Grant Goings

Goings has led the City of Wilson as City Manager since January 2005, including the deployment of Greenlight, Wilson’s municipal fiber network. He currently co-chairs Innovate Wilson with the Institute for Emerging Issues’s InnovateNC project, guiding Wilson’s plan to encourage the local innovation economy.

Goings serves on many state and local boards including the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, the Wilson Economic Development Council, and serves on the ElectriCities Board of Directors. He is First Vice President of the North Carolina City and County Management Association.


 Rick Smith

The editor and co-founder of WRAL Tech Wire, which launched in January 2002. Before launching what was then called Local Tech Wire, Smith worked for numerous newspapers over a period of more than 30 years. He is the co-author of “The Internet Strategic Plan,” published by John Wiley & Sons. He has written for numerous magazines, including Business North Carolina and Metro Magazine Raleigh. Smith also has been an entrepreneur, running his own Internet and web consulting business for several years. He has received numerous press awards for writing, editing and photography.

Susan Crawford – Keynote

John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law

Harvard Law School

Gail Roper – Future of Smart City Technology Panel 

Regional Expansion Specialist, SE

Google Fiber Expansion

Taylor Kerby – Future of Smart City Technology Panel

Triangle UAS


Andy Fusco – Future of Smart City Technology Panel

Vice President, Member Services and Corporate Planning

ElectriCities of North Carolina



Dennis Kekas – Future of Smart City Technology Panel 

Associate Vice Chancellor of Partnerships and Economic Development,

NC State University


Gary Daynes – Creating a Smart City Culture Panel 

Provost, Barton College


Jon Rennie – Creating a Smart City Culture Panel 

CEO, Peak Demand

Jeff Bell– Creating a Smart City Culture Panel 

Director, Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum



Glen Fellman- Creating a Smart City Culture Panel 

Experience Creative Director, Clean