San Mateo County takes third place in national 'tech-savvy' rankings

San Mateo County takes 3rd in national ‘tech-savvy’ rankings

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How tech-savvy is San Mateo County?  How about third in the entire U.S., among counties its size?

The 2018 Digital Counties Survey rankings are out, and San Mateo takes third place (moving up from sixth last year)!

Here’s some of what the judges said:

“In keeping with its Silicon Valley roots, San Mateo County does not disappoint when it comes to using tech to serve its more than 764,000 residents. … San Mateo is also making great strides in its smart city work … [like] SMC Labs…which serves as a regional IoT and smart city innovation zone [and] … [and] as open as the county is with data, it’s also committed to intensive countywide cybersecurity efforts.”

In acknowledging the award, Dave Pine, president of the county Board of Supervisors said, “As a county located in Silicon Valley, we understand how technology profoundly affects all aspects of our lives…”.

Key elements of the county’s tech work include its open data initiative, collaboration with a wide range of public and private partners, creation of more than 70 free SMC Public Wi-Fi sites (to help tackle the digital divide) and SMC Labs’ efforts to connect both people and “things” like air quality sensors and smart streetlights.

You can read the full write-up from the Digital Counties Survey 2018 here: