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Future Forum – The Future of Smart Cities

Tue 23rd Jan 2018 PST

January 23rd, from 7:30am-10:30am

About our Presenting Sponsor
Centrally located in the South Bay and the heart of Los Angeles, CSU Dominguez Hills is a diverse, welcoming community of learners and educators collaborating to change lives and communities for the better. With our strong academic programs, dedicated faculty mentors, supportive staff, and many campus amenities, CSU Dominguez Hills is committed to connecting our students to a high-quality and transformative education while providing our communities with a vital resource for talent, knowledge, skills, and leadership needed to thrive today and tomorrow.

Smart Cities

A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of things (IoT) technology in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets. Ultimately, a smart city optimizes city functions and powers economic growth in order to improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare.

The L.A. region—like it did with streetcars and freeways—is spearheading a third transformation driven by the guiding principles of smart cities. L.A. was an early adopter of the data-driven, metrics-based management approach that is essential to smart cities. The region is also making the boldest, most comprehensive investment in transportation infrastructure anywhere in North America. We know our region will be reshaped as the era of smart cities is ushered in, but we must collectively engage in this transformation in order to ensure that it benefits policy makers, private industry, educational institutions and residents.

Join our panel of experts at the Future Forum as we address the following challenges:

  • How do cities innovate and leverage technology to not only provide the services citizens need, but also to build a model that supports the rapid growth required to attract and sustain highly successful inhabitants?
  • What opportunities are there for private industry to partner with cities in their quest to become “smarter”?
  • The technology behind smart cities present new and yet-to-be created careers—how can educational institutions best prepare students for these opportunities?
  • How can ICT and IoT change our cityscapes and how people interact with them?
  • How will the increased connectivity of a smart city shape our economy?

Admission Cost

General Public: $65.00
LAEDC Member: $40.00
Student Rate: $40.00

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Questions?  Contact LAEDC’s Maneesha Horshin at 213-236-4864.

Cancellation and Substitution Policy: cancellations to your registration may be made 7 days prior to the event with a full refund.  After this time, only substitutions may be made for your registration.  All cancellations and substitutions must be made in writing to [email protected]

Keynote Speaker:

John Rossant, Founder & Chief Curator, LACoMotion, Chairman, NewCities Foundation

John Rossant personally leads the LA CoMotion team. He is the Founder and Chairman of the New CIties Foundation, a major global non-profit institution dedicated to improving the quality of life and work in cities. He previously led the team producing the famous World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland every January and has been been the producer of major World Economic Forum conferences in China, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. He has also played key roles in Monaco, with the Monaco Media Forum and the ongoing Prince’s Roundtable on Philanthropy. In 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy asked John to organize the first global summit on the future of the Internet, the e-G8. John has worked with heads of state and government and leading CEOs from around the world.

Featured Speaker Sponsored by:

About PwC: For more than 160 years, the role PwC has played has always been underpinned by the need for trust and their ability to deliver solutions. Their purpose brings meaning to their daily work, guides their decision-making and inspires action in a dynamically changing environment. It demonstrates their ongoing, clear commitment to working collaboratively and innovatively to deliver the highest quality outcomes for their people, clients and society.

Rahul Gupta, Principal (Partner), Lead, Smart Infrastructure & Global Lead, Transformation of Transportation and Logistics, PwC

Rahul is a Principal in PwC’s Management Consulting (formerly PRTM) practice specializing in consulting with private sector clients and with extensive government experience. Rahul is leading major efforts on smart cities globally, assessing infrastructure needs, and advising clients on ICT and associated issues. In addition, Rahul is leading internal PwC transformation related to data, technology, and processes within the US and globally.

From 2004 to 2011, Rahul was a Partner at PRTM where he lead the Homeland and National Security practice. He also supported PRTM’s engagements in Telecom, Automotive, Resilience/Risk, and support to not for profits.

Since 2004, Rahul has held leadership positions in the firm and lead transformative engagements on Strategy and Doctrine, Policy, Information Sharing and Collaboration, Business Transformation, Telecommunications, Homeland Security Product and Services, and Energy issues related to National Security / Resilient Cities from both the strategy and implementation perspectives.


Ted Ross, CIO, City of Los Angeles and GM for the Information Technology Agency (ITA)

Ted Ross oversees a  department that delivers enterprise IT services to over 48,000 employees across 38 City departments and digital services to almost 4 million residents across 469 square miles.  Comprised of 485 dedicated employees with an $92 Million annual operating budget, his department supports more than 100 City applications, a 24/7 Data Center, City Data & Voice Communications, the 3-1-1 Call Center, Public Safety Microwave & Radio Communications, and the LA CityView Channel 35 TV Station.  Before joining ITA, Ted managed the successful citywide Financial Management System ERP Project with the Office of the Controller and IT systems for Los Angeles World Airports.  He has over 19 years of private and public sector technology experience, earning various awards and IT credentials along the way. Ted received his MBA in General Management from California State University – Dominguez Hills.

Bill Hanway, Executive Vice President and Global Sports Leader, AECOM

Trained as an architect, Bill’s work focuses on large scale regeneration projects, major sports events planning, and sports venue design. He works closely with politicians, civic leaders and key stakeholders to leverage the capital investment required to host a major sports event to both help regenerate areas of cities that are socio-economically challenged as well as delivering catalysts for future development. He currently leads the AECOM team for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games and served as the Director of Venues and Infrastructure during the candidate city bid phase.  Previously, he led the AECOM team that delivered the London 2012 Games and Legacy masterplan as well as the Rio 2016 Games and Legacy masterplan. He also served as an advisor to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Tokyo 2020. Other recent projects include the Golden 1 arena for the Sacramento Kings – the first LEED Platinum sports facility in the world.

Chris Manriquez, Vice President for Information Technology & CIO, CSU Dominguez Hills

Chris is Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at CSU Dominguez Hills. He leads the IT Division in providing support in information technology for the entire CSU Dominguez Hills community, which includes promoting solutions that improve the teaching, learning, research, and administrative environment of the University. The Division of Information Technology is comprised of eight operational units: Service & Financial Mgmt., User Services, Academic Technology, Infrastructure & Production Services, Information Security, Development & Digital Convergence, Innovation Incubator, and Operational Effectiveness, Planning, & Analytics.

Additional Speakers Will Be Announced Soon

Welcoming Remarks

Willie J. Hagan, Ph. D.
California State University Dominguez Hills

Bill Allen
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

About Future Forum:  The Transformation of L.A.’s Key Industries

Dive into Future Forums and learn how to stake your claim on the economy of the future.

Are you and your company prepared to be part of L.A. County’s new economy? LAEDC’s Future Forums series take a deep dive into burgeoning industries like virtual medicine, cybersecurity, digital entertainment, and artificial intelligence. As technological innovation and globalization take the economy in new directions, this region is destined to be an incubator for business opportunities that were only an entrepreneur’s dream a few years ago. Each Future Forum will be your chance to learn about the trends ahead, the workforce demands that will be required and, most importantly, the opportunities that will be available tomorrow.


About Cross Campus, the Event Venue Sponsor:

Whether you want to expand your network, impress your clients with an awesome meeting space, need workspace for a day or want a prime address for your business, Cross Campus has a solution. With locations in Downtown LA, Santa Monica, Pasadena and South Bay, Cross Campus is LA’s leading provider of flexible workspaces for creatives. Get the space, amenities and resources your business needs and become a member today! Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2CZZxah


Tue 23rd Jan 2018
7:30 am - 10:30 am
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