Opening Remarks: Kathy Watanabe | SVIEF
3:08AM Sep 30, 2018
Many of you have known Kathy Watanabe vice mayor of Santa Clara Kathy has attended many SVIEF events and is a big supporter of the innovation course. So please join me in welcoming Kathy Watanabe vice mayor of Santa Clara.
My name is Kathy Watanabe and I currently serve as the vice mayor center of the city of Santa Clara. And I have to say this was definitely a hard act to follow. So I'm really sorry that it's just me up here right now. But that was definitely a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful show.
On behalf of Mayor Lisa Gilmore and the City Council. It is my honor to welcome you to the eighth annual annual Silicon Valley innovation and entrepreneurship forum, tech night and award ceremony. I will also indirectly welcome you. As you've already been told that the Beyonce and Jay Z concert is taking place across the street at Levi's Stadium tonight. The concert should be over about 11 o'clock tonight. So I hope that you will be able to make your way home tonight safely or be in your hotel room by then.
As part of the ever changing innovation. Innovative Silicon Valley, the city of Santa Clara encourages an entrepreneur culture that promotes the continued growth and advancement of technology and businesses Santa Clara is proud to be home to over 100 startups, software and research and development companies. Many of those companies are recognized as always on the move, making better and more fantastic products, which helps promote the developers and inventors of those products who have devoted their time and energy to create those products. And some of those developers and inventors are being honored here tonight.
As such, the city of Santa Clara is proud to once again actually, for the eighth time be the host city for Silicon Valley innovation and entrepreneurship forum, Silicon Valley, because we also market our city as the center of what's possible. Based on how quickly technology changes, it is important to provide opportunities for technology experts on all levels. To stay on top of the latest and greatest information.
Over this two day conference. The Silicon Valley innovation and entrepreneurship forum will welcome world leading inventor investors, researchers and entrepreneurs from the United States and Asia to showcase innovative ideas and breakthroughs in innovation and technology.
This event will bring together over 100 leading innovators, economists and media professionals to discuss the future of the industry and exchange ideas to shape the future of technology. How fortunate you all are to be in this place to learn and grow, you are changing the face of how our world operates, and make the future very exciting.
Despite the vitriol we hear every day from our nation's capital. What you share truly gives us hope for a better tomorrow in the technology world. You are our future you help make us possible.
At this time. I'd like to invite Iris Lei founder and executive president of Silicon Valley innovation and entrepreneurship forum to join me Iris.
So so to commemorate this year Silicon Valley innovation I've now presented this a certificate of special mayoral recognition to Iris Lei from the city of Santa Clara. So once again, welcome to the eighth annual forum and the City of Santa Clara wishes you continued success and growth. Thank you very much.