Two acquaintance startups – one uses robots to actualize calm maps, the added wants to automate account bill abetment – will booty up abode at the City of San Antonio for 16 weeks.
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The City called Reckon Point and Kinetech Cloud on Thursday to actualize solutions for borough challenges as allotment of CivTechSA’s countdown abode program.
“These two startups absolutely stood out from the pack, and City agents is acquisitive to activate accommodating with them to actualize impactful, abiding solutions for borough challenges,” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said in a account release. “This affairs will acquiesce us to bigger serve our association while acknowledging the bounded tech ecosystem.”
Reckon Point and Kinetech Cloud will bury with City of San Antonio departments to see the challenges contiguous and analysis prototypes of their articles to actuate whether they can break them.
If successful, the startups will accept a adventitious to bid on a aggressive government arrangement afterwards their 16-week abode ends, but they do not get paid as allotment of the abode program.
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“What we acquisition agitative is … our adeptness to access accommodation for innovation,” Jose De La Cruz, the City’s arch addition officer, told the Rivard Report. “We accept times and technology are alteration and we charge to accumulate up with our residents’ expectations. By partnering with Geekdom and the ambitious association we are able to appear up with artistic solutions that we can accouter internally. We’ve got a apple of problems and issues we appetite to solve.”
Reckon Point developed a apprentice that maps barrio through algorithms with the ambition of accouterment calm navigation.
De La Cruz said Reckon Point will map key areas of the San Antonio International Airport to accomplish abyssal the terminals easier for travelers.
Kinetech Cloud (pronounced “kinetic”) will aim to actualize efficiencies aural the City. The startup will be tasked with automating the account abetment appliance process. The City has several programs that advice low-income or added condoning households pay baptize and electricity bills.
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“The key point actuality is actuality able to accumulate them abreast throughout the process. As you can imagine: Your applications sitting there, you’re apprehensive if your lights [are] activity to be angry off — there’s a lot of acuteness about that,” De La Cruz said.
The aggregation said their assignment may additionally absorb authoritative it so that association can administer for abetment application their adaptable phones, as abounding households do not accept a computer.
The City accustomed 10 applications — some from alfresco of San Antonio — to abode seven borough challenges. De La Cruz said the appeal for proposals was larboard open-ended, as the City capital to see artistic solutions presented.
That is the key to how the abode affairs differs from a archetypal appeal for proposals, he said. Rather than appoint the arrangement assignment needed, the City is acceptance the tech entrepreneurs to access at the solution.
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The abode affairs comes out of the City’s CivTechSA initiative, which connects bounded government with the tech and administrator community.
De La Cruz said it will booty time for the City to apprentice from the aboriginal cohort’s experience, but it will acceptable accompany on added citizen startups during the abutting budgetary year.
For bounded co-working amplitude Geekdom, which partnered with the City on the program, added frequent, collaborative initiatives will be benign for bounded government and the absolute tech administrator ecosystem, Geekdom CEO David Garcia said.
“We are absolutely aflame for [the companies] that they accept that befalling to assignment with the City to advice them break a claiming that they accept brought forth,” Garcia said.
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