Program 2020

  • from 9:05
  • to 9:10am

Welcome Remarks

  • John Rossant, Chairman, NewCities Foundation, Founder & Chief Curator, CoMotion

  • from 9:10
  • to 9:20am

Opening Keynote

  • Carlos A. Giménez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County

  • from 9:20
  • to 10:20am

Opening Panel: Cities for People: New Mobility in the Americas

“An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport,” famously quipped former Bogotá mayor Enrique Peñalosa. Latin American cities have been at the forefront of transport innovation for more than 40 years. How are they realizing the promise of new mobility, and which partnerships with private operators may prove to be the most fruitful? Can cities across the Americas reclaim the mantle in showcasing sustainable, equitable transport?

  • from 10:20
  • to 11am

Networking Break

  • from 11
  • to 12:30pm


  • from 11
  • to 12pm

Panel: Autonomy Now

Ten years into the autonomous era, the technology has raised more questions than answers around safety, policy, public opinion, and business models. What is the current state of autonomy in addressing these issues? How should lawmakers protect the public while encouraging innovation? How are private operators building trust and acceptance? And what’s next in building an autonomous industry?

  • from 12
  • to 12:55pm

Panel: Paving the Way through Partnership

Amidst an ever-evolving and highly competitive mobility landscape, City leaders and private stakeholders are aiming to strike a balance, an advantageous compromise which leverages both public good and private resources. These partnerships are essential in carving a way forward that preserves quality of life, health, and sustainability in cities throughout the Americas and will have a hand in shaping the next generation of infrastructure, mobility innovation, and systemic connectivity.

  • from 12:55
  • to 1:45pm


  • from 1:45
  • to 2:30pm

Panel: Electrify the City: Setting Up Intelligent Ecosystems for EVs

As electrification gathers speed, cities have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform both their electric- and urban grids. Creating a more resilient, decentralized network of renewable microgrids and charging stations will not only require close cooperation between the public and private sectors, but also automakers, utilities, infrastructure providers, and more. Who will build the new energy/mobility nexus in an era of climate change?

  • from 2:30
  • to 3pm

Networking Break

  • from 3
  • to 4:30pm


  • from 3
  • to 3:50pm

Panel: New Models for Real Estate Development, How Mobility Disruption is Shaking Things Up

Modern Florida was built on the intersection of transportation and real estate, starting from a railroad to Miami to postwar highways and suburbs to today’s combination of deliveries, transit, and micromobility spurring a renewed boom in cities. How are new mobility services and business models shaping new developments and vice versa? How will retail and restaurants respond to the ongoing boom in delivery? And how will the decline in parking unlock valuable land to fuel these trends?

  • from 3:50
  • to 4pm

Keynote: Urban Air Mobility

  • from 4
  • to 4:50pm

Panel: Ready for Takeoff: Bringing Urban Air Mobility into Focus

While many still think of urban air mobility as a distant horizon, recent progress on making the technology more economically and environmentally feasible is putting UAM on the map in cities around the world. What policies, use cases, and infrastructure are making this transition more smooth and what complexities still exist in regulation and widespread adoption?

  • from 4:50
  • to 5:45pm

Panel: Inter-city Transport: The Changing Face of Regional Travel Patterns

With increasing pressure to improve the environmental sustainability and efficiency of local, regional, and transnational transport, rail and supply networks need to be viewed from a systemic perspective, utilizing long term and holistic planning strategies for funding and management. How can we ensure effective coordination of supply networks to harness physical, digital, and operational efficiency, sustainability, and economic viability? What challenges and opportunities exist in planning and funding long term infrastructure development in cities and regions around the world?

  • from 9
  • to 9:05am

Welcome to Day 2!

  • from 9:05
  • to 9:15am

Opening Keynote

  • from 9:15
  • to 10am

Panel: La Nueva Frontera de la Movilidad

A generation after redefining urban mobility, once-groundbreaking systems such as Bogotá’s TransMilenio bus rapid transit are straining under their own success. How can Latin American cities chart a new path forward combining their public investments with emerging modes and private services to ensure better transport options, quality of life, and accessibility for all? What can the rest of the world learn from the mobility mix found in these cities, and how are public officials upgrading their systems?

  • from 10
  • to 10:45am

Keynote Conversation: The Future of Autonomy: Lessons from Florida

The future of autonomy is already here, it just isn’t evenly distributed. With early leaders stumbling in their attempts to create self-driving vehicles for all seasons, Florida has become a wellspring of new technologies with more tailored uses. What can cities learn from successful deployments in communities such as the Villages or from the Ultimate Urban Circulator initiative in Jacksonville? How are these examples being scaled up to apply in the city-wide context and what does the future of autonomy look like in Florida?

  • from 10:45
  • to 11:10am

Networking Break

  • from 11:10
  • to 12:40pm


  • from 11:10
  • to 12:05pm

Panel: Redefining Streetscapes: MaaS and Micromobility

As the shared mobility revolution matures, what policy and infrastructure changes have been spurred on by the integration of micro and shared modes within the public and private mobility space? How is MaaS streamlining trips and redefining consumers relationship with public modes of transit? And how are developing technologies and the public sector working together to bolster positive impact; what’s next?

  • from 12:05
  • to 1pm

Panel: Open for Business: Redefining Smart Curb Management

Gone are the days when the curb was reserved for parked cars alone. Delivery and ride-hailing services have shifted the focus of curb space from space under-utilized for parking to revenue generating city assets. While the streets of the future will surely optimize the use of this precious physical space for delivery and shared mobility, policymakers and business leaders must work together to reach a common understanding of how real-time, data-driven management of curbs can benefit all.

  • from 1
  • to 2pm


  • from 2
  • to 3pm

Panel: Here Comes The Flood — How Mobility Bolsters Resilience

Whether facing rising sea levels or more frequent and powerful storms, Florida is at the forefront of weathering climate change. How is the Sunshine State making its transportation infrastructure more resilient, and harnessing mobility to create more resilient communities? What combinations of technology, policy, and investment will produce the most equitable outcomes during times of climate stress and natural disasters? What lessons can the world’s coastal communities learn from Florida?

  • from 3
  • to 3:50pm

Closing Panel: The Way Forward

Cities are changing rapidly as a result of climate change. The impacts of infrastructure and societal norms premised on auto-dependence have raised fundamental concerns for the future. From electric vehicles and shared mobility, to congestion pricing and optimized demand management, we have no shortage of solutions. But which innovations will yield the most equitable and resilient results in the long term?