Smart Cities Miami 2018 presented by Hotwire 4/5-6

Smart Cities Miami 2018


Smart Cities Miami 2018 presented by Hotwire explores the convergence of technology, design, and development in the shaping of a new urban landscape transformed by disruptive innovation. Join us for conversations with social scientists, humanists, engineers, administrators, and citizens, as we contemplate a future of hyper-connected environments and lifestyles.

Day 1 Registration and Exhibits open at 10:00 AM, with Panel Discussions beginning at 11:00, followed by Lunch.  The Keynote Speaker will begin at 5:00 PM.  A Networking Reception immediately follows.  (Please Note:  Day 1 is $30. Day 2 is free, but by “selection” to attend. If you would like to attend both, please register for both.)

Day 2 (8:30 AM-2:00 PM) is a free Smart Cities Workshop “Design to Enhance Life in Public Spaces” with attendance by selection only. Interested participants please click here to apply.

LOCATION   Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center  (Lectures in Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Lecture Hall | Exhibits in Irvin Korach Gallery)
University of Miami School of Architecture, 1223 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146  Map | Directions

PARKING will be free to all Day and Day 2 attendees in the 434-N lot behind the Watsco Center (yellow).  Please print and show this pass (. . .link forthcoming) on your dashboard.



Day 1  April 5  | Conference   Register Now | $30 per person

10:00-11:00 AM Registration + Open Exhibits | Continental Breakfast
11:00 AM-11:30 PM Welcome Remarks | Dean el-Khoury
11:30 AM-12:30 PM Panel 1  Design and Desire:  Beyond the Practical City
12:30-2:00 PM Lunch + Open Exhibits
2:00-3:30 PM Panel 2  Mapping the Hyper-Connected City: Perils and Opportunities
3:30-4:00 PM Break
4:00-5:00 PM Panel 3  Smarter Cities: From Efficiency to Resilience and Sustainability
5:00-5:30 PM Keynote Speaker
5:30-7:00 PM Networking Reception 

Day 2  April 6  | Workshop   Attendance by Selection only | Free




“Hacking Main Street: How can technology enhance public space?”

Smart Cities Conference Miami 2018 presents the “Hacking Main Street” Workshop which will look into the design and development of sensors with a built-in capacity to deliver information at the point of data collection. The main idea revolves around the general theme of turning the “under the hood” processes of data collection and digital connectivity into on-site visualizations carrying intelligible messages. The smart city we envision communicates the information it generates from its ubiquitous sensors at every opportunity, as an integral feature of the built environments, rather than through dashboards on desktop computers or smart devices. The goal of these systems is to heighten awareness which could result in a cultural shift as well as an immediate behavioral response. To this end, participants in this workshop will team up to ideate and produce a concept (for system that delivers information at the point of data collection) related to any domain of public life, from entertainment to sea-level rise and health. Experts from the University of Miami will kick off the workshop with short presentations of key areas for consideration when designing these systems.

8:30-9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast (groups indicated on your badge)
9:00-10:00 AM Framing the Scope: Presentations (10 minutes each)
10:00 – 10:15 AM Coffee Break
10:15 – 12:30 PM Hacking Main Street
12:30 – 1:00 PM Lunch (provided)
1:00-1:50 PM Presentations (5 groups, with 5 minutes each and 5 minutes for Q and switching presenters)
1:50 – 2:00 PM Award and Closing Remarks

The Day 2 Workshop will be free, but interested attendees must register for a “selection” process to attend.



Exhibitor booths at Smart Cities Miami Conference 2017

Smart Cities Miami 2018 presented by Hotwire is offering a limited number of exhibitor spaces (selection will be based on relevance of topic). If selected, you will be contacted by a member of our team to discuss the details of your station and set up.  The cost of an exhibitor space is $300. Spaces will be assigned in the Irvin Korach Gallery.
All display station items, A/V equipment, table/chairs, etc. will be the responsibility of the exhibitor.

Please click here if you would like to apply for an exhibitor space for Smart Cities Day 1 (10:00 AM-7:00 PM).

For more information, email



Sponsorship Opportunities

Exhibitor booths at Smart Cities Miami Conference 2017

Sponsorship opportunities for 2018 are still available.  Benefits* are based on sponsorship level and include:

  • Recognition in all collateral, electronic communications, and signage
  • Recognition on Smart Cities webpage, on signage at event, and in printed program
  • Free passes to Smart Cities Miami 2018 presented by Hotwire
  • Opportunity to nominate a panelist for conference panel


*List is not inclusive of all benefits.  For more information, please contact Evelyn Cruz at


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Smart Cities Miami 2018 presented by Hotwire






PANEL 1 — Design and Desire:  Beyond the Practical City

Rodolphe el-Khoury Smart Cities Miami 2018 presented by Hotwire Moderator

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Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury  | MODERATOR

Dean,  University of Miami School of Architecture (UMSoA)
Program Director,  UM Center for Computational Science (CCS), Smart Cities
Partner,  Khoury Levit Fong (KLF)

Before coming to UMSoA in July, 2014, Dean el-Khoury was Canada Research Chair and Director of Urban Design at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has taught at Columbia University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Princeton University and has had Visiting Professor appointments at MIT, University of Hong Kong, and Rice University (Cullinen Visiting Chair). After earning a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design, Dean el-Khoury obtained a Master of Science in Architecture from MIT and his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Dean el-Khoury was trained as both a historian and a practitioner and continues to divide his time between scholarship and design. As a partner in Khoury Levit Fong (KLF), his award-winning projects include Beirut Martyr’s Square (AIA San Francisco), Stratford Market Square (Boston Society of Architecture), and the Shenzen Museum of Contemporary Art (AIA Cleveland). His books on eighteenth-century European architecture include The Little House: An Architectural Seduction, and See Through Ledoux; Architecture Theatre, and the Pursuit of Transparency. Books on contemporary architecture and urbanism include Monolithic Architecture, Architecture in Fashion, States of Architecture in the Twenty-first Century: New Directions from the Shanghai Expo, and Figures: Essays on Contemporary Architecture.

el-Khoury’s current research in architecture focuses on applications for information technology, aiming for enhanced responsiveness and sustainability in buildings and smart cities. He is also working on the application of robotics and embedded technology in architecture in projects and prototypes for interactive and responsive environments, including immersive environments and multi-sensory architecture. With the tools and resources of RAD-UM, his lab at UMSoA, he aims to put every brick online and believes that “embedded technology empowers networked environments to better address the environmental and social challenges we face today.”

Articles on his projects and research have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and WIRED Magazine. He was also featured online (Gizmodo, DeZeen, Fast Company, Domus, Reuters) and on television and radio shows (CBC, Space Channel, NBC, TFO, BBC World), speaking about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the importance of connectivity. His work in this area is documented in The Living, Breathing, Thinking Responsive Buildings of the Future (Thames and Hudson, 2012). His 2013 TEDxToronto talk on Designing for the Internet of Things has been viewed more than 63,000 times.

Nasrine Seraji, Panelist, Smart Cities Miami 2018 presented by Hotwire

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Professor Nasrine Seraji, AA dipl FRIBA

Founder and Principal, Atelier Seraji Architectes et Associés (ASAA) founder
Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

After studying at the Architectural Association and practising in London, Seraji moved to Paris and established her studio where architecture is treated as both a cultural debate and a critical practice. Since, she has pursued a path constantly enriched by her simultaneous engagement in architectural practice, teaching, and research. She has taught and directed many schools globally, she has lectured and exhibited her work widely in Europe and North America, the Middle East as well as China and South East Asia.

Recipient of many honours notably Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, in 2016 she became Officier de l’Ordre Nationale du Mérite and most recently she received the distinction of Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

PANEL 2 — Mapping the Hyper-Connected City: Perils and Opportunities

Fares el-Dahdah Smart Cities Miami 2018 Panelist


Farès el-Dahdah

Professor of the Humanities; Faculty Scholar, Baker Institute for Public Policy; Director, Humanities Research CenterRice University

An educator, scholar, humanist, and designer, Farès el-Dahdah received his undergraduate degrees in fine arts and in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and went on to pursue graduate studies in urbanism and architectural theory at Harvard University. Following a two decade long professorial track at Rice University’s School of Architecture, he was appointed director of the Humanities Research Center (HRC) in 2012 and Professor of the Humanities in 2014. With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, el-Dahdah co-led the 2015-16 John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures Cultures titled, Platforms of Knowledge in a Wide Web of Worlds: Production, Participation, and Politics and the 2016-17 Rice Seminar titled, Chronotopic Imaginaries: The City in Signs, Signals, and Scripts. His current research interests explore and critique how digital platforms uphold the mission of disseminating knowledge as well as and he is currently developing online geospatial platforms that describe cities over time, as they existed and as they have come to be imagined. At Rice, el-Dahdah’s activities extend across the university in his capacity as chair of the Rice’s Information Technology Council and as a member of its Data Sciences Initiative’s Programming and Search Committee, in addition to serving on the advisory panels of the university’s Digital Education Committee and its Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences. As director of the HRC, el-Dahdah is involved in identifying, encouraging, and funding the research projects of faculty, visiting scholars, graduate, and undergraduate students as well as spearheading new ventures in the humanities and beyond.

Richard Grant, Smart Cities Miami 2018 Panelist


Richard Grant

Professor of Geography, and Urban Studies Director, University of Miami.

Richard Grant, PhD, is an urban economic geographer who works mainly on Africa. His most recent book is Africa: Geographies of Change, 2014, Oxford University Press. He is also the author of Globalizing City: the Urban and Economic Transformation of Accra, Ghana, 2009, Syracuse University Press. His current research focuses mainly in the cities of Accra, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Miami. His projects focus on electronic waste, xenophobia, immigrant entrepreneurship, creative urban spaces, slum economies and sustainable urban development. He teaches study abroad courses in South Africa in spring and summer sessions.

Allison Schifani Smart Cities Miami 2018 Panelist


Allison Schifani

Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, UM Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Allison Schifani is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Miami. She received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Graduate Program in Comparative Literature. Her work on media technologies, art, literature and the urban can be found in The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Media Fields, and elsewhere. She is also a founding member of the urban research and design collaborative, SPEC. Her research interests include: Digital Humanities; Media and Technology Studies; Critical Theory; Urban Studies; Cultural Geography; 20th and 21st Century Literature of the Americas, Theories of the Body, Biology, and Life; and the Intersection of Geo-Techno Ecologies, Literary Texts, and Urban Practices


PANEL 3 — Smarter Cities: From Efficiency to Resilience and Sustainability

 Jay Massirman Smart Cities Miami 2018 Panelist

Jay Massirman | MODERATOR

President, Rivergate Companies

Rivergate Companies is a real estate holding company focusing its efforts and resources on our active joint venture partners, with the goal of delivering outsized returns in varying product types, geographies, and market cycles.

The firm is presently engaged in several strategic ventures including: urban in-fill self-storage development & investment, multifamily development & investment, and multifamily property management. Rivergate invests its own capital alongside the firm’s relationships with high net worth, foreign, family office, and institutional investors. Jay is also extensively involved in emerging markets and technologies relating to urban development, parking, storage, and logistics.

Jay has over 30 years of real estate experience, and has participated in over a billion in principal transactions. Jay was formerly a Vice Chairman with CBRE Global Real Estate Investment Management, where he participated in over $10 billion in advisory transactions over a stellar 20-year career.


Jay received his BBA in Finance and Accounting  from University of Miami.

Andrea Calace, Smart Cities Miami 2018 Panelist, presented by Hotwire


Andrea Calace

Senior Manager, Cisco IOT and Smart City Business Development – Americas

Andrea Calace moved to Miami from Europe in 2007, after graduating from its MBA at IE Business School. He studied computer science engineering, joined Cisco in 1999, and became a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert within a year. Passionate about technology and new market transitions, Andrea joined Cisco’s Internet of Things and Smart City initiatives from the very early incubation (in 2011 ), through a JV aimed to build up the first smart city of Songdo in South Korea. In his role, he has enabled strategic investments and acquisitions, developed market access strategies, built ecosystems and consortia, and positioned globally Cisco’s smart City vision, contributing to make Cisco today the Smart City Supplier leader in the industry based on its urban innovation and its strong sector-specific portfolio of solutions.

Olivia Ramos, Smart Cities Miami 2018 presented by Hotwire panelist

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Olivia Ramos

Founder and CEO, Deep Blocks

Olivia is Founder and CEO of Deep Blocks, spearheading the effort to leverage machine learning to streamline the entire process of real estate analysis. She applies her market expertise to turn a process of three to six weeks into fifteen to twenty minutes. Olivia was accepted to Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program where she discovered that her wholistic knowledge of developing buildings would be better fit for an Artificial Intelligent System. Olivia was also the only female participant in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Innovation house, where she designed Big Data navigation software. She has also worked under Real Estate Developers, Architects, Brokers, and Contractors and holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, a Master of Real Estate Development form the University of Miami, and a Bachelors in Architecture from the University of Florida.

Jim Slattery Smart Cities Miami 2018 Conference Panelist


Jim Slattery

Senior Vice President of Advanced Technologies, Hotwire Communications, LLC

After designing, building and configuring the key fiber ring that runs Hotwire Communications, Jim Slattery, Senior Vice President of Advanced Technologies, personally contributed to the negotiations for its purchase to establish a fiber infrastructure across the country that supports over 100,000 customers. Many different aspects of Hotwire Communication’s technological advancements have come through Jim’s leadership including the installation of Minerva IPTV systems and the GPON network deployed to provide Hotwire’s services. As a technology authority, Jim has garnered accolades and peer recognition from the industry, operating his own consulting firm for 13 years and acting as an advisory board member to Motorola Telco, Ruckus, and Pace. Between teaching certification classes in Cisco to his speaking engagements at tradeshow panel discussions, Jim finds that time can be the only obstacle to overcome as there is always something new to discover in the ever evolving world of technology.

Matt Zirkelbach, Panelist, Smart Cities Miami 2018, presented by Hotwire


Matt Zirkelbach

President, RunBrook | Co-Founder, SustainaBase


Matt is an entrepreneur driving success and organizational value through sustainability. He is the president and co-founder of RunBrook and SustainaBase. RunBrook helps multifamily and production home builders navigate various green building rating systems and ordinances, provides blower door testing and Home Energy Ratings, and helps obtain incentives to offset costs. SustainaBase is a web-based platform helping governments and corporations set and track sustainability goals through collection and management of key data. Under Matt’s leadership and decades of experience, his companies have certified and tested thousands of residential units, and secured millions in energy tax incentives and cost-savings. Through his vision and proprietary technology, he has also helped numerous governments and companies collect, analyze, and report carbon performance, water use, and other key metrics crucial to meeting their sustainability goals. Matt holds a masters and bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, as well as numerous building energy and sustainability certifications.



Smart Cities MIAMI 2018 presented by Hotwire is sponsored by:

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Smart Cities Miami 2018 presented by Hotwire is jointly organized by the Center for Computational Science and the School of Architecture. 
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