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 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?
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.
Our Areas of Focus
"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."
Chief Smart Communities Officer
San Mateo County
While smart cities represent a major business opportunity for utility companies, they are better suited to co-lead the building of the “smart region”. Utility companies have the regional focus, infrastructure, resources, operational and execution capabilities to support the largest metropolitan areas to the smaller cities and regions.
This article discusses some entry level smart region opportunities for utility companies, as well as some of the key gaps they must address.
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 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.