Beyond Smart Symposium

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The Beyond Smart Symposium will bring together interdisciplinary scholars to reflect on the issues of researching smart city deployments and projects. Some of the questions we will consider are: What comes after 'smart' in the assessment of technology deployments and analytics capabilities? How do we address equity, inclusion, and sustainability in the smart cit? and What can smaller or less dense regions learn as they move toward implementing a smart agenda?


Thursday, April 25th

8:30-9:00am                        Registration & Breakfast

9:00-9:15am                        Welcome

9:15-10:45am                      Morning Keynote and Discussion

Alison Powell, Assistant Professor, Director of MSc in Data & Society, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science

Andrew Schrock, Founder, Aloi Research and Consulting; Instructor, University of Southern California

Chris Le Dantec, Associate Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communications, Georgia Tech (moderator)

10:45-11:00am                    Coffee Break

11:00-Noon                         Breakout

Noon-1:00pm                      Lunch

1:00-2:30pm                        Afternoon Keynote and Discussion

Sheena Erete, Assistant Professor, College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University

Yoshiki Yamagata, Principal Researcher, National Institute for Environmental Studies

Carl DiSalvo, Associate Professor, Digital Media Program, School of Literature, Media, and Communications, Georgia Tech (moderator)

2:30-3:30pm                        Breakout

3:30-3:45pm                        Coffee

3:45-5:00pm                        Panel: Role of the university in addressing equity in smart cities

Frank Fernandez, Vice President of Community Development, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Amol Naik, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta

Josh Sorin, City Innovation Program Leader, Centre for Public Impact

Afua Bruce, Director of Engineering, Public Interest Technology Program, New America

Shan Arora, Director, The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, Georgia Tech (Moderator)

5:00pm                                Closing

Friday, April 26th

8:30-9:00am                        Registration & Breakfast

9:00-9:15am                        Welcome

Richard Utz, Professor and Chair, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Tech

9:15-10:45am                      Morning Keynote and Discussion

Beth Coleman, Associate Professor, English Language and Literature; Co-Director, Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo

Laura Forlano, Associate Professor, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology

Debra Lam, Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Tech (moderator)

10:45-11:00am                    Coffee

11:00-Noon                         Breakout

Noon-1:00pm                      Lunch 

1:00pm                                 Wrap-up


Event Details


  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    8:00 am - Friday, April 26, 2019
    1:00 pm
Location: Centergy One Bldg., 75 5th Street, NW, Hodges Room, Suite 3500 Atlanta, GA 30308

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