California cities seek tech to address civic challenges

Calling all startups: California cities seek tech to tackle civic challenges

California cities are looking to startups to help them tackle civic challenges that range from recruiting foster parents to mapping coyote sightings.

The 2016 Startup in Residence challenge pairs government agencies with innovative startups to research, build and test technology products that address civic challenges.

Created by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, the challenge is a 16-week program in which startup and agency staff work together to develop technology solutions for 27 civic challenges in San Francisco, Oakland, San Leandro and West Sacramento.

While the cities get access to private sector expertise, selected startups receive tips and training from mentors and ambassadors within the tech field. In addition, the teams selected will be able to pitch their ideas to invited guests from the government, business and media communities.

The program builds on San Francisco’s  2014 Entrepreneurship in Residence initiative that led to six innovations, including a navigation app for the visually impaired and an emergency messaging app.

Startups must apply by Feb. 18.

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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