Smart City lessons from Kenya to Colorado

APA Colorado Chapter


Thursday, October 5, 2017
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. MDT

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Smart City technology and the implementation of new tools and techniques can lead to economic development opportunities, social justice and a more efficient workplace for employees.  But, what is a Smart City and how can current technology and tools help your community achieve these goals?  Learn how lessons from a greenfield development outside of Nairobi, Kenya can help your community.  

Learning Objectives:

1. Complexity and simplicity of Smart City development and technology

2. Importance of development partnerships for the project’s success

3. Implementation strategies for local success


1.       Smart City defined

a.       What is a Smart City? – interactive discussion with audience

b.       What is ICT, IoT, ISO and why are these concepts important to understand?

c.       The importance of GIS and Planners for Smart City development and implementation

2.       Case study of Konza, Kenya

a.       Partnerships

b.       Capacity Building

c.       Team Building

3.       Local Implementation requirements:

a.       Elimination of Silos

b.       Resilient Infrastructure

c.       Technology

d.       Social Equity

e.       Enhanced Community Safety

f.        Pedestrian Focused

g.       Education and Industry entrepreneurial synergies


h.      Long-term social and economic impact to Country

CM Criteria:

The topic for discussion, Smart Cities, is a term describing the use of existing technology that can be helpful to public sector and private sector planners, to make our jobs easier and more sustainable, and create opportunities for economic development and social justice.  While Tetra Tech is implementing Smart City design and development in Kenya and in the United States, the discussion will be on what the tools and project parameters are, not on selling Tetra Tech.  The terms and lessons will be presented during this discussion from a first-hand account and represent facts of the Case Study as well as facts surrounding Smart City development and technology. 

If available, the Director of Infrastructure for Konza will attend this session to provide his unique perspective.  


Ryan Kacirek

Confirmed Speaker

Mr. Kacirek is a planner with significant experience in a wide range of urban planning and development areas, supplemented with a strong academic background. Mr. Kacirek has permitted a number of residential, commercial and industrial land use projects. Mr. Kacirek’s land use planning experience has allowed him to gain ... Read More

Patrick Adolwa

Confirmed Speaker

Director of Infrastructure, Konza Technopolis Development Authority, Kenya Before joining KoTDA, Mr. Adolwa chaired the Inter-Ministerial Technical Committee, which brought together participating Ministries involved in the development of the basic infrastructure for the site. Apart from being the Team Leader for the Lamu Port, South Sudan and Ethiopia (LAPSSET) Corridor ... Read More

Anne Johnson, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Anne Best Johnson MBA, AICP has been a successful land use planner and project manager for more than 23 years. She is currently a Senior Planner and Smart Cities Initiative Director for Tetra Tech. Prior to launching her career as a planning consultant, Ms. Johnson worked for Weld County, the ... Read More

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