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Leveraging Innovation Ecosystems to Scale Urban Tech is taking place at Smart Cities NYC´17.

Once you register for the Smart Cities NYC´17 conference and expo, you´ll receive a code in your confirmation email with which you can register for any of our workshops. You cannot sign up for workshops without registering for the Smart Cities NYC '17.

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The challenges cities face are inherently too complex for one entity to solve and require numerous actors. Where do startups fit in? Big tech can offer the “building blocks” of technology solutions (sensing, cloud-computing, analytics), yet often require smaller, nimbler companies to extend these core technology functions to address specific use cases.


This workshop will provide case studies from Chicago and New York. How corporate partners and the City of Chicago leverage startups to create new solutions through the City Digital consortium. How the NYCEDCs Urbantech NYC is cultivating an entrepreneurial ecosystem through its three incubators: Urban Future Lab, The Hub at Grand Central Tech and the New Lab. With all this success domestically, the workshop and Civ:Lab will lead on how you scale these innovations globally to solve problems.


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Steve Fifita, Executive Director, City Digital

Katie Olson, City Digital


Katie Olson is the Director of Program Design at UI LABS. Part of UI LABS’ founding team, Olson helped the company grow to over 50 staff and 200+ corporate, civic, nonprofit and academic partners in under two years. She led the launch of City Digital, UI LABS’ urban infrastructure innovation program, which now features a portfolio of cutting-edge technology solutions such as underground infrastructure mapping and smart green infrastructure monitoring.

Prior to UI LABS, Olson implemented the Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s coordinated effort to assess and expand Chicago’s economy, at World Business Chicago. As the Plan’s “Neighborhood and Place-Based Assets” Strategy Manager, she developed initiatives to accelerate small business growth, increase broadband access and adoption, leverage recent transit investments for economic development, and build the capacity of anchor institutions’ supply chains. Olson also served in the Mayor’s Office as a Fellow in 2011. Before coming to Chicago, Olson worked for The Reinvestment Fund, a Philadelphia-based community development financial institution.


Sander Dolder, NYCEDC

Sander Dolder, Director / AVP, at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Sander leads the efforts to support the Smart Cities and Cleantech entrepreneurship ecosystem, in addition to fostering sector innovation, advocating emerging sectors and sustainability policies, and developing public-private partnerships. His professional interests include business development, innovation strategy, sustainable design, digital transformation, and systems thinking. Prior to the NYCEDC, Sander worked at Ernst & Young and Capgemini in their organizational design/change management and digital strategy consulting practices, respectively. He has a MBA & MS Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan and a BS Finance & Marketing from Indiana University.


Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri, Civ:Lab and Global Futures Group


Simon is a Managing Partner and the Chief Innovation Officer at Global Futures Group spearheading products and programs driving urban innovation. He is a Strategic Advisor to the US Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration on Smart Cities. Simon is an Adjunct Professor at NYU's Center for Global Affairs. He is the Founder of Urban Data NYC - NYC’s largest smart city Meetup (+1,000 members). Simon served on the founding group of the UN’s Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network. Simon earned an MS in Global Affairs from NYU where he was the O'Mara Energy Fellow. He holds an MSc in International Business Economics from the Westminster Business School.



Eric Verkerke, Civ:Lab and Emergence Creative

Eric is Global Futures Group´s Communication Director. He is also Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Emergence Creative. Eric brings entrepreneurial and scientific insight to create strategies to engage a modern global audience. Eric led innovative strategy and accounts for Coca-Cola and other major clients while at McCann Global Health. He helped found and build a startup medical device company which delivered affordable technology to the developing world. Prior to venturing into social enterprise, he worked in science journalism for National Public Radio and Cal Tech, agricultural research for Oxford University, and consulted on new media, business, and research. Throughout his career, Eric has distilled complex scientific and business ideas into clear and powerful stories.


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