25 cities partner for health care innovation

25 cities partner for health care innovation

With health care costs rising in all sectors, cities have banded together to spur innovation addressing common problems in public health, community health, health services and healthcare technology.  For the right civic startup, that could translate into prize money and even seed capital.

The 2015 Multi-City Innovation Campaign focuses on health and human services challenges where technology interventions intersect, and can directly impact, city or county government services and goals. 

Twenty-four cities, the state of Rhode Island, Nashville-based Jumpstart Foundry, Code for America and the National League of Cities are supporting the challenge along with Esri and Socrata, which are providing open datasets. The best ideas could receive $5,000 from cities that are interested and believe prototypes meet their needs.  Prototypes have the possibility of receiving a total of $120,000 if each participating city decides to award the $5,000 prize.  Additionally, proposals that are awarded prize money will also be considered for an open slot in JumpStart Foundry’s 2015 class, and up to $100,000 of seed capital investment.  

This is the program's second year.  In 2014, Boston, Nashville, Palo Alto, and Raleigh built the framework to provide seed funding for good solutions to civic challenges addressing economic development, analytics and data visualization. They worked with the Code for America and civic hacking community in each city and selected six finalists that created prototypes. Two projects, the Spotwise smart parking solution and Ziiio’s beacon-based indoor navigation system, were selected as winners and awarded funding through the program and its partner JumpStart Foundry.

The deadline for submission is April 10.

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Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.

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