Thank you for your interest in joining us this fall for our Annual Summit. Below, please find our agenda. Note that we’re updating this page frequently with new information so check back for additional details.


SEEC Building: 4001 Discovery Dr, Boulder, CO 80303

08:30 AM – Registration, Light Breakfast

09:00 AM – Welcome 
Terri Fiez, University of Colorado, Boulder
Gov. Martin O’Malley, Chair of MetroLab Advisory Council

09:15 AM – Remarks
Gov. Jared Polis, Colorado

09:45 AM – Partnering in an Innovative Boulder
This panel will focus on partnerships that have helped Boulder become a hub for innovation in energy, mobility, climate, and industry development.
Moderator: Julia Richman, City of Boulder
Sarabeth Berk, Futurebound
Brian Muller, University of Colorado, Boulder, CEDaR
Bud Pope, University of Colorado, Boulder, RIO
Dan Powers, CO-LABS

10:30 AM – Updates from MetroLab
MetroLab’s staff and board will share updates on programs and activities underway at the organization and across the national network of universities and local governments.
Ben Levine, MetroLab Network
Bill Fulton, Rice University

11:00 AM – Cities, Research Partnerships, Talent, and Growth
This panel will explore civic leadership and examine the roles of cities with research institutions in town.
Moderator: Gov. Martin O’Malley, Chair of MetroLab Advisory Council
Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Albany, GA
Mayor Suzanne Jones, Boulder, CO
Mayor Lauren Poe, Gainesville, FL
Mayor Wade Troxell Fort Collins, CO

11:45 AM – Investing in Civic Innovation
This panel highlights the people and organizations supporting innovation in cities and communities. It will explore their role as risk capital in communities and examine how new approaches can be developed, sustained, and scaled.
Moderator: Debra Lam, Georgia Tech
Lilian Coral, Knight Foundation
Roland Persaud, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Jean Setzfand, AARP
Harriet Tregoning, New Urban Mobility Alliance

12:30 PM – Lunch

01:30 PM – Breakout Sessions


Room: C120A
Session Chair
Lisa Camp, Case Western University

International Collaboration – How to Take Your City/University Partnership Global
This session will highlight examples from successful city/university partnerships that have expanded to have an international footprint and how other partnerships can identify opportunities to work internationally.
Moderator: Anne Dodge, Mansueto Institute at the University of Chicago
Karen Lightman, Carnegie Mellon University
Ges Rosenberg, University of Bristol


Room: C120C
Session Chair
Santi Garces, City Pittsburgh

Using Data to Understand the Environment
This session will focus on how local governments and their university partners are using data to better understand and manage their built and natural environment.
Moderator: Scott Andes, National League of Cities
Sarah Anderson, City of Denver
Kathy Ensor, Rice University
Alan Lowdon, Durham University
Melissa McHale, Colorado State University


Room: S228
Session Chair
Michael Mattmiller, Microsoft

Mobility Data and the Open Mobility Foundation
This session will examine a domain in rapid transition: it will explore the proliferation of new mobility technologies, their impact, and the policy and data frameworks being developed to integrate these tools into cities’ mobility and transportation strategies. The session will highlight the recently launched Open Mobility Foundation, whose founding cities have committed to a specific data standard.

Moderator: John Tolva, CityFi
John Clary, City of Austin
Beaudry Kock, Spin
Kevin Martin, City of Portland
Makenzi Rasey, Los Angeles Dept. of Transportation
Sophie Shulman, Colorado Dept. of Transportation

02:30 PM – Break

02:45 PM – Breakout Sessions


Creating a Safe Space for Experimentation
This session will discuss how cities, universities, nonprofits, industry and other entities can partner in creating safe spaces for regional collaboration and experimentation on emerging technologies.
Moderator: Bill Skerpan, City of Boulder
Nolbert Chavez, CU-Denver
Kim Lucas, City of Boston
Ges Rosenberg, University of Bristol
Tyler Svitak, Colorado Smart City Alliance


What Does 5G Mean for City Services and Economic Development
This session will explore how cities are partnering with industry to deploy 5G, and what that technology offers to residents, for city services, and for economic development.
Moderator: Santi Garces, City of Pittsburgh
Vik Bhide, City of Tampa
Dennis Kyle, Zayo
Des McNulty, University of Glasgow


Mobility Data Management, Analytics, and Privacy
This session will build off of the previous session on Data and Mobility, with a focus on data management, privacy, and analytics.
Moderator: Paul Folkers, Grant Thornton
Ginger Armbruster, City of Seattle
Sebastian Castellanos, New Urban Mobility Alliance
Kelsey Finch, Future of Privacy Forum
Ken Steif, University of Pennsylvania

03:45 PM – Break

04:00 PM – Breakout Sessions


Urban Science as an Academic Field
This session will explore an academic field with many names (urban science, urban informatics, smart and connected communities, smart cities, etc.) and consider how a research community can be cultivated and how students can be trained in an cross-disciplinary and applied environment.
Moderator: Ben Levine, MetroLab Network
Nizeet Aguilar, National Science Foundation
Victoria Alsina, New York University
Sandra Brown, University of California, San Diego
Nigel Jacob, City of Boston
Dan O’Brien, Northeastern University / Boston Area Research Initiative


Climate Change and Research Needs of Local Governments: CU-Boulder and Colorado cases
Faculty, researchers, and students from CU-Boulder share projects focused on climate and sustainability.
Co-moderator: Sarah Anderson, City of Denver
Co-moderator: Brian Muller, University of Colorado, Boulder
Paul Chinowsky, University of Colorado, Boulder
Jonathan Koehn, City of Boulder
Lucy Van Kleunen, University of Colorado Boulder
Steve Voida, University of Colorado, Boulder


How Local Gov’t and Universities Can Advance Economic Mobility
This session will focus on how local governments and their university partners are working to advance economic mobility in their communities.
Moderator: Sherri Greenberg, UT Austin
Robin Bachin, University of Miami
Brian Donoghue, City of South Bend
Lydia Moreno, City of San Diego

05:00 PM – Closing Remarks
MetroLab Board Member

05:15 PM – Day 1 Concludes
Shuttles circulating from conference venue to Chautauqua Dining Hall

05:30 PM – Reception

08:00 PM – Reception Concludes


SEEC Building: 4001 Discovery Dr, Boulder, CO 80303

Day 2 of the MetroLab Summit is structured as a series of roundtable sessions, which each include some framing context and primarily focus on attendee discussion and participation. Each roundtable session will target a specific issue or topic, selected by our members. We encourage these sessions to be highly interactive, so bring your questions and comments to the table and engage with experts on how they are tackling the presented issue.

07:30 AM – Registration, Light Breakfast

08:00 AM – Members Only: Breakfast Session with MetroLab’s Board
This session is for MetroLab Network city and university members to discuss goals and activities for the coming year.

09:00 AM – Welcome and Explanation of Roundtable Format 
Ben Levine, MetroLab Network

09:15 AM – Roundtable Sessions


Room: C120A
Session Chair
Lisa Camp, Case Western University
Debra Lam, Georgia Tech

Transcending Smart Cities
The roundtable will discuss transdisciplinary thinking and networks as processes for approaching the challenges posed by the increasingly prominent role of technology within society. Panelists will identify lessons learned from two uniquely styled projects (tech push vs. community push) undertaken by the Internet of Things Collaborative (IoTC) in Cleveland, Ohio.
Moderator: Nicholas Zingale, Cleveland State University
Nick Barendt, Case Western Reserve University
Angela Bennett, Digital C
Shilpa Kedar, Cleveland State University
Catherine Tkachyk, Cuyahoga Co, OH


Room: C120C
Session Chair
Bill Fulton, Rice University
Karen Lightman, Carnegie Mellon University

Partnerships for Human and Social Services
Cities and counties are increasingly working on common human and social service issues to better meet the needs of their residents. This roundtable session will explore a number of efforts taking place across the US and how other municipalities can address certain issues.
Moderator: Terri Shelton, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Ariella Bak, City of Gainesville
Juli Beth Hinds, University of California, San Diego
Ken Steif, University of Pennsylvania


Room: S228
Session Chair
Santi Garces, City of Pittsburgh
Michael Mattmiller, Microsoft

Future of Privacy Forum: Civic Data Privacy
This roundtable is connected to of the Future of Privacy Forum’s Civic Data Privacy Leaders Network, an NSF-supported peer network of municipal privacy officials.  MetroLab is a partner on that NSF award.
Moderator: Kelsey Finch, Future of Privacy Forum
Civic Data Privacy representatives from 15+ cities.

10:35 AM – Break

10:45 AM – Roundtable Sessions


Regionalizing Urban Informatics
How do we build regional partnerships that enable learning and collaboration between neighboring municipalities on data- and technology-driven research and policy? This session will explore how to leverage the momentum of a metropolis to enable smaller cities and towns nearby to do similar work.
Moderator: Daniel O’Brien, Northeastern University / Boston Area Research Initiative
Ryan Kelly, Massachusetts Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Debra Lam, Georgia Tech
Lauren Su, What Works Cities
John Tolva, CityFi


Accessibility and Smart Cities
The intersection of smart cities and accessibility for people with various limitations (vision, mobility, hearing, cognition) is a rich one that has not yet been fully explored. This roundtable will explore potential research and policy opportunities.
Moderator: Jonathan Fink, Portland State University
Murat Omay, U.S. Dept. of Transportation
Larry Skutchan, American Printing House for the Blind
Martin Swobodzinski, Portland State University


A Model Data Handling Policy for Cities
Working over several semesters, with multiple city and civic partners in the greater Kansas City metro and beyond faculty and students at UMKC have crafted a working draft of a “Model Data Handling Policy” that addresses topics such as privacy, security, risk and responsibility, procurement, and core principles applicable to the gathering, storage, and dissemination of data, and the negotiation of data sharing agreements. This roundtable session will serve as a mechanism to gather feedback from the MetroLab audience. If you are potentially interested in attending this session, please email Tony Luppino of UMKC to receive a draft copy of the policy in advance of the session.
Moderators: Tony Luppino, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and Aaron Deacon, KC Digital Drive
Kate Garman, City of Seattle
Eric Jackson, City of Asheville
Denise Linn Riedl , City of South Bend
Amie Stepanovich, Silicon Flatirons
Almis Udrys, City of San Diego

12:05 PM – Break grab boxed lunch

12:35 PM – Roundtable Sessions


University and Community Partnership in a Megaregion
By 2050, 70-85% of the US population will live in 1 of 11-13 megaregions in the US. While many factors connect communities across these regions, much divides, and this roundtable session will explore where university and community partnerships can find leverage points for collaboration and coordination that may be at a local scale but have regional applications.
Moderators: Lauren Bulka & Anne Khademian, Virginia Tech
Karla Bruce, Fairfax County
James Garland, U.S. Department of Transportation
David Heyman, Smart City Works
Jack McDougle, Greater Washington Board of Trade


Getting to Street Equity
How do cities invest for equity in the built environment? Boston’s Streetcaster program offers lessons for other cities that need to remedy past inequities. The city is transforming how it invests in sidewalks, focusing on neighborhoods with the poorest infrastructure rather than relying on 311 calls. This session will touch on infrastructure, algorithms, equity, city/uni engagement, city/private sector, student projects and more.
Moderator: Katharine Lusk, Boston University
Ziba Cranmer, BU SPARK
Justin de Benedictis-Kessner, Boston University
Nigel Jacob, City of Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
Ramandeep Josen, Stantec


The Role of Fiber Networks in Communities
The City of Chattanooga, along with local and national partners, is using its highly sophisticated communications network to develop applications for energy, education, health, transportation, and other smart city initiatives. This roundtable will discuss how fiber has impacted Chattanooga, and other cities, and its potential for the future.
Moderator: Deb Socia, The Enterprise Center, Chattanooga
Scott Andes, National League of Cities
Jim Ingraham, EPB
Mina Sartipi, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

01:55 PM – Break

02:15 PM – Roundtable Sessions


Mechanisms for Building Partnerships between Cities & Universities: The EPIC-N Model
Connecting cities to universities can be a complicated task. This roundtable will discuss one model of easily connecting universities and cities: a proven fixed-time partnership that links city-defined issues with courses at a given university (1000 projects have been completed in over 200 cities). The Educational Partnerships for Innovations in Communities Network (EPIC-N) is a simple, low-cost way to spur innovation in cities that works within existing university structures.
Moderator: Joel Rogers, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Megan Banks, University of Oregon
Mike Greco, University of Minnesota
Jessi Zemetra, University of Colorado, Denver


Digital Equity and Community Engagement
Rapid Innovation is affecting digital inclusivity and has implications in mobility, employment, productivity and civic engagement. This session will explore how technology and social activities can address this complex problem by establishing priorities, key actions and metrics of success.
Moderator: Nektaria Tryfona, George Mason University
Michelle Gregory, Fairfax County
Dieter Pfoser, George Mason University


Data Equity and Responsible Data Science
As the deployment of automated decision tools in society continues to accelerate, their interactions with fundamental questions of equity in law, in the social sciences, in engineering, and in public policy have become impossible to ignore. This roundtable session will discuss data equity in multiple senses, including increasing the visibility of underrepresented groups that have been historically suppressed in the data record, assessing the disproportionate effects of privacy violations in certain socioeconomic groups, broadening the availability of sensitive data to inform new research on equity, and providing equitable access to data across domains and levels of expertise.
Moderator: Julia Stoyanovich, New York University
Kate Garman, City of Seattle
HV Jagadish, University of Michigan

03:35 PM – Adjourn Summit