Menlo College to Host Smart Cities for Dummies Author Dr. Jonathan Reichental

ATHERTON, CA. (August. 18, 2020) – Dr. Mouwafac Sidaoui, Dean of the School of Business at Menlo College, in collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Reichental, CEO of Human Future and adjunct professor and instructor at several universities and learning institutions, will deliver a webinar on the focus of Reichental’s most recent book Smart Cities for Dummies, by Wiley Publishing Company. The conversation will focus on emerging government technologies, smart city opportunities, and the value of urban data.

The event will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM PST, and is open to all Menlo College community members as well as the general public. 

Registration for this free webinar is required and can be found at:

Dr. Jonathan Reichental

Dr. Jonathan Reichental is the CEO of Human Future, a global business and technology education, advisory, and investment firm. He is the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto and a multiple award-winning technology leader whose 30-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors. In 2017, he was named one of the top 100 CIOs in the world, and in 2016 he was named a top influential CIO in the United States. Dr. Reichental is also recognized as a global thought leader on a number of emerging trends, including urban innovation and blockchain technology. In 2013 he was recognized as one of the 25 doers, dreamers, and drivers in government in America. He also won the best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. His innovative work in government has also been recognized by the White House. He is a popular writer and online host, producing several highly successful online courses with LinkedIn Learning. He co-authored The Apps Challenge Playbook and he is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of technology and business-related topics. He co-hosts the popular podcast, Drinking Wine Talking Tech. His current book, Smart Cities for Dummies, is available in most bookstores and online.

Mouwafac Sidaoui Bio:

Dr. Mouwafac Sidaoui is the Dean of the School of Business at Menlo College. Over a nineteen year career in higher education, he has acquired a reputation as a highly regarded teacher, administrator and innovator. He has a record of accomplishments with degree programs, having created a master’s of information systems, co-founded an internationally-offered master’s degree program in entrepreneurial management, and designed an undergraduate business analytics major and minor. In conjunction with the Ministry of Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), he also designed and led world-class global immersion programs to graduate and undergraduate students focusing on Portfolio Management and Resource Allocation in Global Settings. For twenty-nine years, Dr. Sidaoui has been consulting in Silicon Valley and global settings on academic, strategic management, product development, data analytics, and online solutions.

About Smart Cities for Dummies:

The movement to create smarter cities is still in its infancy, but ambitious and creative projects in all types of cities―big and small―around the globe are beginning to make a big difference. New ideas, powered by technology, are positively changing how we move humans and products from one place to another; create and distribute energy; manage waste; combat the climate crisis; build more energy-efficient buildings; and improve basic city services through digitalization and the smart use of data. 

Building efficient, prosperous, healthy, and inclusive communities require new solutions. Smart Cities for Dummies helps you understand the solutions and the tools needed to prepare for a future that belongs to cities. The book is a starter guide for planning and delivering smarter and more sustainable cities. You’ll learn the steps for creating a smart city strategy with a focus on areas such as greener cities, clean energy, digitalization, and new forms of urban transportation.

About Menlo College

Menlo College was established in 1927. It is a small, private, non-profit, four-year, accredited, residential college located in Atherton, California. Menlo College’s location in Silicon Valley, one of the world’s most entrepreneurial and innovative geographical areas, has enabled the college to create a valuable market niche for its students locally — as well as globally. Menlo College cultivates in its students the skills, integrity, and passion to make meaningful contributions in an innovation economy.