My Smart Cities Short Documentary

July 7, 2017 - 4:59 pm
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Trailer for my New Short Documentary on Smart Cities

July 2, 2017 - 11:28 am

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VIDEO: The Trillion Dollar Smart City Opportunity

February 19, 2017 - 8:40 pm

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My Chapter on Smart Cities Now Available in New Textbook

January 1, 2017 - 1:00 pm

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PODCAST: My Interview on Cities as the Digital Hubs of the Future

December 24, 2016 - 3:15 pm

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VIDEO: Talking Startups, Smart Cities, and Open Data on DisrupTV

September 17, 2016 - 2:23 pm

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PODCAST: What Will The City Of The Future Look Like?

May 17, 2016 - 2:09 am

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The Smart City Opportunity

April 6, 2016 - 11:40 pm

Assuming that current trends continue, our future belongs to cities. Already half of all humans on the planet live in cities, and by 2050 a full 70 percent of civilization will live, work, and play in an urban environment.

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Named a Top 20 Influential CIO in 2016

March 11, 2016 - 2:00 pm

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VIDEO: Meet 7 CIOs That Are Creating Smart Cities in Silicon Valley

February 26, 2016 - 11:16 pm

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VIDEO: Silicon Valley Forum Interview on Smart Cities and Open Data

February 12, 2016 - 9:00 pm

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VIDEO: Brave New Connected World – My Talk at Silicon Valley Forum

February 1, 2016 - 9:46 pm

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VIDEO: Creating Data-Driven Cities – ODSC WEST 2015

January 30, 2016 - 11:34 am

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VIDEO: What Does a Government CIO Do?

January 27, 2016 - 3:05 am

Video also discusses the role of the Internet of Things in a government and city context.

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Embracing Diversity for the Future of our Cities

January 15, 2016 - 9:17 pm

diversity1“In the game of life, less diversity means fewer options for change. Wild or domesticated, panda or pea, adaptation is the requirement for survival.” – Cary Fowler

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VIDEO: BBC Featurette on Connected Cities

January 9, 2016 - 8:13 pm

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VIDEO: How smart can a city be? – Jonathan Reichental Discusses with Tia Kansara

December 13, 2015 - 12:16 am

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VIDEO: Interview on Apps, Smart Cities & More at WebSummit 2015

December 12, 2015 - 1:49 pm

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VIDEO: Talking Smart Cities at Plug and Play Tech Center

November 26, 2015 - 2:36 pm

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VIDEO: ESB Leading Lights – Making Cities Smarter with Technology

November 10, 2015 - 10:19 pm

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VIDEO: Everything will be Connected (El Pais – English & Spanish Versions)

October 20, 2015 - 10:24 pm

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VIDEO: Creating a New Operating System for Cities – Jalisco Campus Party

July 31, 2015 - 1:11 pm

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PODCAST: The Future Belongs to Cities – But We’re Not Ready Yet

July 2, 2015 - 9:09 pm

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VIDEO: Recruiting for the Future of Government

April 24, 2015 - 1:14 pm

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VIDEO: Attracting Top Talent to Government

April 21, 2015 - 9:42 pm

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VIDEO: Marin County Council of Mayors & Councilmembers Dinner Talk on Data

March 28, 2015 - 1:48 am

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Open Government Podcast Part 1 & 2

March 18, 2015 - 1:21 am

The open government podcast, a Canadian duo, interviewed me about the work the City of Palo Alto has been doing around government innovation and more. The interview is in two podcasts. Total time is 30 minutes.

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Palo Alto Weekly Cover Story: Big Data in Little City

February 21, 2015 - 2:19 pm

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Civic Innovation: Ready, Set, Go!

January 16, 2015 - 10:59 pm

One of the reasons I moved from a successful 20-year career innovating in the private sector to spending time serving the public sector wasn’t because it was a premier place to innovate. In fact, I was attracted to the public sector exactly because it was the opposite.

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PHOTO: Cities Need a New Operating System for the 21st Century

September 20, 2014 - 2:15 pm

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VIDEO: Palo Alto Apps Challenge TV Finale (1-hour show)

June 13, 2014 - 5:17 am

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Reinventing Government One App at a Time

April 4, 2014 - 9:43 pm

appsOn one hot day last June, along with civic hacking events in 83 cities participating in the first-ever National Day of Civic Hacking, the City of Palo Alto, California, held an outdoor festival of civic innovation. Approximately 5000 people showed up to discover and be inspired by a wide range of technology-related talks and solutions for delivering government in completely new ways. While some software hacking took place, the focus was on beginning both the education and conversation on defining civic innovation and answering why it is so important to all our communities. The festival was a success and was highly praised by the community and at a special event at the White House later in the summer.

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VIDEO: Open Data by Default Proclamation at Palo Alto City Hall

February 14, 2014 - 3:36 pm

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City of Palo Alto’s Historic Open Data by Default Proclamation

February 4, 2014 - 10:23 pm
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Jonathan Reichental (Left) & Palo Alto Mayor Nancy Shepherd (Right)

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The Structure Show Interview on Open Data

January 2, 2014 - 3:36 pm

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VIDEO: How Data Can Help Create Better Communities

September 24, 2013 - 5:17 pm

dataIn an era of government deficits, it’s comforting to note that there is an abundant surplus of data. But until recently, leveraging value from data beyond its initial creation and use has been difficult. Today, this picture is changing. A combination of new technologies and a more enlightened emerging leadership is finding innovative ways to put data to work. Beyond much desired transparency and accountability, making government data more easily accessible is creating a wave of valuable community applications.  In this video, I discuss this topic, explore best practices, and share my thoughts on civic innovation.

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8-Minute Video: The future of technology is not what we do, but whether we should do it

September 21, 2013 - 2:03 am

ethicsMy 8-minute talk at CITRIS at the University of California Berkeley on September 12, 2013. The day-long conference was titled, “Can Open Data Improve Democratic Governance?” I was part of the day when we were asked to take a broad view of the opportunities and challenges presented by the massive volume of public data now available. We were asked to consider how governments and citizens can mine the advantages of greater information while also attending to concerns of privacy, equity and access?

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Partnering for Success: How the City of Palo Alto Engages its Tech Community

August 21, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Introduction

Every community makes it their business to know their unique qualities. Great communities systematically leverage these qualities to sustain and improve their city or town. At the City of Palo Alto, California, we are fortunate to have many assets that collectively make our community a desirable place to live, work, and visit. While qualities such as our parks and tree-lined streets are characteristics of our physical environment, Palo Alto is notable for a population with the highest percentage of graduate degrees in the state, an insatiable appetite for entrepreneurship, and a propensity towards technology innovation. This short article focuses on some of our efforts as a municipal government to specifically leverage our technology community.

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Open Government in a Digital Age

July 14, 2013 - 7:03 pm

The following essay was submitted to the Alliance for Innovation by Jonathan Reichental (Chief Information Officer of the City of Palo Alto) and Sheila Tucker (Assistant to the City Manager) as part of the 2013 Transforming Local Government Conference. The essay summarizes work done at the City that resulted in the Thomas H. Muehlenback Award for Excellent in Local Government.

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VIDEO: CityCamp Palo Alto & HP

July 3, 2013 - 11:26 pm

On June 1, 2013, nearly 100 cities throughout the US brought together public and private sectors to use software, technology and ideas to build better communities as part of a National Day of Civic Hacking. In Palo Alto, I was the founder and creator of CityCamp Palo Alto, our event on June 1. Here is a video, produced by HP, that focuses on their important contribution and how it ties into their own strategy.

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VIDEO: My Vision for Technology Innovation in Local Government

May 25, 2013 - 12:43 pm

The City of Palo Alto is creating social and mobile communities, and collaborating with citizens, volunteers, employees, partners and other agencies to change the way government is delivered.

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Why Civic Hacking is Good News for Government and Our Communities

May 10, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Hacking 101

When US Navy warplanes returned to base after bombing missions during World War 2, engineers would use hacksaws to cut pieces off broken aircraft and apply them to good planes to get them to fly again. Thus, it is purported, the word “hacking” was born.

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Does social computing have a role in government?

April 5, 2013 - 2:04 am

As of early 2013, there are over a billion active monthly users of Facebook and almost 700 million daily users. People from across the world use this social network to share and exchange stories, pictures, ideas, and more. These numbers suggest a compelling platform that is engaging humanity in a manner without precedent. Facebook and its competitors have convincingly demonstrated that people will share and collaborate with each other, and with strangers, in an inclusive manner not just for fun, but to make things happen. And yet, when most of the working population of those users goes to their places of employment, they use technologies that reinforce barriers to collaboration. Email—albeit an important business technology—primarily facilitates sequential and non-inclusive collaboration. Up until recently, the merits of social networking has had the hardest time successfully penetrating the enterprise.

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VIDEO: Palo Alto Continuing Open Data Push for City Government

February 23, 2013 - 3:29 pm

California Forward first reported on the city of Palo Alto’s Open Data Platform in August.  The city is using technology to create a more inclusive form of local government.  Months after its launch, we wanted to find out how if citizens are answering the call to become more engaged.

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VIDEO: Robots, Space Travel, Open Data, and Other Thoughts

- 3:19 pm

Antonio Savarese, journalist for the Italian magazine Data Manager, on a recent trip to Silicon Valley, joined me at City Hall to discuss a wide range of items. His published interview with me is available here. In addition, he recorded an interview which can be found here. His questions allowed me to elaborate on some of the work my team and I are doing at the City of Palo Alto and also for me to provide my thoughts on the future of technology. It is a short 14 minute video.

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VIDEO: Streams, Gardens, and Clouds – My Lecture on Open Data at UC Berkeley

February 9, 2013 - 7:50 pm

Data Innovation Day was held on Thursday, January 24, 2013. The purpose of Data Innovation Day is to raise awareness about the benefits and opportunities that come from increased use of information by individuals and the public and private sector. Events were held across the U.S. The following is my lecture at UC Berkeley on that day.

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VIDEO: Early Lessons in Using Lean Methods in Palo Alto

January 2, 2013 - 6:43 pm

The city of Palo Alto, Calif., is stealing an idea from the commercial technology industry to improve services for its residents. In this video, city CIO Jonathan Reichental offers lessons learned from Palo Alto’s use of Lean Startup principles during several recent technology projects. The Lean Startup approach — which lets users test unfinished versions of new apps and websites — is routine in the commercial space. Now it’s catching on in government.

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5 Steps to Jumpstart an Open Data Capability

December 17, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Making your agency’s data easily accessible to community members and computer applications has the potential to be a public sector game-changer. We call this process and capability: open data. In addition to increasing transparency and accountability–which can lead to greater trust with constituents–open data can enable innovators to build useful applications; analysts to find helpful insights; and innovators to create derivative value. Done right, there is little downside and a high-value upside. Looking across the U.S. today, we’re seeing an increasing number of federal, state, and local agencies embrace an open data future.

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Why Every Public Agency Needs a Data Strategy

November 2, 2012 - 2:08 pm

In his second guest column for EfficientGov, Palo Alto CIO Jonathan Reichental looks at the Open Data movement, and the criticality of “open government” in the 21st century.

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Are Cities Prepared To Get Serious About Technology?

October 3, 2012 - 12:55 pm

This post first appeared on September 13, 2012 on EfficientGov as part of a guest column called Reichental’s Digital City.

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CBS News Radio Interview on Open Budget Sept 20, 2012

September 20, 2012 - 10:00 am

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Palo Alto’s Open Data Platform: What Transparency Looks Like?

August 3, 2012 - 9:15 pm

Pete Peterson, Executive Director, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy; his essay on his discussion with Jonathan Reichental on City government innovation and, in particular, his observations on Palo Alto’s open data work so far.

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Interview with Mashable on Palo Alto Open Data Initiative

July 31, 2012 - 10:21 pm

Mashable spoke with Palo Alto’s Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental and City Manager James Keene, who are at the forefront of the city’s open data initiative, to learn more about the project.

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How Palo Alto is leading the digital city movement [GovFresh Interview]

June 17, 2012 - 1:43 pm

Luke Fretwell, founder and editor of GovFresh, conducted an interview with me on the work we are doing at the City of Palo Alto in rethinking and reinventing the delivery of local government. In a wide ranging discussion we cover topics such as open data, hackathons, cultural change, and the importance of leadership support.

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Palo Alto Weekly Cover Story: Building a Digital City

March 30, 2012 - 12:34 pm

I am thrilled that our vision for Palo Alto as a leading digital city is a cover story today in the Palo Alto Weekly. The story does a great job of covering the highlights of our work over the past few months. We’re experimenting with new ways of delivering service in local government and it’s getting the attention of media, our community, and other cities. Mayor Yeh, City Manager Keene, and I couldn’t be more pleased with our progress. We’re ready to take this work to the next level. Links to story attached.

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Palo Alto city manager selects new Chief Information Officer (CIO)

October 26, 2011 - 9:35 pm

Palo Alto, CA – [Press Release] After an extensive search for the leader of the City of Palo Alto’s Information Technology (IT) agency and the City’s technology initiatives, City Manager James Keene announced his selection of Jonathan Reichental (Ph.D), currently Chief Information Officer for O’Reilly Media, as the City’s new cabinet-level CIO. The search for a new CIO to lead the City’s restructured IT operations yielded 147 applicants. After an intense review process that involved Palo Alto technology company executives, peer CIOs and a number of City representatives, Keene selected Dr. Reichental.

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