Annual Summit

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The MetroLab Network Annual Summit, in partnership with the City of Atlanta and GeorgiaTech, will bring together 150+ leading representatives from local government, major research universities, and relevant industry and non-profit professionals for a two-and-a-half-day summit. The 2017 Summit is an opportunity for attendees to share, discuss, collaborate, and present their ideas and innovations in urban technology. The summit will consist of a set of high-level keynotes, as well as smaller programmatic workshop sessions. Questions can be directed to


Wednesday, September 13th

8:00 AM – Registration, Light Breakfast
8:30 AM – Welcome, Outline of Goals, Governance
      Bill Fulton, Steering Committee Chair, MetroLab Network
Ben Levine, Executive Director, MetroLab Network
8:45 AM – Welcome Remarks
9:15 AM – Opening Remarks
      Martin J. O’Malley, Former Governor of Maryland and Former Mayor of Baltimore
9:45 AM – Keynote
10:30 AM – Break
10:45 AM – R&D Project Showcase – Cities and Universities will share current join research,
      development and deployment projects across the Network.

11:40 AM – The Human Services 360 Project: Supporting Next Generation Human Service
      Infrastructure to Address Big Picture Questions

12:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – Breakout Discussions
      Engaging Students and Research Fellows
      The Human Services 360 Project 
      Citizen Engagement with Data and R&D Projects
2:00 PM – Break
2:30 PM – Privacy and Smart City Technologies
3:45 PM – R&D Project Showcase
4:15 PM – Panel: CIOs, CTOs, and CDOs, O My
5:15 PM – Program Concludes
6:00 PM – Happy Hour @ Atlanta Botanical Garden

Thursday, September 14th

8:00 AM – Registration, Light Breakfast
9:00 AM – Georgia Tech and Atlanta Smart Corridor Visit – Participants will tour Georgia Tech’s        and the City of Atlanta’s Smart Corridor Urban Instrumentation Test-Bed (Time subject       to change)
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – Afternoon Kick-Off
      Ben Levine, Executive Director, MetroLab Network
1:15 PM – Keynote Address
2:00 PM – Scaling & Building Startups from Technologies/Tech Transfer
2:45 PM – Ethics and Predictive Analytics Panel Discussion
3:30 PM – Break
3:45 PM – Urban Instrumentation for Sustainability and Climate Change R&D Showcase
4:15 PM – Video Analytics for Urban Mobility and Vision Zero
4:45 PM – Closing Remarks
5:00 PM – Program Concludes
6:00 PM – Happy Hour

Friday, September 15th

9:00 AM – Networking Breakfast
10:00 AM – Workshops: Potential Topics Include:
      Roundtable on Urban Instrumentation
      Privacy and IoT
      Big Data and Human Services
1:30 PM – Program Concludes

Please check back in soon for more updates on the summit agenda.



Discounted admission ($250) is available for non-profit and government attendees. Free admission is available for one attendee from each MetroLab Network member city, county and university. Please email for more information.



We have secured a room block at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown. Book your group rate for Metro Lab Network Summit


The room block rate of $189/night (+taxes) will end on August 14, 2017 so be sure to secure your room before then! If you have any issues with your room block, please contact

Presentation Submission


We are currently accepting submissions for presentations on a rolling basis. The Annual Summit will include discussions on specific projects between cities and universities as well as on broader topics such as developing city-university partnership and student involvement in partnerships. If you are interested in presenting at the MetroLab Network Annual Summit, please complete the MetroLab Network 2017 Summit Presentation Submission form!

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