Introducing the Prospect Silicon Valley Data Lab

 |   Kevin Miller

This week, Prospect Silicon Valley unveiled their newest asset to support their mission to “advance urbantech innovations for sustainable, smart communities.” Microsoft is proud to partner with Prospect Silicon Valley on the development of their new Data Lab, a data sharing and analytics platform built on the Azure cloud. And while the platform promises to enable cross-sector data sharing and analytics in a secure and efficient environment, the story here is about partnership.  

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. The execution of this mission takes shape in a litany of different forms across our multinational organization. In San José, the Technology and Civic Engagement team has invested heavily in the local civic innovation ecosystem through in-kind grants, product and software donations, and implementing technical projects that enable our partners to enhance their impact in the community. The Prospect Silicon Valley Data Lab is an example of our continued commitment to this space, and to San José, but it is also a testament to our support of Prospect Silicon Valley as a vital member of this community and our belief that the organization has a critical role to play in the effort to drive innovation and impact through the use of data and cloud technology in the heart of Silicon Valley. Together, Prospect Silicon Valley and Microsoft will empower the community to gain insights and create solutions to some of our most pressing challenges.  

The concept of the Prospect Silicon Valley Data Lab is simple: enable Prospect Silicon Valley’s partner ecosystem to leverage the cloud for secure data sharing, advanced analytics, data visualization, and application development. The cloud can be a tremendous force for global good. The civic issues that Prospect Silicon Valley tackles—transportation and mobility, energy, and the built environment—are ripe for tech solutions and innovation, and access to the many tools and solutions  available within the Azure cloud, such as the Cortana Intelligence Suite, the Connected Vehicle Platform, or the new IoT Central software as a service (SAAS), will enable both. Our investment in this platform and our partnership with Prospect Silicon Valley creates endless opportunity for social good. We hope you’ll get involved.

If you are interested in learning more about this platform or our partnership with Prospect Silicon Valley, let us know. You can reach out to me on Twitter @civtechkev.

Kevin Miller

Kevin joined Microsoft as the Civic Technology Manager for San Jose from a career in the public sector. Focusing on the intersections of technology, society, and government, Kevin works with the San Jose community to solve problems through the application of technology and fostering civic engagement. Prior to joining Microsoft, Kevin led the Data Analytics Team in the San Jose City Manager’s Office, where he helped lead the city’s open data initiative and conducted data analytics projects aimed at improving service delivery and increasing government efficiency. Kevin graduated with a BA in political science from UC Berkeley and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from American University in Washington, DC.