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Data Points Podcast Episode 3 - Making Cities Smarter

Shireen Santosham, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Jose, California, joins us to discuss all things data and innovation in San Jose. San Jose is a city of just over 1 million people in the Bay Area. You might know it because of its tech reputation and its location right in the heart of Silicon Valley, but our focus through our conversation with Shireen is on what the city itself is doing to work better for residents using data.

As Chief Innovation Officer, Shireen leads leads efforts to build the Smart City Vision and strategy for Mayor Sam Liccardo and the city as a whole. Using her past experience on innovation projects across sectors, Shireen works on partnerships and programs that help advance the city’s goals, including becoming a safer, more sustainable, and more inclusive city. San Jose also works with GovEx on open data through the What Works Cities Initiative, making it clear the city is committed to exploring a variety of strategies to use data to improve outcomes for residents.

Our discussion with Shireen touches on everything from using data to support diversity and inclusion to tech workers and private partnerships in San Jose. To find out more about San Jose’s use of data, check out their Smart City Vision or get in touch with GovEx

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