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2019 State of the Valley Conference

Keynote by Jon Meacham, probing sessions on the region’s future, the 2019 Index, and much more, February 15

Register now for the 2019 State of the Valley conference.

Keynote remarks by presidential historian, author, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham highlight the 2019 State of the Valley conference, Joint Venture’s yearly town hall meeting, on Friday, February 15 in San Jose.

This year’s symposium, which annually draws more than 1200 people, also features meaningful dialogue on the future of our region and the rise of the fourth industrial revolution, a deep dive into the 2019 Silicon Valley Index, exhibits and entertainment.

Applied Materials, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Microsoft, and Accenture are the presentation sponsors.

The State of the Valley conference takes place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos Street, from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Highlights of the day’s program:

The Accenture Leadership Lecture


Jon Meacham speaking

Presidential biographer and political commentator Jon Meacham will speak on Silicon Valley’s place in the broader national context and examine the present moment in America’s politics with historical perspective on the issues and events that are dividing us as a nation.

Meacham, who this year eulogized both President Herbert Walker Bush and his wife, Barbara, at their respective funerals, authored Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush and won the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. His current best-seller is The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.

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The Applied Materials Pathbreakers Forum


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How shall we plan for our future? What do we want the Bay Area to look like in 50 years? What actions should we be taking now that will make us more high-functioning, more inclusive, more equitable, and more resilient all while continuing to grow our economy?

For generations Silicon Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area have been the envy of the world because of our region’s economic dynamism and vibrant quality of life. But today we’re socked with the nation’s highest housing prices, debilitating congestion, growing income inequality, continuous natural disasters, and a host of other forces that threaten our well-being.

In this session, Joint Venture will share the stage with SPUR, an organization engaged in a long-term scenario planning process for the region, for a probing conversation about the structural changes that must occur in order to win our future.

Read SPUR’s Four Future Scenarios for the Bay Area

The Microsoft Thought Leaders Forum


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The world is on the precipice of a fourth industrial revolution, one driven largely by Silicon Valley innovators.The first revolution was marked by steam-powered engines that transformed agricultural society into industrial and urban life; the second harnessed electricity and introduced mass production. The third unfolded here in Silicon Valley, powered by computing to usher in the digital age. The fourth is conceivably the most disruptive of all, and it too emanates from Silicon Valley: artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, quantum computing, materials science, and the convergence of IT with bio- and nanotechnology. The lines are blurring between the physical, digital and biological spheres.

This fourth revolution can improve the quality of living and fuel rapid economic growth. Consider how computer vision is making medical diagnoses more accurate; machine translation is making it easier for ideas to cross language barriers. Yet what of the millions who face job insecurity as automation rapidly evolves? How can new regulatory frameworks be created to avoid amplifying prejudice and inequality? How can we shape the risks and rewards so that these emerging technologies serve humanity?

In a session organized under the leadership of the Computer History Museum, two of the world's leading practitioners and interpreters of this revolution will chart the future and explore the ramifications: Fei-Fei Li, Co-director of Stanford's new Human-Centered AI Initiative and former Chief Scientist for AI at Google Cloud, and Murat Sönmez, Global Head for the World Economic Forum’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Center. Computer industry veteran Dan'l Lewin, the Computer History Museum's new CEO, will moderate.

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The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Breakfast Briefing


More on the Index

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 a foundation for decision making.

Russell Hancock, Joint Venture's CEO and President of the Institute for Regional Studies, will give a detailed briefing on the data and trends in the 2019 Silicon Valley Index.

More on the Index and last year’s findings


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State of the Valley also features an Exhibitors Showcase for local nonprofit organizations to provide information about their services. Exhibitors include transit agencies, open space organizations and sustainability initiatives.

Bands from local schools will perform during breaks at State of the Valley.

Registration for State of the Valley includes breakfast, a copy of the 2019 Silicon Valley Index and admission to all of the conference proceedings, booths and exhibits.

Registration is $175, with discounts for nonprofits and students.

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