7th Annual Urban Innovation Symposium - Networked [for good] 2017

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7th Annual Urban Innovation Symposium


Networked for Good

The 2017 Urban Innovation Symposium will bring together planning and policy professionals to explore the growing use of technology in cities and the pressure to enact "smart" initiatives that enhance innovation and efficiency.


At the event we will explore how smart initiatives can enhance or detract from equity and inclusion, and what considerations must be made to ensure access to the information and quality of life improvements that technology can enable. Don't miss this thoughtful conversation at the intersection of smart city initiatives and inclusive planning! 


8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

January 27, 2017

UIC Student Center East 302

750 S. Halsted St.

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM January 27, 2017

National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 W. 19th St.

7th Annual Urban Symposium: "Networked for Good"

January 27, 2017

Daytime Session Speakers

Brenna Berman
Chief Innovation Officer
City of Chicago
Keynote: Smart Cities                      
Jordan Davis
Manager, Member Activities/Community Affairs
Columbus Partnership
Panelist: Tech and Transit                
Karen Tamley
Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Panelist: Tech and Transit                
Josina Morita
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Panelist: Water for a Region             
Kevin Stanciel
Division Manager
Regional Transportation Authority 
Moderator: Tech and Transit            
Jim Powell
Principal Engineer
CDM Smith
Panelist: Tech and Transit                
Rachel Havrelock 
Associate Professor/Director 
UIC Freshwater Lab
Moderator: Water for a Region         
Kim Wasserman-Nieto
Executive Director 
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
Panelist: Water for a Region             

Midday Networking and Tours

Networking Brown Bag Lunch

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, 1030 W. Van Buren

Network with students and professionals, and participate in a mini-charrette activity for UPPSA's participation in APA's Smart Cities Student Design Competition.

Campus Tours 

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Hull House Museum / Latino Cultural Center

Take a self-guided tour at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum or a guided tour of the Latino Cultural Center to experience more of UIC's campus..

Evening Session Speakers

Vivek Mehra
Presenter: Sharing Economy            
Chad Curry
Managing Director
Center for Realtor Technology
Panelist: Smart Housing                   
Terran Wilson
Landon Bone Baker Architects
Panelist: Smart Housing                   
Poonam Gupta-Krishnan
Iyka Enterprises, Inc.
Presenter: Hack to the Future          
Janet Smith
Associate Professor
UIC Department of Urban Planning & Policy
Moderator: Smart Housing               
Walker Thisted
Panelist: Smart Housing                   
Derek Eder
DataMade and Chi Hack Night
Presenter: Hack to the Future          
Steven Philpott, Sr.
Social Ventures Fellow
Center for Neighborhood Technology
Presenter: Hack to the Future          

Planned with the help of the 2017 Urban Innovation Symposium Committee

Alex Mistak, Symposium Co-Coordinator  

Enrique Castillo

Michael Kenny

Kalindi Parikh

Jeffrey Ryan

Edith Tovar

Alvaro Villagran

Jaclyn Tidwell, Symposium Co-Coordinator

Divyanga Ganesh

Colleen Ma    

Jo Peña

Michael Sewall

Shubayan Ukil