The Executives' Club Of Chicago

Bright Futures for America's Smart Cities

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. CDT
Location: Zoom (link provided with registration)
Forum: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Charlie Catlet


Charlie Catlett
Senior Research Scientist
Discovery Partners Institute

Alaina Harknes


Alaina Harkness
Executive Director

Aymeric r


Aymeric Rousseau
Manager of Vehicle and Mobility Systems
Argonne National Laboratory

Athreya Sree


Athreya Sreenivasan
Strategic Planning & Partnerships, Transportation Solutions Specialist

Jose Moran


José Morán
Baker McKenzie

What makes a “Smart City”? Launched in 2015, the Smart City Initiative seeks to leverage federal dollars and resources more effectively within local governments, nonprofit organizations, academic and business entities seeking to create infrastructure that will continuously advance the gathering, aggregation, and use of data to improve quality of life for local residents. Smart Cities contain a network of wireless devices which compile real-time data about urban activity, allowing policy makers and public officials to make data-informed decisions about planning and resources. Energy consumption, government transparency, infrastructure investment, poverty reduction, and traffic decongestion are just some of the issues at the heart of this future-focused initiative.

Chicago’s own Smart City efforts begin with the Array of Things – an “experimental urban measurement project comprising a network of interactive, modular devices” that collect data for a public database, free and accessible to the public and for research. With a goal of creating a more equitable, connected, digital Chicago that champions health, safety, and prosperity for all, how can Chicago as a Smart City unlock potential in your neighborhood? What can you and your business do to bolster these city-wide efforts to create a better future for our people and institutions?

Tune in on May 19th for a discussion with Smart City leaders, hosted by our Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum.

PLEASE NOTE: The Zoom link will be included in your confirmation email. You will receive a second email on May 18th with the link to join this program. Please check your bulk or spam folder in case the link is sent there. For any questions, contact Megan Cicurel at


Individual Ticket: Complimentary 
*Members may also register one complimentary guest

Non-member: $25

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