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Friday, January 20th

Breakfast & Check-in

8:00 am - 9:00 am ET

Welcome and Introductions

9:00am - 9:40 am ET

Opening Remarks

9:40 - 10:00 am ET

Panel I: Cities and a Shared Challenge: International response(s) to climate change

Cities around the world are facing the shared threat of climate change. This panel proposes a cross-cultural exchange on the greatest contemporary issue of our time. What actions are cities taking against climate change? How are the environmental and social impacts being addressed around the globe? Can cities lead and take action where nations balk? Experts from various fields will showcase international experiences to learn together. Conference goers can participate in a global brainstorm of how we will meet today’s challenges for tomorrow’s reality.

10:00 - 11:0 am ET

Coffee Break and Photo


11:00 - 11:15am ET

Panel II: Paving the Future: Streets and Integrated Infrastructure

How we use our streets is constantly evolving, but they are always used to connect us. In this panel we look to answer, how are cities adapting streetscapes to changing mobility landscape? What are winning strategies? How do we balance induced demands of many competing modes? What is happening beneath our streets to connect us? Streets can map out where our cities are headed. Our panel of leading experts and stakeholders shaping this industry will discuss how the conversation is in a constant state of flux and introduce innovative solutions being used around the world.

11:15 - 12:15pm ET


12:15 - 1:45pm ET

Panel III: Building a Digital World: Metaverse and Cities

Digital infrastructure, delivered through technologies including digital twin, AR and VR, will continue to shape our interactions in cities and with other citizens. Whether you are a believer or a skeptic, the construction of the digital world is taking place. The digital world should connect people more closely, offer enhanced experience, and enable smarter decisions. This panel invites industry veterans and bold disruptors who will share their experience in building, shaping, and regulating this rapidly evolving space.

1:45 - 2:45pm ET

Coffee Break

2:45 - 3:00pm ET

Panel IV: Ensuring Equity in Delivering Basic Services and Affordable Housing

Advancing and promoting equity in delivering basic services and affordable housing will ensure that all people feel truly connected to their communities. In this panel, we hope to gain insight into how a future city can more effectively integrate the core values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion into its policies, programs, practices, and procedures by studying the past successes and failures of project delivery and community engagement from around the world. Community leaders, community-based organizations, local and regional decision-makers, city planning scholars, and developers will be invited to this panel discussion and will discuss how cities can be made more equitable, tangible, and inclusive for all citizens.

3:00 - 4:00pm ET

Coffee Break


4:00 - 4:15pm ET

Panel V:  Financing the Future of Cities: Fuelling a connected future

Financing is often a bottleneck for business owners when pursuing their strategic and operational goals. Building the city of the future is not immune to this phenomenon - projects are regularly put on hold or abandoned altogether. It is vital for operators and project sponsors to ensure that funding is available for the entirety of their projects to ensure that they reach completion. This panel will convene city financiers with diverse perspectives on how to tackle this problem. The latest trends in financing the development of cities will be discussed along with ways of optimizing existing financing structures. The panelists will also discuss emerging trends in financing structures for facilitating the growth of cities of the future.

4:15 - 5:15pm ET

Closing Remarks

5:30 - 6:00pm ET

Happy Hour at Louie Louie

6:30 - 8:30pm ET

2023 Conference Agenda