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Sacramento asks its innovators to respond to Covid-19

The Californian city has created an online portal to find the best ideas for how it can use technology and innovation to meet the challenges brought by the pandemic.

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Sacramento is encouraging start-ups and companies to come forward with ideas
Sacramento is encouraging start-ups and companies to come forward with ideas

The city of Sacramento has developed an online portal to collect innovative ideas from companies proposing to donate or sell products or services in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Since the site went live, the city reports it has taken eight submissions so far, including one from a company that would use artificial intelligence (AI) to conduct human resources tasks and another that would use robots to deliver food.

 

One-stop shop

 

“We are soliciting the best ideas for how we as a city can use technology and innovation to meet the challenges created by this pandemic,” said Darrell Steinberg, mayor of Sacramento. “This creates a one-stop shop where you can be certain that all your great proposals will receive consideration.”

 

Once ideas are in the portal, they will be vetted by city staff and innovation partners around the city, including the mayor’s Innovation Council and the Carlsen Entrepreneurship Centre.

“This portal will help Sacramento continue embracing innovation during this crisis and ultimately get to a place where we can respond, mitigate, stabilise and recover at a more rapid rate by using innovative strategies.”

Those that hold promise will be presented to the Mayor’s Office, City Council and the City Manager’s Office for consideration.

 

“This portal will help Sacramento continue embracing innovation during this crisis and ultimately get to a place where we can respond, mitigate, stabilise and recover at a more rapid rate by using innovative strategies,” added Louis Stewart, Sacramento’s chief innovation officer.

 

In a separate statement, Sacramento’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development has announced a new webinar series to help support local businesses as they navigate the Covid-19 outbreak and its economic repercussions.

 

“We are working closely with our chambers of commerce and partners to help examine the hardships local businesses are facing and work to find solutions,” said Darin Gale, Office of Innovation and Economic Development.

 

“Businesses cannot operate the same today as they did pre-Covid-19. We must all work together to stay resilient, learn how to re-purpose business models and prepare for post-Covid-19 recovery.”

 

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