Smart Cities Council and Joint Venture Silicon Valley Join Forces to Advance Smart Communities on the West Coast

Tue, 2017-01-31 13:25 -- SCC Staff

Organizations will work together on Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley and State of the Valley

(Washington, D.C.) – January 30, 2017 – The Smart Cities Council and Joint Venture Silicon Valley announced today that the two organizations will partner on the upcoming State of the Valley conference February 17 in San Jose, CA and Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley May 8-10 in Santa Clara, CA.

Both events will focus on developing a better future for the Silicon Valley region by providing access to the latest trends to create smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and high-quality jobs.

The State of the Valley Conference will focus on the Valley’s challenges and opportunities and convene key stakeholders from the region including concerned citizens, urban thought leaders, elected representatives, media, academia, business executives, and labor and workforce leaders. In addition to other topics, the conference will feature two sessions on civic technology:

  • Keynote by Professor Stephen Goldsmith (Harvard University, former Mayor of Indianapolis, and former Deputy Mayor of New York City
  • "Making Silicon Valley America's Smartest Region: Strategies and Tactics" panel moderated by Shireen Santosham (City of San Jose) and featuring Kip Harkness (City of San Jose), Dan'l Lewin (Microsoft) and Jan Whittington (University of Washington)

Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley will bring together city leaders and technology innovators to explore incoming trends and disruptive technologies for smart cities. The conference kicks off on Monday, May 8 with in-depth pre-conference workshops on crucial topics such as resilience and readiness. It then continues for the next two days exploring topics such as:

  • Next-generation transportation for cities (including how to prepare for autonomous cars)
  • Applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to city problems
  • Digital payments and citizen services
  • Compassionate cities (how technology can help reach underserved populations)

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About the Smart Cities Council:  Launched in 2012, the Smart Cities Council is the author of the internationally recognized Smart Cities Readiness Guide, which provides guiding principles and best practices for an integrated, cross-cutting smart city. The Readiness Guide is the framework used to produce Readiness Workshops, which are delivered all over the world to help cities create their smart city roadmaps. With regional councils in North America, Europe, India and Australia/New Zealand, the Council is comprised of more than 120 partners and advisors who generate $2.7 trillion in annual revenue and who have worked on more than 10,000 smart city projects past and present. To learn more, visit

About Joint Venture: Established in 1993, Joint Venture Silicon Valley is a nonprofit organization that provides analysis and action on is­sues affecting our region’s economy and quality of life. Joint Venture is nonpartisan and politically neutral. It does not lobby or advocate for political candidates or ballot measures. To learn more, visit