WHEN: October 15-16, 2018

WHAT: Leaders from U.S. cities and universities will gather in Newark for the MetroLab Network 2018 Annual Summit, where they will discuss their plans to bring technology, data, and analytics to drive civic innovation and address local government priorities.

Media are invited to attend keynote talks and panel presentations being held at the NJIT Wellness and Events Center on October 15 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and October 16 (8 a.m.- 5 p.m.). If you would like to attend, please contact summit@metrolabnetwork.org.


  • The Honorable Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark
  • The Honorable Andy Berke, Mayor of Chattanooga
  • The Honorable Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh
  • The Honorable Martin O’Malley, former Governor of Maryland
  • Beth Noveck, Chief Innovation Officer, State of New Jersey
  • Dr. Joel Bloom, President of New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Don Sebastian, President & CEO of New Jersey Innovation Institute
  • Samir Saini, City-wide CIO and IT Commissioner, City of New York
  • More than 20 Chief Technology/Information/Analytics Officers from U.S. cities
  • More than 40 academic presenters focused on leveraging university research to drive civic innovation in local government

WHERE: Newark, NJ -- NJIT Wellness & Events Center

Notable Agenda Items Below

Information about Summit: https://metrolabnetwork.org/2018-summit/

Agenda: https://metrolabnetwork.org/2018-summit/2018-agenda/

Speakers: https://metrolabnetwork.org/2018-summit/2018-speakers/


Monday, October 15  –  NJIT Wellness and Events Center

9:15 a.m.


Dr. Joel Bloom, President of New Jersey Institute of Technology

Mayor Ras Baraka, City of Newark


9:45 a.m.

Civic Leadership & Creating a Culture of Innovation

Moderator: Governor Martin O’Malley, 61st Governor of Maryland

Mayor Ras Baraka, City of Newark

Mayor Andy Berke, City of Chattanooga

Mayor Bill Peduto, City of Pittsburgh


10:45 a.m.

Technology for Civic Data Integration

Moderator: Natalie Evans Harris, Harris Data Consulting

Amy Hawn Nelson, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy

Jason Lally, City and County of San Francisco

Emily Wiegand, Chapin Hall

Bill Yock, County of Santa Clara


11:30 a.m.

Using Data to Understand People & Place

Moderator: Debra Lam, Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Tech

Jason Jones, Analytics Officer, Guilford County, NC

Santi Garces, Chief Innovation Officer, City of South Bend

Nancy LeaMond, EVP & Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, AARP

Bill Skerpan, Innovation & Analytics Manager, City of Boulder

Ken Steif, MUSA Program Director, University of Pennsylvania


1:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

How Data Use Varies Across Sectors

Commercializing Research to Solve Urban Challenges at Scale

Mapping for Air Quality Impact


4 p.m.

Are Smart Cities Utopian or Dystopian?

Moderator: Ben Green, Author, The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future

Brenna Berman, Executive Director, CityTech

Ryan Gerety, Technology Fellow, Ford Foundation

Rayid Ghani, Director of the Center for Data Science and Public Policy, University of Chicago

Anthony Townsend, President, Bits and Atoms


4:45 p.m.

Smart Tech Newark: A Discussion about the Local Innovation Ecosystem


6 p.m.

Walking Tour: Newark Past and Present Will depart from Hotel Indigo Lobby


Tuesday, October 16  –  NJIT Wellness and Events Center

9:05 a.m.

MetroLab Network Updates and the Year Ahead

Ben Levine, Executive Director, MetroLab Network


9:45 a.m.

Making Urban Research a University Priority

Moderator: Meghan Houghton, Program Officer, National Science Foundation

James Bean, Provost, Northeastern University

Ramayya Krishnan, Dean, Carnegie Mellon University

Miroslav Krstic, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California, San Diego

Marie Lynn Miranda, Provost, Rice University

Suzanne Rivera, Vice President for Research and Technology, Case Western Reserve University


11:15 a.m.

Land-use in the Age of Smart Cities

Moderator: Bill Fulton, Director of the Kinder Institute, Rice University

Nigel Jacob, Co-Director, City of Boston

Karina Ricks, Director of Mobility and Infrastructure, City of Pittsburgh

Nick Tyler, University College London


12:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Ethics and Algorithms Workshop

Programs that Strengthen City/University Partnerships

Future of Privacy Forum Workshop

Implementing a Technology for Community Referral Services

Incentivizing Engagement by Faculty and Students

What Urban Technology Means for Equity and the Future of Work


4:15 p.m.


Beth Noveck, Chief Innovation Officer, State of New Jersey


4:45 p.m.

Planning for Urban Technology Transformation

Kate Garman, Technology Policy Advisor, City of Seattle

David Graham, Deputy COO, City of San Diego

Kevin Martin, Smart City PXD Manager, City of Portland

Samir Saini, City-wide CIO and IT Commissioner, City of New York


MetroLab Network introduces a new model for bringing data, analytics, and innovation to local government: a network of institutionalized, cross-disciplinary partnerships between cities/counties and their universities.  Its membership includes 44 cities, 5 counties, and 59 universities, organized in more than 40 partnerships in the United States, ranging from mid-size cities to global metropolises. These city-university partnerships focus on research, development, and deployment of projects that offer technologically- and analytically-based solutions to challenges facing urban areas including: inequality in income, health, mobility, security and opportunity; aging infrastructure; and environmental sustainability and resiliency. There are more than 100 RD&D Project underway across the network. Each month, we go in-depth on one of those projects in a partnership with GovTech for our Innovation of the Month. MetroLab was launched as part of the White House’s 2015 Smart Cities Initiative.