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State of the Valley draws 1300

2018 State of the Valley audience

A capacity crowd of 1300 packed the San José McEnery Convention Center for Joint Venture’s annual State of the Valley conference in February, drawn by provocative speakers, dialogue and data on our region’s economy and challenges.

A budget filibuster in Washington, D.C., kept the scheduled keynote speaker, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, from attending, but she greeted the audience in a brief video and promised a return engagement.

Watch Senator Harris’ greeting.

Read the news coverage of the conference and the 2018 Silicon Valley Index.

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Watch a summary of the issues and speakers at the conference.

Silicon Valley’s annual checkup: The 2018 Index

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Russell Hancock, President and Chief Executive Officer of Joint Venture and President of the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, gave a detailed briefing on the data in the 2018 Silicon Valley Index at State of the Valley.

Jobs, venture capital, innovation and company expansions continue their upswing in Silicon Valley, he noted, but all this growth brings more housing and transportation woes.

Watch Russell Hancock’s Index briefing.

What’s new and next?

In a session at the State of the Valley conference on how fast-moving changes in technology are impacting our region, two of our region’s deep thinkers, Pinterest Chief Scientist Jure Leskovec and noted futurist Paul Saffo, offered their respective views.

What's New?

Jure Leskovec speaking

Dr. Leskovec described the advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and its application to better governance, risk management and enhanced judgment. By learning from massive amounts of data, he said, AI can bring about positive changes in everything from jobs and the workforce to healthcare, education and criminal justice.

Watch Professor Leskovec’s presentation.

What's Next?

Paul Saffo speaking

Professor Saffo outlined the fast and slow trends shaping our region, how innovation occurs and how its rapid growth is not necessarily all good. “Nothing new comes into our lives without a hidden curse,” he said, meaning that our technology innovations are not only providing solutions to some of our challenges, but are in fact contributing to creating them as well.

Watch Professor Saffo’s presentation.

Transportation and housing: Solving our toughest challenges

Carol Galante and Steve Heminger in fireside chat with Russell Hancock

Two of our region’s top experts on transportation and housing took the stage at the State of the Valley conference. In a moderated conversation, Metropolitan Transportation Commission executive director Steve Heminger and UC Berkeley Professor of Affordable Housing and Urban Policy Carol Galante were pressed for solutions to the Valley’s housing crisis and our mounting transportation woes.

Watch the Q&A with Steve Heminger and Carol Galante.

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Our thanks to the presentation sponsors for State of the Valley: Microsoft, Accenture, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Applied Materials, and Wells Fargo Bank.

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We also are grateful to the local nonprofit organizations that participated in the Exhibitors Showcase, to the Buchser Middle School Jazz Band and the Mariachi Tradicional of Alum Rock Union Elementary School, and to PRx Digital for producing our conference video recap.

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