Smart Cities Banff Workshop 2017
7.Nov Banff, AB








Banff Smart Cities Workshop 2017

Building a Smart City, One Sensor at a Time.

About Banff Smart Cities Workshop

Smart cities are places where information technology is combined with buildings, infrastructure, everyday objects, and citizens to address social, economic, and environmental problems. But where do we start? What can be the first smart city pilot with concrete return of investment? Smart cities need smart citizens. How to engage citizens to be part of the smart city revolution?

Internet of Things and smart city technologies have a complex value chain and ecosystem.How can cities reduce the risks of betting on a technology or platform that will become obsolete tomorrow? On November 7th 2017, smart cities experts and practitioners from municipalities, universities and industry will meet at the Smart Cities Banff Workshop to discuss the above critical questions. We will have:

  • Two exciting keynotes
  • One panel discussions and plenty discussions
  • One hour Make-Your-Own-Sensor session for participants to assemble their own sensors and code their first smart city APP

Workshop participants can choose to bring a smart city air quality sensor home for the cost of the hardware. Come join us on November 7th at the beautiful Banff Centre. Let's learn, discuss and brainstorm how can we make our city a better place to live.

About Cyber Summit 2017

"The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed."

Author William Gibson reportedly made this statement in 1993, but his words could just as easily apply to 2017. Throughout Canada, and across the globe, citizens face major disparities in access to data and access to technology, including internet connectivity and computing resources. There is a growing concern that these gaps will hold back entire communities.

Cyber Summit 2017 will focus on the issues surrounding technology disparities and how they affect different regions, and different sectors. The event will help public organizations, tech leaders, and everyday citizens understand and communicate the need for unrestricted access to digital resources. And it will highlight the organizations, tools and services that are helping to close those technological gaps.

The Summit will take place November 8-9, 2017 at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, with pre-conference workshops being held on November 7.

Learn more from Cyber Summit 2017 website

About Banff and Banff Centre

Banff National Park in Alberta is the birthplace of Canada’s National Park system. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and gateway to Lake Louise and Jasper National Park, the town of Banff holds endless wonders for discovery. In all directions you’re surrounded by strikingly beautiful and rugged mountains. You might see a herd of deer wandering down the main street during your early morning jog. The lively streets of downtown are lined with top class restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries and museums. For information on what to see and do, visit the Town of Banff's website.

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Founded in 1933, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. As a unique creative and learning experience, the Banff Centre curates innovative programs that develop artists and leaders, inspiring them to conceive and create powerful works and ideas that are shared with the world. The Banff Centre is a catalyst for knowledge and creativity through the power of its unique environment and facilities in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, its rich learning opportunities, cross-disciplinary and cross- sectoral interactions, outreach activities, and performances for the public.


Panel Discussion








Meet our keynote speakers

Dr. Charlie Catlett

Dr. Charlie Catlett

Senior Computer Scientist

Dr. Charlie Catlett is a Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy scientific research laboratory. Catlett is also a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, and a Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His current research focus areas include urban data science, cyber security and privacy, mobile devices and social networks, and the use of mobile and embedded computing to create intelligent infrastructure. He served as Argonne's Chief Information Officer from 2007-2011.

Dr. Steve Liang

Prof. Steve Liang, P.Eng., Ph.D.

CEO and Founder @ SensorUp Inc.

Prof. Steve Liang is a global influencer of the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities technologies. Steve is leading experts around the world and define the key standards to enable IoT and smart cities. Cities around the world are using these standards to build their IoT and smart cities applications. Dr. Liang is the chair of United Nation's ITU-T working group on IoT data processing and management framework and architectures (FG-DPM WG2) as well as the chair of the Open Geospatial Consortium SensorThings API standard working group. Dr. Liang is an associate professor at the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. He is also the founder and CEO of SensorUp, a world-leading IoT platform company.

Sylvain Mayer

Sylvain Mayer

The City of Calgary

Sylvain Mayer is the Manager, Innovation and Collaboration at The City of Calgary. He has over 20 years of experience in technology governance and infrastructure, and has directed projects such as The City’s fixed wireless strategy, field mobility service, and fibre optic plant. Sylvain represents The City of Calgary on advisory board of the Wireless Broadband Alliance, and is a professional member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), City of Calgary Society of Professional Engineers, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The University of Calgary.

Soumya Ghosh

Soumya Ghosh

The City of Edmonton

Soumya Ghosh is the Director, Smart City with the City of Edmonton's Open City and Innovation Branch. Soumya leads the Smart City and Open City Initiatives at the City of Edmonton. He is responsible for managing the award-winning open data program and developing the smart city strategy and proposal for the Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge. His team also delivered the Canadian Open Data Summit and the Edmonton Smart City Symposium in 2017. Prior to joining the City, Soumya worked as an IT consultant with Fortune 500 companies such as Oracle Corporation, McKesson Corporation, and Deutsche Bank. He completed his MBA from the University of Alberta, has an Engineering Degree, and is PMP certified.


Great keynotes, interactive panel, lively discussions, and lots of fun!

In the workshop, we will supplies all the parts needed to assemble the air quality monitoring device. We also supply IoT and Smart Cities experts to walk you through assembly and network (wifi) connection. We’ll explain everything you need to know about the hardware, network, and software, and help you whenever needed.

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About the Make-Your-Own-Sensor Workshop

Feels great to co-create our own smart city!
Sara @ Calgary
We had a blast here in St. Albert and very cool to be able to monitor the air quality in your area on line at any time
Sandy @ St. Albert
A good way to help the city and get involved with the community!
Hiron @ St. Albert

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  • 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr
  • Banff, AB T1L 1H5
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