Gary Schwartz

Gary Schwartz

Presentation title

FROM GIOTTO TO JOBS: Smart Cities & Smart Design

Presentation synopsis

Cities historically succeed or fail based on their ability to adapt to the needs of their citizens. From the Italian city states of the 1500s to technology-driven smart cities of 2016, building better communities always required a human-centric design methodology. We need a keen intuition of what solutions will enhance the users experience in a car, home or city. Rich data, while important, will not provide the value and warmth to build an inhabitable city. Gary Schwartz, award-winning author, will share insight and lessons from the past that can inform our future investments.


Over the past 20 years, Gary Schwartz has played a leadership role in the North American mobile industry founding, investing and managing a number of companies. Gary is the author of “THE IMPULSE ECONOMY” and “FAST SHOPPER, SLOW STORE” with Simon & Schuster, New York City. Gary is presently writing a book on the Internet of Things called “IF THINGS COULD SPEAK”. Gary was recognized as “Mobile Commerce Evangelist of the Year” and “Retail Innovator of the Year.”