October 31 at the Raleigh Convention Center


The 2018 Triangle Smart Cities Summit, hosted by NC State University and the City of Raleigh, brings together city, industry and academic leaders for engaged discussions and to share ideas on how to make our region a smarter and more connected community. Together, we explore current and future challenges we face, and how we can work towards making the Triangle a smarter region.

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October 31, 2018, 8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

Raleigh Convention Center

8:00 a.m. — Registration Opens

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Exhibit Area Open

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. — Welcome Messages

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. — Smart(er) Communities

As we experience ever-increasing population migration to urban areas, our communities must leverage data and technology to ensure services for their citizens are provided on a timely basis. Hear how the City of Henderson, which completed its Smart City Strategy earlier this year, is future-proofing its services to accommodate continued growth through the adoption of smart city technologies.

9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. — Meeting the Infrastructure Needs of the Smart City

9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. — From Smart Technologies to Smart Cities: Human Machine Collaboration

Smart Technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning and neural networks are driving technology innovations — the kind we’ve only imagined before. These technologies are revolutionizing disease diagnosis, language translation, and voice and image recognition. On the newest front, those same smart technologies are enabling unimaginable capabilities for smart cities. Never before have machines been so responsive to humans, nor humans to our machines.

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Research Lightning Round – What’s Around the Corner in Smart?

A quick overview of exciting technologies and applications highlighting the value of applied university research to modern day smart city problems

Robots in the Skies: The Roles of Drones in our Smart Cities

The Triangle is embracing the drone economy.  NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke are collaborating with industry and local governments to develop the infrastructure and airspace environment to support safe, routine, autonomous drone network operations.  In this session we will talk about current research activities at the universities, the North Carolina UAS Integration Pilot Program with the Federal Aviation Administration, and the impacts that drones are having in the area today.

Location-Aware Logistics: Good for Smart Cities and Smart Peanut Fields

Field operations required to plant, maintain, and harvest a peanut crop requires coordinated logistics across multiple machine systems in a dynamic environment.  Advancements in machine telematics and location-aware logistics increase optimization of field operations and equipment selection based on field risk.

Toward Human-Centered Smart Cities

A review of how advancing technologies influence our perception and experience of our cities now and into the future.

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. — 5G and the Smart City

The smartest city is the one that never stops innovating, collaborating and delivering solutions to its citizens, allowing that city to thrive. Verizon’s Smart City solutions follow this citizen-first approach with solutions that will create safer, more sustainable and resilient communities that inspire innovation and promote livability and economic growth. 5G will accelerate the innovation, development and adoption of smart community technologies, including the Internet of Things, connected driverless cars and solutions we haven’t yet imagined. 

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — City Leader Panel: The Engaged Citizen – How Municipalities Can Effectively Engage Community Members 

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. — LunchKey Trends in Urban Digital Transformation: The Impact of Smart Cities and Communities

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. — The Raleigh Smart City Journey

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. — Smart Cities at NC State University

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. — Break

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. — Start-up  Lightning Round – Innovations in Smart

Start-up companies play an increasingly critical role in bringing smart technologies to market. This panel brings together a sample of Triangle start-up companies at various levels of maturity that are working in the “smart” space.

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Security and Privacy: The Proliferation of IoT Devices and the Implementation of Smart Cities Strategies

4:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. — Concluding Remarks


The event will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center: 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, N.C.

  • From Points West: I-40 East to exit 298B South Saunders Street.
  • From Points East: 64/264 to I-440 East; merge onto I-40 West and exit at 298B South Saunders Street.
  • From Points South: US-1 North to I-40 East; exit at 298B South Saunders Street.
  • From Points North: US-1 South into the city; left on Lenoir Street.

GoTriangle provides public transportation throughout the Triangle region. To view bus routes and schedules, click here.


Multiple public parking decks are located around the Raleigh Convention Center. Event Parking Rate: $7.00. The closest deck is the Performing Arts Parking Deck.

Accessible Parking: First level of each garage and near elevators on upper levels (varies by deck). For more information on ADA Accessibility at the Raleigh Convention Center, click here.

Visit the Downtown Raleigh Interactive Parking Map


Thank you to our sponsors for their support of the 2018 Triangle Smart Cities Summit.









Partner Events

RTCC Cleantech Innovators Networking 

October 30, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Clouds Brewing Company

Join the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster to learn about the technologies and companies changing the world and making the Triangle region a global cleantech leader. Mingle with the region’s cleantech innovators and meet influencers from industry, government and academia.

Additionally, special guests (to be announced) will provide 5-minute overviews of their technology.

IoT Demo Night – Disruptive IoT: The Art of Hacking

October 22, 2018, 5:35 – 8:30 p.m., Raleigh Convention

What do internet connected insects, opioid-detecting sewer robots and laser protected salmon have in common? Find out as RIoT brings great examples of hacking the way things were done before with new technology. Stay after to take a tour of over 65 live IoT demos. This event is free and open to the public, but please register.


For more information about the Triangle Smart Cities Summit,  please contact us:

Amy LubasAmy Lubas
NC State University

Noah Otto
City of Raleigh