As a former mayor of Palo Alto, Sid knows firsthand how government and public policy can help citizens. His career has spanned from overseas embassies, the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House. Along the way he also directed global philanthropy at Hewlett-Packard. Sid now heads up philanthropy and civic engagement for Microsoft across the great state of California, based right here in the Silicon Valley.
Last week, the Computer History Museum hosted a fascinating panel discussion with members of the U.S. Digital Service (USDS). The USDS, which was created by the Obama Administration less than two years ago, is comprised of (mostly young) people with technology expertise who can rethink, design and help implement how technology is used throughout the federal […]
The year’s end is always a time for reflection, and there’s no question that 2015 was action-packed for all of us working on civic tech issues at Microsoft. These issues are important. The burgeoning civic tech field is one that we believe has the potential to fundamentally change the way that governments operate, services are provided, citizens […]
I recently had the experience of a lifetime: Flying with the Blue Angels! It was, though, an honor bestowed on everyone at Microsoft. FleetWeek San Francisco took place last month, a time when thousands of members of the military are in San Francisco. For many spectators, a highlight of Fleet Week is watching the Navy’s Blue Angels’ F/A-18s do breathtaking […]
Data indicates that the tech community’s shift north is faster than anticipated For anyone living in the Bay Area, the upward shift of the tech community and Silicon Valley into San Francisco shouldn’t be a surprise. Witness the city’s churning about commuter buses, the increasing income divide, gentrification around mid-Market, Hacks for the Homeless, worsening traffic, […]
New research connecting civic engagement and economic prosperity As mayors search for solutions to address youth unemployment, high drop-out rates and increasing youth violence, there is an interesting body of research that connects the dots between civic engagement and economic resilience. A recent report released by Opportunity Nation and their research partner Measure of America […]
People are abuzz about ‘civic tech.’ As communities around the world seek technology-enabled solutions to social problems, some of the most inspiring innovation is coming from government, and more specifically local government. Yes, local government. Across the country and around the world, cities and counties are thinking about the intersection of technology, policy and politics […]
School is officially back in session. To kick off the new school year, Microsoft hosted the 2014 Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s annual Education Summit on our Silicon Valley campus. The summit brings together local leaders from the nonprofit community, academia, government and private sector to discuss critical issues in our educational ecosystem, and to engage […]