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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.


16 Jun 2015Inaugural City Innovate Summit to Tackle ‘SmartCity 2.0’

Innovators will gather June 17-18 in San Francisco to collaborate and look at co-creation — where the city is a platform.

Whether it’s about municipal reinvention, investment opportunity or collaboration, the inaugural City Innovate Summit aims to deliver a host of lessons in urban ingenuity when it debuts in San Francisco this week, June 17-18.

Organized by the City Innovate Foundation (CiS), an innovation group composed of the San Francisco mayor’s office, U.C. Berkeley and the MIT Media Lab, the summit will gather 120-plus thought leaders, including a selection of U.S. and international mayors, nonprofits and venture capitalists, to discuss and debate key concepts in civic tech.


Location: Marriott Marquis, 780 Mission St., San Francisco

Day One, VIP Events: June 17, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Day Two, Public Events: June 18, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Costs: $300 to $1,295



21 Sep 20145 components of a smart ecosystem, from SmartLivingCity Dubai

“Dubai is a transit city, a hub for people from all around the world and from all backgrounds.”

With these words Kamran Saddique, president and CEO of the City Innovate Foundation and cofounder of Inside Investor, summarized the reason he chose Dubai as the host of the first SmartLivingCity event, held at Jumeirah Emirates Tower on September 15 and 16.

Choosing Dubai to host the event didn’t happen by accident, said Saddique, who organized the event in partnership with Tasweek under the auspices of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. “The city is characterized by active and tech-savvy people who are eager to transfer knowledge,” he said.

He and the organizers wanted the event to be a meeting place for public and privatesector decision-makers, international speakers, academics, and entrepreneurs, attempting to reach together a definition of smart cities and their components.


14 Sep 2014Dubai and San Francisco share ‘smart’ lessons

DUBAI // Dubai and San Francisco are working together to share ideas about policies and practices of “smart cities” to promote innovation and overcome challenges.

The two metropolises started the collaboration earlier this year, according to experts and officials at the Smart Living City conference in Dubai on Monday.

Plans to turn Dubai into a smart city – one characterised by investments in technology and human capital, plus a high quality of life – were announced last October by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. Among the plans are a parking app and public Wifi.

Achieving the smart city goal would promote sustainable growth, better city management and other improvements, but requires the Government, businesses and the public to work together, said Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy.

“To achieve this synergy, we need to work together to redefine our city in a system that promotes sustainability and a better quality of life,” Mr Al Mansoori said.