Leveraging Tech, Innovation to Address Regional Challenges
The Bay Area Council this week was thrilled to partner with member company TechCrunch on Disrupt SF 2018, one of the technology industry’s biggest annual gatherings highlighting the game-changing founders, new startups and emerging trends shaping and leading the tech sector. As part of a speaker lineup that included Priscilla Chan, Ashton Kuchar and Daru Kawalkowski, Council CEO Jim Wunderman led a conversation on how technology and innovation can be leveraged to address the many challenges the Bay Area faces even as the economy booms.
Wunderman was joined by Carla Boragno, Vice President of Site Services for biotech giant Genentech and Co-Chair of the Council’s Housing Committee; Michael Matthews, California Director of Public Policy for Facebook and Co-Chair of the Council’s Transportation Committee; and, Vikrum Aiyer, Head of Public Policy & Strategic Communications for Postmates. The discussion delved into the role business can play in working with elected and government leaders to address housing, transportation, climate resiliency and workforce development challenges. While the challenges are real, Wunderman also shared findings from the recent Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s 2018 Economic Profile that examines the overall strength of the region’s economy.