2017 State of the Valley Program

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8:00 am

Welcome, Conference Overview

  • Steve Bochner
    Partner, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
    Co-Chair of the Board, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • Honorable SAM LICCARDO
    Mayor, City of San Jose
    Co-Chair of the Board, Joint Venture Silicon Valley

The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

8:15 am

Silicon Valley’s Annual Check-up: A Briefing on the 2017 Index

The Index has been telling the Silicon Valley story since 1995. The indicators measure the dynamism of our economy and the health of our community, highlighting challenges and providing an analytical foundation for decision making.

  • Russell Hancock
    President & Chief Executive Officer, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
    President, Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

9:00 am

BREAK - Enjoy a continental breakfast courtesy of Wells Fargo.


9:15 am

Keynote Remarks
Smart Cities, Smart Region: New Models for Civic Engagement and Governance in the Digital Age

In today’s world, regions — and the cities that comprise them — are emerging as the most pragmatic actors and the real drivers of change, more so than the moribund chambers of the federal government. Breakthroughs in technology and data analytics are accelerating these developments, introducing new models for local government to engage citizens and create more agile, competitive, and vibrant communities. As a former big-city mayor (Indianapolis) and deputy mayor to New York’s Michael Bloomberg, Professor Goldsmith will discuss how America’s most innovative cities are leveraging digital tools, and will argue that Silicon Valley should be the world’s most advanced example of data-smart governance.

  • Stephen Goldsmith
    Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government
    Director, Innovations in American Government Program
    The Kennedy School of Government
    Harvard University

9:45 am

Panel Discussion
Making Silicon Valley America's Smartest Region: Strategies and Tactics

Silicon Valley is known to the world as the birthplace of the digital revolution and epicenter of technology innovation. However, leveraging these technologies in the civic arena has proven difficult, and our region doesn’t stand out among others as particularly innovative. What will it take to change that? How can Silicon Valley cities execute on the vision Professor Goldsmith lays out in his keynote remarks, and become the world’s most pioneering example of a smart region?

  • Dan’l Lewin
  • Shireen Santosham
    City of San José
  • Jan Whittington
    University of Washington
  • David Witkowski (Moderator)
    Joint Venture Silicon Valley

10:30 am


The Google

10:45 am

Report Release
Why Isn’t Silicon Valley America’s Biking Capital?

American visitors to Amsterdam, Copenhagen and other European cities are startled to learn the bicycle is the dominant mode of commuting, despite the cold weather and challenging terrain. Why not Silicon Valley? We have a Mediterranean climate, a flat landscape, and a health-conscious population that cares about the environment. Joint Venture and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition are releasing a report at today’s conference that lays out a vision for Silicon Valley becoming a national leader for bicycle commuting, and provides a roadmap for getting there.

  • Jeffrey Tumlin
    Director of Strategy
    Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

The Applied Materials

11:10 am

Panel Discussion
Silicon Valley and the Future of Mobility

Silicon Valley technology and Detroit manufacturing are converging in ways that spell a new future for the automobile. As the major automakers jump into deals, acquisitions and investments with tech companies, will Silicon Valley be a disruptor? Or will a new partnership model be the bigger driver of change? How soon can we reasonably expect the driverless car to be approved for roadways? What will its impact be on our mobility challenges and on the overall economy? A panel of experts will update us on the latest developments and chart the future.

  • Sven Beiker
    Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Patrick Brady
  • Sahas Katta
  • Brook Porter
    Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers LLC
  • Pasquale Romano
    ChargePoint, Inc.
  • Michael Uhl (Moderator)
    McKinsey & Company

12:00 pm


The Accenture

12:30 pm


12:45 pm

President’s Report:
What Joint Venture is Doing for the Region

    President & Chief Executive Officer, Joint Venture Silicon Valley

1:00 pm

The 2017 David Packard Award

The Packard Award is Joint Venture’s highest honor, presented annually to a person showing extraordinary commitment to the region and taking an entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving.

Reed Hastings

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Netflix


  • Ron Gonzales
    President & CEO, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

1:15 pm

Keynote Presentation
Silicon Valley and the New Administration in Washington

After an election that bitterly divided the country, California and Silicon Valley are seen as part of a “bubble” that is out of step with national trends. As the new administration sets out on its course, what is the outlook from the nation’s capitol and what does it portend for Silicon Valley?

David Brooks, award-winning New York Times columnist and best-selling author, is a keen observer and penetrating analyst of politics and the American way of life. In wide-ranging remarks he will reflect on America’s future and the role that Silicon Valley will play, showing again why he is hailed as one of the nation’s most balanced, thoughtful and insightful commentators.

  • David Brooks
    New York Times

2:00 pm


8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Visit our Exhibitors Showcase, located outside the Grand Ballroom.