Innovation Tri-Valley News

Innovation Tri-Valley News


News from around the Tri-Valley of California

Super Bowl 50 Applications

The Business Connect application period is now open! Applications will be accepted November 17, 2014 through April 30, 2015. Apply on the Host Committee's website today!

Business Connect links the Bay Area's diverse business community to contracting opportunities related to Super Bowl 50. The program’s goal is to increase opportunities for minority, women, disabled veteran, lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender owned business enterprises to conduct Super Bowl business, as well as to support individual business growth through networking events and educational programs.

Inside Lawrence Livermore and the arms race for innovation

Consider a supercomputer so fast and powerful that it generates simulated models to better understand everything from irregular human heartbeats to earthquakes. Picture tiny brain implants that can restore sight and possibly memory. Or what about the world’s largest laser, with powerful beams,zooming rocket-like across three football fields—research that could lead to future sources of clean energy?

This is the world inside the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a national security lab 50 miles east of San Francisco.

Read more here »

TEDxLivermore Coming on September 20, 2014

There's a great event this September that should be on your radar.

TEDxLivermore will be a day of inspiring, reflective talks with a purpose. Like TED events, TEDx are community-organized efforts to promote ideas worth spreading. At TEDxLivermore, our talented roster of speakers from GoldieBlox, the California Academy of Sciences, Tomorrow Makers and other places will talk about creativity, sharing their own aha! moment of creative discovery and its impact. We are all creative creatures, but sometimes need a little inspiration to unlock our potential. With the theme "Uncork Your Creativity," TEDxLivermore may help do just that.

Some of the speakers include:

  • A former San Ramon fire chief, Richard Price, who created a life-saving smart phone app that alerts CPR-trained individuals when someone nearby is having a cardiac event.
  • The chief rainmaker from GoldieBlox, the woman-led toy company on a mission to inspire the next generation of female engineers.
  • Dr. Meg Lowman from the California Academy of Sciences, with her views on how men and women working in concert can effectively tackle some of the most pressing environmental concerns.
  • Todd Johnston, a process design facilitator, will reveal how to harness the power of collective intelligence (that's you and me, working together) to address complex challenges.

TEDxLivermore will take place on September 20 at Las Positas College. You can buy tickets at For more information on speakers, or on TEDx events in general, check out the web site.

Hope to see you there!

Education Committee Summary

Mission: Developing and Support Sustainable, Replicable and Scalable Programs to Prepare Students for College and Careers in the 21st Century

Regionalism and Advocacy: Innovation Tri-Valley Education Committee includes leaders from education, business and political offices all working together to advocate and create strong regional programs to prepare students for a 21st Century workforce.


  • K-12 Project Lead the Way Continuum: The four Tri-Valley school districts have a strong focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics through Project Lead the Way in middle and high school. Expanding the program to begin in elementary school creates a pipeline of interested students as students enter middle and high school. This is a project in its infancy with two teachers from each school district piloting Project Lead the Way Launch in the 2014/2015 school year.
  • Design to Manufacturing Academy: A program developed at Sandia to introduce high school students to the advanced manufacturing process. Students start with the initial concept design then manufacture a part and then test to failure.
  • TEDx : “Uncorking Creativity” , the upcoming TEDx is planned for September 2015. The goal is to live-stream at the Bankhead Theater with four satellite sites throughout the Tri-Valley school districts planned for September 2014.
  • Career Pathway Trust: In order to further increase regional career pathways, the Tri-Valley school districts in partnership with Las Positas Community College have jointly applied for the Career Pathways Trust.
  • IISME- IISME (Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education) places teacher fellows at participating business to gain hands-on experience in the practical applications of the subject they teach in order to better prepare the future workforce.
  • Dream Makers and Risk Takers: Highlighting student innovation and creativity in the Tri-Valley at the Dream Makers and Risk Takers award ceremony planned for October 2014.
  • Future Event: Tri-Valley Education Conference- a regional business and education conference featuring best practices in education and roundtable discussions with industry partners in 2016.

View the PowerPoint presentation from February 14, 2014 here ».

Live More, Save More Program a Success

Thank you for all your contributions to the Live More, Save More Program! For those of you who were unable to attend the Intern Celebration, I would like to express my gratitude for your involvement in The Capacity Project Energy Internship. Here is a link to pictures from the event on Dropbox. The student internship has definitely contributed to the program's success.  Below are some program results which we can all be proud of:

  • To date, LMSM has helped Livermore residents save over $16,800 on utility bills, roughly $20 per home per month.
  • 156 residents enrolled in Energy Rewards.

Way to go team!

Happy savings!

Cindy Moreno
WattzOn, Energy Coach and Analyst

Why WSI Is a Member of Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group

I've been part of the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group for quite some time now, nearly from the beginning. As board member and sponsor of the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce, it's been interesting to watch this organization get started, grow legs, and start to run.

I'm an internet marketing consultant with my company, WSI Smart Solutions. We work with businesses who are struggling to get found on the search engines, like Google, so it's been a natural fit to be part of the ITVLG As part of the growing community of people and businesses involved with ITVLG, they are bringing the educational systems in the Tri-Valley region together with business leaders, to make sure that the educational needs of our youth meet the business needs for employment in the future.

By bridging the gap between STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) education, and pairing it with the needs of the businesses that are moving into the area, makes this a win-win for everyone involved. The educational system is better able to provide the educational structure, from the very beginning in elementary school, and meet the needs of the businesses for decades into the future.

As an educator myself, I too teach "high tech" information to business owners, consultants and employers in the Bay Area, through my own internet marketing training academy, the Bay Area Search Engine Academy. Technology changes so quickly that's it's difficult to keep up with everything, and any high tech job will be obsolete in a short amount of time as new technologies replace the old. 

Keeping the educational system fresh and current with today's ever-changing systems is crucial for attracting and retaining high quality employees and employers. By having a rich business environment with a fantastic area to live in (the Tri-Valley region), this attracts more people, more money is spent locally, and we become a hub for California and the world.

By being part of the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group, I feel that we are building a better future not only for the area, but for the world. I can't wait to get there!

California’s Fiscal Picture: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

The Contra Costa Council, Innovation Tri-Valley and the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a lunch program to hear about the state of the state's economy. Assembly Member Joan Buchanan and State Controller John Chiang will be speaking during this event.

Pre-registration is required to reserve a spot, and it can be done online on the Contra Costa Council registration page, or by downloading the flyer and faxing it back to them.

Event Details

Friday, February 22, 2013
11:30 a.m. - Registration
12:00 noon - Lunch program

Four Points Sheraton
5115 Hopyard Road (map)

Making Lives Better

Community Benefit Report

As part of its ongoing commitment to total health, Kaiser Permanente provided more than $808 million to support community programs across Northern California in 2011. Videos and stories about the people who benefit from these investments are featured in a new annual report that illustrates Kaiser Permanente's focus on making a direct impact with its own programs in Northern California.

Read the annual report »

Through its own programs and with community partners supporting the safety net of community clinics and public hospitals creating healthy environments to help people eat better and move more advancing health knowledge for the future of health care.

To see the report and learn more about Kaiser Permanente's community investments, visit

LLNL Has the Fastest Supercomputer in the World

The Top500 List of supercomputers now lists the United States as having the fastest supercomputer in the world, the first time it can claim that record since 2009. The 96 racks of equipment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California holds the IBM "Sequoia" supercomputer.

It is capable of 16.32 petaflops which means that in one hour, it could calculate what is approximately equivalent to giving a calculator to 6.7 billion people (slightly less than the population of the world) and giving them 320 years to make the equivalent calculations.

Dave Turek, vice president of high performance computing systems at IBM said that the Sequoia system is about 1/10 the size of Fujitsu’s K computer (the previous fastest supercomputer), uses considerably less energy and has “remarkable reliability.”

He said, "The computer can do two billion calculations per second with 1 watt of energy. If you look at your PC today, that microprocessor in there is probably consuming 100 to 150 watts.”

Read the full Washington Post article, IBM’s ‘Sequoia’ unseats Fujitsu; tops the list as fastest supercomputer.

"Livermore Schools Rock" Video Contest

The Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a video contest to show why "Livermore Schools Rock". One winner will be chosen from each of the following categories:

  • Grades K-8
  • High School
  • College
  • Community

The winning videos will be shown at the September 2012 Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon, posted on the chamber and Innovation Tri-Valley website, used as promotional pieces for the schools, city, and region, and potentially screened at the Vine Theater in Downtown Livermore.

Submitted videos will be judged anonymously by a panel of professionals from the film industry, including:

  • Joel Goldstein, principal of MSI and manager for 30 years of world renowned talent from Christina Aguilera to William Hurt
  • Ted Kaye, formerly head of physical production for Disney Television and 25 years of experience in television and movies
  • Jody Amos, Amos Productions, video producer and A/V specialist

Entries must be received by August 31, 2012 and must be in MP4 or H.264 format with a maximum length of three minutes, including credits. They can be e-mailed to or mailed to the Chamber office:

Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce
Attn: Video Contest
2157 1st Street
Livermore, CA 94550

For more information contact Dale Eldridge Kaye at the Chamber office by calling 925-447-1606 or by e-mail to

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