Hello Wednesday by Orange Silicon Valley is a new recurring series of events & podcasts and your rendez-vous on technology and innovation where Orange Silicon Valley’s experts will discuss important trends with industry leaders, drilling down into the drivers, challenges, and dynamics that are reshaping technology and companies today. Through this series Orange Silicon Valley will be looking at how technology changes are shaping a brighter future for a responsible digital world.
Data and the future of cities – April 7th from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (PST)
- Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer at State of California
- Joe Distefano, CEO, Co-Founder at UrbanFootprint
- Julie Lein, Managing Partner at the Urban Innovation Fund
- Will Barkis, Principal, Business Group at Orange Silicon Valley
In 2020, the world adapted to conditions under the COVID-19 pandemic, accelerating the adoption of remote teamwork and learning, sales and customer service, and even security practices — all thanks to the adoption of cloud-enabled tools and other technologies. McKinsey & Co. reported results from a survey that showed companies had accelerated their digital transformation efforts by seven years in less than a year. And Silicon Valley showed no signs of slowing down with the second largest year on record for venture capital investment and trillions of dollars added to tech companies’ market valuations. Technology innovation thrived with major advances in AI such as GPT-3, DeepMind’s solving of the “50 year grand challenge” in protein folding, widespread deployment of 5G, “quantum supremacy” and more.
Contrast those developments with the reality facing cities in the midst of our global pandemic. The National League of Cities recently released the results of a survey with responses from more than 900 U.S. cities showing that the average US city had a 21% reduction in revenue (tax revenue) and a 17% increase in costs due to the pandemic. Cities are faced with the challenge of not laying people off while still providing the services needed in their communities. And for the near term, cities in the US are focused on four key priorities: 1/ COVID, 2/ the economy and jobs, 3/ equity and 4/ climate. To twist the old expression, “It’s COVID and the economy, stupid.”
Our event will bring together Silicon Valley innovators to address key questions around data and the future of cities. How does the accelerated digital transformation of businesses, government, and residents intersect with cities’ key priorities in cash-strapped, pandemic-focused times? How do we embed ethics in the creation and use of our smart ecosystems technologies? What governance models, data infrastructures and technology advances address the opportunities of the post-pandemic world? What does all of this mean for business leaders?
William Barkis, PhD, Principal, Business Group at Orange Silicon Valley will host the conversation and we look forward to hosting you.
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