Smart Cities

March 6, 2019 10:00 AM

Concrete is Tech Agnostic: The Challenges of Implementing Smart Cities in Mature Communities. The 2016 USDOT Smart City Challenge brought forth over 70 proposals from mid-sized American cities, each looking to demonstrate how connected vehicles could be used to solve their urban infrastructure challenges. Three years later, many cities are advancing their programs, but the continuous evolution of IoT, connected vehicles, and microtransit are creating new policy and operational challenges. This presentation will review some of the most interesting trends in Smart City implementation, as well as discussing how cities may be able to adjust their procurement and operating strategies to better track, respond, and adopt innovations into their Smart City strategies.

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Gibran Hadj-Chikh


Gibran Hadj-Chikh is the VP of Strategic Transformation & Innovation at Parsons Corporation, a tech-driven company delivering critical infrastructure and security solutions to cities around the world. In his current role, he is responsible for working with design, construction, and security professionals to understand how emerging services and technologies may affect the digital and physical infrastructure of their operating environment. Prior to his current role, Gibran was responsible for developing and implementing strategies for adopting new technologies into the transportation networks of cities across North America and the Middle East, including high-speed rail systems, intelligent transportation systems, and hyperloop technologies. Gibran has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Florida State and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cornell University.