Pittsburgh pairs startups with city departments
- By Derek Major
- May 02, 2016
To make municipal government more efficient, transparent, sustainable and inclusive, Pittsburgh has created the PGH Lab, a program in which local startups will work with city departments for three months to test new technologies and services. Startup companies with beta-stage products can apply to work with the city on solutions related to the following topics:
- Citizen engagement: Expand digital public engagement and increase opportunities for residents to access information and resources.
- City operations: Make internal processes more efficient and effective.
- Climate change and environment: Help the city meet its 2030 Climate Action Goals to reduce energy usage by 50 percent by 2030.
PGH Lab is also looking for projects that do not fall in the suggested categories but still provide a benefit to the city and its citizens. The application deadline is May 27, and the pilot will run from June to September. Those selected will be offered working space, access to the city’s network and direct connection to city affiliates and professional networks.
The Lab is part of the city’s Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation. The Department of Innovation & Performance and a review committee will run the lab.
Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.