Monday, May 2
3:00pm - 6:00pm

The rise of living labs is transforming how communities innovate, how businesses more rapidly adapt and compete, how governments attract high-value businesses to their region, and how start-ups ultimately succeed. Two pioneering labs in the Greater Washington region — one for building operations and critical infrastructure protection at the Capital One Arena in DC and another for drone operations outside of Richmond – are already transforming how the government and private sector accelerate innovation in public safety and energy efficiency.

Keynote Speakers

Jeff Mckay

Chairman, Fairfax County

Kathryn Falk

VP, Cox Communications

Fireside Chat

Esther Lee

CEO, Refraction

Caren Merrick

Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade

A Conversation with Past Smart City Challenge Winners

Marie Brodsky

President, WISE Cities

Craig Parisot


Esther Lee

CEO, Refraction

Joel Scharlat

CEO, Metaverse Technologies

Caren Merrick

Chief Growth Officer, EXAR Studios

Living Labs in NOVA & Greater Washington: The Future of Innovation

Martin Rapos

Founder & CEO, Akular (leading VA digital twin startup)

Lynn McDaniel

Director, Smart Data Virginia Innovation Partnership Corp.

Jordan Silberman

GM, Capital One Arena

David Heyman

CEO, Smart City Works Venture Labs