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Igniting smart solutions for San Diego

Two projects will be chosen for 2019 and 2020 that address the city’s most pressing challenges

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New solutions will be implemented by the city of San Diego or incubated as new companies
New solutions will be implemented by the city of San Diego or incubated as new companies

Smart Cities Accelerator, Labs + Environment (Scale San Diego) is partnering with US Ignite and the city of San Diego to develop a Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) programme.

 

Ignite|Scale|San Diego will be choosing and piloting transformative smart city projects through a series of community events and hackathon challenges. It has been determining the city’s most pressing challenges and will select a project for 2019 and 2020 that will be piloted by the city of San Diego. Ultimately, the solutions will be implemented operationally by either the city or another SGC partner city.

 

“The Ignite|Scale|San Diego programme provides the framework to identify actionable requirements to key urban problems such as transportation, low-medium income neighbourhoods and city planning,” says Scale San Diego co-founder and managing partner, Daniel Obodovski.

 

He added: “We want these projects to develop into real-world solutions, implemented by the city of San Diego or incubated as new companies.”

 

Pragmatic solutions

 

Participants in the programme, such as students, technologists, scientists, entrepreneurs and others, will receive continued mentorship from Scale San Diego and its community partners, as well as stakeholder feedback, networking opportunities, and monetary awards.

 

“The city of San Diego is continually looking for pragmatic, scalable and sustainable solutions that will enhance the high-quality of life we enjoy here in San Diego, while supporting the local economy,” said Erik Caldwell, deputy COO for Smart & Sustainable Communities, city of San Diego. “Ignite | Scale | San Diego provides an opportunity to challenge local talent to come up with never-before-seen or executed solutions to pressing city challenges.”

 

US Ignite launched the Smart Gigabit Communities movement in 2012 as a collaborative effort with the White House and the National Science Foundation. Since then, the project has grown into a network of dozens of communities – like San Diego – all of which are developing applications and services to address the challenges of an increasingly connected and digital world.

“Ignite|Scale|San Diego provides an opportunity to challenge local talent to come up with never-before-seen or executed solutions to pressing city challenges”

“The Ignite|Scale|San Diego team is a welcome addition to our family of SGC partners,” says Glenn Ricart, CTO, US Ignite. “Through SGC and other US Ignite programs, we’re helping communities build the necessary foundation for a smart city future by fostering innovation, supporting scalability, and continuing to build an ecosystem around successful, sustainable community development models.

 

“This project is a ready example of that ecosystem building, and we’re eager to see the impact of The Ignite|Scale|San Diego as its work with the city unfolds.”

 

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