Administrator Denise Turner Roth and City Innovate Foundation Announce First-of-its-Kind Innovation Lab Bringing Public, Private and Non-Profit Sectors Together to Solve Urban Problems
5,000 sq. ft. “Superpublic” at 50 U.N. Plaza Federal Office Building will be nation’s first collaborative workspace to host City, State, and Federal policymakers under one roof; The innovation Lab will be run by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, City Innovate Foundation and General Services Administration to help improve delivery of city services; UC Berkeley, the Center for Design Research at Stanford University and MIT Media Lab “City Science” expected to join Superpublic
San Francisco, CA – Today, the City Innovate Foundation was joined by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Denise Turner Roth and the U.S. Department of Commerce to announce a first-of-its-kind Innovation lab to solve urban problems and scale solutions at 50 United Nations Plaza. The 5,000 sq. ft. Superpublic will serve as a platform for the public, private, and non-profit sectors to work together to address the most pressing challenges facing cities and invent the next generation of services. The lab unites under the same roof for the first time innovation teams from the private industry, federal, state and city government agencies and from universities including: UC Berkeley, the Center for Design Research at Stanford University (expected) and MIT Media Lab “City Science” (expected). Corporate and non-profit partners include: Microsoft, Deloitte, Local Government Commission and others to be announced at the end of May 2016.
“New technologies, the internet, and the digital economy are sources of job creation, enablers of global trade and commerce, and key elements of America’s competitiveness,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “Superpublic creates a forum to bring together leaders in the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors to create digital solutions that address our cities’ most pressing issues and develop stronger partnerships in the process.”
“Superpublic presents a unique opportunity to solve