Partner Events

Empowering Customers & Cities

Charting the course for the future of energy
Nov 1 - 2, 2016


Are you looking to improve your building’s operational and energy efficiency, but coping with a variety of standalone systems and technologies that present real challenges to achieving secure and scalable energy management and monitoring of critical building operations? This track offers real-world advice and insight on how to leverage low-cost sensors for better investment decisions, exploit robust communications platforms to make power flow control decisions, and integrate your existing infrastructure with new IoT systems and strategies so that you spend less time managing building systems and more time managing building performance.

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smartGIG Chicago

November 2 & 3, 2016


SmartGig Chicago is the 5th in a series of six regional business technology conferences, and is designed to provide practical and objective information to civic leaders throughout the Illinois and Great Lakes region on the subjects of gigabit-speed connectivity, municipal fiber networks, ‘smart city’ infrastructure and more. Conference attendees from the public and private sector will hear technology leaders, civic leaders and early adopting cities discuss the economic value of network infrastructure, municipal cloud services, digital inclusion and digital innovation.

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Discover Global Markets

Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities

November 1-3, 2016


Forum for U.S. companies on the opportunities created by the development of Smart Cities around the world. This is the only event of the week focused on international opportunities. Participants will learn about: 1) global demand for the transportation, utility, and telecommunications infrastructure that lay the foundation for connected smart cities; 2) the ways in which technology and the Internet of Things are being deployed to foster innovation, efficiency, and improvements in standards of living in cities around the world; and, 3) the adoption of sustainable technologies and planning efforts. In addition to panels of industry experts, U.S. Commercial Service staff from approximately 20 U.S. embassies around the world are expected and will be available for one-on-one appointments. The U.S. Commercial Service in Chicago and the Illinois District Export Council are partnering to host this forum at the Swissotel. Who should attend? Company presidents, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, International sales and marketing executives, International business development executives, global logistics and trade compliance executives. Registration: $495. For registration questions, please contact

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Discover Global Markets

IWCE’s Critical LTE Communications Forum

November 2-3, 2016


LTE is transforming the way public safety agencies and first responders interact with citizens, address incidents and help ensure our communities are safer and thriving. The need to provide reliable broadband communications for emergency services is recognized by government agencies worldwide. IWCE’s Critical LTE Communications Forum is the first event of its kind in North America, designed for public safety, government and enterprise organizations mapping the transition to secure, hardened, reliable networks for voice and data within an LTE framework.

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Avnet Breakfast

IoT Breakfast Session with Avnet and Aeris

November 3, 2016


Join Avnet and Aeris on November 3rd at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place at 7am for a free lively breakfast presentation and discussion on IoT data transport technology options. Expect to leave with a better understanding of IoT technologies including LoRa and Cellular, best practices for IoT initiatives and relevant case studies. If you are a technology decision maker who wants to know more about when and where to use LP WAN and Cellular in your IoT solution, you definitely won't want to miss this session!

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