Opening Event & Speed Networking

Saturday, January 23


Watch Recording

Welcome to the Smart City Challenge!  Teams will create innovation solutions to our most pressing smart city challenges in transportation, housing, public health and safety, broadband, education, etc. to win more than $350,000+ in cash/in-kind prizes.  Our opening event will kick off a month-long virtual innovation competition with remarks and conversations about innovation and smart cities.

Remarks by Governor Ralph Northam

Remarks by Ed Baine, President, Dominion Energy Virginia

A Conversation with Innovation Leaders (click on names for bios)

      Nneka Chiazor, Regional Vice President, Cox Communications

      Charles Clancy, General Manager, MITRE Labs & Chief Futurist, MITRE

      Lance Collins, Executive Director, Virginia Tech Innovation Campus

      Rachel Flynn, Deputy County Executive, Fairfax County

      Moderated by: Esther Lee, President & CEO, Refraction

Future of Cities: Solving Urban Challenges through Unprecedented Innovation

David BlairChairman of Accountable Health Solutions Inc. Board Member of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Mayor Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, KY. American businessman and entrepreneur. Currently serves as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Bruce Katz ,Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University. Co-Founder of New Localism Advisors.

Moderated by: David Heyman, CEO of Smart City Works Venture Labs

Speed Networking:

Looking for a team? Have a team but want additional collaborators? Join our speed-networking session to meet your fellow challenge participants and build the winning team! During this session, you will have the option to switch between breakout rooms focused on the following topics: Transportation & Housing, Health & Public Safety, Broadband & Education, and Infrastructure & Other. This session will take place immediately following the kickoff event. A link for the  will be provided via email and at the end of the kickoff call. We highly encourage everyone to join and network with your fellow challenge members!