Join us for the first Triangle Smart Cities Summit, sponsored by NC State University and the City of Raleigh. This event will bring together local city, industry, and academic leaders for engaged discussion and to share ideas to help make our region a smarter and more connected community. Mayors, industry and academic executives, and national leaders in the smart cities movement will discuss the biggest challenges they face and their current efforts and vision towards making the Triangle a smart region.

Event is free and open to the public. No registration required.


(Program will be in the Hunt Auditorium, Posters and refreshments will be in Duke Energy Hall)

8:15 – 8:30: Randy Woodson, Chancellor, NC State University, Bio

8:30 – 8:45: Alan Rebar, Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation & Economic Development, NC State University, Bio

8:45 – 9:15:   Keynote Address:  Governor Martin O’Malley, Senior Fellow and Advisory Council Chair, MetroLab Network, Bio

9:15 – 9:30:   Nancy McFarlane, Mayor, City of Raleigh, Bio

9:30 – 10:15:  View From the City Panel – Moderated by Martin O’Malley, Bio

  • Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Raleigh, Bio
  • City Manager Tom Bonfield, Durham, Bio
  • Council Member Lori Bush, Cary, Bio
  • Mayor Pam Hemminger, Chapel Hill, Bio

10:15 – 10:30:  Break

10:30 – 11:00:  Research Perspectives Session

  • Mike Bergin, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, Bio
  • Arcot Rajasekar, Professor and Director of Research, School of Library and InformationSciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bio
  • Steven Segerlin, Senior Research Environmental Scientist, RTI, Bio

11:00 – 11:30:   Government and Security – Neal Ziring, Technical Director, Capabilities Directorate, National Security Agency (NSA), Bio

11:30 – 12:30Industry Panel – Moderated by Ben Levine, Executive Director, MetroLab Network, Bio

  • ABB – Gary Rackliffe, Vice President, Smart Grids North America, Bio
  • Cisco – Russell Gyurek, Director, IoT-CTO and Industries, Bio
  • IBM – Ed Harbour, Vice President, Watson Implementations, Bio
  • NetApp – Richard Hardy, SE Director & Chief Architect, Bio
  • RedHat – Michael Tiemann, Vice President, Open Source Affairs, Bio
  • SAS, Michele Null, Director of Marketing, Global IoT Practice, Bio

12:30:   Morning program ends, poster hall opens. Attendees encouraged to visit Centennial Campus restaurants for lunch and to continue discussions with colleagues, before or after attending the poster session.

12:30 – 3:00: Poster Hall – Posters highlighting projects and research from universities, companies, and municipalities

Poster Hall

The afternoon poster session, from 12:30 – 3:00, will showcase academic, municipality, and industry research efforts in and around Smart Cities. During this time, posters will be manned and we encourage all Summit attendees to stop by the Poster Hall to learn about the impressive work going on in this region. Posters will continue to be on display during the afternoon and evening Partner events, but may not be manned.

Those with an interest in displaying a poster should complete a short Google Form. Link to form:  https://goo.gl/forms/Nv55V9KXOEl5aIQA2

Please contact Jamie Roseborough, DSI Program Manager, 919-515-7320 or jvrosebo@ncsu.edu, with any poster questions.

List of Posters (Coming Soon)

Lunch Options

A number of lunch options are within easy walking distance of Hunt Library. We encourage you to grab a bite and continue discussion. These locations are a great option before or after visiting the Poster Hall – a space devoted to highlighting relevant research and projects from multiple entities. Visiting the Poster Hall is a great way to spark ideas for connection and collaboration, and to just learn about some of the amazing work going on in smart cities domains in the region.

Event Location and Parking

James B. Hunt Jr. Library – 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh, NC 27606

Guest Parking


Guests arriving before 10am: Park in the Oval West Deck.  Enter off of Partners Way.  No charge. (Marked in green on map.)

Guests arriving between 10am and 5pm: Park in one of the 3 pay lots on campus. Credit card only. (Marked in red on map.)

Guests arriving after 5pm: Parking is free and open to the public after 5:00 p.m. The Partners Way surface lot and Oval West Deck are good options.

VIP Parking

Speakers and panelists: Print the parking permit that was emailed to you and place on dashboard.  Park in Partners Way surface lot. (Marked in pink on map.)

Event Location and Parking

Triangle Smart Cities Summit Map


Same Day Partner Events

In addition to the Triangle Smart Cities Summit, NC State University is partnering with the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) and NC RIoT to bring two other events to Hunt Library on June 6th. Both events are also free and open to the public, and offer additional opportunities to learn about Smart Cities related efforts going on in the region and to network with other interested and engaged Triangle area leaders and residents.

Details and links to these events are below. Each requires separate registration.

RTCC & RIoT Show Me the Money – Venture Capital in Cleantech and IoT

4:00-6:00pm, Hunt Library – Room 1103

Are you an entrepreneur with a cleantech, smart city, or IoT product or are you interested in learning more about how corporate venture and traditional capital works? We’ve got you covered. Join us for an in-depth conversation pertaining to the factors venture capital and corporate venture partners consider when they invest.

Details and Registrationhttp://bit.ly/2p9IvQ1 http://bit.ly/2onzx09

RIoT Startup Pitch Night

6:00-8:30pm, Hunt Library – Duke Energy Hall

Five early stage startups compete for the coveted Championship Belt in RIoT’s annual pitch event.  This year focuses on smarter communities and higher quality of life with applications in energy, water, homes and business.  Investors from across the region will judge the event and participants will enjoy great networking and free food and drink.  Four of last year’s competitors went on to successful raises and all are still growing.  Come support this year’s group to reach even higher!

Details and Registration:   http://bit.ly/2onzx09



For more information on Smart Cities @ NC State University please contact us and we’ll help you find the right ways to engage and connect:

Dennis KekasDennis Kekas
Associate Vice Chancellor
Office of Partnerships and Economic Development

Amy LubasAmy Lubas
Director, Strategic Projects
Office of Partnerships and Economic Development

Jamie RoseboroughJamie V. Roseborough
Program Manager
Data Science Initiative