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Ann Arbor Spark

May 23, 2019

Urban Development and Smart City Thought Leader John Tolva to Keynote 2019 Ann Arbor SPARK Mobility Summit

Mobility Summit - June 6, 2019
John Tolva, Cityfi co-founder

May 23, 2019 – Ann Arbor SPARK will host John Tolva, co-founder of Cityfi and former chief technology officer for the City of Chicago, as the keynote speaker for the Ann Arbor Mobility Summit on Thursday, June 6. This one-day event will include a series of panels and presentations at the Graduate Ann Arbor and then conclude at the American Center for Mobility with a guided track tour and reception.

“The Ann Arbor Mobility Summit aims to grow the mobility ecosystem in the Ann Arbor region by fostering participation and collaboration among our attendees,” said Komal Doshi, Ann Arbor SPARK director of mobility programs. “We are thrilled to have John set the tone for the day as he speaks to the role technology plays in city development and the value of an inclusive, mindful approach when building a Smart City infrastructure.”

“The summit is another step forward in creating connections between industry, academia and infrastructure providers. These connections are essential to our future success and in ensuring this region remains a leader in transportation, ” Doshi added.

Cityfi is an urban change management consultancy dedicated to enabling smart, sustainable cities through innovative public-private partnerships, triple bottom line policymaking, and human-centric technology. John also co-founded and is board chair of the non-profit Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, a collaboration between Colorado municipalities, private sector companies, and academia to develop, pilot, and test solutions to urban challenges.

The summit will include more than 20 speakers, including Ford Smart Mobility, World Economic Forum, Mcity, City of Ann Arbor, Detroit Mobility Lab and more. The speakers represent private and public sector who will discuss key mobility projects, opportunities and issues relevant to the Ann Arbor region. The summit will also spotlight mobility startups and the opportunity to connect directly with industry experts.

The Ann Arbor SPARK Mobility Summit is sponsored by PlanetM and is part of Ann Arbor SPARK’s a2Tech360 program, a multi-day series of events showcasing the region as an area of innovation.

About Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit www.AnnArborUSA.org.