Join the world's leading Intelligent Communities in Columbus, OH for the ICF 2016 summit and awards


Explore the World

The ICF Summit is an international gathering of leaders and community innovators coming together to explore and celebrate cutting edge strategies that drive economic growth and empower citizens in the digital age.

Engage with mayors, CEOs, CIOs, leading academics, economic development executives, marketing professionals and thought leaders from around the globe in an invigorating discussion about what fuels broadband economies in the 21st century.

Experience Columbus

Columbus, OH, USA was named the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year and now the city will host the 2016 ICF Summit and Awards. Summit 16 organizers, working closely with ICF Co-founders, are preparing an event that promises rich content and an unparalleled attendee experience in a dynamic and international setting.

Experience the many programs, sites and businesses that contribute to the region’s recognition as an Intelligent Community.

Celebrate the Top 7

Honoring those communities named as Top 7 for 2016, the Summit is a celebration of innovation, dedication and determination.

Throughout the Summit, you'll learn from these progressive communities how they have harnessed the broadband economy to the benefit of public and private interests – but most importantly, to empower their citizenry. Then at Thursday’s Awards Gala you won’t want to miss the excitement as the 2016 Intelligent Community of the Year is named.

Daily Overview

SUMMIT•16 will take place June 13-17th, 2016.
Summit events are located throughout the Central Ohio region.
Download the program booklet here.


Exploration Day

  • 8:15 AM
    Depart from Central Location
  • 9:00 - 10:30 AM
    Tour King Arts Complex
  • 10:45 - 11:45 AM
    Franklin Park Conservatory Tour
  • 12:00 - 1:45 PM
    Battelle Lunch & Presentations
  • 2:00 - 4:00 PM
    OSU/CAR Events: Student Displays, Autonomous Vehicles, and STORM
  • 4:30 - 5:45 PM
    Arena District Tour
  • 6:00 PM
    Return to Hotels
  • 8:00 AM
    Depart from Central Location
  • 8:30 - 9:15 AM
    Robotics & Educational Partnerships
  • 9:40 - 10:40 AM
    Scotts Research & Development Center
  • 11:00 - 11:45 AM
    Nestle Product Technology Center
  • 12:00 - 12:45 PM
    Brief Tour of the Partners Park & Courthouse in Uptown Marysville
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM
    Lunch on Pottersburg Bridge
  • 2:15 - 3:30 PM
    Tour of Honda Heritage Center Museum & Training Facility
  • 3:45 - 5:00 PM
    Tour of Transportation Research Center
  • 5:15 - 6:00 PM
    Tour of Marysville Early College High School at Union County Innovation Center
  • 6:30 PM
    Return to Hotels


Economic Development Day

  • 9:00 AM
    ICF Foundation Board Meeting
    CIO Roundtable
    Dublin Institute Tour
    OSU Tour
  • 11:00 AM
    ICF Canada AGM Board Meeting
  • 12:30 PM
    Economic Development Matchmaking Session
  • 3:30 PM
    Keynote: International Economic & Business Development
  • 4:30 PM
    ICF Foundation Presentation and Roundtable
  • 6:00 PM
    Welcome Reception


Community Accelerator Day

  • 9:00 AM
    Cities Without Borders
  • 11:00 AM
  • 11:45 AM
    Cooperating Across Borders in the Metropolitan Area
  • 1:30 PM
    Top7 Conversation #1 - Hsinchu County, Taiwan
  • 2:00 PM
    The Hakka Culture of Hsinchu County, Taiwan
  • 2:30 PM
    Top7 Conversation #2 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 3:30 PM
    Meeting 21st Century Social and Cultural Challenges
  • 4:00 PM
    Top7 Conversation #3 - Muelheim an der Ruhr
  • 4:30 PM
    Cultural or Artistic Presentation #2
  • 6:00 PM
    Top7 Intelligent Communities Reception
  • 9:00 AM
    The Global Countryside
  • 11:00 AM
  • 11:45 AM
    Leveraging The Urban Exodus
  • 1:30 PM
    Top7 Conversation #1 - Hsinchu County, Taiwan
  • 2:00 PM
    The Hakka Culture of Hsinchu County, Taiwan
  • 2:30 PM
    Top7 Conversation #2 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 3:30 PM
    Meeting 21st Century Social and Cultural Challenges
  • 4:00 PM
    Top7 Conversation #3 - Muelheim an der Ruhr
  • 4:30 PM
    Cultural or Artistic Presentation #2
  • 6:00 PM
    Top7 Intelligent Communities Reception


Intelligent Community of the Year Day

  • 9:00 AM
    Welcome; IC Index and Awards Program Briefing
  • 9:30 AM
    Top7 Conversation #4 - New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • 10:00 AM
    Cultural or Artistic Presentation #3
  • 11:00 AM
    Technicity Talk: public sector technology implementation
  • 11:30 AM
    Top7 Conversation #5 - Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
  • 12:00 PM
    Cultural or Artistic Presentation #4
  • 1:30 PM
    Keynote: The Revolutionary Community
  • 2:00 PM
    Top7 Conversation #6 - Whanganui, New Zealand
  • 2:30 PM
    Top7 Conversation #7 - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • 3:30 PM
    Technicity Talk: public sector technology implementation
  • 4:00 PM
    Cultural or Artistic Presentation #5
  • 6:00 PM
    Intelligent Community Awards Dinner


Experience Columbus Day

This your free-form day in Columbus! No guides, no meetings, no sessions, no strings attached. Experience Columbus at your whim! There's an energy and excitement in Columbus that's going to hit you as soon as you arrive. Big things are happening here, and you're invited to join in. The city is booming, and not just in population. The Columbus Museum of Art just added a spectacular new wing, and the Scioto Mile project puts 33 acres of new riverfront parkland in the heart of downtown. The innovative food scene melds artisan food producers with imaginative chefs to create meals that are far greater than the sum of their parts. Nationally acclaimed distilleries work together with brewers, coffee roasters and high-end cocktail bars, black box stages, music halls and dive bars to deliver unforgettable nightlife. Neighborhoods on all sides of downtown are bursting with new places to eat and shop, and artists are shaping new areas of the city into dynamic spaces to explore. It's time to get to know the Columbus that grew up when you weren't looking.

John Jung

John Jung Co-Founder
Intelligent Community Forum

ICF co-founder John G. Jung originated the Intelligent Community concept and continues to serve as the Forum's leading visionary. Formerly President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance and Calgary Economic Development Authority, he is a registered professional urban planner, urban designer and economic developer. He leads regular international business missions to US, European, Asian, Indian and Australian cities, and originated the ICF Immersion Lab program. John is a regular speaker at universities and conferences and serves as an advisor to regional and national leaders on Intelligent Community development.

Louis Zacharilla

Louis Zacharilla Co-Founder
Intelligent Community Forum

Louis Zacharilla helped found the Intelligent Community movement. He is the developer of the Top Seven and Intelligent Community of the Year Awards programs. He helps the New York-based think tank communicate the importance of developing viable and innovative communities and cities audiences worldwide and oversees the new Institutes of the Intelligent Community Forum around the world. He is a frequent keynote speaker and a moderator at conferences and events. He appears regularly in the media to discuss the impact of broadband and access technologies on the rebirth of the world's communities.

Robert Bell

Robert Bell Co-Founder
Intelligent Community Forum

Robert Bell is co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, where he heads its research, analysis and content development activities. He directs the multi-stage analysis of communities for the annual Intelligent Community Awards program and authors the in-depth profiles of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities that are core to ICF's mission. Robert developed and leads the Intelligent Community Master Class and Community Accelerator programs, as well as ICF's advisory services for communities, and is a frequent speaker at municipal and telecom events.

Dr. Norman Jacknis

Dr. Norman Jacknis Senior Fellow
Intelligent Community Forum

Dr. Norman Jacknis is Senior Fellow at the Intelligent Community Forum as well as the National Association of Counties. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Gotham Innovation Greenhouse, a collaborative cross-disciplinary group that blends technology and design for exciting new urban experiences. Before that, starting in 2008, he was Director, Cisco's IBSG Public Sector Group (the company's open innovation and pro-bono strategic advisory group). At Cisco, he worked extensively and in-depth with states and local government, the National Association of Counties, the US Conference of Mayors and the staff responsible for the Federal government's website and citizen engagement. Before joining Cisco, Jacknis served more than ten years as CIO and commissioner of Westchester County, NY government, where he was responsible for all of the government's technology, analytics, Internet and broadband activities, as well as technology-based economic development. Under his leadership, Westchester County won numerous awards, including the Center for Digital Government's top ten digital counties in the country, American City & County's Crown Communities Award for technology and was selected by the ICF as one of the global top seven Intelligent Communities. Government Technology Magazine selected him as one of the nation's "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers who, using technology...broke bureaucratic inertia to better serve the public."

David J. Staley

David J. Staley Associate Professor and Director
The Goldberg Center, The Ohio State University, Department of History

David Staley is Director of The Goldberg Center and an associate professor in the Department of History at The Ohio State University. His research interests include digital history, the philosophy of history, historical methodology, and the history and future of higher education. He has published widely (in print and electronically) on the intersection of technology and scholarship, and is the author of Brain, Mind and Internet (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Computers, Visualization and History (M.E. Sharpe, 2003) and History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future (Lexington Books, 2007). Among his recent publications, he is author of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) reports "Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025," and "Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Scenarios for the Future of the Book," "Futuring, Strategic Planning and Shared Awareness: An Ohio University Libraries\' Case Study" in The Journal of Academic Librarianship, and "The Changing Landscape of Higher Education," which appeared in Educause Review. In addition to his written work, he has designed and curated both online and physical exhibitions and has published numerous visual compositions in digital media. From 2003-2008, Staley was the Executive Director of the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC), and he continues to serve as lead editor for the Association\'s book series "History, the Humanities and New Technology." During the 2004-05 academic year, he was invited as a consultant to lead DePauw University\'s educational technology assessment, determining the effectiveness of DePauw\'s investment in technology for improving teaching and learning.

Dr. Roberto Gallardo

Dr. Roberto Gallardo Leader
Intelligent Community Inst. of Miss. State Univ.

Dr. Roberto Gallardo is the founder and leader of the ICF Institute at Mississippi State University, which assists rural communities plan for, transition to and prosper in the digital age through an educational planning processing using ICF's framework. The Institute also conducts original research on broadband-based economic development in the rural context. As an associate extension professor, Roberto is responsible for outreach to small businesses, economic developers and local governments, and for the development of curricula regarding use of technology for community and economic development. He conducts industrial cluster analysis and compiles and analyzes multiple socioeconomic indicators to support Extension Service programs.

Mitch Thomson

Mitch Thomson Executive Director
Olds Inst. for Community & Regional Development, Olds, Alberta, Canada

The Olds Institute encourages, initiatives and facilitates community and economic development through the incorporation of the five dimensions of sustainable community, cultural, economy, environment, governance and social.

Ashleigh Weeden

Ashleigh Weeden Communications & Engagement
Connected County Initiative, County of Grey, Ontario, Canada

Ashleigh Weeden is a community engagement practitioner with deep roots in the world of wonks. Since 2012, Grey County has pursued its Connected County initiative through the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus, the Southwest Integrated Fibre Technology project and the Southest Economic Alliance's Intelligent Region Initiative. Ashleigh serves as a technical expert and facilitator on issues related to community building, public participation and open government. Her past project include designing consultation processes and events for community capacity building, working with communities to leverage connectivity, municipal budget engagement, policy development and increasing the openness and accessibility of local government services.

Rob Van Gijzel

Rob Van Gijzel Mayor
Eindhoven, Netherlands

In 2008 Rob van Gijzel started of as the mayor of Eindhoven, the fifth largest city in the Netherlands (+225.000 inhabitants). Rob van Gijzel studied pedagogy and andragogy before going to work for the Dutch Labour Party at the European Parliament in 1980. He has held different positions for the Dutch labour Party including chairman for the Young Socialists and chairman of the division Amsterdam. In 1989, Van Gijzel became a Member of Parliament for the Dutch Labour Party. He held positions as spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Spatial Planning, and for Transport, Public Works and Water Management. Van Gijzel was chairman of the standing committee of Finance. Prior to Van Gijzel's appointment as Mayor of Eindhoven, april 2008, he worked six years as an independent consultant in the company of Politea, which provides research, training, communication, advice and organisation, in the crossover areas of business, politics and society.

Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman Former Mayor
Columbus, Ohio, USA

On January 1, 2016, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman departed from public office after 24 years of elected service. The most recent sixteen of those years were spent as Mayor of the city during a very transformational time in its 204-year history. The city's population has grown by nearly 18 percent (over 124,000 people) since Coleman took office, and the Columbus image has matured on the national stage with accolades that include the #1 Intelligent Community, #1 City for Wage Growth, and a laundry list of other #1 titles.

Dana McDaniel

Dana McDaniel City Manager
Dublin, Ohio, USA

City Manager Dana McDaniel is the chief administrative and law enforcement officer of the City of Dublin, responsible to City Council for the day-to-day operations for the City. Other responsibilities include advising Council regarding the financial status and future needs of the City, reporting to Council on the general operating of City departments, divisions, offices, boards, commissions, bureaus and agencies, as well as exercising leadership in the development of City projects.

Toomas Sepp

Toomas Sepp City Secretary
City of Tallinn, Estonia

Toomas Sepp has served as City Secretary, head of city administration, since April 1992. His responsibilities include legislation and legal issues, public relations, human resource management, budget and finances, city planning, public procurement, internal audit and citizen registry and tax policy. Prior to this position, he served as Housing Advisor to Tallinn City Government, a Senior Advisor in the Legal Department of the Estonian State Chancellery, where he reviewed draft legislation for conformity with the Constitution and existing laws and wrote regulations for state and local government agencies. He also served as an attorney for the Estonian Ministry of Housing and Municipal Services, where he helped draft legislation privatizing housing stock.

He holds a masters in law from the University of Tartu, Estonia, and also attended the University of Greenwich in the UK. In addition to developing a core professional training curriclum for local governments in Estonia, he has lectured and trained city employees in countries including the Ukraine, Kyrgysthan, Armedia, Tadzikisthan, Usbekistan, Georgia, Albania and Kosovo. As leader of the E-Tallinn Project, he focused on the development of e-services and front-back office systems to support them.

Chris Murray

Chris Murray City Manager
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Chris Murray has been City Manager since January 1, 2009. He has spent considerable time moving forward on the City's priorities and evaluating its delivery of citizen-centred services. Under his leadership, the City has forged ahead with a number of City building initiatives including the Pan Am Games, a renewed focus on the downtown and waterfront, a mobility strategy, healthy neighbourhood program and most recently the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Program. He is most committed to ensuring the 7800 people that work for the City proudly serve the citizens and businesses.

Chris is a registered professional planner with over 25 years' experience implementing public works projects, including the controversial Red Hill Valley Parkway. Previous to becoming City Manager, Chris was the Director of Housing for the City of Hamilton, where he worked with community partners to find homes for people most difficult to house.

Paul Pisasale

Paul Pisasale Mayor
City of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Paul Pisasale was elected to Council in March 1991, elected Deputy Mayor from April 2000 and has been Mayor of the City of Ipswich since March 2004 and is currently serving his fourth term with an amazing 83.29% of the primary vote. Paul's dedication to the City of Ipswich, as well as his drive and enthusiasm, are very evident to all that come in contact with him. He is passionate about working at a regional level, breaking down barriers and ensuring that people are the number one priority for local government. Paul has an active interest in business, youth and senior initiatives, many business and community organizations and employment enterprises and is Patron of over 40 organizations.

Annette Main

Annette Main Mayor
City of Whanganui, New Zealand

Mayor Main is a successful local business person who owns and operators The Flying Fox Ranch. She served as a Horizons Regional Councilor for 12 years and is the organizer and manager of the River Traders Market. Under her leadership, Whanganui has embarked on a long-term development program based on the Intelligent Community framework.

Marianne Archibald

Marianne Archibald Innovation Leader
Whanganui District Council, New Zealand

Marianne Archibald works as Whanganui District Council's Digital Facilitator. This is a new role created by the Council to implement its goal of Whanganui being a leader in the digital world. Marianne was instrumental in running TechEx 2012 and 2013, Whanganui's free, hands-on technology expo for the community. She is a member of the Whanganui Digital Leaders Forum and developed Whanganui's application to the Intelligent Community Awards, through which Whanganui was recently named one of the world's Smart 21 Communities. Marianne, with Whanganui District Council, was a finalist in the 2011 TUANZ Innovation Awards in the category of Innovator of the Year, for her work on the Whanganui - First in Fibre project.

Vicky Bennett

Vicky Bennett Intelligent Community Program Manager
City of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Vicky Bennett has served as Intelligent Community Program Manager for Lethbridge since May 2015. Prior to that position, she served as an information technology project manager and programmer analyst for the University of Lethbridge, handling everything from strategic project planning to coordination of large, cross-functional teams. She has also served as a database administrator and systems analyst for IBM and Canadian Pacific. She is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge.

Ben Blanquera

Ben Blanquera Vice President
Delivery and Experience, Columbus Collaboratory

Ben Blanquera is husband, dad, thought leader, entrepreneur, geek, wanna be jock and unabashed advocate for technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Ben is VP Delivery and Experience for the Columbus Collaboratory. Columbus Collaboratory is an ecosystem of founding member companies and strategic partners focused on rapid innovation that deliver business impact in the areas of advanced analytics and cyber security.

Senior leadership roles previously held by Ben include VP of Growth Hacking for Pillar Technology, VP of IS for Progressive Medical, Director of the Columbus Technology Council, and Director at Owens Corning. Ben is a frequent conference speaker on a wide range of topics including project management, enterprise agile, entrepreneurship and lean startup.

Teams that Ben has lead have won numerous industry recognitions such as: Computerworld 100 Best Places To Work, InformationWeek 500, TechColumbus Innovation Awards. Additionally Ben has been named by Computer World to its Premiere100 list of top IT leaders nationwide. As a community leader Ben founded TechLife Columbus, and is the curator of the Columbus Startup Digest. Ben resides in Dublin with his wife Sandy and his 4 daughters.

Dayna Spiring

Dayna Spiring President and CEO
Economic Development Winnipeg

Dayna Spiring joined Economic Development Winnipeg in March 2016 after service with the Canadian Wheat Board as its chef strategy officer and general counsel. She was charge dwith leading a group of senior-employees, advisors and lawyers in preparing the federally controlled entity for privatization, which took place in July 2015. An attorney, she also practiced for five years with Aikins, MacAuley & Thorvaldson. She is a passionate Winnipeger who serves as vice chair of the Football Club's board and was the director for Special Olympics Manitoba.

Marlene Coffey

Marlene Coffey Chief Executive Officer
Stratford Economic Enterprise Development Corporation

Marlene is the senior economic development official of the City of Stratford, responsible for community building, strategic planning, development and coordination of partnerships and collaboration among government, academia and industry. Prior to joining SEED, she managed the Milton Village Innovation Centre, was director of economic development for Waterloo and served as program manager and economic development officer for the city of Hamilton and town of Leamington.

Moez Chaabouni

Moez Chaabouni Solution Architect

Moez currently serves as solutions architect for Informatica, which delivers enterprise data integration and management software powering big data and cloud computing. Before joining the company, he served as Deputy Director, Department of Technology for the City of Columbus, reporting to the CIO, where he oversaw the complete enterprise and agency applications portolio, database, data analytics and GIS teams. For the past 20 years, he has served on the faculty of Ohio State University, where he teaches database design and information systems capstone classes to senior and graduate students.

Harrie Timmermans

Harrie Timmermans Secretary
City of Eersel, Netherlands

Harrie Timmermans has served as Secretary (City Manager) of the city of Eersel since July 2005, where he is responsible for the operations and finances of this city in the greater Eindhoven Region composed of six rural villages. A devoted football fan, he is president of the Supporters Club of PSV Eindhoven. He also serves on the advisory board of the Southeast Brabant Safety Region.

Tom Weisner

Tom Weisner Mayor
Aurora, Illinois, USA

Tom Weisner is currently serving his third term as Mayor of Aurora, Illinois, the state's second largest city, with a population of nearly 200,000, after running unopposed in the April, 2013 election.

In his 8+ years as Aurora's Mayor, Tom Weisner has propelled this former "blue collar town" into the 21st century as a high performing, progressive city by strengthening neighborhoods, revitalizing Aurora's riverfront core, promoting sustainable development practices, developing a top-notch telecommunication infrastructure and vastly reducing crime. By focusing on public private partnerships to spur revitalization, Mayor Weisner is successfully cleaning up polluted riverfront areas and breathing new life into Aurora's downtown urban core, the most recent example of which is RiverEdge Park, a spectacular new music venue on the banks of the Fox River.

During Weisner's tenure, crime in Aurora has fallen precipitously, a trend highlighted by national media attention in 2012, when Aurora experienced zero homicides. Mayor Weisner took strong and early action during his first term to blunt the effects of the Great Recession, cutting costs and improving efficiencies in order to maintain a high level of services for Aurora residents. As a result, Aurora continues to be one of very few Illinois cities to maintain a AA rating for both General Obligation and Water Revenue bonds.

Mayor Weisner has also made the development of a skilled workforce a priority for Aurora in order to ensure a growing economy and plentiful job opportunities. He has led the effort to create new educational structures in this multi-district city, from early education (SPARK) to STEM education (Aurora University's STEM Academy), to high school skills training (Pathways to Prosperity).

Mayor Weisner is also a leader on the regional, state and national level. He will assume the Chairmanship of the Chicago Metropolitan Mayors Caucus in November 2013. He is currently the Kane/Kendall representative to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Executive Board member of the Illinois Municipal League and Past President of Metro West Council of Governments. Tom was appointed as a Director at the Illinois Toll Highway Authority by Governor Quinn and also serves as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee at the Tollway. Additionally, he is founding Chairman of the Northwest Water Planning Alliance, a collaborative planning organization involving municipalities and counties in a five county area of the Chicago suburbs.

Mayor Weisner also serves as Chairman of the Board for OnLight Aurora, a public-private partnership created to connect the Aurora schools, hospitals and businesses to the city's 50-mile fiber optic network...and to the digital world beyond.

Bob West

Bob West Managing Director
CareWorks Tech

Bob is managing director for CareWorks Tech and is responsible for working across the company's business divisions, customer base and partner ecosystem to grow the information security line of business.

Bob is on the board of directors for the Global Identity Foundation, the USA Track and Field Foundation and on the advisory board for Authenti-App and the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC).

Previously, Bob was Chief Trust Officer at CipherCloud, a leading cloud security company. Prior to CipherCloud, Bob was CEO at Echelon One, an information security consulting and research firm. Prior to Echelon One, Bob was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati where he was responsible for the enterprise information security strategy. Prior to joining Fifth Third, Bob worked for Bank One in Columbus where he held several key leadership roles, including Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Bank One's Retail Group. Prior to joining Bank One, Bob was a manager with Ernst & Young's Information Security Services practice in Chicago, and a Senior Systems Officer with Citicorp International in New York and Chicago.

Bob received his bachelor of arts from Michigan State University and a masters of management information systems from North Central College.

Arkadiy Gips

Arkadiy Gips Musician

Arkadiy Gips has been making a powerful mark on the American mu­sic scene ever since he emigrated from Ukraine in 1994. Being a laureate of many national and in­ternational music competitions, Gips became a well-known violinist in Eastern Europe. Arkadiy has performed with many noted musicians, playing a wide variety of music ranging from jazz and country to ethnic and classical styles.

Today, Arkadiy Gips continues to embrace his love for music and his culture. He and world-renowned seven-string guitar­ist Vadim Kolpakov have been performing Romany music for audi­ences in the USA and Canada. More recently, Arkadiy was invited to perform in Madonna's “Sticky and Sweet” tour as part of the Kolpa­kov Trio, gracing audiences worldwide and adding new colors to a previously unexplored genre.

Chiu Ching-chun

Chiu Ching-chun Magistrate
Hsinchu County, Taiwan

Mr. Chiu has served as Magistrate, the senior elected official, of Hsinchu County since 2009. He holds a bachelor's degree from Minghsin University of the Science and Technology and a master's degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in the United States.

Thomas Mueller

Thomas Mueller Project Manager
City of Mulheim an der Ruhr

Thomas Mueller is a project manager of the City of Mulheim an der Ruhr, Germany. He oversees cluster development for the city. He holds a masters in business administration and Wirtschaftsgeograph MA.

Bart Gorynski

Bart Gorynski CEO

Bart Gorynski has over 10 years experience in the real estate industry. Prior to his responsibility as a senior manager for the German Annington, Germany's largest private real estate company, Bart Gorynski launched the portfolio management of Vitus Immobilien S.à R.L.. Between 2005 and 2010, Bart Gorynski led the asset and property management team of a family office with a focus on project development and assisted in the international real estate investment team of DTZ in London (UK) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Bart Gorynski is a member of several real estate economic research institutes, such as the DVFA mandated (German Association for Financial Analysis and Asset Management), the Gif e.V. (Society of Property Researchers) and is a board member at the EBZ Business School Alumni. He graduated as a real estate economist and Bachelor of Arts in real estate at EBZ Business School, Bochum (D) and by the DVFA / IRE | BS (D) as CREA® (Certified Real Estate Investment analyst) and CRERM (certified Real Estate Risk Manager) certification.

Lubna Najjar

Lubna Najjar Owner & Designer
Lubna Designs

Lubna Najjar, designer and owner of Lubna Designs Inc., is a Jordanian American designer merging Middle Eastern culture, passion for fashion and a professional business career into a clothing brand marketed globally by the Il Moda Showroom in Columbus, Ohio and New York City. As a Board member of the Better business Bureau of central Ohio, and a Board meme bet of the Fashion Week Columbus, Lubna brings passion for business and community, creativity and small business together helping to move the industry forward.

Bobby Floyd

Bobby Floyd Musician

The passion with which Bobby Floyd plays piano, organ and keyboards are the result of his natural ability (discovered at the age of two), his love of music, and years of practice. Whether performing jazz or gospel, as a soloist, with a trio or big band, he is a superb musician who has many distinguished appearances to his credit.

Floyd has toured and performed extensively with Ray Charles, Rusty Bryant, Jeff Tyzik, Chris Howes, Byron Stripling, Sarah Morrow and his own trio. His current touring schedule includes performances as featured soloist with orchestras throughout the USA and Canada, including the Rochester Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Detroit Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and many others. Floyd is also a frequent soloist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra where his soulful sound has backed artist such as Chuck Mangione, Houston Person, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Mavis Staples, Gerald Wilson, Wycliffe Gordon, John Clayton and countless others. His recent performances in Europe and Japan have garnered high praise and he continues to accompany the top jazz, blues and gospel artist in the country.

Bobby has completed three recordings: Interpretations, Setting the Standards, and Floyd's Finest Gift. His next project, soon to be released, is a live performance recorded in Spain. Other accomplishments include recording and composing on several of Vince Andrews' and Chris Howes' projects. He has also recorded with Gerald Levert (Groove On) and Faye Robinson (Remembering Marian Anderson). Additionally, he is featured on a Rusty Bryant album, Rusty Rides Again, which received five stars in Downbeat magazine.

Floyd has taught at The Ohio State University, his own private studio and the world famous Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshops. His critically acclaimed CD's Interpretations, Setting the Standards, Floyd's Finest Gift, and Notes to and from My Friends demonstrate his ability to electrify audiences and have received the highest praise from critics and musicians alike.

Doug McCollough

Doug McCollough Chief Information Officer
Dublin, Ohio, USA

Doug has a bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo in information systems and operations management and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. He holds certifications in Information Technology Infrastructure Library and as a Project Management Professional.

Prior to joining the Dublin team, Doug held positions within the State of Ohio Department of Public Safety, Department of Commerce, Industrial Commission and Department of Medicaid. Most recently he served as director of Information Technology for the City of Richmond, VA. He has worked as a project manager for Nationwide Insurance and Alcatel-Lucent.

He and his wife Angela Abram have four children. In his spare time, Doug enjoys running full and half marathons. He describes himself as a great cook and a terrible golfer.

Bruce Hayne

Bruce Hayne Councilor
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Elected to Surrey City Council in 2011 and as a resident and business owner since 1993, Bruce Hayne brings an entrepreneurial approach to the City of Surrey and is committed to establishing Surrey as a premier investment location with a vibrant urban economy.

As a past President of the Surrey Board of Trade, he believes that Surrey's innovative approaches to job creation are working – Surrey was the first city in BC to establish economic investment zones and the Real Estate Investment Network was recently named Surrey the Best Place to Invest in BC and the 4th in Canada. This year (2015) Surrey has been named to the Top 7 Intelligent Communities in the world by the independent think tank Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF in New York).

On the City Council, Bruce chairs the Investment and Innovation Committee which oversees the City's Economic Development strategies including Innovation Boulevard (Medical Technologies) and the Clean Tech sector. The committee also spearheads the City's Smart City strategies and Open Data initiatives. He is also Chair of the Parks Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee which is responsible for overseeing over two hundred parks and award-winning recreation facilities in the city.

Dr. Shen-Hsien Chen

Dr. Shen-Hsien Chen Deputy Mayor
New Taipei City, Taiwan

Dr. Shen-Hsien Chen is currently the Deputy Mayor of New Taipei City. Before he was appointed Deputy Mayor in 2014, he served as Secretary-General of the New Taipei City Government for nearly four years. Before joining the New Taipei City Government, he was the president at Sinotech Engineering Consultants, INC.. Dr. Chen's other career highlights include Engineering Superintendent for the Ministry of Economic Affairs from 2009 to 2010, and before that, he served as Director-General at the Water Conservancy Agency, MOEA. A renowned scholar and expert in water resources and conservancy, Dr. Shen-Hsien Chen has been dedicating his experience and expertise in water source management. He was Chief Executive Office of the Kao-ping River Watershed Management Commission from 2001 to 2002. Before that, he served as Executive Secretary of the Supervisory board for Labor Pension Fund, as well as the Department Chief of the Executive Yuan Council of Labor Affairs Labor Conditions Department from 2000 to 2001. Prior to that position, Dr. Chen was in charge of the Executive Yuan Council of Labor Affairs Labor-Management Relations Department and the Labor Inspection Department from 1992 to 2000.

Sean Simpson

Sean Simpson Director of Information Technology
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Sean Simpson has extensive experience managing and leading successful corporate initiatives from concept to implementation by leveraging collaboration, communication, and stakeholder engagement. He is leading many initiatives at the City that are shifting the organization to a more customer focused service delivery model, resulting in greater citizen satisfaction, sense of community, and engagement. Sean helped lead the creation of Surrey's Smart Surrey Strategy, which contributed to Surrey being named “Top 7 Most Intelligent Communities in the World” for 2015 and 2016.

Prior to leading the Information Technology Division, Sean was GIS Manager at the City and was responsible for managing Surrey's Open Data Program, 311 Program, and My Surrey app (and GIS of course!)

Harout Chitilian

Harout Chitilian Vice President, Executive Committee
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

For a second consecutive mandate, Harout Chitilian was elected city councillor, in November 2013, for the district of Bordeaux-Cartierville in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville. He is the vice chairman of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal, and is responsible for administrative reforms, youth programs, digital and smart city strategy and information technology. During his previous mandate, he held an associate position in the Montreal Executive Committee for files pertaining youth and economic development. In 2011, Harout Chitilian was designated the speaker of the Montreal city council, making him the youngest in the history of the city. Additionally, he served on the executive committee of the Conférence Régionale des élus (CRÉ) de Montréal, the Corporation of Economic and Community Development in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, as well as on the board of directors of the MR3 Relève organization. Finally, since 2012 and until very recently, he has been the vice-chairman of the Comité Consultatif d'urbanisme (CCU) in his borough. A resident of Montreal for more than 20 years, Harout Chitilian received his engineering degree, in 2004, from École Polytechnique de Montreal.

Charles Moses

Charles Moses President
Ohio Telecom Association

Charles R. Moses is President of the Ohio Telecom Association (OTA). The OTA is an association of 44 telecommunications companies who provide a wide range of telecommunication services. The OTA also represents more than 100 associate member companies, who supply goods and services to the telecommunications industry.

Prior to his appointment as President of the OTA, Mr. Moses was Senior Vice President for Paul Werth Associates. Mr. Moses spent six years managing the governmental affairs operations for GTE in Ohio and nine years in various positions in Washington D.C.

Mr. Moses served in Governor Richard F. Celeste's Administration as Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant for Legislative Affairs and Assistant Director of the State of Ohio, Washington D.C. Office. In addition to positions held within GTE and the Celeste Administration, Mr. Moses served as Legislative Analyst in the Washington D.C. Office of Governor James J. Blanchard of Michigan.

Mr. Moses is Chairman of the Capitol Square Foundation; he serves on the Paul Werth Associates Advisory Board and is past president of the Bishop Watterson High School Athletic Association. Mr. Moses is past Chairman of the National Council of State Telephone Association Executives. Mr. Moses also served on the Campaign Committee of the Ohio State University's Page Hall Capital Campaign (the permanent home of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs).

Mr. Moses, a graduate of The Ohio State University, resides in Dublin with his wife, Ann. Their son Christopher is an attorney living in Columbus and their son Andrew is an attorney living in Cleveland.

Kristina Verner

Kristina Verner Director
Intelligent Communities, Waterfront Toronto

Kristina Verner is the of director of Intelligent Communities for Waterfront Toronto. She has been active in the intelligent community movement for the past fifteen years. Under her stewardship, Waterfront Toronto spearheaded the City's 2013 and 2014 bids to be recognized as a world-leading smart city. In 2013, Toronto was shortlisted in the Top 7 globally. In 2014, Toronto was named as the Intelligent Community of the Year by New York's Intelligent Community Forum.

In 2012, Verner was honored to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her leadership and commitment to the creation of intelligent communities and collaborative ecosystems that support the transparent, connected, vibrant communities and economies that will foster national prosperity. In 2014, she was named one of the 25 top global social business leaders by the Economist Intelligence Unit and IBM.

Paulo Manoel Protasio

Paulo Manoel Protasio Chairman

Paulo Protasio is an entrepreneur with degrees in law, business administration and international marketing. He served for five years as the Secretary of Trade Development at Brazil's Ministry of Industry and Commerce, and as president of the Brazilian Tourism Authority. He has helped found and has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations including the World Trade Centers Association, World Teleport Association, International Emissions Trade Association, Rio de Janeiro Chamber of Commerce, and the Brazilian Association for Foreign Trade. He currently serves as president of the National Association of Users of Cargo Transportation and the Transport and Logistics Chamber of the Agricultural Ministry.

Quinten L. Harris

Quinten L. Harris JD, MPA
City of Columbus, Deputy Director of Jobs & Economic Development

Quinten L. Harris JD, MPA, is the Deputy Director of Jobs and Economic Development for the City of Columbus' Department of Development. Harris is charged with the creation, refinement, and implementation of policies, strategies, and programs to enhance and stimulate the City's economy by assisting existing businesses in the retention and expansion of their operations, as well as marketing the attributes and services of the City in an effort to recruit new businesses and industry to locate their headquarters and other operations in the City of Columbus. Harris joined the City after his tenure as Director of Strategic Project Management for the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Cincinnati. Harris earned his Bachelor's in English from the University of Dayton (OH) and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University – Bloomington Maurer School of Law.

Ruben Melendez

Ruben Melendez CEO

Ruben Melendez is CEO of Glomark-Governan, and President of Global Lynx Inc. Over the last two decades Ruben has coached, assisted and trained CIOs, CTOs, CMOs, IT Professionals, and Sales Leaders, of corporations and government agencies around the world, on how to develop their strategic plans, and implement methodologies and frameworks to enable the value creation of IT-centered initiatives. Ruben is the creator of the Enterprise Value Creation (EVC) framework for assessing and measuring IT value, currently used by over 300 organizations. Ruben has been a keynote speaker at many business and technology events around the world; and during the last eight years has been the moderator of the CIO Value Forum—a Panel of CIOs that discuss best practices, trends, and changes in the way IT creates value for enterprises and government agencies. Prior to Glomark-Governan and Global Lynx, Ruben had various management and executive positions at Combustion Engineering, and ABB. Ruben currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, and is originally from Mexico City, Mexico.

Stu Davis

Stu Davis CIO
State of Ohio, USA

Stu Davis serves as the State Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Office of Information Technology (OIT). Stu has a varied background in IT leadership and management, including infrastructure, enterprise shared services, and spatial technologies. His career consists of 12 years in local government, 19 years in state government and 5 years in the private sector consulting to state and local government. Stu is a member of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and currently serves as Past President.

Vaino Olev

Vaino Olev City IT Director
Tallinn City, Estonia

Currently, employed by Tallinn City Office as City IT director and a member of Estonian State Information Society Council, Vaino Olev was was elected to chair EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum (KSF) Workgroup on Cyber Security in 2012. In 2008, Tallinn City was elected to chair KSF, during which Olev was assigned to carry responsibilities of Technical Chair of KSF. Now Vaino Olev is member of KSF Steering Committee as well as representing Tallinn City in Intelligent Community Forum Foundation. Amongst others Olev is a part-time lector of State Information Systems syllabus in Estonian Business School, with academic training as radio engineer.

Tom Kneeland

Tom Kneeland Mayor
City of Gahanna (Former CIO City of Gahanna, Former CIO City of Whitehall)

After being elected in November of 2015 Tom was sworn in January 2nd 2016 and became the 33rd mayor of Gahanna. His involvement in public service began nearly 25 years ago when he was first elected to Gahanna City Council in 1991.

Mayor Kneeland is a lifelong resident of Gahanna and became actively involved in the local community in the early 1970's.

In late 1970, Tom began a 30-year career at SBC (formerly Ohio Bell), where as a Transport Technical Manager he was responsible for multi-state fiber optic transport systems and equipment vendor management for a 13-state region and participated in several national forums and was a contributing member of the national SONET Interoperability Forum (NSIF) which was a national standards development body for fiber optic transmission systems.

About the same time that he began his career with Ohio Bell Tom served 6 years with the 1st Air Cavalry Division of the Ohio Army National Guard as a helicopter crew chief and received an honorable discharge in 1977.

Retiring from SBC in 2001, Tom was recruited as a product development and marketing manager and business development director with a local company, Applied Innovation of Dublin Ohio, eventually moving into fultime local government service as the Technology Director for the City of Whitehall in 2008.

Tom has been married to his wife Becky for 44 years and is a proud father of five children – all graduates of Gahanna-Jefferson schools. He and his wife are active members of Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, where they are involved in the community through numerous church-sponsored activities.

Tom is proud of his family, his life-long Gahanna heritage, his military service and the public and private sector contributions he has been able to provide to the community he loves.

David White

David White CIO
Battelle Memorial Institute

David White was appointed Chief Information Officer at Battelle, the world's largest independent research and development organization, in February 2012. In this position David and his team is responsible for strategically aligning and advancing all strategic corporate application development, platforms, and development initiatives across the enterprise. This includes developing strategic assessments, roadmaps and application architecture plans that support current and future business needs. A key component of this position entails leveraging new and emerging trends and concepts to more cost effectively provide business solutions.

Stu Johnson

Stu Johnson Vice President of Digital Works
Connected Nation

Stu Johnson serves as Vice President of Digital Works. Stu provides comprehensive strategy and management of the Digital Works program including implementation and development on a national level, identification and achievement of programmatic goals, and revenue management of the program. Stu also serves as the primary spokesperson to media nationwide regarding Digital Works. Prior to his role of Vice President for Digital Works, Stu served as the Executive Director for Connect Ohio where he was instrumental in growing the Digital Works program to 10 training facilities statewide. Stu has over 25 years of executive level telecommunications experience and holds a bachelor of science in finance from The Ohio State University.

Bill Phillips

Bill Phillips Chief Relationship Officer
Office of the CIO

Bill is the responsible for Relationship Management and IT Business Strategy for the Office of the CIO. His team represents the OCIO service catalog to the university colleges and departments identifying new opportunities working with customers and cross functional teams. He also plays a leading role working with strategic vendors, facilitating issue resolution, integration and collaboration opportunities. Prior to joining OSU, Bill spent 25 years working in telecommunications and networking industry with Ameritech, Southwestern Bell Communications and TW Telecom.

Michael Shafer

Michael Shafer Vice President, Engineering and Program Management
Connected Nation, Exchange

Mr. Shafer provides technical and strategic guidance for Connected Nation Exchange’s broadband utilization and aggregation initiatives. His most recent experience includes involvement in the design and execution of California’s CAPSNET and CAPSCOM projects, both public safety modernization programs targeting state-wide microwave, fiber optic, and land mobile radio network upgrades. CAPSCOM, in particular, included a multi-agency; unified telecommunications needs assessment and strategic evolution plan requiring the input and agreement of some 10 key state and federal agencies.


As much as possible, daily programming for SUMMIT 16 will be centrally located in a single venue each day. Depending on the hotel you choose, you may need to plan for surface travel on certain days. Columbus is easy and convenient to navigate. You may find these resources helpful.



Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square

Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square ICF Summit Conference Hotel Partner

Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph

Hilton Columbus Downtown

The Westin Columbus

Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel

Getting around Columbus