Smart Cities Student Design Competition: The Finals
Attendees will be able to see some of the latest ideas related to "smart cities" and network with like-minded planners in the finals of the Smart Cities Student Design Competition.
Co-sponsored by the Divisions Council and Student Representatives Council, interdisciplinary teams have worked together over the course of the competition to apply placed-based technologies to a specific site in New York City.
Five finalists will present their ideas (be sure to check out their posters beforehand in the Planning Expo) and compete for a $1,000 award. Come cheer them on!
Meet the Competition Finalists
Kansas State University – Smart CATS
New York University – Adaptive Strategies
University of California, Los Angeles – UCLA MURPs
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – The All-Nighters
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – L.E.A.P.
, City of Alexandria
Confirmed SpeakerEllen Forthofer is currently the Communications and Outreach Coordinator at IndyGo, Indianapolis’ public transit agency. There, her work involves managing the relationship between IndyGo and the Indianapolis community it serves. She is a recent graduate of Ball State University’s Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development (‘15) and Master of Urban Design (‘16) programs, and has served as the APA Student Representatives Council Region IV representative (04/15 - 12/15) and Executive Committee Chair (01/16 - present). Ellen is most interested in how urban planning and design can affect and/or improve equity in cities. Past internships include: The Indianapolis Cultural Trail & Pacers Bikeshare, Community Food Advocates, and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization.
, Halff Associates, Inc.
Confirmed SpeakerMatt Bucchin, AICP, LEED Green Associate is currently the Director of Planning with Halff Associates, Inc., based out of Austin, Texas. He has over 20 years of public and private sector experience at the city, state, and special district levels of government. Over the last half decade, Matt has worked as a planning consultant and project manager on comprehensive, park, corridor, active transportation, and downtown master planning processes and zoning and land development code projects. Immediately prior to his private sector planning experience, Matt spent five years leading the planning division for a fast-growing, almost 200,000 person county in metropolitan Atlanta and several years working with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as a natural resources planner. The combination of these past experiences have provided him with extensive expertise in drafting plans and code that reflect good planning principles, while at the same time being sensitive to local political culture and imperatives. Matt received his Master of Environmental Planning from Arizona State University in 1999, a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Programs and a Business Administration minor from Pennsylvania State University in 1995, and an Associate of Fire Science Technology degree from Colorado Mountain College in 2003. Matt obtained his AICP credentials in 2007 and LEED Green Associate in 2011. Over the past several years, Matt has been intimately involved in APA’s Smart City Initiative and the Sustainable Communities Division. For the 2017 National Planning Conference, Matt developed the framework and managed APA’s Inaugural Smart Cities Student Design Competition process and will moderate the panel presentations. In 2016, he coordinated and emceed the APA Sustainable Communities Division’s An Evening with Sustainability & Resiliency Leaders in Planning Practice, Policy, and Research event at the National Planning Conference in Phoenix, Arizona (an event that recently won a Division Council award) and has worked with Division leaders on coordinating and organizing this year’s event in NYC. Matt has also been privileged to speak at many national, regional, and local conferences over the past several years, including the past three APA National Planning Conferences (2014 - 2016), Texas APA conferences (2013 and 2016), Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) conferences (2013 and 2016), and a regional conference on downtown planning (2015).