to deliver the world’s most advanced IoT sensor platform for cities, CityIQ. This open, cutting edge IoT technology enables scalable smart city applications that address a multitude of existing challenges and prepare cities for future growth.


Prior to being appointed General Manager, Austin led global product management and sales, where his team sold the World’s largest IoT sensor platform to the City of San Diego. Austin has held multiple roles within the past 10 years at GE, including LED Driver Global Product Manager, Regional Sales Manager, Government Relations Operations Manager, Cross-GE Business sales leader, Area Sales Manager (GE Water), and Regional Environmental, Health, & Safety leader (GE Water).


Suman A Sehra

Suman A Sehra

Name: Suman A Sehra

Title: Director, IoT Smart Cities Market Development

Company: Intel Corporation








Suman Sehra is a Global Director of IoT Smart Cities Market Development at Intel Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for incubating new smart cities market opportunities and business models to accelerate market adoption and create thought leadership for smart city applications.


He manages the product development and product management responsibilities to drive innovative reference designs and launch/marketing/go to market for partner-led solutions. His team has won industry awards for innovative smart cities products/solutions.

Guest - Jason Anderson

Guest - Jason Anderson

Name: Jason Anderson

Title: President and CEO

Company: Cleantech San Diego





Cleantech San Diego is a business association that positions the greater San Diego region as a global leader in the cleantech economy.


Under Jason’s leadership, Cleantech San Diego fosters collaborations across the private-public-academic landscape, leads advocacy efforts to promote cleantech priorities, and encourages investment in the San Diego region.


Founded in 2007, Cleantech San Diego’s membership includes more than 110 businesses, universities, governments, and nonprofits committed to advancing sustainable solutions for the benefit of the economy and the environment.



Name: Sarah Wray

Title: Editor

Company: SmartCitiesWorld








Sarah has many years of experience as a B2B journalist and editor, specialising in technological innovation and its impact in cities.