Smart Cities New York and Politico Team Up for Second Annual Global Conference Showcasing Cities Powered by People

New York, New York, UNITED STATES

NEW YORK, Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On May 8-10, 2018 at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Smart Cities New York will partner with the most robust news operation and information service in the world, POLITICO, to host its second global conference that explores the importance of democratizing and humanizing technologies of the future to improve the quality of life for all citizens. Guided by the idea that smart cities are truly “Powered by People,” the conference brings together thought leaders from private and public sectors, academia, and NGOs to explore the political, economic, social, and technological dimensions of urban life in the 21st century.

Through their density, diversity, creativity, and economic clout, cities are increasingly asserting themselves: testing and deploying new technologies, building ‘futureproof’ infrastructure, creating innovative business models and policy frameworks, and driving social and political progress. In an age characterized by mass urbanization, Smart Cities New York serves as North America’s premier forum for discussions about these transformations in an industry expected to grow to $1.6 trillion in the next three years.

“Cities with engaged citizens are the world’s best hope. United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11, which targets making cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, puts cities right at the heart of global efforts,” states Jerry Hultin, Chairman and CEO of Smart Cities New York. “We’re proud to host this event in the world’s most diverse and innovative city. And by partnering with POLITICO, we can enhance our programming and extend the conversation to audiences around the world.”

"Never has it been more essential to understand what drives the decisions being made in local power centers—and their consequences,” said Carrie Budoff Brown, Editor of POLITICO. "With news hubs in Washington, Brussels, London, and cities across America, POLITICO is a natural partner for Smart Cities New York, and we’re proud to elevate the discussion and explore how cities around the globe are preparing to meet the challenges of the future.” 

This year’s conference will examine the Emerging Power of Cities, broadening the narrative about what makes cities smart by highlighting the innovations and technologies transforming different facets of urban life:

  • Political—climate, trade, governance, growth, and security
  • Economic—innovation, technology, energy, infrastructure, production, and finance
  • Social—education and training, art and culture, community, equity, justice, and accessibility

Smart Cities New York speaker highlights include:

  • Fahd Al-Rasheed, CEO, King Abdullah Economic City (Saudi Arabia)
  • Steve Benjamin, Mayor, City of Columbia, S.C. and Incoming President of U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • LaToya Cantrell, Mayor-Elect, City of New Orleans
  • Ali Chaudhry, Deputy Secretary of Transportation to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
  • Dan Doctoroff, CEO, Sidewalk Labs
  • Miguel Gamiño, Jr., Chief Technology Officer, City of New York
  • Diane Hoskins, Co-CEO, Gensler
  • Shola Olatoye, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN and Co-Author of U.S. Cities SDG Index at Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Professor at Columbia University
  • Ken Zimmerman, Director, U.S. Programs, Open Society Foundations

Tickets are now available at early bird pricing by logging on to 

About Smart Cities New York Smart Cities New York (SCNY) is North America’s leading global conference exploring the emerging influence of cities in shaping the future. With the global smart city market expected to grow to $1.6 trillion within the next three years, Smart Cities New York is Powered by People and guided this year by its “Emerging Power Of Cities” theme. The conference brings together top thought leaders and senior members of the private and public sector to discuss investments in physical and digital infrastructure, health, education, sustainability, security, mobility, workforce development, and more, to ensure cities are central to advancing and improving urban life.

About POLITICO POLITICO is the global authority on politics, policy, and the power surrounding their intersection. We have the most robust news operation and information service in the world specializing in politics and policy, which informs the most influential audience in the world with more insight, edge, focus and authority than any other publication.    

Contact Information:

Abby Conger
Smart Cities New York
(908) 337-6420