U.S.-Hungary Smart Cities Forum

Budapest – Monday, September 24, 2018

Join us to explore Smart City solutions in Hungary


Co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Embassy of the United States of America, the U.S.-Hungary Smart Cities Forum in Budapest will focus on local government needs, financing and planning resources, and technology solutions for implementing Smart City initiatives. Panel sessions on smart mobility, smart living, and smart buildings will include representatives of U.S. technology companies.  As a local government official, partner, or stakeholder, register now to secure your place at this limited event.

What You Can Expect


This forum provides an opportunity for city planning officials and key decision makers in Smart City solutions to familiarize themselves with U.S. partners and solution providers. Presenters will also explore existing case studies from surrounding cities and countries. By attending, Hungarian municipalities will be able to:

  • Consider a holistic approach in strategic planning.
  • Gain insights into financing options.
  • Meet key solution providers and partners.
  • Learn from concrete projects and case studies.
  • Establish development strategies.



09:30 – 10:00     Registration

10:00 – 10:10     Event Opening by Master of Ceremonies, Robin Hutcheson, Director of Public Works, City of Minneapolis and Vice President of National Association of City Transportation Officials

10:10 – 10:30     Welcome Remarks: Minister László Palkovics, Ministry for Innovation and Technology

10:30 – 10:55     Keynote Remarks: Jean Rice, Senior Program Specialist for Broadband, Broadband USA, Federal Smart Grid Task Force, NITRD Smart Cities and Communities Task Force, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, United States Department of Commerce

10:55 – 11:05     Hungary Municipal Outlook:  Representative of the Prime Minister’s Office

11:05 – 11:35     U.S. Municipal Perspective:  City Manager Marcus Jones and Executive Director Amy Aussieker, Envision Charlotte

11:35 – 11:55     Coffee Break

11:55 – 12:50     Plenary: Strategic Planning and Financing Smart City Projects in Hungary

Moderator: Peter Balik, Smart Development Adviser, European Investment Bank


  • Péter Bakonyi PhD, BME, Project Coordinator – Smartpolis
  • László György PhD, State Secretary for Economic Strategy and Regulation, Ministry of Innovation & Technology
  • Réka Martini, Managing Director, MFB Hungarian Development Bank
  • Sándor Nagy, Vice Mayor, Szeged City Council
  • Karen Schelb, Project Leader, Technology Advantage Office, The Boston Consulting Group

12:50 – 13:40     Lunch Break 

13:40 – 14:40     Thematic Session I: Smart Buildings

Moderator: Lili Béres, Senior Advisor, TrendEn Energetika Kft.


  • Adrienn Buday-Malik, International Liaison Officer, ÉMI Knowledge Center
  • Benjámin Darvas, Public Sector Hungary, Cisco Systems Hungary
  • Róbert Földi, HBS Branch Manager, Honeywell
  • Beáta Várnai, Economic Development Director, Miskolc Holding

14:40 – 15:40     Thematic Session II: Smart Living

Moderator: Barbara Márton, Manager Smart Cities, PwC


  • Péter Füzes, Head of Public Sector CEE/MEA, Oracle
  • Katalin Kovács, Director of Environmental Development, City of Kaposvár
  • Ferenc Pongrácz, Business Development Executive, SEE, IBM Hungary
  • Dimitrios Raptis, Director Institutional Sales Management at EMEA, Citibank 

15:40 – 16:40     Thematic Session III: Smart Mobility

Moderator: Mr. Gábor Fauszt, Managing Director, IDC


  • Péter Birnbauer, Sales Specialist in CEEMA region, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Zoltán Kilián, Strategic Transformation Lead, Microsoft CEE
  • László Mátyus, Smart City Senior Expert, Economic Development Center Debrecen
  • Brian McGuigan, Director, Smart Cities EMEA, Itron Network Solutions

16:40 – 16:50     Event Closing by Master of Ceremonies, Robin Hutcheson, Director of Public Works, City of Minneapolis and Vice President National Association of City Transportation Officials

16:50 – 18:30     Networking Reception for Conference Participants

Hosted by David Kostelancik, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States of America