What Do We Want from Smart Buildings and Cities?

SVII – Mar 24th, 2016

Please join us for a lively discussion about the smart tech revolution co-presented by:


Program Description:

Modern challenges of industrialization and climate change require whole scale improvements in how we deal with energy and resources. We must adapt, but our bodies have evolved to fit yesterday’s environment.  We need urgent action to go beyond Green to Smart (Sustainability Maximized through Adaptive and Responsive Technologies), and the Silicon Valley should remain the center of smart technologies that make businesses and citizens more prosperous.


New fabrication, sensing, connectivity, intelligence and gamification opportunities are developing to improve services and efficiency, and ultimately to create smarter citizens. The conscious evolution of our built environment is necessary but slow because we are best at creating products that can be built overseas.  The next natural step of applying digital technology to improve sustainability leads to smart buildings, smart cities and smarter citizens.  Progress is rapid with each technology impacting society differently.

The potential for smart buildings and smart cities is unlimited as we create new collaborations using data effectively to address global challenges.

Please join us for an update on smart technology developments, and a discussion about what we want to achieve and avoid as we help in the development of these powerful new sustainability solutions.  This session is designed to be highly interactive.  We’ve invited you, and lots of other diversely skilled participants, to join and contribute to evolving the format for SVII’s new interactive arenas.  We want to learn about your aspirations, priorities, vision, and the expertise that you bring to the challenge of harnessing new techniques and technologies to build a smarter, more sustainable world.

Technology Overview Roundtable Panel:

  • Gary Shamshoian, PE, LEED AP, BEAP is a mechanical building design engineer experienced in the design, contracting, owner, and manufacturing sides of the construction industry. His team is creating new technologies to accelerate smart building energy efficiency.  He is the Smart Technology Director for BEST (Buildings Engineered with Smart Technology), Co-chair of the ASHRAE Technical Committee for Cleanspaces, and Chairman of the Smart Building Evolution group.
  • Behzad Imani, Ph.D is a High Tech Venture Advisor for FinTech, AgTech, EdTech, MedTech, and CleanTech with expertise in smart systems and buildings, new battery technologies, nano processing and nano welding capital equipment, communication chips, wearable devices, enterprise software, and water efficiency technologies. He will discuss new technologies emerging to connect building energy management to smart city energy control systems.
  • James T Caldwell is CEO of E3 Regenesis Solutions, a consulting company that specializes in building green energy alliances and systems integration for smarter buildings and cities in US and China. Dr. Caldwell has served as Assistant Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University, and he founded Pacific Rim Connections, harmonizing international standards and E3 Regenesis Solutions to promote green and resilient city collaborations.  He currently serves as a Director of the US-China Green Energy Council (www.ucgef.org) and is Chair of its Green Building and Eco-City Task force.  Last year Dr. Caldwell joined and helped the Silicon Valley Chinese Technology & Business Association (SVCTBA) to organize and present at the Smart City Conference & Expo on May 30, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, California.
  • Zann Gill and Dennis Britton are developing earthDECKS –http://earthDECKS.net – into a smart innovation network.  Dennis combines diverse experience with large companies (APPLE, Cisco, GE, HP, VISA) and his leadership in the agile community, with his passion for disruption and start-up innovation. Zann focuses on how next generation social problem-solving networks can evolve into collaborative intelligence ecosystems where savvy users and responsive devices sense needs, integrate diverse information, respond to users, and assess feedback.

What you will learn and take away from this session:

  • Hear various perspectives about the promises of smart buildings and cities, and some of the challenges to their full realization.
  • Learn about new opportunities in the smart infrastructure field.
  • Assist in the development of new technologies by contributing to the discussions about what we want from smart buildings and cities.
  • Share knowledge and questions with those pushing the frontiers of smart technology, and assist in the directions of novel innovations.
  • Find out what others want from Smart Cities and Buildings.
  • SVII is committed to growing an interactive community and collaborating with other such communities, so that those who attend meet new colleagues with complementary skill sets, discover new ideas that augment the passion they brought to the event, form teams and seed new projects aligned with their mission.

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Please join us in Cupertino on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at the:

Rancho Rinconada Recreation Center

18000 Chelmsford Drive

Cupertino, CA  95014

   Doors Open: 6:15 PM                      Tickets at the Door: $15    

Program: 7:15 to 8:45 PM                         Students: $5

Food will be included in admission cost; alcohol will be available for added costs

280 exits are often crowded, so we suggest using Lawrence Expressway instead.

Strategic Innovation: Possible or Impossible

February 24th Next Program:

Co-presented with the Association for Strategic Planning – Northern California Chapter, at SAP in Palo Alto



Dan Rasky      Director and Co-founder of the Space Portal at the NASA Research Park

Paul Masson   Managing Director and co-founder Strategic Alliances Resources Network, LLC

Reid Bierly      Senior Director of Sales and Planning at Equinix, Inc.

Moderator       Howard Lieberman, founder Silicon Valley Innovation Institute

Program Description:

An innovation strategy is a key factor in the success of most organizations. It is an articulated strategy for something that is brand new with the goal being to create a lot more opportunity and value for the organization and its network of partners.

Given that organizations need to change quickly and often long-term plans do not get implemented, some say that defining, creating and implementing a strategic innovation plan is difficult if not impossible. There is a legitimate debate about the feasibility of strategic innovation:  some view innovation as too fluid to guide with strategy, others cite examples of past long term investments that have had a strategic impact while some say the cost of capital makes such long term strategic innovation impossible. If our futures depend on good plans, how do you plan for innovation with a strategic impact given continuous change?

What you will learn and take away from this session

¬ Contrast three views of the viability of Strategic Innovation.

¬ Hear examples of what has worked and most importantly, what has not worked for strategic innovation.

¬ Have your strategic innovation questions answered by a panel of experts.

SAP Executive Briefing Center Bldg 1, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA Silicon Valley 

Doors Open: 6 PM

Program: 7 to 8:30 PM

Tickets at the Door: $45

Online Preregistration: $35

Students Pre-registration  $25

Eventbrite - Strategic Innovation: Possible or Impossible: SVII Wednesday February 24th

Roundtable Panel Members


Dan Rasky is the director and co-founder of the Space Portal at the NASA Research Park, Moffett Field, Calif. The Space Portal has a mission to “be a friendly front door for emerging and non-traditional space companies.” Through their initiatives and collaborations the Space Portal has had a significant role in the establishment of several notable and successful NASA programs, including the Commercial Orbital Transportation Systems (COTS) program, the Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) program, and the Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research (CRuSR) program. Rasky also is the recipient of the Senior Professional Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, 12 NASA Group Awards, and eight Space Act Awards. He has six patents, 64 publications, and is an associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a senior member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).


Paul Masson is Managing Director of Strategic Alliances Resources Network, (StarNet, LLC), a management services firm that manages multi-party, R&D alliances. StarNet has launched over a dozen, large-scale alliances in the last twenty years in the fields of software, IP-enabled networked systems, IT hardware, materials, vehicles controls, sensors, advanced manufacturing, weather systems and sustainable growing. Paul has lead the strategic innovation planning for half of the StarNet managed alliances, using a variety of planning methods including scenarios, technology road-mapping and systems engineering solutions planning. Paul has been an instructor for NASA and the Department of Defense, a program lecturer at Stanford, and speaker at industry conferences for innovation management, aviation, biofuels, sustainable growing and commercial space. Paul was previously Director of Corporate Financial Services at SRI International and head of high-risk, lending for the Wells Fargo Latin America Division. Paul has been a project manager at four startups, receiving and selling stock or stock options in each organization. Paul is also the recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal for his design and management of an eight year, multi-party alliance for aviation that generated twenty-two (22) new technologies. Paul is concurrently an advisor to investors within single-family-offices, state government seed funding groups on technology trends


Reid Bierly is a seasoned strategy and innovation executive with 20 years of experience in high technology. In his role at Equinix he is responsible for leading cross functional innovations in customer targeting, sales coverage, quota setting, and account planning on a worldwide basis. Prior to Equinix, Mr. Bierly was the Director of Strategy & Transformation within Cisco’s Supply Chain organization where he led efforts in supply chain segmentation, cost to serve modeling, and improvements in acquisition integration. Mr. Bierly was at Hewlett-Packard, for 17 years, leading strategy, transformation, and business planning activities on a worldwide and region basis across numerous hardware, software, services, and consumable business units. Mr. Bierly has founded companies in both SaaS and augmented reality industries. He has a B.S. in International Business & Logistics from Pennsylvania State University and an Executive M.B.A from Pepperdine University. He resides in Silicon Valley with his wife and two daughters.

Event Report: Families & Technology

Our September 22nd event at Foothills Tennis and Swim Club featured a spirited discussion, ranging from the role of technology in education to the combination of trepidation and fascination we have when watching kids connect online.

The conversation moved too quickly to do justice here, but there were several references made that we thought we should share with everyone.

The Kahn Lab School is new personalized education practices that center around the student and focused on mastery.

An iPad can be a game, an artist’s easel, an educational tool, or a life-changing communication device. Even beyond uses for Special Needs education and accessibility, an iPad is defined by the blank screen, the ability for it to be whatever we want.


For more reading:


Sherry Turkle
She’s an MIT professor studying the sociology of technology, and has written several books on how we engage online, and also delivered a great TEDtalk.

TEDtalk: http://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together
Evocative Objects
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
(releasing October, 2015)


danah boyd

Another Sociologist, danah is focused on identity formation and sociality of teens, especially where mediated by technology. I first met danah at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego in 2004. She’s a brilliant observer of social behavior who digs in to understand why. Her work can be found at danah.org.
It’s Complicated, The Social Lives of Networked Teens – I recommend this book widely, both for parents trying to understand what’s going on, and for anyone else who wants to better understand the emerging social connection dynamics happening online.

Andrew Solomon

He’s a brilliant journalist and writer, and in Far From The Tree, he builds a compelling story showing diversity as both advantage and a conveyance of meaning.

Madeline Levine, PhD.

Her controversial NYT Best-Seller, The Price of Privilege showed us the importance of developing in kids a strong sense of who they are, and of meaning in their lives.

SVII Partnerships and Progress

SVII is happy to announce a new partnership on the east coast! Expanding out from Silicon Valley, SVII has launched a partnership with Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA. Along with the extension to the east, there are also changes back home, in the west. With new sponsors and a re-imagining of our live events, the work in the west is looking better than ever.


SVII is now officially bicoastal and we have two exciting new partnerships to announce.

Our monthly live West Coast programs are being rebooted after a brief hiatus. SVII Forums at Foothills is a partnership with our newest sponsor, the Foothills Tennis and Swim Club, who will host us at their beautiful facility in Palo Alto.

Our community can look forward to the same highly interactive provocative round table discussions on timely topics, anchored by the perspectives of our fascinating panelists. Ease of access is considerably improved over our recent locations — Parking is plentiful and the venue is just off Foothill Expressway between Page Mill and Arastradero, and near I-280, which is easier to navigate than US 101, especially during the evening rush hour.

In addition to improving our location, we are changing from 1st Wednesdays to 4th Tuesdays for at least the next three months on June 23rd, July 28th and August 25th. Mark your calendars.

For information about our first event, please check out the event announcement: From Makers to Manufacturing — details on the other summer events will be posted soon.

SVII East is also kicking off a great new partnership with Simon’s Rock College in Western Massachusetts to create an Innovation Corps, an educational Innovation Initiative commencing Tuesday May 26th. This program has a team of students working with SVII over the summer, and we will have some big news about the further development of our partnership with this prestigious institution in the coming weeks.

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support and interest in innovation advocacy. This is going to be a great year for us all.