In 2016, New York City was awarded the “Best Smart City” by the Smart City Expo World Congress, thanks to initiatives such as LinkNYC that replaces payphones with communication tools that allow for wifi use, phone calling and charging. The number of urban tech startups and accelerators in the city grows each year and New York is now boiling with urban projects and initiatives aiming at improving the life of over 8.5 million New-Yorkers.

On Tuesday October 2nd, 2018, the Global Open Innovation Network hosted its very first TechMeeting in New York City and logically chose to focus on Urban Tech.

The event started with a panel discussion among industry experts:

  • Sander Dolder, Moderator of the Panel, Vice-President of the New-York City Economic Development Corporation.
  • Sandeep Sandhu, Vice-President and Area Leader, North America West at Dassault Systèmes.
  • Miriam Eaves, Ventures Partner at BP Group. Investor and Advisor to innovative businesses.
  • Vardahn Chaudhry, Cities and Urban Development Consultant at Accenture.

The panelists discussed urban tech success factors and agreed on the key role of cities.

Vardahn Chaudhry launched the discussion by explaining that cities have to adapt to the agility of startups. Miriam Eaves backed that idea stating that cities need to reduce the weight of bureaucracy and streamline processes in order for businesses to speed up the implementation of their solutions.

Sandeep Sandhu and Vardahn Chaudhry then agreed on the dual role of cities. While they obviously need to support startups by providing funding, they also need to actively foster innovation by providing access to incubators and resources, and helping businesses launch pilot projects.

The Global Open Innovation Network invited 5 startups to present their solution:

  • Carmera, develops a street level intelligence platform designed to automate cities. The platform provides real-time 3D maps and navigation-critical data for autonomous vehicles, as well as 3D scene reconstruction and site analytics data for professionals in architecture, construction, real estate and other built environment segments.
  • GoKid, GoKid provides a carpooling service platform designed to organize day-to-day kids’ carpooling schedules. The company helps families to manage carpools with a network of friends, families and neighbors they know and trust, without the involvement of strangers or paid drivers, enabling parents to easily set up shared rides for their children for free.
  • Rubicon Global, a cloud-based, full-service waste and recycling company focused on sustainability. It works with customers to find inefficiencies and cost-savings in their waste stream and to develop new and innovative ways to reduce, re-use and recycle waste.
  • RoadBotics, develops a road monitoring technology created to monitor and transform world’s roadways. The company’s road monitoring technology uses machine vision and machine learning to take an accurate inventory of the road quality such as identifying cracks, potholes, and debris.
  • Sencity, develops a connected urban street furniture intended to address waste disposal. The company’s connected urban street furniture is an interactive street side garbage can that brings delightful surprise and reward to the simple act of trash disposal, leveraging interaction into an effective behavior shift enabling people to discard trash properly, rather than onto the street.

Check our website for more information on the Global Open Innovation Network and don’t forget to register on EventBrite for our next TechMeeting in Boston on November 6th:
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