Smart Cities Day at Cincinnati Startup Week: Lineup Announced (Thursday, October 12th at Union Hall)

Smart Cities Day at Cincinnati Startup Week
Techstars Cincinnati Startup Week

Cincinnati is no stranger to smart cities or innovations in government. Smart Cincy and Venture Smarter are proud to host Smart Cities Day at Cincinnati Startup Week. Cincinnati Startup Week is a week long event presented by Techstars and Startup Cincy. 

Drone Challenge Course - Wednesday, October 11th

  • 4:00pm - Venture Smarter and Dayton Drones will host a miniature drone challenge course for guests to enjoy followed by an info session and Q&A about how drones are impacting key sectors and efforts from smart cities and agriculture to emergency relief and deliveries. This will be a preview event for the Smart Regions Conference at BB&T Arena at the end of the month that is set to host professional pilots competing for a prize purse and bragging rights.

Smart Cities Day - Thursday, October 12th

  • 9:00am - Welcome to Smart Cincy - Intro to smart cities and the Cincinnati innovators leading the charge locally, regionally, and nationally. Venture Smarter founder Zack Huhn will host local and regional leaders to give welcome remarks before presenting an overview of smart cities, the Smart Cincy working group, and the startups in Cincinnati that are leading that charge. Zack will map out the smart cities ecosystem, problems and opportunity areas for startups trying to work with government, and challenges facing us as we move these conversations forward as a community. This section of the program will end with a Q&A and is meant to setup the panels that will follow.
  • 10:00am - Building the City of Tomorrow - Several Cincinnati-based startups are leading efforts around smart city infrastructure and related projects. Smart Cities require collaboration, innovation, and dedication. These startup leaders are breaking down barriers to build future cities, now. The panel will begin following brief introductions to each panelist who will be allowed up to three minutes to introduce themselves and their company.

    Moderator: Andy Ruberg, Astronomer
    Panelist: Jon Salisbury, smartLINK
    Panelist: Matthew Terry, Natalus
    Panelist: Katrina Eckard, WEL
  • 11:00am - Automating Transportation, Building the Physical Internet - Every paradigm shift in transpiration doubles the quality of life for humans. In recent months the conversations around autonomous transportation have gained more traction, and have even seen federal legislation start moving. Several startups and innovators from Cincinnati, OH are leading research, development, and implementation efforts around solutions that will enable us to create and implement smart and connected mobility solutions. Automating transportation will usher in the new paradigm shift and allow us to build the physical internet. The panel will begin following brief introductions to each panelist who will be allowed up to three minutes to introduce themselves and their company.

    Moderator: Rhonda Binda, Venture Smarter
    Panelist: Lyden Foust, Spatial AI
    Panelist: Caroline Duffy, 143 Engineers
    Panelist: Dr Shaaban Abdallah, University of Cincinnati Hyperloop

    Interested in smart cities? Don't forget to register to attend the first Smart Regions Conference on Wednesday, October 25th. The event will include an IoT and Innovation Showcase, Smart City Workshops, Speakers and Awards. More details at