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Steven Fifita

Executive Director

City Digital

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Steven Fifita is the Executive Director at City Digital, a collaboration with UI LABS, which leverages Chicago as a test-bed for piloting Smart City solutions in four critical impact areas: Energy, Transportation, Built Environment and Water. As Executive Director, he leads the National Innovation Accelerator focused on joint-development, deployment and commercialization of technology between corporates, start-ups, and government.

Steven has had more than 20 years of experience in technology innovation, global strategy and commercial execution. Prior to UI LABS, he was the Managing Member at ADG Holding where he advised companies on corporate development, strategy and innovation across a number of different industries including IoT/analytics, consumer electronics, health, finance, banking, and energy.

Prior to this experience, Steve was the Head of the Corporate Development at Best Buy Inc. where he led mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and was key member of the corporate strategy group for the $60B consumer electronics company. His efforts were focused on enterprise growth initiatives in the areas of eCommerce, Digital Media, Connected Home/Cars, Wearable Tech, Managed Services and Mobility.

Steven has also held positions at Cisco Systems and Hewlett Packard leading corporate strategy, new technology development, incubation and investment specifically in emerging technology markets. He is a frequent speaker and advisor on topics of infrastructure innovation and entrepreneurship clusters for both the public and private sector and has also served as the Chairman of the Economic Advisory Board for the Stanford Project on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) and the Stanford Project on Japanese Entrepreneurship (STAJE). 


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