Syracuse turns to tech startups to solve City challenges

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The City of Syracuse is turning to startup tech companies to help solve some of its challenges. 

Syracuse is one of 30 cities, counties, states, regional transit authorities, and metropolitan planning organization that are part of the Startup in Residence program.

To bridge the gap between startups and government, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation created the Startup in Residence program in 2014.

The expedited solutions that were deployed as a result of the program propelled uptake in government participation.

City Innovate now runs the program, driving its expansion across North America.

Syracuse has identified 5 challenges including permit transparency, security deposit loans, trauma response, snow-covered sidewalks, and trash and debris data collection and optimization.

City of Syracuse Director of Innovation Adria Finch says, “The whole idea behind it is the City has more problems to solve than it has the capacity to do so is there a way to engage the start up or local tech community to try and help us solve some of these problems.”

Finch says the beauty of the program is not just what Syracuse can get out of it but what these startup tech companies can gain by trying to solve these challenges, whether they’re from here or somewhere else in the country.

“It’s a good marketing opportunity to say I’ve actually tested my product in this city and now this other city should do it too,” she tells NewsChannel 9.

Finch says the goal for Syracuse is to find solutions that will make a big enough difference the City would be willing to put money towards.

Proposals from tech startups or other companies are due November 6.

The co-design process starts in January 28 and will last 16 weeks.

Click here for more information on Startup in Residence.

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