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11 Apr 2017City Innovate Foundation April Newsletter

City Innovate had a busy month with the kick-off of the first Scale X project with 4 cities and getting ready for more. Please enjoy our latest newsletter to read about accomplishments, new announcements, and upcoming events.



April 3-4, 2017, San Francisco + Oakland, CA

ScaleXTransportation executives from these four cities met for “Scale X” with their counterparts from Miami-Dade County for two days in the first session of City Innovate’s project. Following City Innovate’s Collider methodology the two days were spent on intense exchanges and to learn from the Miami-Dade transportation improvement initiative. Each city defined their own objectives in urban mobility and selected which use cases it will use to localize and create a playbook for their own city. The meeting included a visit to Oakland, where the transportation policy director shared insights into Oakland’s mobility plans (picture). The group will meet for the next session on 31st of May, the eve of the BRIDGE 2017 summit.


April 4, Washington DC

Last October, a delegation from the Atlantic Council visited City Innovate at Superpublic, San Francisco as part of their research to understand the future of tech innovation and entrepreneurship. Their exhaustive efforts culminated in a report, released on April 4th, entitled “Keeping America’s Innovative Edge.” The report offers a strategic framework for how the United States can retain its edge as the world’s leading innovator. Broadly, through increased research and development, retooling our workforce for a 21st century economy, and protecting ideas and intellectual property, the Atlantic Council believes that American technological innovation can continue to drive economic prosperity and global preeminence for the foreseeable future. More specifically, they encourage state and local governments to take proactive steps to foster rich tech hubs through attracting top talent and providing better access to capital.
We congratulate the Atlantic Council on this phenomenal and important contribution to American innovation, and look forward to continuing to build meaningful partnerships between our organizations in the future!



May 31 and 1st June, 2017

We are excited to open up the limited tickets sale for the annual Bridge 2017 summit in Mountain View and our headquarters in San Francisco. Most of the tickets have been pre-sold to cities, members of City Innovate and partners for this years summit. We have only 50 tickets left for a very focused summit this year on autonomous vehicles, making payments work for cities, connecting our cities in an equitable manner and much more. Please take a look at the full program here and get those tickets before we run out of tickets as there is limited capacity at our headquarters in San Francisco.
There are no more speaking slots but for sponsorship opportunities please get in touch with us at
The three themes this year include: Mobility and Transportation with emphasis on autonomous vehicles, Sustainability and Resiliency with emphasis on how design and technology accelerate resilient cities, and Connected Cities with a focus on Vehicle to Everything connectivity.


April 20-21, 2017, Dallas, TX

TexasCity Innovate will moderate the best practices & lessons learned panel at the first smart cities conference in Dallas, TX, on April 20-21.

The Smart Texas Revolution conference is designed “by cities, for cities” and aims to lay the foundation for a smart cities strategy for Texan cities. The goals of the conference include to provide education on smart cities and how cities across Texas can prepare for the future, to create a program that speaks to questions and issues currently under discussion, and to provide a forum for collaboration at the regional and state level. The conference is organized by the Dallas Innovation Alliance. To register please click here.



13 Mar 2017City Innovate Foundation March Newsletter

City Innovate is off to a quick start in 2017, having wrapped up our first Urban Mobility Collider, kicking off several additional projects, and growing our Network of Cities with more metros and industry partners. Please enjoy our latest newsletter to read about accomplishments, new announcements, and upcoming events.




February 22-23, 2017, Denver, CO

City Innovate participated in the conference on “Transforming the Future City from Concept to Reality” in Denver. Gert Christen joined a panel to explore the roles of foundations and philanthropic organizations in smart city pilot projects and he led a panel focused on success factors for partnerships between cities and private enterprises.

The takeaway from the conference was very clear: Smart cities projects are not about technical gadgets but about how cities can use technologies to creating meaningful services for their residents. User-centered approaches, early involvement of communities, and clear articulation of user stories are the right start to design smart cities services. Cities can more effectively quantify and defend the benefits of their initiatives, while companies can better estimate the return on their investment. This results in more precise impact metrics for those who finance pilot projects. City Innovate’s Collider methodology embodies this approach in all of our projects.

More details about the conference can be found here:


April – June 2017, San Francisco, CA

With the conclusion of the first Urban Mobility Collider, which focused on open backend integration, we’re gearing up to tackle the next logical step: Integrated Payments. City Innovate will be working together with Miami-Dade County, Microsoft, Cubic, Mastercard, and Passport to build the playbook for how cities can offer a choice of payment to cover several modes of transportation, e.g. paying for your bikeshare reservation with your transit card. Smartphone payments, electronic contracting, payments clearing, revenue sharing, and providing customer service are some of the topics to cover. The results will be integrated into the impending upgrade of Miami Transit’s EASY Card system, which will enable mobile and open payments. This is yet another exciting step toward building an integrated urban mobility landscape that can be scaled across many cities through Scale X.


From April 2017, San Francisco, CA


While autonomous cars will soon be ready for personal transportation, the use of these vehicles to create innovative mobility services in cities remains largely unexplored. While the potential is enormous, the implementation has to be done right and the obstacles are manifold. City Innovate has convened a group of cities who each offer one or two piloting opportunities for AV services in their own city. This Collider will result in a playbook covering all the piloting projects in all the participating cities – a comprehensive city handbook on AV services creation. Companies and cities interested in participating in projects and cities of their choice should write to Kamran Saddique at



May 31st and 1st June, 2017

City Innovate is pleased to announce the 2017 date for the annual summit of BRIDGE. For tickets, speaking and sponsorship opportunities please get in touch with us at

The three themes this year include: Mobility and Transportation with emphasis on autonomous vehicles and drones, Sustainability and Resiliency with emphasis on energy and water and finally Digital Divide with an emphasis on affordable access.



March 2017, San Francisco, CA, USA and Victoria, BC, Canada


We welcome Victoria, the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia, to our network of cities! Victoria will participate in Scale X to learn from the Miami-Dade Playbook, focusing on open backend integration, to create their own strategy for urban mobility.


March 2017, San Francisco, CA

Data analysis can be used to verify which initiatives yield the biggest potential to solve urban problems. City Innovate recently partnered with DataKind to help us use data to methodically find, compare, document, and analyze how cities can alleviate the challenges they face. This team from DataKind’s San Francisco chapter will use data from Miami-Dade and our partners to provide further insights into regions that are currently underserved by public transit. DataKind is an organization where data scientists volunteer their unique skills to support non-profit organizations.



13 Feb 2017City Innovate Foundation January Newsletter

City Innovate has exciting developments planned for 2017. Please enjoy our latest newsletter to read about our latest accomplishments, new announcements, and upcoming events.



January 6, 2017, San Francisco

In early January at Superpublic, The US Transportation Department awarded San Francisco $11 million to develop innovative transportation technology aimed at reducing traffic congestion in the city. At the announcement, the US Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Mayor of San Francisco Edwin M. Lee, and Kamran Saddique, Executive Director at City Innovate Foundation were present.

You can read about the announcement here.


January 19, 2017, Washington D.C.

During the 2017 U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, Mayor of San Francisco Edwin M. Lee, and Kamran Saddique, Executive Director at City Innovate Foundation announced the “Network of Cities” that will participate in the upcoming phase of City Innovate’s “Scale X program” to enhance public transit by adapting its Urban Mobility playbook for each city. The participating cities include Oakland, Chattanooga, Miami-Dade County and Los Angeles. The program starts in early March and will be hosted in Miami and San Francisco.

You can read more about the announcement here:


Coming March 2017

In the coming weeks, City Innovate will be releasing its inaugural Urban Mobility Playbook, which will be focused on Open Backend Integration. This playbook was built by City Innovate, in partnership with Microsoft, Cubic, Siemens, Lyft, Zipcar, and Neighborland. It contains 15 use cases, each of which contribute to at least one of three strategic objectives and improve urban mobility for at least one of five key stakeholders. Additional examples of playbook contents include solution approaches, empirical data analysis, community feedback from residents of Miami-Dade County, technical information such as system architecture, interfaces, and application programming interfaces, and policy and technology principles.

In March, this playbook will be scaled to our Network of Cities, who will then be able to apply these technical details, methodologies, and principles to their own cities to accelerate their work to improve urban mobility.


Graham-show-descriptionJanuary 31, 2017

City Innovate’s Gert Christen joined other smart city experts for a panel on Voice America. Hosted by Bonnie D. Graham, the talk show focused on how public-private sector partnerships can help accelerate smarty city initiatives. Gert drew from his experiences helping lead City Innovate and Superpublic to discuss how important mutually beneficial partnerships are, and how it is critical to strategically combine skills and resources from both sectors to develop win-win outcomes. You can hear the segment online here on Voice America.



May 31st and 1st June, 2017

City Innovate is pleased to announce the 2017 date for the annual summit of BRIDGE. For tickets, speaking and sponsorship opportunities please get in touch with us at

The three themes this year include: Mobility and Transportation with emphasis on autonomous vehicles and drones, Sustainability and Resiliency with emphasis on energy and water and finally Digital Divide with an emphasis on affordable access.



19 Jan 2017Announcing the Network of Cities


Cities announce the “Network of Cities: Scaling City Innovate Foundation’s Urban Transportation Initiative” at Superpublic

City Innovate Foundation, Superpublic and its cross-sector partners announce network of cities for scaling its inaugural Mobility Solutions.

WASHINGTON D.C, January 19, 2017— During the 2017 U.S. Conference of Mayors, City Innovate Foundation (CIF) announced the collection of cities who will participate in the upcoming phase of their program to enhance public transit. The participating cities include San Francisco, Oakland, Chattanooga, Miami-Dade County and Los Angeles. The program starts in early March and will be hosted in Miami and San Francisco.

network of cities

Following Miami-Dade’s $33 million investment to improve and upgrade their ticketing and payments systems, the county implemented CIF’s Test & Learn Collider methodology. The Test & Learn Collider allows participants to shape policy by framing problems, identifying use cases, exploring private sector solutions and using empirical data. Corporate partners including Cubic, Lyft, Mastercard, Microsoft, Siemens and Zipcar contributed to the project to integrate new technologies like smartphone-based ride-hailing services.

City Innovate Foundation helped launched an innovation lab called Superpublic at UN Plaza in San Francisco in 2016 and the goal was to replicate the work in this lab to other cities. “After this first-of-its-kind project with Miami-Dade County we are now scaling our work across many cities in the US and we are excited to share best practices within the network of cities we announced today” said Kamran Saddique, Executive Director of City Innovate Foundation.

”Siemens is proud to bring its extensive advanced transportation and connected mobility expertise to this partnership and the playbook that will help bring innovative transportation systems to life,” said Marcus Welz, CEO of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems in North America. “We’ve seen first-hand how making roads and vehicles smarter can reduce congestion, improve safety, lower emissions, and even cut costs and we’re thrilled that this partnership will help more cities do just that.”

Mobility in Miami-Dade County is a top priority for our Department of Transportation and Public Works,” said Alice N. Bravo, Director. “Working with City Innovate and utilizing the information gathered in their Collider program will lead to improved mobility countywide. Sharing and collecting best practices from other participating cities will allow our Department to potentially implement unique and creative solutions to enhance the quality of life for our nearly 2.7 million residents.

“Traffic congestion plagues cities across the US, underscoring the increasingly urgent need for available and inexpensive public transit,” says Director of Civic Technology, Scott Mauvais, Microsoft. “The Collider convenes city leaders, community activists, technologists and transportation experts to tackle this multi-faceted challenge. Microsoft is happy to participate in this forum and share our ideas, technology and support.“

The full text of the announcement can be downloaded here.



21 Dec 2016City Innovate Foundation December Newsletter

Heading into the holiday season, we have a lot to celebrate here at City Innovate Foundation. Please enjoy our December newsletter to read our latest accomplishments in the last few months, new announcements, and upcoming events.

Happy Holidays and a successful year 2017 from all of us here at City Innovate!



January 17-18, 2017, Washington D.C.

A network of cities is coming together to scale the results of the inaugural Urban Mobility Collider from Miami-Dade to many cities. The network will be announced at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, where City Innovate Foundation will host an event with its partners at the Jefferson Hotel and the Capitol Hill Hotel. Speakers will include spokespeople from Microsoft, Siemens Industry, Inc., and City Innovate Foundation. Cities wishing to benefit from this testing & learning project to improve their own transportation options should contact


Fall 2016, San Francisco, CA

Last week, we finished our first of four 12-week Sprints as part of the Urban Mobility Test & Learn Collider. This sprint focused on Open Backend Integration, with Miami-Dade County as the lead metro and companies including Microsoft, Cubic, Siemens, Lyft, Zipcar, and Swiftly. The next sprint starts in February 2017, focusing on Integrated Payments, followed by Autonomous Vehicle Service Creation, and Equitable Access later on in the year. Find more details on the Urban Mobility Collider online here.

Over these past months, public officials from Miami-Dade and partner corporations met to dive deep on framing the problem and identifying use cases, exploring solutions from the private sector, determining how to shape policy and mitigate risk, and used empirical data and civic user testing to verify and validate our approach. The Playbook based on this Sprint will be released in early 2017.City Innovate Foundation served as a neutral convener and facilitator that helped these private and public sector players come together to examine the spectrum of challenges and innovative solutions that this pressing urban issue requires.


December 15, 2016

Earlier this month, City Innovate Foundation partnered with Data Community DC and ATA, LLC to host a Data Sharing Forum to promote a collaborative dialogue around the technical and policy challenges of data sharing in the federal government. The forum was part of the Federal Data in Action Summit hosted by the White House and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). Read more about the event and its mission here.



February to April 2017

Test & Learn ColliderWe are launching the first stage of our second Collider to focus on how urban sensors will serve as the next wave of smart city solutions vital for connectivity between e.g. autonomous vehicles and city backend systems. We are thrilled to announce that Miami-Dade County is the lead metro for this Collider, and Siemens Industry, Inc. will serve as the first industry partner. The first Collider will focus on backend integration, connectivity and vehicle-2-infrastructure-communications. On December 5th, we held a conference call with Miami-Dade and more than 25 companies, demonstrating the industry’s interest to develop a Playbook on this topic. Read more about the Urban Sensor and Smart Lighting Collider here.


January 2017

colab-partnersCity Innovate Foundation and SUPERPUBLIC are soliciting partners who would like to join the network at 50 United Nations Plaza in San Francisco, CA as a CoLab partner. Membership includes a dedicated work place, 3,500 square feet of event space, and access to all public events and services and amenities at SUPERPUBLIC.

We are almost at full capacity at SUPERPUBLIC, so if you are interested in becoming a CoLab partner, please email Luke Kim at


OPEN DAY: Opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Ecosystem Builders

January 25, 2017

Join us for an informal gathering at SUPERPUBLIC to trade announcements and upcoming opportunities. Speakers at the December Open Day were ExygyVoiceparkTechcongress, and OpenCities. 5-minute slots available upon request. Colleagues and community members are welcome.







If you are interested in attending, please register on Eventbrite.


For those interested in utilizing SUPERPUBLIC as an event venue, please email Luke Kim at


10 Oct 2016City Innovate Foundation and Miami-Dade County announce partnership to fast track urban mobility through new civic technology initiative

City Innovate Foundation is partnering with Miami-Dade County to tap civic technology and world-class resources to bring smarter and more efficient public transit services to 34 cities in Florida.

SAN FRANCISCO, October 11, 2016– City Innovate Foundation announced during its annual summit BRIDGE SF that beginning on October 11th, it will work with Miami-Dade County to bring together world-class partners from the private and public sectors to reshape the landscape of public transit.

City Innovate was created to solve the world’s toughest urban problems through cross sector partnerships and technological innovation. For its inaugural debut, City Innovate’s first endeavor is to host an “Urban Mobility Collider” at its Superpublic civic innovation lab in San Francisco. City Innovate will bring in the expertise of Microsoft, Lyft, Zipcar, and Cubic Transportation Systems among others, to solve one of the country’s most pressing urban issues: transportation.

“Studies have shown that more efficient public transit has direct, tangible effects on improving the lives of families and individuals across the country. Reducing congestion and supporting technology that support streamlined multi-modal transportation options lead to increased economic activity and upward mobility opportunities,” says Gert Christen, Chief Operating Officer of City Innovate Foundation.

Few organizations, especially in the technology sector, have taken the initiative to address this issue by targeting specific technology capabilities and working directly with policymakers. However, recognizing the capacity for impact, City Innovate is preparing to take the challenge on headfirst.

“We are excited to help break new ground on how cities can innovate,” said Kamran Saddique, Executive Director of City Innovate Foundation. “Miami-Dade County ranks as the 7th most congested metropolitan area in the USA and developing a playbook for how decade-old installed transit systems can be integrated with cutting edge new services here will benefit all our member cities.”

“City Innovate’s Urban Mobility Collider provides an agile approach to solve problems faced by every city,” says Bill Mitchel, Director of Business Development–Worldwide Public Sector for Microsoft. “Alongside Cubic Transportation and other partners, Microsoft will participate in the forum to help advance solutions for our government customers, starting with Miami Dade.”

City Innovate seeks to reform public transit through a three-pronged approach:

  • Collaboration: City Innovate will host six sessions in a 12 week “sprint” that will for the first time bring together the best private and public sector partners to combine exceptional resources, knowledge, and technology
  • Next-Generation Technology: City Innovate will focus on open integration of backend systems and payments, introduce new services with its partners such as piloting autonomous, electric, and connected vehicles, and deploy OpenData/OpenAPI systems, among other initiatives
  • Open Innovation: City Innovate will create a comprehensive playbook that will enable cities to build capacity with their specific localized conditions

“The private sector is telling us that we are only three short years away from autonomous vehicles and we want to prepare ourselves for this technology,” says Carlos Cruz-Casas, Assistant Director for Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works. “City Innovate Foundation’s Collider Methodology is a perfect vehicle to learn, test and collaborate with the private sector to develop the playbook of how to put Miami-Dade County at the forefront of transportation innovation and to share this with many cities for their benefit, too,” Cruz-Casas comments.

The first session of the Urban Mobility Collider is launching on October 11th. City Innovate is in the process of developing its portfolio of member cities for its next Collider, and interested partners and cities are encouraged to reach out to City Innovate with any inquiries.


The City Innovate Foundation solves urban problems using open innovation and public private partnerships. By partnering with cities, metropolitan areas, civic leaders, academic institutions, non-profits, startups and corporations, City Innovate serves as an international convener and civic technology accelerator to develop playbooks that enable cities to build capacity and to pilot innovative solutions. To learn more, visit, and follow @CityInnovate.

Media contact: Elyse Lee,, 717-424-9072.



15 Aug 2016Bay Area Startup in Residence Program: A Potential Pipeline for Regional Innovation?

With the second iteration of the Startup in Residence Program, four Northern California cities are gaining valuable tools and resources for citizens while chosen startups are earning persuasive use cases to help them scale into the gov tech market.

To harvest startup talent, cities don’t have to be tech Meccas — but a partnership with one certainly helps.

On Sept. 16, the California cities of Oakland, San Leandro and West Sacramento will join San Francisco in showcasing the new digital tools and services that materialized during the first regional Startup in Residence program (STiR) that brought in 14 tech startups for 16 weeks.

The startups unleashed their diverse skill sets on a host of civic maladies, devising solutions for foster care, law enforcement, city finances and preschool, to name a few, and coordinating with appropriate city departments and the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation.

If results are like San Francisco’s in-house pilot in 2014, the cities are apt to gain valuable tools and resources for citizens, while the startups — eager to expand their commercial footprints — will earn persuasive use cases and government supporters to scale into the gov tech market.


STiR builds on this influence by serving as a mechanism for regional gov tech research and development. Only last July, at the opening of the city’s innovation lab SuperPublic — an endeavor supported by the General Services Administration — did San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee elaborate on the strategy to advance civic efforts through local, regional, state and even federal collaboration.

While it seems voluntary and innovative to do it now, we’re actually creating the conditions for the private sector, for the public sector, for academia, for those that are in government that want to innovate.

Lee said at the SuperPublic launch event. “We’re trying to create the conditions now so there is a lot more opportunity in the future to be successful.”


15 Jul 2016San Francisco Opens Superpublic Innovation Lab

Federal technologists, change makers and academics joined the city in a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 14 for SUPERPUBLIC, San Francisco’s new innovation lab. The venture is a first for the city as its work commands support and talent from regional, state and federal organizations in addition to academic and private-sector contributions.

50 UN Plaza courtyard

11 May 2016GSA Partners With San Francisco on Superpublic Innovation Lab

The General Services Administration will be partnering with the City Innovate Foundation, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and the U.S. Department of Commerce to create a 5,000-square-foot lab to foster technological collaboration between public and private entities.

Called the Superpublic innovation lab, the project announced Tuesday is designed to improve technological capabilities for city and state programs.

“New technologies, the Internet, and the digital economy are sources of job creation, enablers of global trade and commerce, and key elements of America’s competitiveness,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “Superpublic creates a forum to bring together leaders in the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors to create digital solutions that address our cities’ most pressing issues and develop stronger partnerships in the process.”


10 May 2016SUPERPUBLIC Announcement: First of its Kind Innovation Lab


5,000 sq. ft. “SUPERPUBLIC” at 50 U.N. Plaza Federal Office Building will be nation’s first collaborative workspace to host City, State, and Federal policymakers under one roof; The innovation Lab will be run by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, City Innovate Foundation and General Services Administration to help improve delivery of city services; UC Berkeley, the Center for Design Research at Stanford University and MIT Media Lab “City Science” expected to join SUPERPUBLIC

San Francisco, CA– Today, the City Innovate Foundation was joined by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Denise Turner Roth and the U.S. Department of Commerce to announce a first­ of­ its ­kind Innovation lab to solve urban problems and scale solutions at 50 United Nations Plaza. The 5,000 sq. ft. SUPERPUBLICwill serve as a platform for the public, private, and non­profit sectors to work together to address the most pressing challenges facing cities and invent the next generation of services. The lab unites under the same roof for the first time innovation teams from the private industry, federal, state and city government agencies and from universities including: UC Berkeley, the Center for Design Research at Stanford University (expected) and MIT Media Lab “City Science” (expected). Corporate and non­profit partners include: Microsoft, Deloitte, Local Government Commission and others to be announced at the end of May 2016.

“SUPERPUBLIC presents a unique opportunity to solve common problems that persist at all levels of government and demonstrate a model for collaboration that can be replicated in other cities across the United States,” said Denise Turner Roth, GSA Administrator. “This is a great example of how the General Services Administration is finding new and innovative ways to improve the way we work, both as a catalyst for community economic development, and as a provider of modern IT services.”

“New technologies, the internet, and the digital economy are sources of job creation, enablers of global trade and commerce, and key elements of America’s competitiveness,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “SUPERPUBLIC creates a forum to bring together leaders in the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors to create digital solutions that address our cities’ most pressing issues and develop stronger partnerships in the process.” SUPERPUBLIC is the nation’s first innovation lab for City, State and Federal policymakers, academia and industry partners to catalyze collaboration and improve the delivery of government services. The lab managed by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (SFMOCI), GSA and City Innovate Foundation will break down silos between different layers of government. SUPERPUBLIC will bring together multiple layers of government in the same location and act as a catalyst for product and service development to drive more responsive and efficient government.

“San Francisco is a City of free thinkers and innovators always striving to improve the quality of life for everyone and ensure the prosperity of our City is shared by all our residents,” said Mayor Lee. “Working together in a shared space like SUPERPUBLIC with partners in government, academia, business, non­profit sector and the public, we can create a more livable, sustainable, equitable and safe San Francisco.”

“Entrepreneurs want a place where they can collaborate with government to improve their cities. SUPERPUBLIC will give citizens a seat at the table to work on our most pressing issues,” said California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. “5O UN Plaza helped launch a new way of governing last century. It is only fitting that SUPERPUBLIC will call it home as we reimagine how services are delivered.”

SUPERPUBLIC will be co­located in the same building as teams from the federal government’s 18F and U.S. Digital Service (USDS). 18F is a digital consultancy inside the GSA, working with federal agencies to rapidly deploy tools and online services that are reusable, cut costs, and are easier for people and businesses to use. Part of the U.S. CIO’s office, USDS takes on the highest priority projects for the Obama administration: from benefits for veterans and the health insurance marketplace to student loans, immigration, and more.

“By providing the physical space for shared problem solving, in addition to our expertise in digital government in service of this initiative, GSA continues to fulfill its mission of being a proactive federal partner,” said Andrew McMahon, GSA Regional Administrator. “We are excited to support SUPERPUBLIC and will continue to help drive the vision and success of this creative

City Innovate Foundation staff will coordinate the activity of member organizations and put on programming that builds capacity among members to solve problems, prototype solutions, and create innovative approaches to policies that accelerate change. Many projects are expected to come into SUPERPUBLIC from city, state, and federal agencies; the goal of SUPERPUBLIC is to give these projects work space where people can come together and do creative and groundbreaking work, taking advantage of innovations in technology that are changing the smart city landscape. SUPERPUBLIC expects to focus on three to four problems per year. A Steering Committee, co­chaired by the U.S. GSA, the SFMOCI and the City Innovate Foundation will select the projects.

Potential examples include:

  • Digital Services in Government
    More than ever before, residents now expect services to be available online. The development of new digital services is an opportunity to rethink how we deliver services to ensure every resident has the access they need. The City of SF is looking to replicate the success of 18F and USDS to create new digital
  • Smart Cities
    How we move ourselves and goods around is rapidly changing. We can either embrace and shape these changes or be at the mercy of them. San Francisco has chosen to lead the way by putting people first in developing safer, more equitable and innovative solutions to transportation challenges. The City of SF is working with DOT, DOE, and DOC on advancing smart cities in San Francisco and nationally ­ specifically on mobility in the near term.
  • Performance-­based Procurement
    How do we make sure that the money spent by the government delivers tangible results? How can we use procurement terms to cut cycle
    time and/or improve quality? We will work to advance innovative financing models to increase impact and accountability.

“SUPERPUBLIC is a platform for government, private companies and non­profits to collaborate to build concrete products for the challenges of future smarter cities. We are proud to be a part of this first­of­its­kind initiative to closely cooperate with the city, state and federal government, leading companies, non­profit organizations and universities to solve urban problems,” said Kamran Saddique, Founder and CEO of City Innovate Foundation. “San Francisco is recognized as the innovation capital of the world and we have the opportunity to accelerate innovative solutions to city problems and share these solutions with more cities in the U.S. and the world with our partners.”

SUPERPUBLIC takes its inspiration from SUPERPUBLIC in Paris, Future Cities Catapult in the United Kingdom, MaRs Discovery District in Toronto, Civic Hall in New York and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, all mission­driven organizations creating platforms to innovate and improve urban development. By the year 2020, 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in major urban centers. To meet the challenges of growing city populations new solutions are urgently needed. SUPERPUBLIC will look to solve civic problems and share these with other cities on how to apply technology to civic problems.

“SUPERPUBLIC builds upon San Francisco’s historic leadership in civic innovation,” said Dan’l Lewin, corporate vice president, Technology and Civic Engagement, Microsoft. “This forum
allows every stakeholder to participate in the discussion of how to build a more productive, safe, sustainable and healthy city. At Microsoft, we believe technology can be a powerful tool to empower cities and are excited to be part of the conversation.”

Since 2014, the City Innovate Foundation has been working with city leaders, the private sector, and universities (MIT Media Lab, UC Berkeley), to accelerate technology ­based innovation. SUPERPUBLIC is scheduled to open by late Spring 2016 and it will be the first of a series of labs that the non­profit will be launching to scale urban solutions. Membership in the Lab is available to cities and to private­ sector corporations. Members gain access to cutting ­edge solutions to urban problems, access to working teams located at the Lab, as well as the right to make selective investments in projects as they scale up and out of the Lab to go to market.

Learn more about SUPERPUBLIC: and on Facebook and Twitter @SUPERPUBLICSF #SUPERPUBLICSF


About City Innovate Foundation

City Innovate Foundation solves urban problems using open innovation and public private partnerships. Founded in 2014 by Kamran Saddique (CEO) and San Francisco entrepreneur & civic innovator Peter Hirshberg (Chairman City Innovate Foundation, Chairman Gray Area Foundation for the arts) we are an international convener, technology accelerator, and forger of public­private­partnerships to solve urban problems in cities using open innovation. We partner with civic leaders, academic institutions, non­profits, startups and corporations to build innovative solutions, codify best practices, and bring them to our member cities to build upon. Learn more about City Innovate Foundation at

About San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation

Established with Mayor Edwin Lee’s appointment of the nation’s first Chief Innovation Officer in January 2012, the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI) operates like a startup: agile, nimble, and constantly looking for opportunities to innovate. A small team with limited financial resources, our mode of operation is “platform­play.” Leveraging best practices from the private sector, we work to open underutilized resources, modify policies, and create new partnerships that catalyze innovation.

About U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent agency of the U.S. government whose mission is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people. The agency’s Public Buildings Service is one of the largest and most diversified public real estate organizations in the world. Its portfolio consists of 376.9 million rentable square feet in 8,721 active assets across the United States, in all 50 states, 6 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Join the conversation @USGSA #EconomicCatalyst #InnovateGov

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