UPDATE (3/26): The Make It In Brooklyn Smart Cities event has been rescheduled—it will now take place on Thursday, March 19th, from 6-8 pm.
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – Interested in how tech could help build the city of the future? Tomorrow’s Make It In Brooklyn Smart Cities event at the NYU Center for Urban Science + Progress will feature five tech start-ups pitching improvements to urban infrastructure in an effort to secure a $5,000 cash prize.
The event, sponsored by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, is an extension of their Living Lab initiative, in which partners with start-ups are able to pilot their smart city technology in Downtown Brooklyn.
Selected from a field of more than 50 applicants, tomorrow’s 5 finalists are:
- Bixby: A real estate technology company that streamlines communication, work-orders, and payments, between tenants, residents and landlords
- CARMERA: An online system that tracks road and traffic patterns in real-time, functioning as a street-level intelligence platform for autonomous vehicles
- GoKid: A mobile-first technology platform that offers a carpool solution for schools, teams, organizations and families, allowing adults to share driving responsibilities with other families
- Hylas: A system to eliminate all landfill food waste by delivering bio-digesters that produce clean biogas from food waste
- NGEMS: Sensing technology that provides emergency personnel with real-time situational awareness to focus rescue operations
Juding the entries will be Jeremy Goldberg, Deputy CTO, NYCx; Shaina Horowitz, Urban Tech Hub Director, New Lab; Miriam Roure, Program Director, URBAN-X; Craig Wilson, General Manager, Digital Future Lab, NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Jacob Yormak, Partner, Story Ventures.
Along with the $5,000 prize money to go toward the new business, the winners will also receive in-kind donations of legal services from the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy Clinic and the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship at Brooklyn Law School.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will be on hand to deliver opening remarks at the event, along with Executive Directors from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and JP Morgan Chase.