CityLab 2016

October 23 – 25, 2016



Dedicated to highlighting innovation and effective practices in urban governance, CityLab gathered the world’s most creative mayors and city practitioners with artists, academics, funders, and other public and private sector leaders focused on improving cities and spreading urban strategies that work.

This year, with Miami as our campus, we looked forward to meeting in a culturally dynamic city on the cutting edge of urban innovation to once again tackle the most pressing challenges cities face and present innovative ideas for growing livable, sustainable and economically vibrant communities. Miami has one of the most diverse populations in one of the fastest growing regions in the country, where a unique confluence of Caribbean, North and South American cultures adds vibrancy and texture to the civic landscape.

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  • George Abbott
    George Abbott Knight Cities Challenge Project Lead Knight Foundation
  • Mike Ableson
    Mike Ableson Vice President, Global Strategy General Motors
  • Devon Akmon
    Devon Akmon Director Arab American National Museum
  • Nikolas Albarran
    Nikolas Albarran Principal Engineer MakerHealth
  • Fernando Albertorio
    Fernando Albertorio Sunu, Inc. Co-Founder
  • Mohamed Ali
    Mohamed Ali Director Iftiin Foundation
  • Michael Allegretti
    Michael Allegretti Head of Public Policy Rubicon Global
  • Amanda Allen
    Amanda Allen Design Lead eMocha Mobile Health
  • Victoria Alonsoperez
    Victoria Alonsoperez CEO Chipsafer
  • Alexandra Ames Brachowicz
    Alexandra Ames Brachowicz General Director of Social Prestations Ministry of Social Inclusion and Development
  • James Anderson
    James Anderson Government Innovation Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Sarah Auslander
    Sarah Auslander Civic Designer Tel Aviv I-Team
  • Willie Avendano
    Willie Avendano Director and Co-Founder 1
  • Stonly Baptiste
    Stonly Baptiste Co-Founder and Partner Urban.us
  • Megan Barry
    Megan Barry Mayor Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
  • Richard Berry
    Richard Berry Mayor City of Albuquerque
  • Jared Bienz
    Jared Bienz Senior MPC Evangalist Microsoft
  • Alissa Black
    Alissa Black Investment Principal Omidyar Network
  • Beth Blauer
    Beth Blauer Executive Director, Center for Government Excellence Johns Hopkins University
  • Greg Bloom
    Greg Bloom Founder Open Referral
  • Michael R. Bloomberg
    Michael R. Bloomberg Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies 108th Mayor of the City New York
  • Rudi Borrmann
    Rudi Borrmann Undersecretary of Innovation and Open Government City of Buenos Aires
  • Janis Bowdler
    Janis Bowdler Head of Community Development for Global Philanthropy J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Muriel Bowser
    Muriel Bowser Mayor District of Columbia
  • David G. Bradley
    David G. Bradley Chairman Atlantic Media
  • Tessy Britton
    Tessy Britton Founder Participatory City
  • Simone Brody
    Simone Brody Executive Director, What Works Cities Results for America
  • Angela Brown Burke
    Angela Brown Burke Mayor Kingston and St. Andrews Corporation
  • Ron Brownstein
    Ron Brownstein Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Amanda Burden
    Amanda Burden Principal, Urban Planning Bloomberg Associates
  • Ricky Burdett
    Ricky Burdett Director LSE Cities
  • Kathleen Carlson
    Kathleen Carlson President, Portfolio Manager, Managing Partner, Treasurer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Director Parker Carlson & Johnson
  • Joie Chen
    Joie Chen Journalist and Contributor AtlanticLIVE
  • Joshua Choi
    Joshua Choi AR/VR Developer Synchro Ltd.
  • Steve Clemons
    Steve Clemons Washington Editor at Large The Atlantic
  • Pablo Collada
    Pablo Collada Executive Director Smart Citizen Foundation
  • Idania Del Rio
    Idania Del Rio Creative Director Clandestina
  • Matthew Desmond
    Matthew Desmond Associate Professor Harvard University
  • Manny Diaz
    Manny Diaz Senior Partner Lydecker Diaz; Former Mayor, City of Miami
  • Tomas Diez Ladera
    Tomas Diez Ladera Director @ Fab City Research Lab IAAC
  • Mike Duggan
    Mike Duggan Mayor City of Detroit
  • Fred Dust
    Fred Dust Partner and Global Managing Director IDEO
  • Buddy Dyer
    Buddy Dyer Mayor City of Orlando
  • Jorge O. Elorza
    Jorge O. Elorza Mayor City of Providence
  • Roberto Fantoni
    Roberto Fantoni Partner McKinsey & Company
  • Leire Fernandez
    Leire Fernandez Creative Director Clandestina
  • Leandro Finol
    Leandro Finol Executive Director The Idea Center at Miami Dade College
  • Richard Florida
    Richard Florida Co-Founder and Senior Editor, CityLab Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • Rodney Foxworth
    Rodney Foxworth Social Impact Advisor eMocha Mobile Health
  • Adam Freed
    Adam Freed Principal Bloomberg Associates
  • Karen Freeman-Wilson
    Karen Freeman-Wilson Mayor City of Gary
  • Thomas Frieden
    Thomas Frieden Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director
  • Robert Garita
    Robert Garita Director Fab Lab Veritas
  • Juan Pablo Garnham
    Juan Pablo Garnham Editor, CityLab Latino CityLab
  • Elliot Gerson
    Elliot Gerson Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Programs, International Partners Aspen Institute
  • Linda Gibbs
    Linda Gibbs Principal, Social Services Bloomberg Associates
  • Dan Gilbert
    Dan Gilbert Chairman and Founder Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Goldberg
    Jeffrey Goldberg Editor in Chief The Atlantic
  • Jessica Goldman Srebnick
    Jessica Goldman Srebnick Chief Executive Officer Goldman Properties
  • José Gómez-Marquez
    José Gómez-Marquez Co-Founder MakerHealth
  • Gabriella Gómez Mont
    Gabriella Gómez Mont Founder and Director Laboratorio Para la Ciudad
  • Nick Grossman
    Nick Grossman General Manager Union Square Ventures
  • Matt Haggman
    Matt Haggman Miami Program Director Knight Foundation
  • David Halpern
    David Halpern CEO Behavioural Insights Team
  • Patricia E. Harris
    Patricia E. Harris CEO Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Julia Haselmayer
    Julia Haselmayer Principal Citymart
  • Sascha Haselmayer
    Sascha Haselmayer CEO Citymart
  • Jeremy Heimans
    Jeremy Heimans Co-Founder and CEO Purpose
  • Ric Herrero
    Ric Herrero Founder and President Mano Americas
  • Howard Herring
    Howard Herring President and Chief Executive Officer New World Symphony
  • Peter Hirshberg
    Peter Hirshberg Chairman City Innovate Foundation
  • Viktor Hlas
    Viktor Hlas Application Engineer Opti
  • Samuel Hoi
    Samuel Hoi President Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Lauren Hood
    Lauren Hood Director Live6
  • Arianna Huffington
    Arianna Huffington Founder, The Huffington Post; Founder and CEO Thrive Global
  • Edward Humes
    Edward Humes Author and Journalist Harper Collins
  • Bjarke Ingels
    Bjarke Ingels Founder and Creative Director BIG
  • Walter Isaacson
    Walter Isaacson President and CEO The Aspen Institute
  • Don Iverson
    Don Iverson Mayor City of Edmonton
  • Elana Jacobs
    Elana Jacobs DIrector of International Crisis Text Line Crisis Text Line
  • Shreya Devandra Jani
    Shreya Devandra Jani Vice President of Corporate Affairs Pfizer
  • Jim Kenney
    Jim Kenney Mayor City of Philadelphia
  • Elspeth Kirkman
    Elspeth Kirkman Head of BIT North America Behavioral Insights Team
  • Leah Kreitzman
    Leah Kreitzman Mayoral Director of External and International Affairs for the Mayor of London Mayor of London
  • Corby Kummer
    Corby Kummer Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Trent Kurek
    Trent Kurek Account Executive Placemeter
  • Mitch Landrieu
    Mitch Landrieu Mayor City of New Orleans
  • Nancy LeaMond
    Nancy LeaMond Executive Vice President, Community State and National Affairs; Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer AARP
  • Phil Levine
    Phil Levine Mayor City of Miami Beach
  • Margaret Low
    Margaret Low President AtlanticLIVE
  • Nancy Lublin
    Nancy Lublin Chief Executive Officer and Founder Crisis Text Line
  • Miguel Angel Mancera
    Miguel Angel Mancera Mayor Government of Mexico City
  • Sommer Mathis
    Sommer Mathis Editor CityLab
  • Laura Maydon
    Laura Maydon Managing Director Endeavor Miami
  • Laurenellen McCann
    Laurenellen McCann Director New America DC
  • Nelson Milian
    Nelson Milian Director, Co-Founder O1 and Mano
  • Jamie Miller
    Jamie Miller Vice President, Public Programs The Aspen Institute
  • Stephanie Miner
    Stephanie Miner Mayor City of Syracuse
  • Tanvi Misra
    Tanvi Misra Staff Writer CityLab
  • Nitin Motwani
    Nitin Motwani Managing Principal Miami Worldcenter
  • Joe Murphy
    Joe Murphy Co-Founder The Good Chance Theatre
  • Edward B. Murray
    Edward B. Murray Mayor City of Seattle
  • Susan Nguyen
    Susan Nguyen Program Manager Boston I-Teams
  • Daisy Nodal
    Daisy Nodal Co-Founder Moonlighter Makerspace
  • Beth Simone Noveck
    Beth Simone Noveck Director The Government Lab
  • Cuauhtli Padilla
    Cuauhtli Padilla CTO Sunu, Inc.
  • Enrique Peñalosa Londoño
    Enrique Peñalosa Londoño Mayor City of Bogotá
  • Florent Peyre
    Florent Peyre COO Placemeter
  • Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
    Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk Partner DPZ
  • Samantha Podgorny
    Samantha Podgorny Product Manager Rubicon Global
  • Tom Pupo
    Tom Pupo Co-Founder Moonlighter Makerspace
  • Marcus Quigley
    Marcus Quigley Founder and CEO Opti
  • Mike Reininger
    Mike Reininger President Brightline
  • Tomas Regalado
    Tomas Regalado Mayor City of Miami
  • Aaron Renn
    Aaron Renn Senior Fellow Manhattan Institute
  • Seleta Reynolds
    Seleta Reynolds General Manager City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation
  • Rebecca Rhynhart
    Rebecca Rhynhart Chief Administrative Officer City of Philadelphia
  • Joe Robertson
    Joe Robertson Artistic Director The Good Chance Theatre
  • Frankie Ruiz
    Frankie Ruiz Chief Running Officer Run The City
  • Fayrouz Saad
    Fayrouz Saad Director of Immigrant Affairs City of Detroit
  • Runa Sabroe
    Runa Sabroe Program Director Dansk Design Center
  • Neal C. Schafers
    Neal C. Schafers Manager - Planning, Urban Design and Transportation Miami DDA
  • Libby Schaaf
    Libby Schaaf Mayor City of Oakland
  • Douglas E. Schoen
    Douglas E. Schoen President and Founder Schoen Consulting
  • Megan Sheekey
    Megan Sheekey Principal, Public-Private Partnerships Bloomberg Associates and Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • James Siegal
    James Siegal CEO KaBOOM!
  • Frank Sirmans
    Frank Sirmans Director Perez Art Museum Miami
  • Jan Erik Solem
    Jan Erik Solem CEO Mapillary
  • José Szapocsnik
    José Szapocsnik Psychologist and Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences University of Miami Health System
  • Bruno Teixeira
    Bruno Teixeira COO CHIPSAFER
  • Marco Trujillo
    Marco Trujillo CEO Sunu, Inc.
  • Alexander Vaisblat
    Alexander Vaisblat Founder and CEO Sensorodit
  • Christian Villum
    Christian Villum Project Manager Danish Design Centre
  • Stephanie Wade
    Stephanie Wade i-teams Senior Program Manager Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Charley Wang
    Charley Wang CEO Josephine
  • Karen K. Weaver
    Karen K. Weaver Mayor City of Flint
  • Elizabeth Wheaton
    Elizabeth Wheaton Director of Environmental & Sustainability City of Miami Beach
  • Gillian White
    Gillian White Senior Associate Editor The Atlantic
  • Michael Willoughby
    Michael Willoughby CTO Sensoredit
  • Jonathan Woetzel
    Jonathan Woetzel Senior Partner McKinsey Global Institute
  • Howard Wolfson
    Howard Wolfson Principal Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Janine Yoong
    Janine Yoong Head of Business Development Mapillary
  • David Zipper
    David Zipper Managing Director 1776


Spanish version of the agenda can be found here.

Note: All times are ET

  • Monday, October 24
  • 9:00 a.m.WelcomeDavid G. Bradley, Chairman, Atlantic Media
    Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, 108th Mayor of the City of New York
  • 9:10 a.m.Why Cities Should Drive the Transition to Driverless CarsEdward Humes, Author, Door to Door
    Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation
    With Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
  • 9:40 a.m.Notes and ThanksMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 9:55 a.m.Leading through TragedyMayor Buddy Dyer, City of Orlando, Florida
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 10:10 a.m.Shaping Urban Futures: Toward Smarter CitiesRicky Burdett, Director, LSE Cities
  • 10:40 a.m.Tackling Crime: A Tale of Two CitiesMayor Angela Brown Burke, Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, Jamaica Mayor
    Enrique Peñalosa Londoño
    , City of Bogotá, Colombia
    With Joie Chen, Contributor, The Atlantic
  • 11:00 a.m.Making Mexico City Government More TransparentMayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, Government of Mexico City, Mexico
    With Elliot Gerson, EVP, The Aspen Institute
  • 11:10 a.m.Under the Klieg Lights of Calais: What Happens When You Start a Theater in a Refugee CampJoe Murphy and Joe Robertson, Founders and Artistic Directors, The Good Chance Theatre
    With Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 11:25 a.m.Bridges Not Walls: Welcoming RefugeesMayor Don Iveson, City of Edmonton, Canada
    Leah Kreitzman, Mayoral Director for External and International Affairs,
    Greater London Authority
    Fayrouz Saad, Director of Immigrant Affairs, Mayor’s Office, City of Detroit
    With Ron Brownstein, The Atlantic
  • 11:45 a.m.Notes and ThanksMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 2:00 p.m.Celebration of the 2016 Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors ChallengePresented by Patricia E. Harris, CEO, Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • 2:10 p.m.Water Worries: How Cities Are Dealing with Aging InfrastructureMayor Karen Weaver, City of Flint, Michigan
    Mayor Stephanie Miner, City of Syracuse, New York
    With Roberto Fantoni, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • 2:45 p.m.How Mexico City Mobilized the Public to Improve TransitGabriella Gomez-Mont, Founder and Director, Laboratorio para la Ciudad
  • 3:00 p.m.How High, How Fast? Global Cities and Rising Sea LevelsAndrea Dutton, Assistant Professor, University of Florida
  • 3:30 p.m.Rethinking Economic InclusionMayor Jorge O. Elorza, City of Providence, Rhode Island
    Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, City of Gary, Indiana
    Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City of New Orleans, Louisiana
    With Richard Florida, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 3:55 p.m.Can Smarter Crowdsourcing Stop Zika?Rudi Borrmann, Undersecretary of Public Innovation & Open Government, Ministry Of Modernisation, Argentina Presidency
    Beth Simone Noveck, Co-Founder and Director, The GovLab
  • 4:15 p.m.How and Why to Enact a Soda Tax in Your CityMayor Jim Kenney, City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mayor
    Libby Schaaf
    , City of Oakland, California
    With Corby Kummer, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 4:40 p.m.Notes and ThanksJamie Miller, The Aspen Institute
  • Tuesday, October 25
  • 9:00 a.m.Welcome and Government Innovation at Bloomberg PhilanthropiesJames Anderson, Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • 9:05 a.m.Can the Dryline Save New York?Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 9:25 a.m.City Neighborhoods Made by Everyone, For EveryoneTessy Britton, Founder, Participatory City
  • 9:40 a.m.The Affordable Housing Crisis: Evictions, Homelessness, and How City Leaders Can Make a DifferenceMatthew Desmond, Author, Evicted
    Mayor Ed Murray, City of Seattle, Washington
    With Gillian White, Senior Associate Editor, The Atlantic
  • 10:15 a.m.Power to the People: Public Engagement and Participation in the 21st CenturyJeremy Heimans, Co-Founder and CEO, Purpose
  • 10:30 a.m.Notes and ThanksMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 1:00 p.m.Pandemic: A View from the Top on How to Stop ZikaTom Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    With Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor in Chief, The Atlantic
  • 1:30 p.m.Closing ThoughtsKathleen Carlson, Government Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies

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