Smart Cities: What does it mean for your community?

  • 30 Nov 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910
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Smart Cities: What does it mean for your community?

A panel of local and international experts will discuss and answer your questions about the impact of implementing innovative technologies in your community.

When: Thursday, November 30th, 11:30 am – 2pm

Cost: Free

Location: Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Ave. Chula Vista CA 91910  

Cities have to address multiple challenges such as population growth and climate change, while staying competitive and providing opportunities for economic growth and healthy places to live for its citizens.

The City of Chula Vista is aiming to make the most of opportunities ahead by connecting the needs of its citizen with technologic solutions available. This is why the City of Chula Vista has recently adopted a new Smart cities plan. But what does that mean for its residents, business owners and visitors?

Join us for a lunch conversation with experts from Chula Vista, San Francisco, and Vancouver to discuss how locally, regionally and globally Cities:

  • Use technology to make it easier and more efficient to work with them
  • Create conditions for business and communities to thrive
  • Adapt to nexus of climate change and population growth


  • 11:30 am - 12 pm: Check In & Lunch
  • 12 pm- 1 pm: Panel Discussion
  • 1:30 - 2 pm: Closeout 

The panel of speakers will discuss best practices, lessons learned and community impact in Chula Vista, the West Coast, and globally.

Meet the Panelists

Jason Anderson, President, CleanTech San Diego. 
As President and CEO, Jason manages the overall organization and leads several initiatives critical to the mission of the organization, including Smart Cities San Diego, advocacy efforts, and economic development programs. Jason is also Executive Director of the Cleantech Education Foundation, designed to develop education and workforce development programs aligned with the mission of Cleantech San Diego. Before joining Cleantech San Diego in 2010, Jason was Vice President of Business Development for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC)..

Gordon Feller
, Co-Founder of Meeting of the Minds
Co-Founder of Meeting of the Minds. As a consultant, he advises well-established organizations (non-profits and private companies) and start-ups. He serves on five corporate Boards and four non-profit Boards, as well as one Federal Advisory Committee for the US Secretary of Energy. From 2010- 2016, Feller was the Director of Urban Innovation at Cisco Systems headquarters in Silicon Valley where he served in an executive capacity within the company’s programs focused on cities. He has also served as a consultant to Cisco focused on Internet of Things and Talent. Prior to joining Cisco, Feller was the CEO of Urban Age Institute, an international non-profit research and training organization which began inside the World Bank and spun off in 2001.

Dennis Gakunga, As the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chula Vista
As the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chula Vista, Dennis leads the City’s Office of Sustainability and Smart City campaign. His responsibilities include managing the implementation of a wide range of sustainability programs and smart city initiatives. His previous experience includes serving as a department director and assistant director for multiple municipalities and public agencies in Texas and California. Dennis has also worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting, IBM Business Consulting and PWC Consulting. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Information Systems and Management Sciences from the University of Texas, Arlington.

Douglas Kot, AIA, AICP, LEED AP+: Head of Section for Sustainable Buildings and Communities for DNV GL.
Doug’s educational and professional background includes planning, architecture and building science. Doug’s Smart City work includes climate action and adaptation planning, microgrid assessment, and technical services related to renewable heating and cooling and other low-carbon energy transition solutions.

Dave Ramslie, Principal with the Integral Group LLC

Principal with the Integral Group LLC and head of Integral’s Urban Innovation Practice. Dave is an urban planner by training, and his area of focus is on resilience and sustainable development. His work on policy, standards, and masterplans has won numerous international awards and in 2015 he was recognized by the NRDC as one of 9 global leaders fighting climate change in cities. Dave has led smart city initiatives in both Europe and North America and is a technical advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative on resilient building design.  

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