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Technology, Transformation, and the City: Panel discussion moderated by William Shutkin

November  7 - 7, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Technology, Transformation and the City
William ShutkinJay NathAbhi Nemani

Technology, Transformation, and the City: Panel discussion moderated by William Shutkin


Technology, say many urban planners, will make the world's urban centers cleaner, more affordable, and more efficient for the seven billion people who will call them home by mid-century, a techno-utopia of smart, sustainable cities. Others suggest we're headed toward a planet of squalor and slums that no technology can fix. This special event will explore the future of our cities, both fact and fiction, with leading experts from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

William Shutkin is a renowned social entrepreneur, educator, and attorney. He serves as the president and CEO of the Presidio Graduate School, where he is also the Richard M. Gray Fellow in Sustainability Practice. His work covers an expansive terrain, from sustainability to social innovation, urban planning to economic development, green design to global warming. He has lectured and consulted around the world on the ideas and innovations guiding us to a just and prosperous future. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, and A Republic of Trees: Field Notes on People, Place, and the Planet. David Brower described Shutkin as "an environmental visionary creating solutions to today's problems with a passion that would make John Muir and Martin Luther King equally proud."


As San Francisco's first Chief innovation Officer, Jay Nath works with the tech community and the public to help make government become more transparent, efficient, and constituent- focused. Jay applies modern, agile thinking to government administration, focusing on "lean government" as a platform for innovation. Prior to 2012, Jay was the Director of Innovation at the Department of Technology where he established the nation's first open source software policy for a city government and authored open data legislation mandating City departments to make nearly all non-confidential datasets available to the public via DataSF, the City's open data portal. Prior to becoming a civil servant, Jay Nath worked at SquareTrade as a senior product manager and at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a senior consultant.


Abhi Nemani is the Chief of Staff at Code for America, a national non-profit dedicated to reinventing government for the 21st century. Abhi has led CfA's strategic development and growth, including the development of multiple new programs including the launch of a first-of-its-kind civic startup accelerator and the CfA Peer Network, designed to connect cities to help them work together. Under Abhi's direction, CfA's national outreach and awareness campaigns have been recognized in the New York Times, Mashable, and CNN, and he has been featured as a speaker at SxSW, the World Bank, and various universities and conferences around the world.


James Zahoudanis is currently the Industry Director, Utilities NA, with ORACLE and a utility and Smart Grid professional with over 25 years of progressive product marketing and business development experience. He has held senior management positions and product management responsibilities with F100 companies and successful start-ups such as Motorola, Sun Microsystems and Visio Corp.
As part of ORACLE's Industry Business Unit (IBU) Utilities team, his responsibilities include the creation of industry specific solution sets and industry specific strategies which address the business challenges facing the Utilities market. Prior to joining ORACLE, he was the VP of Business Development, at CURRENT GROUP, LLC., a global Smart Grid and a network infrastructure solution provider with an advanced, high speed, low latency Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) infrastructure. James was a member of the CURRENT team responsible for the foundational technology and application platform deployed in Boulder, Colorado - the first major Smart Grid City pilot.

Thursday, November 7, 2013
8:45PM--9:15PM....Tea & Conversation Community Gathering
CIIS Main Building
$15/$20 at the door
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