Tech & The City – Nov 15, 2018

The San Francisco Chapter of the Berkeley Haas Alumni Network presents Tech & the City: How to Get Urban Innovation Right.

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE: TBD, San Francisco, CA 94111

Ticket Cost: $5-30 Tickets



Living in the Bay Area, we see the effects of a growing tech world in our daily lives. More housing development, increased transit and jobs, and a wealth of information at our fingertips. However, with these benefits come concerns of increased income inequality, gentrification, and other long-term impacts.

In this session, Molly Turner, Lecturer of the popular Berkeley-Haas course, Tech & the City: How to Get Urban Innovation Right, will explore the pros and cons of technology on urban life and how we should react as both corporations and consumers. Topics discussed will include how new and existing technologies impact cities, specifically San Francisco, and how to produce results that are not only good for business but also equitable and sustainable.

Molly will share insights focused on three case studies: Airbnb, Uber, and WeWork.

Key learnings will include:

1. How to be a more critical consumer
2. How to run a more socially responsible business
3. How to be a more entrepreneurial civil servant


6-6:30PM: Snacks & Networking
6:30-7:15PM: Keynote Speaker, Molly Turner
7:15-7:30PM: Q&A
7:30-8PM: Wrap Up & Networking


Meet Our Keynote Speaker: Molly Turner

Molly Turner is a leading voice on urban innovation as a Lecturer at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, board member of urban policy think tank SPUR, and advisor to civic tech startups. Turner was an early employee of Airbnb, where she established the company’s public policy team in 2011. As the Global Head of Civic Partnerships, Turner directed Airbnb’s partnerships with governments around the world, including its international disaster response program, neighborhood tourism development program, and 2015 launch in Cuba. Before Airbnb, Turner worked for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, the UNESCO World Heritage Cities Program, and an urban planning consulting firm. Turner holds a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a BA from Dartmouth College.

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