What we do

Strategy of Things helps cities become smarter and more responsive. We are a Silicon Valley based
 innovation consultancy that brings urban science, breakthrough strategies and disruptive digital technologies
to help organizations solve complex problems in new ways.

We team with you through our rapid innovation processes to create solutions and services. We integrate 
transformational enablers like the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, cloud, data science and strategy
to create sustainable value for you and your customers. 

We offer an integrated portfolio of services – innovation lab, consulting, research and execution,
to deliver the outcomes that matter to you and your customers.
Consistently. Faster. Smarter. With Less Risk.

Where we help

What is a Smart City?

 

How can I use Smart City innovation to help my constituents?

 

How do I get started and what do I do first?

 

Where can I find the funding to build my Smart City?

 

How do I optimize my existing resources to support
operations today while building tomorrow’s smart city?

 

How can I execute and show results in six to nine months?

Our Services

Acceleration

Innovation Ecosystem. Proven Solutions. Trusted Services.

Advisory

Strategy. Planning. Analysis. Value Realization.

Intelligence

“On The Ground” Insights. Best Practices. Innovation Scouting.

Innovation Lab

Use Cases. Pilot Design and Testing. Solutions.

Our Approach

We start with problems and pain points, not technology

We use Design Thinking methodologies to get to the right problems and its root causes. We use our
Innovation of Things lean approach to innovate the right solutions to solve those problems.

 

We create insight, but innovate with foresight

We combine extensive real world experience, industry knowledge, deep technology expertise, and data with
our strategy and future vision approach to disrupt and create new markets.

 

We assume nothing, and validate everything

Not all innovations succeed. We incorporate constant experimentation, testing, user validation
and data analysis as an integral part of our approach to create successful innovations consistently.


We do it with you, not for you

We believe how you team is as important as who you team with. Throughout the innovation process, we integrate
with your teams and work side by side to drive mutual success.

Benefits

Disrupt Successfully

Drive customer adoption, increase revenues and productivity, while lowering costs.

Go Faster

Innovate faster and more frequently in response to market, customer and technological shifts.

Sustain Advantage

Transform organization into disruption machine for building innovative services and solutions.

Our Areas of Focus

Smart Cities

Today’s cities are being transformed by digital technologies to deliver old and new services in new ways, while supporting ambitious new goals.

Smart Communities

Communities (residential communities, business districts, buildings, and universities) are mini-cities, but with its own set of localized needs.

Smart Industry

Manufacturing is being transformed as connectivity, data analytics, automation and systems integration drives towards autonomous factory production.

Why Us?

"Strategy of Things is a trusted partner who accelerated our smart region journey from concept to launch in eight months. They helped build our smart region strategy, developed our innovation capabilities from the ground up, recruited strategic industry partners, and launched our innovation lab. They are a critical extension of our team and a strategic capability for San Mateo County's smart region efforts."

Ulysses Vinson
Chief Smart Communities Officer
San Mateo County

Deep Innovation Experience

Our 75+ years of collective hands-on experience, from strategy, technology, to business, operations and execution, help you innovate faster, with better results, and less risk.

Relentless Execution

We combine our methodologies, resources, program management skills with agility, resourcefulness, creativity and a fearless entrepreneurial “can do” attitude to get results that matter.

Systems Thinking

We use Systems Thinking in planning, developing and implementing innovation programs to ensure maximum effectiveness, sustainable results, and adaptability to change.

Leading Edge Ideas

Our Silicon Valley presence enables us to provide you with early access to the latest thinking, ideas, best practices, emerging innovations that give you a competitive advantage.

Passion for Innovation

We are innovation enthusiasts, futurists and dreamers designing a better tomorrow. Your projects are extensions of our personal interests that drive us to do our very best.

Partners for Success

We work with you to drive mutual success, from collaboration to strategic partnering, team augmentation to integration, and flexible incentive arrangements as appropriate.

Latest Insights

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Smart City Trust – think beyond cybersecurity and privacy

While a smart city is powered by technology and data, it is enabled and sustained by trust. Many people equate trust with privacy and cybersecurity. However, these are only two elements of many that create trust in a smart city. Trust must be embedded into the processes, policies and technology that create the city services. It must be integrated into its creators, users and beneficiaries from the very beginning.

This article introduces a holistic framework for building trust in a smart city for smart city planners and architects to consider.

smart city innovation labs

Smart city innovation labs – ten best practices

Smart city innovation labs provide an organized structure for cities, community, experts, and vendors to collaboratively create viable solutions. Successful solutions piloted in smart city innovation labs can then be scaled and deployed into a city’s operations and infrastructure.

Based on our experiences in creating, launching and operationalizing San Mateo County’s Smart Region innovation lab (SMC Labs), we share ten best practices for civic innovation leaders planning their own innovation labs.

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Building Smart Cities – Eight Things That Matter

Whether you are planning or have already started your smart city journey, there are eight things that cities must get right. While smart cities are often associated with technology, it is but one component within the larger smart city ecosystem that needs to be addressed.

This article discusses the eight things that leaders and planners must get right, in order to build the sustainable and well functioning smart city.

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Let’s Talk!

We recognize that your needs are unique to your organization, market and customer base.
Please contact us today for a free consultation of your needs and how we can help.