Call for Startups Announced to Build a 21st Century Government
The City of West Sacramento is recruiting startups to help develop technology-based solutions that address challenges facing the city. West Sacramento joins San Francisco, Oakland, and San Leandro, to form a regional Startup in Residence (STIR) collaboration led and managed by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation.
Startups can apply now through Feb. 29, 2016 to work on one of 28 civic challenges in Northern California. The winning team for each challenge will be selected to participate in a 16-week “residence period” from April to August 2016 to work with a city department on a prototype for their proposed solution. The program follows San Francisco’s successful pilot in 2014 that drew almost 200 applications from around the world and brought 6 startups into government that built innovative technology-based products.
West Sacramento has identified several opportunities for startups:
- Public Works Department – Flood Alerts & Real Time Evacuation Routes
- Fire Department – Smart Incident & Field Reporting
- Police Department – Virtual “War Room” for Detectives
West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said he looks forward to building on the success of last year’s collaboration with Code for America which resulted in the creation of two apps to facilitate the growth of urban farming in the Sacramento region. “West Sacramento has been an incubator for innovative partnerships, and civic technology is leading the way with initiatives like the STIR program. Let’s go!”
The regional partnership is being made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.