• Abdalla Hall Auditorium, 635 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70506 

  • CGI Delivery Center, 538 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70506


8:30 am – 9:00 am

Coffee and Networking for Guests

Abdalla Hall Lobby

635 Cajundome Blvd.

Lafayette, LA 70506

9:00 am – 9:05 am

Welcome and Introductions

Emcee: Matthew Delcambre,

Director, Center for Business & Information Technologies

Abdalla Hall Auditorium

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Keynote Presentation: Smart Gigabit Communities

Nishal Mohan, Ph.D.,

National Community Leader,

Smart Gigabit Communities,

US Ignite

9:30 am - 9:50 am

Smarter Communities: A Strategic Approach to a Digital, Connected and People-Centric Government

Molly O’Neill,

Vice President,

State and Local Government Industry, CGI

9:50 am – 10:10 am

Building Research Partnerships for Civic Impact

Andrew Rodgers,


The Enterprise Center,

Chattanooga, TN

10:10 am – 10:20 am



Abdalla Lobby

10:20 am – 11:30 am

Panel Discussion – Creating a Smart City Vision for Lafayette

Moderator: Nishal Mohan, Ph.D., National Community Leader, Smart Gigabit Communities, US Ignite

Smart Community Panelists:

Ruthbea Yesner Clarke,

Research Director of Global Smart Cities Strategies, IDC


José Quádrio Alves,

Vice President,

Global Future Cities Lead,  CGI (Portugal)


Jason El-Koubi,

President and CEO,

One Acadiana


Carlee Alm-LaBar,

Planning, Zoning, and Development Director,

Lafayette Consolidated Government 

Abdalla Hall Auditorium

11:30 am – 11:45 am

Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund

Joel Robideaux, Mayor-President, Lafayette Consolidated Government;

Jenn Beard, Gigabit Fund Manager, Mozilla Foundation

Abdalla Hall Auditorium

Break for Lunch   (Afternoon Session Continues at CGI Delivery Center across Cajundome Blvd.)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

STEM, Digital Inclusion and Smart City Roundtable

Facilitated by Jenn Beard,

Gigabit Fund Manager,

Mozilla Foundation

CGI Delivery Center

538 Cajundome Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Learn about LEaRN:

The Lafayette Engagement and Research Network (LEaRN) will hold an open meeting for initiative that will deploy 300 air quality sensors across Lafayette.

Will LaBar,

Vice President,




This event was held in conjuction with the CajunCodeFest 5.0 Smart Community Coding Challenge. 


CajunCodeFest is an annual coding competition open to all students and professionals with knowledge in software development or technology innovation. In 2017, teams will have 24+ hours to develop a Smart Communities application with civic data provided by Lafayette Consolidated Government.

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