Smart Cities: The Making of

Join a team of leaders in urban innovation to learn more about smart cities.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


November 16, 2012 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

In the early 1900s, the future of cities was depicted on postcards in a trend called Paleo-Future. One hundred years later, we are still dreaming of “smart cities,” with more or less the same fantastic designs. Even though the global challenges we face today are different—focused mostly on the viability of the urban space and the sustainability of its structure—the places where we live continue to fascinate us.

Amidst the practical needs of cities and the rise of groundbreaking technologies, a few key players are leading the way in closing the gap between fiction and reality.

Paradox Engineering, which won a 2012 Living Labs Global Award, is pushing the limits of what’s possible with their use of open-standard technologies and a quick-to-market approach. Chosen by San Francisco for a pilot project in urban lighting, the Swiss company will host a networking gala to celebrate their expansion to the United States.

On November 15, join us to learn about the challenges of urban sustainability in the Internet of Things era. Experts will speak on the making of smart cities and partake in a panel moderated by Michael M. Hsieh, an authority on smart cities and a professor at UC Berkeley Extension.

Participants include:

Barbara Hale

Assistant General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Shannon Spanhake

Deputy Innovation Officer, San Francisco City

Sascha Haselmayer

General Director, Living Labs Global

Gianni Minetti

CEO, Paradox Engineering

Scott Frendt

Vice President Public Sector, CRM Solutions, Oracle

Niels Van Duinen

Global Marketing Director, Professional Outdoor Lighting, Philips


6:30 pm  doors open
7:00 pm  presentations about Smart Cities
7:50 pm  panel discussion and Q&A
8:30 pm  reception and networking
10:00 pm  doors close



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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