Cities across the world are moving towards a smarter, more connected future. While the road ahead for IoT solutions in urban areas is still not completely mapped, conferences like Smart Cities Connect try to concentrate the brightest ideas into one place for three days.

National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., hosts this year’s Fall Conference and Expo from October 8-10. Here are three reasons to keep an eye on this conference:

A Glimpse of the Future

With more than 500 global city leaders, 300 exhibitors and innovators and 2,500 attendees, Smart Cities Expo will leave IoT professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the latest ideas in the industry. The event claims to be the largest gathering of Smart City IoT technology leaders in North America, making the conference an ideal place to take a firsthand look at the latest breakthroughs.

Networking With Representatives from 150 companies

The size of the conference makes it more than just a place to exchange thoughts and ideas. Businesses will have ample opportunity to collaborate, make deals and find new partners. Exhibitors in sectors including energy, transportation, communications, security, healthcare, education and more will be in attendance.

Educational Workshops

For more in-depth learning, Smart Cities will facilitate several learning workshops. On Monday, Oct. 7, attendees can attend the following sessions.

-Smart City 101: Pathways to Effective and Sustainable Smart City Projects

-DOD 101 For Private Industry Innovators

-Smart Columbus Workshop: Open Source in the Public Industry Build for One, Open to All

All three will be begin at 1 p.m. EST.

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