Mobility, Energy and Environment – a Symposium at City Hall

Prospect Silicon Valley hosted the Innovation & Impact 2018 Symposium at City Hall, with a full day of presentations, demonstrations and breakout sessions with a focus on the convergence and interdependence of emerging technologies in advanced mobility, energy and the built environment. 

An overarching concept that linked many topics addressed at the symposium was how these technologies, innovations and challenges bear on the development of Smart Cities.  San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo was the kick-off speaker, and San Jose’s Chief Innovation Officer, Shireen Santosham, spoke on the closing plenary: both emphasized the critical path and innovative thinking that cities must muster in order to be sustainable, equitable and efficient in meeting the needs of residents and businesses.

Throughout the day, the three key vectors of mobility, environment and demographics were considered, balanced and projected into variable futures. Demonstrations included autonomous vehicles and a new shared electric bike provider, Swiftmile, with examples parked on the South Plaza.

The Innovation and Impact Symposium built on the history of the Connected and Charged Symposium, which served as Silicon Valley’s premiere forum for connected transportation, mobility and electrification from 2011-2016. More than 220 people attended the event, and a full video will soon be available at Prospect SV. You can access a video interview with the organization’s CEO, Ruth Cox, on YouTube.