Bridging the Gap: Leading a Citizen's Journey to the City of Tomorrow

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James Kuffner

Chief Digital Officer, BOD Member and CEO

Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development (TRI-AD)


Dr Charles Apigian

Director of Data Sciences Institute

Middle Tennessee State University

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Michael Skipper

Executive Director

Greater Nashville Regional Council


Mark A. Cleveland

Co-Founder and CEO

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Attendees participated in a conversation about urban transformation and achieving a smarter, greener, safer commute. Recognizing the challenges of today, we discussed the tools and strategies to connect people to the vision of tomorrow.

Featured Speaker: Dr. James Kuffner (Ph.D. Stanford): CEO of Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development (TRI-AD) responsible for building Toyota's Smart City and Chief Digital Officer, Board of Directors Member, Toyota. As a Hytch investor and formal advisor to leadership, Dr. Kuffner shared insights on what the cities of tomorrow will bring and how leaders can chart a path to get there, engaging citizens on the journey. Hear his views on the value of data, green mobility and the importance of motivating behavior change.

Michael Skipper, Executive Director, Greater Nashville Regional Council introduced the groundbreaking initiative deploying Surface Transportation Block Grant (“STBG”) funds for Nashville's "Technology in Transit" program.

Dr Charles Apigian, Director of the Data Science Institute at Middle Tennessee State University gave us a brief overview of how inexpensive it really is to fund cash incentives that drive mobility behavior change at scale.