Smart Cities Miami 2020

The University of Miami School of Architecture and Institute for Data Science & Computing invite you to attend the 4th annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference + Workshop, hosted at the University of Miami School of Architecture in the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, 1223 Theo Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146


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To aid in the design and development of more sustainable, livable, and resilient cities, the University of Miami brings cutting-edge research in urban planning, architecture, and engineering in alignment with computational resources and analytical methods. The annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference is an extension of these efforts, providing a forum for leaders in academia, industry, and government to closely examine evolving theories and practices in the Smart City field. The topics considered vary in scope and nature within a general theme that is particularly relevant for each year.

The theme for the 2020 edition is “Smart City Adoption, Adaptation, and Disruption” providing opportunities to explore questions such as:

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  • How does technology enable cities to adapt to a changing environment?
  • How do individuals, societies, and cultures adopt and adapt to emerging technologies, such as IoT, self-driving cars, gig economies, etc.?
  • How do we transition from sustaining to disruptive practices and technology?
  • Do cities become more resilient when they adopt new technology?


The Day 1 Conference features Panel Discussions and Keynote Presentations. Registration is $50 per person, and includes complimentary parking, light breakfast, lunch, and the closing reception.

Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Event Times:  9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Complimentary Parking   

All Day 1 or Day 2 attendees are required to register their vehicle with the University to avoid issuance of a parking citation. A link will be provided closer to the event date so you can enter your vehicle plate number.


Keynote Speakers

Carlo Ratti, Keynote Speaker, Smart Cities MIAMI 2020

Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT SENSEable City Lab

An architect and engineer by training, Prof. Ratti teaches at MIT, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation practice Carlo Ratti Associati. A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life, his work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum, and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects—the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel—were hailed by Time Magazine as “Best Inventions of the Year”. He has been included in Wired Magazine’s “Smart List: 50 People Who Will Change the World.” He is currently serving as Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization.

Nicholas Negroponte keynote speaker Smart Cities MIAMI 2020

Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman Emeritus, MIT Media Lab

Nicholas Negroponte is the co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, which he directed for 20 years. A graduate of MIT, he was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design and gave the first TED talk in 1984 (and 13 since). He is the author of Being Digital, which has been translated into 40+ languages. In 2005, he founded the nonprofit One Laptop per Child, which deployed $1B worth of laptops for primary education in the developing world.

Joseph Brancato keynote speaker Smart Cities MIAMI 2020  

Joseph Brancato, FAIA, NCARB, Co-Chairman, Gensler

Managing Principal for Gensler’s NE + Latin American regions, and Co-Chairman of the firm’s Board of Directors, Joe sits on the Executive & Governance Committee and the Global Practices Committee.  He provides leadership to the architecture, urban planning, and design studios, and speaks regularly on the impact of driverless cars and ride sharing on urban planning and development, designing future cities, experience-driven design, and the urbanization of suburbia.


The way we live, work, and play is very different today than it was just a few decades ago, thanks in large part to a network of connectivity that now encompasses most people on the planet. In a similar way, today we are at the beginning of a new technological revolution: the Internet is entering the physical space—the traditional domain of architecture and design—becoming an “Internet of Things” or IoT. As such, it is opening the door to a variety of applications that—in a similar way to what happened with the first wave of the Internet—can encompass many domains: from energy to mobility, from production to citizen participation. The contribution from Prof. Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.

Keynote TALK TITLE: “The Future of Power-full Ideas” | Nicholas Negroponte

In a word: nuclear. Said in more detail: addressing climate change through conservation, recycling and using less plastic is almost quaint, when world development – just in terms of everybody having energy parity – needs about 5 to 10 times the amount of energy we produce today. That does not even include all the power hungrier things we do not yet do, but ought to do: cities without infrastructure, large scale desalination, CO2 sequestration, and air conditioning everybody.

The long term solution, say 20 or 25 years, is nuclear fusion, the holy grail: more or less unlimited, cost free, carbon neutral power. In between, we need to step up micro, modular, industrialized nuclear fission. And, most importantly, use some of it to start removing CO2 from the air. It is embarrassing to see sentient adults suggest being carbon neutral by 2050. Hello? They must live on a different planet. We need to be carbon negative before this decade is out. And, this is not done by taxing and capping. It is done through power innovation, new science and new technologies. Period.

In the recent past, to be an environmentalist, even to be a Democrat, was to be anti-nuclear. That can no longer be. It is simply unacceptable to be anti-nuclear. Get over it. Solar, wind and so-called sustainable, clean energy, so-called renewables, are fine, but insufficient. At best, renewables are a side show. At worst, they are an opportunity cost. What is needed: large scale, global collaboration, especially with the Russians and Chinese to push fusion and do fission in between. Those are the power-full ideas.



Panel 1: Adopting Emerging Technology—Challenges and Opportunities

This panel examines some of the challenges—social, cultural, and economic—that we face with the deployment of smart city technology. Issues ranging from community buy-in, to privacy and cybersecurity continue to evolve and shape the development of the new technological landscape.

Panel 2:  Adapting the Built Environment with the Help of Technology

This panel examines how the design professions and the building industry are adapting to transformations in the profession and to the environmental context by means of technology. Case studies range from responsive building envelopes to building site management by means of IoT applications.

Panel 3: Disruptive Technology and Its impact on Urban Infrastructure

This panel examines how emerging technology may disrupt and transform urban infrastructure—existing systems or projects underway. From autonomous vehicles to big data and web-based platforms for urban logistics, the consequences of technological innovation are far reaching and not entirely predictable.


Day 2 Workshop + Competition

Led by the City of Miami, the Workshop investigates how to leverage smart cities technology to foster participatory government in the context of civic engagement? Click here for more details.

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9:00 AM-2:00 PM  Free | Complimentary parking, breakfast, and lunch provided.

 Register for the Day 2 Workshop.


Exhibitor Spaces

Exhibitor spaces are free, but limited. Apply now to be an exhibitor.

Exhibitor benefits include:
• Two (2) complimentary passes to the Smart Cities MIAMI Conference
• Feature in the Program Booklet (distributed to all Conference attendees) to include photo, logo, exhibit description, website, and contact information .
• Exposure to leading smart cities experts, academics, researchers, local policy makers, inventors, and enthusiasts


Sponsorship Opportunities

Smart Cities Miami 2020 also offers Sponsorship Opportunities with varying benefit packages. Benefits are based on sponsorship level and may include:
• Recognition in all collateral, electronic communications, and signage
• Recognition on, on event signage, and in program booklet
• Free passes to Smart Cities Miami 2020

2020 Sponsorship Packet + Opportunities  | Questions may be directed to 305.243.4976.


Program Booklet

Program Booklet showcases are full-color, and come in 2 sizes.  Complimentary design is available if needed.Smart Cities MIAMI 2019 program cover
• FULL (single) page (8.5” x 8.5”) $250
• DOUBLE page spread (17.0” x 8.5”) $500

Program Booklet Showcase Flyer + Opportunities  | See the Smart Cities MIAMI 2019 booklet for samples.






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And thank you to GlassHouse Systems

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