Program Day #1: Local Government and Civic Tech

Goal of Day: Local Government functions as the backbone of city life, providing services and ensuring a basic quality of life. (for a list of city services & agencies, click here.) Today we will seek to understand what a city can do beyond this basic function to drive prosperity, better engage existing community members and entice others to become active participants in the community.

Venue: Begin at San Jose City Hall 200 East Santa Clara Street 17th Floor (Room 1734; City Manager’s Conference Room)


  • Opening remarks from Mayor Sam Liccardo and Chief Innovation Officer Shireen Santosham
  • Introductions
  • Basic civics (what does local government do?)
  • Innovation in the City of San Jose as led by the City Manager‚Äôs Office of Civic Innovation & Digital Strategy. Presentation by Kip Harkness, Deputy City Manager and Michelle Thong, Service Innovation Lead
  • Interactive session focusing on forward-looking project areas that the City is actively working on and where feedback from the LSJ cohort would be valuable.
  • Walk to Transportation Management Center (across the street from City Hall). The Transportation Management Center will provide a fun behind-the-scenes look at a City ‚Äúcontrol room‚Äù where live data and video from traffic intersections are on display, and real-time decisions are made to optimize traffic flow.
  • Tour of Transportation Management Center with DOT staff
  • Walk over to US Patent & Trademark Office 26 S. 4th Street San Jose 95112
  • Lunch at USPTO followed by facility tour.
  • Walk to WeWork Towers, 75 E. Santa Clara Street San Jose 95113
  • Tour of WeWork; welcome by Ana Lukner Roljic, Managing Director at ABC Silicon Valley
  • Introduction to Civic Tech & Government Tech by Kevin Miller, Director of Civic Technology, Microsoft
  • Panel Discussion on Data Driven Decision Making: How do we use data to solve public interest challenges?


Sharon Winslow Erickson, City Auditor

Janet Phan Habib (LSJ Class of 2016), Senior Crime & Intelligence Analyst, SJPD

Imre Kabai Chief Technology Officer, County of Santa Clara

Vijay Sammeta, Former Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Jose; Founder, Civic Foundry

Erin Berman, Innovations Manager, San José Public Library

  • Cross Sector Collaboration: Using Data to Drive Decision Making (small group interactive problem solving)
  • Groups report out
  • Touch base on Community Impact Project
  • Happy Hour at San Pedro Square Market

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