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About This ProgramThe world’s population is growing rapidly, and our future depends on much more than just expanding our cities–today’s technology innovators are tasked with building a smarter, more sustainable ecosystem in order for future generations to thrive. Current technology capabilities are already making the devices around us smarter–what will those capabilities look like at a city-sized scale? Will we need a complete overhaul of our existing infrastructure, or will we find a way to make old systems and new work together? How will we rewire our built-in legacy systems to keep up with current technology capabilities?

Join us this June for our newest immersion program “Cities of Tomorrow,” where you’ll enjoy three info-packed days of visits, tech talks, and tours of Silicon Valley’s most prominent tech and mobility companies and startups. You’ll get an up-close look at the inner workings of one of the most technologically advanced areas in the country, and find out how we’re utilizing the Valley’s unique approach to innovation to guide us into a better future. Seats are limited – reserve yours before they’re gone! #CoT19Location Cities of Tomorrow is an intensive immersion program with multiple locations. The bus will pick attendees up at Common Grounds Workplace, 18 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113 (see map) in downtown San Jose each day, and travel through various locations in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Please see agenda for pickup times.

2019 AgendaSubject to change.

Day One – Mobility – June 25th, 2019

Location: San Jose

Many companies depend on transportation of some sort—how are they rethinking their solutions? During our Mobility track, we’ll take a look at how city agencies are providing avenues for new technologies, including:



8:45am-9am: Registration
Location: Common Ground, 18 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113


9:00am-9:10am: Welcome Remarks
Denyse Cardozo, CEO, Silicon Valley Forum


9:10am-9:30am: Cities of Tomorrow – where is the road taking us?
Nick Sramek, Director of International Relations, Silicon Valley Forum



9:30am-10:45am: Mobility at the Crossroads: Next-Gen Technology and Policies Driving Change
For every mobility challenge, there are ambitious entrepreneurs developing solutions and dedicated officials implementing a plan of action. How do these two work in tandem to develop practical solutions for our mobility problems?


Speakers & Panel: 


10:45am-11:00am: Break


11:00am-12:00pm: The Road Ahead: Savvy Investing in the Smart Cities of the Future 
Autonomous vehicles have attracted incredible interest from officials, investors and the public. How are Silicon Valley’s investors looking at the mobility industry?

Speaker: Julie Lien, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Urban Innovation Fund


12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch


1:00pm-2:15pm: Travel to ProspectSV
1608 Las Plumas Ave., San Jose, 95133


2:15pm-3:00pm: Metro Tech: Expanding Urban Technology
Explore Prospect SV, a mobility accelerator in Silicon Valley dedicated to solving global transportation challenges, and hear from startup founders on their innovative approach to mobility.

Speaker: Karen Janowski, VP of Startup Services & Strategic Programs, Prospect Silicon Valley 

Day Two – Sustainability – June 26th, 2019

Location: San Francisco

From water to waste to energy, growing cities need responsible upgrades to their infrastructure. On our Sustainability track, we’ll see the new models currently in development, and how city leaders are working to optimize legacy systems from the ground up, including:



7:00am – Bus leaves from Common Grounds Workplace, 18 S. 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113


9:00am: Arrive at K&L Gates
4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111


9:00am-9:30am: Outlook for the day & Intro into Sustainability
Speaker: Patrick Froehlich




9:30am-10:30am: The Green Scene: A VC’s View on Sustainability 
Future cities must be efficient, productive, AND sustainable. As the world’s population continue to surge, having a plan for sustainability – and the technology to make it possible – is essential for continued growth. What steps can we take to implement smart, long-lasting initiatives?

Speaker: Stonly Baptiste, Partner, UrbanUs


10:30am-11:30am: Water for Life: Building Water-Smart Cities for the Future
As the world population becomes increasingly urban, the need and opportunity for innovative, forward-thinking urban water solutions is growing.  We’ll hear from the Pacific Institute about how we can create resilient urban centers through sustainable water management.

Speaker: Cora Kammeyer, Researcher, Pacific Institute


11:30am-12:30pm: Lunch


12:30pm-1:30pm: Follow the Leader: A Company Leading Sustainability Solutions 
Turbines: Rethink what is possible with the latest in turbine technology and innovation.

Speaker: Roger Smith, CEO, Sierra Turbines


1:30pm-2:30pm: Case Study: San Mateo’s Smart City Initiative 
San Mateo is a smart city on the rise—you’ll hear how they’re utilizing SMC Labs, Google Cloud, and Aclima, a first-of-its-kind connected Air Quality Monitoring Solution vehicle.

Speaker: Ulysses Ron Vinson Jr., Chief Smart Communities Officer (County of San Mateo) & Director, SMC Labs


2:30pm-3:00pm: Travel to Aclima
98 Lombard Street, San Francisco


3:00pm-4:30pm: Visit Aclima 
Get a behind the scenes look at a Startup revolutionizing air quality mapping and analysis.

Speaker: Davida Herzl, CoFounder & CEO, Aclima


Followed by a tour of Aclima’s technology center.

Day Three – Security and IoT – June 27th, 2019

Locations: Foster City and San Jose

Cities are more connected than ever. On our final track on Security and IoT, we’ll examine how companies are working to create communities that are smarter AND safer, including:



7:30am – Pickup at Common Grounds Workplace, 18 S. 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113


8:45am: Arrive at IBM
1001 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404 (Suite 400)


9:00am-9:15am: Welcome Remarks at Silicon Valley Forum
Nick Sramek, Director of International Relations, Silicon Valley Forum



9:15am-10:30am: The Aegis Agents: Meet the Companies Pioneering IoT 
Hear from companies that build innovative solutions for cities and citizens.



10:30am-11:15am: IBM Watson and different use cases:
Examples of how Watson AI services are being used in different industries

Speaker: Angie Krackeler, Senior Program Manager, Developer Tech & Advocacy Program


11:15am-12:00pm: A Use case in all things ‘smart city’
Redwood City’s transformation

Speaker: Michelle Littlefield, Program Lead, Digital Services and Analytics, City of Redwood City


12:00pm: Depart for San Jose


12:30pm: Arrive at Silicon Valley Forum
100 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113


12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch


1:30pm-2:30pm: Cities of Tomorrow: A Current View and What’s Coming Next 
After a look at what’s in store in key areas of city development, take a step back to look at what our future cities may look like.

Speaker: Natalia Olson-Urtecho, Co-Founder & Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer, The Disruptive Factory


2:30pm-3:30pm: City of San Jose – a “City of Tomorrow”
A look into what San Jose is currently implementing and working on for a smarter, safer community.

Speaker: Charles Jones, Vice Mayor, City of San Jose


3:30pm-4:00pm: Closing Remarks
Nick Sramek, Director of International RelationsGET TICKETSOur Partners

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