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Ulysses Vinson
Chief Smart Communities Officer at San Mateo County


Ulysses Vinson has over 20 years of government service working for two big City mayors and large government agencies.  Currently, Ulysses Vinson is the Chief Smart Communities Officer for the County of San Mateo, California. In this first-of-its-kind role, Ulysses is responsible for leading “Smart and Connected Cities” initiatives for the County with an emphasis on regional collaboration and implementation.  


Specifically, he is responsible for creating a blue print from which the County and the 22 Cities within the County can build innovative government services on a potential enterprise IoT platform. The goal is to reduce technology silos and enhance innovation beyond traditional city borders. In May 2018, Ulysses launched SMC Labs, a “smart region” initiative consisting of innovation zones where IoT and smart use cases are being tested for possible county-wide deployment.  


Prior to joining San Mateo County, Ulysses was the Deputy Director of the Department of Technology in the City and County of San Francisco. Ulysses led the development and execution of new media strategies that pioneered the use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to better engage the community. Prior to his work in IT, Ulysses worked for San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. and Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell. 

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Agenda Sessions

  • SMC Labs "Smart Region" Initiative