BuiltWorlds 2018 Cities Conference

Date(s) - 07/19/18
7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Loyola University Corboy Law Center

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BuiltWorlds 2018 Cities Conference

7.19.2018 7:30AM – 5:00PM

The Event Exploring the Built World’s Most “Disrupt-able” Market: Cities and Infrastructure.

Cities is a full-day premium event featuring 20+ world-class “Cities and Infrastructure” experts that will help you make sense of the crucial changes coming to our cities, including transit, waste, water, energy, buildings, and social infrastructure.

We’re showing off real case studies from smart cities and new sustainable developments including the world’s first underground park in NYC, Nashville’s Autonomous Public Transportation System, Chicago’s Riverwalk and Burnham Lakefront, Detroit’s Neighborhood Revitalization Projects, China’s Qingdao and more.

20+ cities experts. 3 hours of built-in networking. One small-group BW Insights #SmartCities Workshop. And more.



8:00 am – 8:30 am


8:30 am – 9:00 am


The difference between a typical industry event and a BuiltWorlds event? The quality of the people in the room. Speed networking is our way of connecting you with the other influencer’s in the room. We’ll show you the rules once you arrive!

9:00 am – 9:05 am

Opening Remarks

Matt Gray, Co-Founder, BuiltWorlds

9:10 am – 9:40 am


Marquise Stillwell, Founder and Principal, OpenBox

Marquise Stillwell, the founder and principal of Openbox, created a company that represents a culmination of more than 20 years of experience in designing and implementing fresh models for businesses and cultural organizations. As a board member of the Lowline Underground Park, Stillwell shares years of experience in business design work, design research and innovation; furthering the human-center vision of Openbox to improve lives in the communities it serves.

9:45 am – 10:30 am

Revitalizing Detroit’s Neighborhoods

Jake Chidester, Director of Design, Bedrock Detroit – Michael Rafferty, Vice President of Small Business Development, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation – Patrick Beal, Detroit Training Center, Detroit – Moderator: Donna Pugh, Partner, Foley & Lardner

Three years after exiting bankruptcy, Detroit continues to shed it’s image of a city in decline. Innovative programs like the “Blight Removal Program” (Detroit Training Center) and DEGC’s Small Business Programming are revitalizing neighborhoods. Now, Detroit is leading the way in smart city infrastructure in many ways. Most recently, as the first city in America to deploy independent self-driving vehicles in an urban core on public roads. Learn from key players at the center of the Motor City’s transformation in an informative session moderated by real estate business lawyer and author recognized as one of “The Best Lawyers in America©” since 2011, Donna Pugh of Foley & Lardner.

10:30 am – 10:50 am


10:55 am – 11:25 am

Keynote: “Solutions to America’s Infrastructure Quagmire”

Lisa Diaz, Partner & Founder, Turf Advisory

As Managing Partner and Founder of Turf Advisory, Lisa Diaz brings her expertise in urban innovation to the BuiltWorlds Cities stage; providing strategic and tactical advice on designing, financing and managing next-generation global infrastructure and entrepreneurs. Diaz raises capital for smart infrastructure investment opportunities, urban tech companies and asset managers from institutional investors, family offices, angel investors, venture capitalists and incubators. Speaking to funding Smart Cities is nothing new to Diaz. A former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs & Co. and current Senior Advisor to the Global Futures Group, she often shares her insight on technology-powered solutions while serving as a member of the Smart Cities NY Advisory Board and The Women in Housing and Finance. Presenting “Solutions to America’s Infrastructure Quagmire” Diaz highlights innovative ways to unleash private capital infrastructure investment and solutions to rebuilding America’s Infrastructure.

11:30 am – 12:10 pm

Infrastructure Panel

Audrey Wennink, Director, Metropolitan Planning Council – Tim Ozinga, CEO, Ozinga – Lynn Osmond, President/CEO, Chicago Architecture Foundation

How do we maintain our aging infrastructure both within cities and between cities? How do we deal with funding shortfalls and ensure that money is allocated for a particular project goes to that project? What are new technologies – ranging from software to hardware such sensors capturing wear and use and new materials – being used to design these infrastructures. During this panel we will explore these question through some examples of innovative new infrastructure that is replacing existing infrastructure.

12:10 pm – 1:15 pm


1:20 pm – 1:50 pm

Keynote: Nashville and Qingdao Infrastructure Projects

Paul Doherty, CEO, The Digit Group

1:55 pm – 2:25 pm

The Future of Smart Cities

Elle Ramel, Director of Development,Farpoint – Mike Toolis, Stantec

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Keynote: “The World’s Tallest Building: Jeddah Tower”

Mehdi Jalayerian, Exec. Vice President, ESD

3:05 pm – 3:35 pm

Energy and Water Panel

Brian Braginton-Smith, President/CEO, Aquagen Infrastructure Systems, Inc.

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm

The Future of Mobility Panel

Vivek Mehra, Founder and CEO, ParqEx – Alex Samoylovich, Cedar Street Ventures – Moderator: Chris Foreman, CEO, Marketplace.city