2020 State of the Valley Program

7:00 am

MUSIC, BREAKFAST, NETWORKING

Enjoy breakfast and music by the San Jose Jazz High School All-Stars. Visit the booths and exhibits on the concourse.

Music provided courtesy of UA Local Union 393.

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8:00 am

Welcome, Conference Overview

  • Honorable SUSAN ELLENBERG
    Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
    Board of Directors, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • MATT MAHAN
    CEO, Brigade
    Co-Chair of the Board, Joint Venture Silicon Valley

8:15 am

The Stanford Children's Health
BREAKFAST BRIEFING

Silicon Valley’s Annual Check-up: A Briefing on the 2020 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 - Refresh your breakfast while you network, listen to the San Jose Jazz High School All-Stars and visit the Exhibitor tables.

Music provided courtesy of UA Local Union 393.

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9:15 am

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation
THOUGHT LEADERS FORUM

CAN ONE STREET SOLVE SILICON VALLEY’S HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION WOES?

El Camino Real and the future of transit-oriented development

Over the past decade the Bay Area has added 11 jobs for every home built, and the extreme mismatch has created a crisis threatening our vitality and perhaps our viability. But what if we did some radical re-thinking about key corridors like El Camino Real? What if the zoning permitted higher density, allowing the creation of a quarter-million new housing units? What if autonomous rapid transit were implemented in reserved lanes the 45-mile length of the corridor?

Considered the founding father of New Urbanism, Peter Calthorpe is legendary in planning and design circles for his pioneering approaches to revitalization, place-making and sustainable urban design. In this presentation Mr. Calthorpe will reflect expansively on Silicon Valley’s rapidly changing built environment, our unbridled growth, and his conviction that the region can solve the housing and mobility crises with infill and new-generation technologies.

  • Peter Calthorpe
    Founder, Congress for the New Urbanism
    Senior Vice President, HDR Calthorpe

9:45 am

WHAT CAN HISTORY TELL US ABOUT SILICON VALLEY’S FUTURE?

Margaret O’Mara is hailed for writing the definitive chronicle of Silicon Valley—the epic saga of how the technology companies birthed here changed the course of modern civilization.

But now what? With tech facing fierce regulatory scrutiny and a barrage of withering critiques, is Silicon Valley’s historic advantage about to shift? Will the region’s high costs and frenzied atmosphere accelerate that shift? is a rising generation of entrepreneurs thinking of Silicon Valley less as a place and more as a network, a set of tools, and a bootstrapping mentality that can happen anywhere?

In this presentation Professor O’Mara delineates these trends and more, using history as a lens to think about the future.

  • Margaret O’Mara
    Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History, University of Washington
    Distinguished Fellow, Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies
    Author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America

10:15 am

BREAK - Networking, exhibits, music by the San Jose Jazz High School All-Stars

Music provided courtesy of UA Local Union 393.

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10:30 am

The Applied Materials
PATHBREAKERS SYMPOSIUM


In cooperation with the Computer History Museum

TECH, MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY

Access to reliable information has always been the underpinning of American democracy, and the role of the press in distributing it has always been considered essential—until now.

Technologies and platforms invented and amplified in Silicon Valley have increased opportunities for free expression, and dramatically expanded the pool of knowledge available to our societies. But they have also enabled the viral spread of misinformation and disinformation—sometimes innocently, sometimes with malice—which has eroded basic trust.

What is the best path forward? In a nation where the line between news and opinion has become blurred, can the new media channels and social platforms be reformed? Will the heavy hand of regulation be the ultimate solution? Can Silicon Valley innovators provide reliable solutions?

  • Richard Gingras
    Vice President, News Google
  • Sally Lehrman
    CEO, The Trust Project
  • Dan’l Lewin (moderator)
    CEO, Computer History Museum

This session presented with generous support and leadership from the Computer History Museum.

11:00 am

BREAK

11:15 am

The Accenture
LEADERSHIP LECTURE

Keynote Presentation
BEYOND SILICON VALLEY: THE NATIONAL SCENE

With a national election looming and California’s primary only weeks away, the conference concludes with an examination of the broader national scene. What do developments in Washington portend for Silicon Valley? Will California play an out-sized role in the presidential election? Will Silicon Valley’s issues make it to the national stage? Is there a path out of the partisan gridlock in the Capitol and the grim polarization it has unleashed on the American landscape?

News icon Dan Rather will speak reflectively and expansively on these issues and more, drawing on sixty years chronicling America’s historic events.

  • Dan Rather
    American journalist and author, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

12:00 pm

Adjournment

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