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25 May 2017City Innovate and Miami Dade County announces Urban Mobility Playbook to transform public transit

May 25, 2017, San Francisco – At its third annual BRIDGE summit, “Urban Mobility, Connected Cities, and Resiliency,” City Innovate Foundation unveiled the first-of-its-kind Playbook on Urban Mobility, a comprehensive look at how to integrate public transit and private transportation services for true multi-modal mobility in cities.

City Innovate also announced that Miami-Dade County will be the first metropolitan city to implement insights from its Urban Mobility Collider Project focused on how urban residents can better navigate their cities. The Collider is an intense 12-week planning and policy workshop that brings together city planners, scholars and private industries to focus on resolving policy issues around one specific urban challenge, and to outline solutions and emerging technologies that could be part of the solution.

“People need better ways to commute and move around in today’s cities,” said Carlos Cruz-Casas, Assistant Director, Department of Transportation and Public Works from Miami-Dade County. “New technologies are emerging which can vastly improve access to transportation services in cities. We can’t keep our transit mindset on a 20th century model. It is a fundamental issue of equity.”

This partnership with the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works will allow City Innovate and its private and public sector partners to apply learnings from the collaborative research carried out as part of the Collider workshop. The goals set forth from Miami-Dade County include reducing road congestion, digitally connecting all transportation services in the county, and creating a seamless transit experience for citizens. By navigating these issues in Miami-Dade, City Innovate hopes to bring benefits for the citizens of the metropolitan region, and use the playbook to scale best practices to other cities.

“Integration is a necessity for the future of mobility, extending to every aspect of the transportation infrastructure,” said Boris Karsch, vice president of strategy, Cubic Transportation Systems. “From using one account to pay for journeys with multiple transit agencies to collecting valuable data in one database to effectively gaining insights through data. The mobility industry will be at its most efficient when we break-down traditional silos to create a unified and frictionless user  experience that is built upon unified solutions.”

Across the U.S., urban transit systems and road networks in major cities are unable to keep up with demand as populations grow. As a consequence, both long-time and new residents are struggling with increasing congestion and the growing challenges to getting where they need to go. As traditional transportation systems struggle to keep up with the influx of people migrating to cities, alternative methods such as biking, carpooling and ridesharing are becoming more popular. City Innovate Foundation believes there is potential for cities to incorporate these new modes with existing public transportation services, to build a network of accessible, affordable, and sustainable options for citizens.

How can cities navigate this new arena of viable transit options? City Innovate believes data is the key.

“The solution lies in upgrading the existing infrastructure systems to harness data, and enabling city agencies to work with data to make better planning and policy decisions,” said Kamran Saddique, Executive Director of CIF. “We and our partners believe that by creating an integrated platform, we can foster a more user-friendly experience to reduce wait times, save millions of dollars in administrative costs, and encourage better mobility for citizens to get from A to B.”

“Transportation is a pillar of city infrastructure, yet it consistently creates challenges for communities,” said Scott Mauvais, Director of Technology & Civic Innovation for Microsoft. “At Microsoft, we believe that public-private partnerships can help tackle these issues, creating solutions that improve people’s daily commutes while saving cities money. We are honored to work alongside City Innovate Foundation as it assists cities in their digital transformations of transportation systems across the U.S.”

Miami-Dade County as a building block to layer more services on top of this new architecture, most notably with Autonomous Vehicles.

“We started by partnering with City Innovate Foundation for the Playbook on Urban Mobility. The success has led Siemens to start future work on Vehicle-to-Infrastructure, or V2I concepts,” said Marcus Welz, CEO of Siemens Intelligent Traffic Systems, North America. Both these topics allow us the opportunity to share our knowledge around sustainable transportation and advanced transportation technologies, providing cities and public agencies an even better understanding of how this technology will influence the future of mobility.”

The BRIDGE Summit is an annual gathering of public, private, non-profit, and academic institutions coming together to challenge assumptions, develop skills, share best practices, and build partnerships that drive innovation for a better tomorrow. If you’re interested in learning more, or would like to partner with City Innovate in its efforts, please contact for more information


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.



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.


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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09 May 2016Superpublic lab in SF to focus on urban problems

Nimble, creative, collaborative, tech-savvy: Few people use those adjectives to describe government. But a new “innovation lab” called Superpublic coming to San Francisco next month aims to upend the stereotypes of stodgy bureaucracy with a workspace where policymakers, academics, entrepreneurs, industry experts, nonprofit leaders and others can jointly tackle urban problems and devise futuristic solutions.


05 Feb 2016Software eats manufacturing (and manufacturing gains)

States and metropolitan areas need to focus. Ultimately, many in the group agreed that states and localities have key roles to play if U.S. metropolitan areas are going to monetize the digitization of manufacturing. With federal processes gridlocked, multiple workshop attendees agreed with City Innovate Foundation Board Chairman Peter Hirshberg that linking software and hardware and start-up and industry communities is “a distributed problem” that will be worked out city by city, ecosystem by ecosystem. In that vein, multiple attendees agreed that that states and localities are the natural leaders of bottom up initiatives to develop much better training and apprenticeship initiatives that leverage true public/private partnerships, as opposed to public systems that simply solicit input. Others stressed the need for regional maker communities and industry networks to link up more. And others stressed the need to shape urban innovation districts such as the emerging Warm Springs area in Fremont to foment collaboration.


04 Feb 2016On the next City Visions: San Francisco artists respond to SOMA

City Visions host Joseph Pace examines the “Work in Progress: Investigations South of Market” exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Eight local artists delve in to the layered history of San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood. Created on site, the works demonstrate process as well as final product.

Join the Yerba Buena CEO and the exhibition’s artists as they discuss urban planning, environmental impact, and change in this historic neighborhood.

Includes interview with Deborah Cullinan, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, CEO:

Deborah’s passion for connecting art and civic impact has made her a sought after speaker and contributor to both U.S. and international organizations, including the New Cities Foundation, Americans for the Arts, the City Innovate Foundation, the University of Chicago Arts Incubator, and the National Endowment for the Arts.