Thursday, February 4, 2016

City of Oakland Submits Response to US Dept of Transportation's Smart City Challenge

Addressing Secretary Foxx, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf ends her cover letter for the City’s response to the US Dept. of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge by writing that Oakland stands “ready to build the partnerships and policies to enable shared, connected and autonomous vehicles, and to harness the revolutions in data, communications and transportation technology. If you have any questions, please contact me or Matt Nichols, my Policy Director for Transportation and Infrastructure at Thank you for your leadership and consideration of Oakland’s Smart and Equitable City Vision. I look forward to seeing you again soon.”

USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

The City's final submission documents can be found here.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Smart Letter: Whatever you vividly imagine...

Dear Smart Oakland project team and supporters everywhere,

Smart Oakland and its draft Oakland+ response to the DOT's Smart City Challenge have received their first letter of support. Here's the link to the folder where we will post all of our letters as they come in.

Visualizing the Smart Oakland Vision Narrative
I have a previous commitment that will keep me busy from now until about 6pm this evening, so my ability to work on the draft will be very brief and sporadic today.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Smart Oakland Shifts Gears: Wrapping Up Idea Generation and Transitioning to Proposal Writing

To date, we have had over 3,600 page views of the Smart Oakland blog and we expect many more in the next week! Your ideas and comments have been a driving force in Oakland's open, crowdsourced response to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart City Challenge. Thank you Oakland and others pulling for Oakland everywhere!

With one week to go before proposals must be submitted, the Smart Oakland project team is shifting gears. Beginning tonight, Thursday, January 28, you are still invited to submit ideas and information, but the team may not be able to respond or address them until after the February 4th deadline.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Where in Oakland is Liberty Cheng...

Based on the enthusiastic reception and feedback of a number of schools and teachers of our special invitation to Oakland youth to help their city see its way to 2045, we have decided to extend the date for submissions of student projects to April 1, 2016. 

Between, now and then the Smart Oakland team welcomes any and all communication from students and their teacher and parents who would like to share how they are using the University of California's Center for Cities and Schools' Y-PLAN roadmap to help their city. 

Smart Oakland Announces Schedule for Final Week

Morning Team,

First, I am very pleased to report the working title of our response to the DOT's Smart City Challenge: 

Oakland Plus (Oakland+): A Smart & Sustainable Transportation Initiative 

Now and going forward, if anyone asks you how things are going with the proposal, you can simply direct them to and invite them to see for themselves.

Second, what follows is a detailed schedule for our last week of this Smart Oakland sprint: