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Transformers: Cities
Cities across America have become epicenters for change and transformation, leveraging new technologies and big ideas to adapt to a surge of population growth, demographic shifts and economic pressures.
On July 10 at 4 p.m., The Washington Post brought together top innovators, key government officials, cutting-edge urban planners and business leaders to discuss advancements that are poised to have profound effects on urban areas and the people who live in them.
“Transformers: Cities” is part of The Washington Post’s “Transformers” series that explores how technological advances, business trends and new ways of thinking are upending industries and changing everyday life.
Smart Cities: The Future of Urban Development
American cities are the nation’s laboratories for innovation, change and finding solutions to urban challenges including job growth, public safety and energy conservation. We’ll hear from city and industry leaders who are accelerating the use of smart technologies and cutting-edge urban planning methods to transform American cities into the urban utopias of tomorrow.
Fivesquares Development’s Andrew Altman says cities have to get their basic systems right before they can become smart cities. ‘To be a smart city, and plan for the future, you still have to think about the basics of how we get land use, transportation, housing, those basic systems right. You have to be smart in terms of having a vision about the growth of your city.’
  • Jul 10
Microsoft’s Kimberly Nelson describes how the mayor of Houston created a model of resiliency for other cities after Hurricane Harvey, and how other cities can use technology when recovering from their own natural disasters.
  • Jul 10
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American cities are the nation’s laboratories for innovation, change and finding solutions to urban challenges including job growth, public safety and energy conservation. We’ll hear from city and industry leaders who are accelerating the use of smart technologies and cutting-edge urban planning methods to transform American cities into the urban utopias of tomorrow.
  • Jul 10
Andy Altman
Principal, Fivesquares Development; Senior Advisor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning
A visionary, internationally recognized urban planner and developer, Andy began drawing plans of cities by the time he was 10. Andy served as Director of Washington, DC’s Office of Planning where he created and directed the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative which framed Washington’s iconic neighborhoods including the Wharf, and The Ballpark District. Andy was most recently CEO of the Olympic Park Legacy Company in London where he led the transformation of the 500-acre London 2012 Olympic Park – the largest regeneration project in the United Kingdom. Andy also serves at MIT as a Senior Advisor to the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning where he works on international initiatives and will be teaching a course on “city building”. He also serves on boards in Washington DC, including the Folger Theater, Field School and DCJCC.
Kimberly Nelson
Executive Director, State and Local Government Solutions, Microsoft
Kimberly Nelson joined Microsoft Corporation in 2006 and now serves as Executive Director of the U.S. Public Sector’s State and Local Government Solutions team. In this capacity, she leads a team of subject matter experts covering Justice and Public Safety, Health and Human Services and Modern Government. Her role also includes serving as the U.S. CityNext Lead and working in collaboration with Microsoft’s vast partner ecosystem to develop repeatable solutions that will ensure the predictable delivery of improved online services while helping to reduce the cost, risk and deployment time associated with sophisticated systems.
Moderated by Eugene Scott
The Washington Post
Innovations in Mobility
Mobility pioneers and business visionaries examine how new kinds of transportation are transforming urban environments. With the new mix of options - from scooters and high-speed rail to autonomous vehicles and vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOL) we’ll examine how the new transportation infrastructure laid the groundwork -- from cost to safety to accessibility.
Northeast Maglev hopes to one day transport people from D.C. to New York in one hour, and D.C. to Baltimore in just 15 minutes. Northeast Maglev’s Senior Vice President Ian Rainey describes the benefits and challenges of bringing high-speed rail to the United States.
  • Jul 10
In a lightning round, Fortem Technologies’ Timothy Bean, Northeast Maglev’s Ian Rainey and Lyft’s Stephen Taylor share when we will could see air taxis, high-speed rail and self-driving vehicles.
  • Jul 10
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Mobility pioneers and business visionaries examine how new kinds of transportation are transforming urban environments. With the new mix of options - from scooters and high-speed rail to autonomous vehicles and vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOL) we’ll examine how the new transportation infrastructure laid the groundwork -- from cost to safety to accessibility.
  • Jul 10
Tim Bean
CEO, Fortem Technologies
Tim Bean is the Chief Executive Officer of Fortem Technologies, bringing more than 25 years of global executive experience successfully building businesses and technology startups in Silicon Valley. Tim currently oversees the corporate direction and strategy for Fortem Technologies, responsible for all aspects of sales, product and service creation, delivery and customer service support. Before founding Fortem Technologies Inc., in May 2016, Tim transitioned from vice president of engineering at his previous company to sales, providing strategic oversight for all programs and services with global reseller partners in Japan and throughout the world.
Ian Rainey
Senior Vice President, The Northeast Maglev
Ian Rainey is Senior Vice President at The Northeast Maglev (TNEM), which was formed to promote a high-speed rail solution in the Northeast Corridor using JR Central’s Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) technology. Prior to joining TNEM, Rainey worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for three years, where he specialized in U.S. defense policy in South Asia. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Rainey was on active duty in the U.S. Navy. Rainey earned his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997 and his M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 2006.
Stephen Taylor
Regional Director, Lyft
Steve Taylor is Lyft's Regional Director for the Mid-Atlantic. In his role Steve is responsible for all lines of business and local programs in DC, VA, and MD. Steve is the cofounder of District Ventures, an angel investment group supporting founders of early stage high growth tech startups, and serves as a Commander in the U.S. Navy reserves. He holds an MPM from Georgetown University and a BS from the United States Naval Academy.
Moderated by Cat Zakrzewski
The Washington Post
The Transformative Power of 5G
The power and promise of 5G is creating game-changing new opportunities for America’s cities. Leaders in government and private business discuss how the next generation of mobile internet connectivity will reshape how cities are run and what regulatory issues need to be addressed before mass deployment.
President Trump has said the ‘race to 5G is a race America must win,’ and FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks says he agrees. ‘I think it matters because the standards are set frequently by who wins that race. I think another important part that the President has been on focused on, that I’m focused on, is the national security aspect of it.’
  • Jul 10
Citing privacy concerns, FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said the government has a responsibility to demand more transparency of service providers for the consumer. ‘There is a mismatch between what people think they are signing up for and what is getting delivered back to those companies.’
  • Jul 10
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The power and promise of 5G is creating game-changing new opportunities for America’s cities. Leaders in government and private business discuss how the next generation of mobile internet connectivity will reshape how cities are run and what regulatory issues need to be addressed before mass deployment.
  • Jul 10
Geoffrey Starks
Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Geoffrey Starks was nominated to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission by the President and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019. He was sworn into office on January 30, 2019. Commissioner Starks has a long career of public and private sector experience. These experiences inform his commitment to working to ensure that no American is left behind in this era of transformative innovation. Most recently, Commissioner Starks served as Assistant Bureau Chief in the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, where he focused on protecting consumers, promoting network security, and preserving the integrity of the Commission's Universal Service Fund programs. Previously, he served as Senior Counsel in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice where he provided advice on domestic and international law enforcement issues, including civil, criminal, and national security matters.
John Godfrey
Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Samsung
John Godfrey is Senior Vice President of Public Policy for Samsung Electronics America, a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. headquartered in South Korea. Based in Washington, D.C., he leads Samsung’s public policy team in engagement with government and industry, focusing on communications policy, digital television, wireless spectrum, health care, environment, broadband, cybersecurity, privacy and other areas. Prior to joining Samsung in 2006, Godfrey was vice president of government affairs for Pioneer North America; and previously, he was director of government affairs for Sony Electronics. Earlier, he was with the Information Technology Industry Council, a trade association of leading information technology companies; the National Research Council, the policy research arm of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering; and SRI International.
Moderated by Tony Romm
The Washington Post
Content from Hitachi
Society is changing and so is the way we think about mobility. A leader with Hitachi companies talked about how Hitachi Rail helps its customers solve the world’s most complex mobility challenges.
  • Jul 10
Edoardo La Ficara
President, Operation and Maintenance Business Unit, Hitachi Rail STS
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Cities across America have become epicenters for change and transformation, leveraging new technologies and big ideas to adapt to a surge of population growth, demographic shifts and economic pressures. On July 10 at 4 p.m., The Washington Post brought together top innovators, key government officials, cutting-edge urban planners and business leaders to discuss advancements that are poised to have profound effects on urban areas and the people who live in them.
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