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John Tolva - Keynote Speaker

Book John Tolva as a keynote speaker. John Tolva is the Co-founder of CityFi, a consultancy specialising in sustainable urban change.

Formerly, John was the president of PositivEnergy Practice, an urban systems engineering firm based on data-driven planning for new building design, retrofits, and urban design.

John’s career has focused on developing and applying technology to improve the urban environment. From 2011 to 2013 he was Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago, leveraging technology to streamline public services through more efficient data-sharing, digital communications, and next-generation infrastructure. 

 

JOHN TOLVA

expert on smart cities

former cto, city of chicago


SPEAKING TOPICS

  • Smart cities

  • Sustainability

  • Using technology to drive economic growth

  • Big data


TRAVELS FROM
Denver, USA

 
 

BIOGRAPHY

John Tolva is the Co-founder of CityFi, a consultancy specialising in sustainable urban change.

Formerly, John was the president of PositivEnergy Practice, an urban systems engineering firm based on data-driven planning for new building design, retrofits, and urban design.

John’s career has focused on developing and applying technology to improve the urban environment. From 2011 to 2013 he was Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago, leveraging technology to streamline public services through more efficient data-sharing, digital communications, and next-generation infrastructure. He led the development of ‘The City of Chicago Technology Plan’, an initiative that sets forth a series of public-private strategies to accelerate economic growth, build educated and digitally-engaged communities and workforce, improve government services, and reduce costs through technology.

In 2012, the White House recognized John as a ‘Champion of Change’. Prior to joining the City, he was Director of Citizenship and Technology at IBM Corp, where he worked on the firm’s ‘smarter cities’ initiative, advising cities how to incorporate data analytics into planning and operations. John led the City Forward project, the first global aggregator and visualizer of urban data sets.

Significant projects include the Wuhan, China Erqi District Parametric Model and Master Plan, Astana, Kazakhstan Expo 2017 Master PlanThe Broadband ChallengeOpen Data/Civic InnovationOpen 311, and the City of Chicago Technology Action Plan.


JOHN'S TALKS
John has made a name for himself as one of the world's leading experts on smart cities.

Through his pioneering work as Chicago's CTO and his work in the private sector since, he shows how technology can be used to create sustainable and inclusive urban environments that drive growth and prosperity.

VIDEOS

John discusses the future of smart cities (2015)


John discusses Chicago's broadband challenge (2012)