2016 Newsletters

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Packard Award goes to Code for America’s Jennifer Pahlka

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Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code for America, is the recipient of Joint Venture’s 2016 David Packard Award for civic entrepreneurship.

A former U. S. Deputy Chief of Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology, Pahlka was previously with CMP Media and served as co-chair and general manager of the Web 2.0 conferences.

The Packard Award is Joint Venture’s highest honor, presented annually to an individual or individuals who bring an entrepreneurial, cross-boundary problem solving approach to Silicon Valley’s challenges.

Pahlka will receive the award at the 2016 State of the Valley conference February 12 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Read the news release.

More about the Packard Award.

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Former Rep. George Miller, Newt Gingrich to face off at State of the Valley

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Former Congressman George Miller will join former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for a candid and provocative fireside-style chat about Washington D.C. as the afternoon keynote presentation at State of the Valley Feb. 12.

Rep. Miller retired from a 40-year career in the House last year. Gingrich served as Speaker from 1995 to 1999. The two prominent former politicians will have a wide ranging, no-holds barred discussion about issues and trends in the nation’s Capitol and Silicon Valley’s relationship to Washington.

See the State of the Valley agenda.

Industry experts to debate future of the internal combustion engine at State of the Valley

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Four auto industry and transportation technology experts are set to square off at next month’s State of the Valley conference in an Oxford-style debate on whether the internal combustion engine has a future in Silicon Valley.

In a panel organized by the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, the participants will argue whether electric vehicles and other alternatives will ultimately overtake the old standard engines.

Panelists include Drew Baglino, director of engineering for Tesla Motors, John Boesel, president and CEO of CALSTART, Mark Platshon, senior adviser for BMW iVentures and managing director of Icebreaker Ventures, and Craig Scott, national manager of the Advanced Technologies Group for Toyota Motor Sales. The panel moderator is Jeffrey Ball, Scholar in Residence at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance at Stanford University.

Learn more about the panel.

Urban Harvester receives $50,000 Wells Fargo grant for Bay Area hunger initiative with Joint Venture

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Urban Harvester has received a $50,000 grant from Wells Fargo to help reduce hunger while reducing organic food waste in the Greater Bay area. The grant will enable Urban Harvester to bring its model program of rescuing fresh food to the Bay Area and positively impact the 829,547 people or 11.3% of the region’s population of residents who are living in Poverty.

Urban Harvester is working in partnership with Joint Venture Silicon Valley on a hunger and waste reduction initiative based on JVSV's 2015 “Poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area” research brief.

Read the news release.

Water Conservation Awards nomination deadline is Jan. 29

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The January 29 deadline is approaching for applications and nominations for the 2016 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards. Now in its eighth year, the awards highlight innovative water conservation efforts that can serve as models for others. The Awards recognize leadership that has advanced water conservation in San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and Alameda County from Hayward south.

Joint Venture is a coalition partner in the awards. Categories are government agency/utility, business, organization, greenscape management, innovation, education, water champion, youth/student. The awards will be presented in March.

More information and nomination form.

January on “Inside Silicon Valley”

Distributing surplus food to the hungry, the future of the Bay Area economy and a conversation with a former Speaker of the House are the topics this month on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program.

Scheduled guests include Linda Hess, founder and CEO of Urban Harvester (Jan. 8 & 10), Micah Weinberg, president of the Bay Area Council’s Economic Institute (Jan. 15 & 17), and former Speaker Newt Gingrich in a preview of his keynote remarks at State of the Valley (Jan. 22 & 24).

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Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

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