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Digital Cities Summit Presentations

Digital Cities Summit 2016 Presentations

The first annual Digital Cities Summit hosted by Stanford and PARC, a Xerox company, on October 3-4, 2016 brought together an elite, invitation-only group of ~200 global CEOs, SVPs, entrepreneurs, and policy makers at the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, CA.


This page is under construction and should be finalized early next week. When applicaple, PDFs of the presentations have been linked below.

Speakers, if you would like to have your videos included here, please send a URL link to be included here. Or if your presentation is missing, email with the file. Note, we are only providing links to PDFs exports of presentations, not PowerPoint files to protect content.

Module 1: Introduction - Setting the Stage

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  • Persis Drell, Dean at Stanford School of Engineering
  • Michael Steep, Visiting Scholar at Stanford Global Projects Center
  • Ray Levitt, Professor at Stanford University, Director, Stanford Global Projects Center

Module 2: Rise of Urbanization & Digital Technologies Set awareness on key urban trends, disruptors (problems we are facing), imperatives (what we must do), and impact of technologies - as both a disruptor and enabler. Overview the commercial market size for digital urbanization.

Module 3: Imperatives: Urban Sustainability Overview of the issues of sustainability. How do we develop our infrastructure and maintain city life with the massive migration of populations into the cities? How does one approach mobility? What is most imperative?

Module 4: The Disruptors: Digital Technology A - Overview of emerging software technologies impacting digital urbanization. Key topic: Implications inherent in crossing the chasm of data layers.

Module 5: The Disruptors: Digital Technology B - Overview and discussion of DARPA insights on tech trends.

  • Martha Russell, Executive Director, mediaX,
  • Introductions Brian Pierce, Deputy Dir. Of Information Innovation, DARPA

Module 6: Disruptors: Sensors, Realtimedata Analytics, Planning, and Optimization - Overview of the role of analytics in a sensor-rich environment for adaptive resource allocation and planning.

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  • Matt Klenk, Research Scientist, PARC
  • Pierre Maillot, Senior Technological Advisor, Bosch
  • Apu Kumar, CEO, Lotadata
  • Anurag Ganguli, Research Scientist, PARC

Module 7: Meta‐Materials - Advanced materials science and its implications for urban living.

  • Bernard Casse, Area Manager, MetaMaterials, PARC

Module 8: Luncheon Speaker: Everyone & Everything Connected What does this brave new world entail? Implications Crossing the Data Layer Chasm

Modue 9: The Imperatives: Urban Resources & The Grid Urban infrastructure will be more decentralized —i.e., no “last mile” — and thus market driven.

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Module 10: Algorithms, Analytics, and Automation: Getting Smart - Overview automation and data analytics technologies discussing how they will change the urban experience crossing areas like transportation and healthcare.

Module 11: Leveraging Digital City Data How will emerging technologies for data collection and analytics enable new services and change the lives of urban citizens? This segment outlines the prospects and implications.

Module 12: Privacy and Security: Keep Safe and Secure All Things CyberEmerging technologies will have dramatic impact on the life of the city’s citizens. The conflict between convenience vs. privacy and security must be addressed. This segment outlines emerging technologies and their implications.

  • Angie Messer, EVP, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Michael Pozmantier, Former Program Manager, DHS
  • Elliot Katz, Lawyer, DLA Piper
  • Jean Claude Beneventi, Director, Worldwide Business Development & Alliances at Symantec Corporation

Module 13: Autonomous Vehicles

Module 14: Special Presentation Ford Motor Company Implications of autonomous vehicles as the network “glue” crossing urban data layers.

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  • Adi Singh, Senior Scientist, Ford Palo Alto Research
  • Wendy Ju, Executive Director for Interaction Design Research, Stanford
  • Rob Siegel, Lecturer in Management, Stanford GSB
  • Alexei Andreev, Venture Partner, Autotech Ventures

Module 15: Venture and Early Stage Funding for Digital Cities - Venture financing for startups in the digital cities space.

Module 16: Digital Cities: The New Jerusalem Summit Keynote - Set a vision on how technology can change the way we think about urban living

Modue 17: Introduction to Day 2 - Recap Day 1 highlights, review Day 2 agenda, and offer some thoughts on what attendees should take away.

Module 18: Keynote Speaker: Transforming The Urban Experience - How cities of the future will be different when they become natively digital.

Module 19: Financing the Digital City – Keynote - Financing innovative products and services in Digital Cities and other capital-intensive sectors with long term paybacks.

Module 20: Urban Institutions and Sectors: Re-­imagine - Set awareness of how cities like London are setting up frameworks for managing digital cities.

Modue 21: Digital Cities, Communities and Urban Living - Overview of interdependencies of digital urban technologies and human-community behavior.

Module 22: Spot light on Digital Transportation - The convergence of road, rail, air, and sea transportation.

Module 23: Luncheon Keynote: Personal Experience in a Connected World - Media influences on consumers’ adoption of digital cities innovations.

  • Byron Reeves, Professor, Stanford 

Module 24: BIM and The New Approaches to City Design - How are we designing and implementing infrastructure?

Module 25: Commercial Opportunities and Business Models - Create awareness of the role emerging technologies and big data can play in driving new market opportunities for commercialization. Showcase examples of new business models for digital cities.

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  • PANEL FACILITATOR: Maria Sendra, Shareholder, GreenbergTrauig, LLP
  • David Wilson, Deputy Chief Innovation Officer, Bechtel
  • Mark Goodman, Dir. Innovation, Beazley, Lloyd’s of London
  • Peter Burggräf, University of Aachen, Germany
  • Doug Davenport, CEO, ProspectSV

Module 26: Innovation: Driving Change through New Engagement Models - Are there new proven methods of how we innovate in the design of digital cities?

Module 27: Special Session 

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  • Bruce Cahan, Consulting Professor, Stanford 

Module 28: Conclusion & Adjournment - Key learnings from the last two days and next steps.

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  • Michael Steep, Visiting Scholar, Stanford
  • Ray Levitt, Professor, Stanford University
  • David Gann, Chairman, Smart London Board 

Speakers, if you would like to have your videos included here, please send a URL link to be included here. Or if your presentation is missing, emaili with the file. Note, we are only providing links to PDFs exports of presentations, not PowerPoint files to protect content.

Registration for the 2016 Digital Cities Summit is now closed. Thank you to those who were able to join!