February 8, 2013 PROGRAM


8:00 a.m.

Welcome, Overview of the Conference

  • The Honorable Chuck Reed
    Mayor, City of San Jose
    Co-Chair of the Board, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • Chris DiGiorgio
    California Managing Director, Accenture
    Co-Chair of the Board, Joint Venture Silicon Valley

8:10 a.m.

Silicon Valley’s Annual Check-up:
A Briefing on the 2013 Index & Special Analysis

  • Russell Hancock
    President & CEO, Joint Venture Silicon Valley

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

Every year the Index contains a special analytical section exploring a subject of timely or topical significance. This year’s Special Analysis looks at the Bay Area’s planning and decision-making apparatus.


8:45 a.m.

Keynote Presentation:
Should the Bay Area Act Like a City-State?

  • Paul Saffo
    Managing Director, Discern Analytics Inc.
    Consulting Professor, Stanford University

Singapore and Hong Kong are bright spots in an uncertain global economy—economic powerhouses governed by political units that are proximate and small enough for their residents to manage the relationships that make their city work.

The Bay Area, by contrast, is the world’s 19th largest economy and has all the qualities of a successful city-state except for the political pragmatism that distinguishes Singapore and Hong Kong. Futurist Paul Saffo will argue the Bay Area would benefit from acting as a single body as it confronts the challenges of the 21st century.

9:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion:
By Failing to Plan Are We Planning to Fail?

  • The Honorable Mark DeSaulnier
    California State Senate
  • Egon Terplan
    San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association
  • William Dodge
    Citistates Group, Regional Excellence Consulting
  • Michael Garvey
    City Manager, City of San Carlos (1987 - 2005)
  • Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., moderator
    President & CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

As we look to the future, there are new and lingering challenges Silicon Valley and the Bay Area must address: climate change, the risk of flooding from sea level rise, recovering from a major seismic event, transportation gridlock, a jobs-housing imbalance, gross disparities between neighboring jurisdictions, ongoing fiscal issues in local government, and more. The problems transcend city boundaries, and yet Sacramento can’t be the solution either. Is it time to contemplate new approaches to regional planning and decision making?

10:15 a.m.



10:30 a.m.

Keynote Presentation:
The Future of Cooperation

  • Tim O’Reilly
    Founder, O’Reilly Media

Some of the biggest changes sweeping the technology world today are new forms of network and computer-enabled cooperation. It was easy enough to see this pattern in open source software development or Wikipedia, a bit more challenging to see how it powered Web 2.0 giants like Google and Amazon, but it gets really interesting when you are able to see how new kinds of man-machine symbiosis and networked cooperation are at the heart of projects like the Google self-driving car, the reinvention of retail by Apple and Square, transportation services from RelayRides to Uber, and even in new models for networked government.

11:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion:
Technology Trends, Creative Disruption, and the Future of Innovation

  • Susan Wojcicki
    Senior Vice President, Google
  • Kim Polese
    Chair, ClearStreet, Inc. and former CEO, SpikeSource
  • Kara Swisher
    Technology Columnist, Wall Street Journal and Co-host, All Things D
  • JON SWARTZ, Moderator
    Tech Team Leader, USA Today

The rapid growth of big data … advanced cloud services … on-demand services … the gamefication of training and education … digital identity management … 3-D printing and 3-D tablet displays … enhanced location awareness … advanced automation and robotics… What are the most likely and most disruptive technology trends and will Silicon Valley remain at their epicenter?

The world’s most powerful women in technology (so proclaimed by TIME and Fortune) will share their views on these questions, and more.

12:00 p.m.



12:30 p.m.


  • Chris DiGiorgio
    California Managing Director, Accenture
    Co-Chair of the Board, Joint Venture Silicon Valley

12:45 p.m.

Chairs Report:
Joint Venture’s Next 20 Years

  • Chris DiGiorgio
    California Managing Director, Accenture
    Co-Chair of the Board, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • The Honorable Chuck Reed
    Mayor, City of San Jose
    Co-Chair of the Board, Joint Venture Silicon Valley

1:00 p.m.

The 2013 David Packard Award for Civic Entrepreneurship

The Packard Award is Joint Venture’s highest honor, presented annually to a person showing extraordinary commitment to our region.

Lenny Mendonca
McKinsey & Company

Children Now and former State Assemblyman

1:15 p.m.

Keynote Speech:
Dispatches from the Future

  • James Fallows
    National Correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly

Prize-winning Atlantic correspondent James Fallows shares post-election insight on Silicon Valley’s role in the national scene, the truth behind the competitive threat from China, and why he thinks Obama will be a better president in his second term.

2:00 p.m.