SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's IoT Emerge, a new event that targets the opportunities and challenges posed by IoT devices, systems and services, presented by the IoT Institute, today announced that it has solidified its focus on smart cities by adding the event SmartGig Chicago as a co-located event. SmartGig Chicago will take place in November 2-3, 2016 at McCormick Center in Chicago.
Leadership from the municipal, regional, county and state level are encouraged to attend to understand the value in leveraging ultra-high speed municipal networks to enable the cloud-based 'smart city.' Public sector professionals and their private sector counterparts often don't have the time or resources to travel to broadband, wireless and 'smart city' conferences. SmartGig Chicago brings the education, information and thought leadership to the regional level.
"Chicago has ambitious Smart City initiatives and is moving forward in the development of new products and services from ultra high-speed broadband networks and IoT platforms," said Paul Miller, Group President, Penton. "We're very excited to bring recognized government thought leaders and top-notch education this Fall to assist stakeholders in the city, state and region to learn the latest information."
Keynote speakers for SmartGig Chicago include Hardik Bhatt, Chief Information Officer & Secretary Designate, Department of Innovation and Technology for the State of Illinois and Former Illinois Governor Patrick "Pat" Quinn.
Bhatt is the Secretary Designate of the newly formed Department of Innovation and Technology and the Illinois State CIO in Governor Rauner's cabinet. Bhatt leads 1,700 IT employees and over $1B of technology budget, including a P&L for digital transformation of Illinois Government.
Timothy Downs, Event Director said, "SmartGig Chicago is designed to provide practical and objective information to civic leaders throughout the region on the subjects of gigabit-speed connectivity, municipal fiber networks, 'smart city' infrastructure and more. As we have done in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Santa Clara, our focus is on the economic value of gigabit broadband, digital innovation and digital inclusion. We're pleased to be co-locating with the IoT Emerge event, and with the strong year-round collaboration with Penton's IoT Institute and American City & County magazine."
IoT Emerge, scheduled for November 2–4, 2016, will offer real-world education and insights, hands-on experience of IoT enabled businesses through conference programs, live demos, case studies, and local tours. The event will feature strategic and technical sessions, workshops, hands-on training, cross-functional peer-to-peer networking, advice and lessons focused on organizational readiness, leveraging data analytics as well as instituting security best practices. Embracing the reality that IoT requires cross-functional collaboration, the event is targeted to private and public sector leaders; operations, IT, engineering, and facilities management; as well as system integrators and IoT developers. Mirroring the focus of the IoT Institute on Smart Cities and the Industrial IoT, the event will enable in-depth and real-world solutions focused on these high-value markets.
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About Smart Gig Media LLC
Based in Southern California and Arizona, Smart Gig Media LLC is an information and education resource focused on next generation broadband and wireless infrastructure and applications. The company's mission is to help both public and private sectors understand a vision of the network's strategic role at the center of every region, every company's, and every industry's digital transformation. More information is available online at www.smartgigmedia.com.
About Penton's IoT Institute
Penton's IoT Institute is an online community and live events franchise focused on practical B2B applications in the rapidly-growing world of the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT Institute provides actionable case studies, insights, research, and e-learning on the industrial and cultural phenomenon that's changing the shape of business and cities today. The IoT Institute's mission is to enable cross-industry and cross-job function learning to drive business performance.
Penton is an innovative information services company that empowers nearly 20 million business decision makers in markets that drive more than 12 trillion dollars in purchases each year. Our products inform with rich industry insights and workflow tools; engage through dynamic events, education and networking; and advance business with powerful marketing services programs. Penton is the way smart businesses buy, sell and grow.
Headquartered in New York, Penton is privately owned by MidOcean Partners and Wasserstein & Co., LP. For more information, visit http://www.penton.com or follow us on Twitter @PentonNow.
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