#GSDinAZ. This famed expression among the #yesphx ecosystem, and in particular StartupAZ Foundation, has rapidly grown in popularity and is now a rallying cry for our community. It stands for “Getting Sh*t Done in Arizona.” It exists to highlight those leaders who bust their butt and achieve positive outcomes in our community.
Today, in honor of our vibrant #yesphx community, PHX Startup Week and, in particular, #GSDinAZ, the Institute for Digital Progress launches the Smart & Connected PHX Council at Galvanize in Downtown Phoenix.
Smart City/IoT Technology & PHX
We established iDP two years ago to drive the acceleration and implementation of Smart City technology in the PHX region. Since then two things have become increasingly clear: (1) the smart city/IoT movement is in the beginning stages, and (2) it has never been more important than now.
There is an opportunity for the PHX region to be a global leader in this movement. Our region’s vibrant and accelerating #yesphx entrepreneur ecosystem combined with welcoming political and societal climates make PHX an ideal location for Smart City/IoT investment.
However, as technology continues to emerge at near break-neck speeds, our new information driven, digital, and more connected societies demand that local governments have viable smart region strategies to drive answers to 21st Century challenges.
Smart & Connected Council
In order to ensure PHX’s competitiveness in this critical future economy, the Institute for Digital Progress (iDP) is creating the Smart & Connected PHX Council. As a new type of metropolitan leadership, the Smart & Connected Council aims to turn PHX into an international Smart Region, one that leverages technology and digital information to innovate in the provision of public and private services, enhance economic growth, and promote a smarter, more sustainable, and integrated society. The Council will consist of businesses, universities, investors, innovators, entrepreneurs, cities and citizens. They are the leaders in the region. They may not have CEO, CIO, CFO or any of the other acronyms in front of their names. They were recruited, each and every one of them, because they are known for getting stuff done. They make things happen. They deliver results. They #GSDinAZ.
MISSION: REAL CHANGE FOR REAL PEOPLE
The mission of the Council will be to affect REAL CHANGE FOR REAL PEOPLE through the practical application of innovative technology within our communities. In other words, this Council is built for one thing and one thing only, to #GSDinAZ.
Partnerships with members of the Council and outside organizations will result in multidisciplinary teams co-creating new solutions with innovative approaches. They will work together to solve the real problems that our cities and our citizens face. These projects will occur in areas that fall under the authority of local, regional, and state governments, or as part of sector-oriented programs for the provision of services in the fields of education, health, transportation and others. The idea of these activities is to transform the PHX region into a living testbed where prototypes and concepts can be developed and tested in real urban settings. Then, once they’re proven, we will help spread them to cities across the world to improve quality of life for people everywhere. We will think Global and act Local. #GSDinAZ
BUILDING A SMARTER PHX TOGETHER
The Smart & Connected PHX Council will be the driving force to push PHX to the forefront of technological advancement, and position PHX as a global leader in the Smart City/IoT movement.
We will build an unprecedented culture of collaboration.
We will knock down silos
We will build up partnerships
We will set a fast pace
We will set a bold vision
We will deliver results
We will #GSDinAZ!
Contact us today to get involved and to help us #GSDinAZ.
Yours in Innovation
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Institute for Digital Progress
Urban innovation was in the air this past weekend as over 60 entrepreneurs and tech innovators gathered together at Galvanize in Downtown Phoenix for our largest civic technology competition to-date.
The Cisco IoT Challenge is a month long hackathon that challenges local developers to affect real, positive change in Phoenix through the practical application of innovative IoT solutions. Through a new kind of public-private-people partnership, iDP, Cisco and the city of Phoenix Public Works Department will provide unprecedented FREE access and training, directly from Cisco, on cutting-edge technologies to these local developers and empower them to build gigabit IoT solutions to help the city move closer to its goal to achieve Zero Waste.
At 10am on Saturday morning, to a near capacity room, we kicked off our challenge with a quick overview of iDP and our mission to transform the greater PHX region into a living lab for smart city and IoT technologies through collaborative civic innovation such as the Cisco IoT Challenge.
Cox Communications and US Ignite
David Daniels from Cox Communications, an instrumental innovation partner for iDP and Phoenix, and Bill Wallace, Executive Director of US Ignite, then presented a compelling vision for a future Smart PHX, one completely connected to the gigabit network. They described how this new Smart & Connected PHX would transform the region into a test bed for these innovators to develop and deploy next generation applications that could dramatically alter the way in which we live, work and learn.
City of Phoenix Public Works Department
With that vision simmering in their heads, it was then time for the city to inspire the participants with their reverse pitch. Public Works Director John Trujillo set the stage with some unbelievable statistics regarding the amount of trash the city collects in a year (if you didn’t know its enough to fill Chase Ball Park 7 times!). Lisa Faison and Felipe Moreno then pitched 3 concrete issues that they needed solved. Before leaving they challenged each and every team to think big, think innovative, and think sustainable.
With that it was time to get down and dirty with some technology. Mike Doenges, Consulting Systems Engineer for IoT Cisco, provided hands on training on the Edge Analytics Platform and their industrial routers and switches, which are commonly implemented in large scale IoT programs. The participants will be able to utilize these resources FREE of charge as they create their innovative solutions.
Over the next month, the 40 teams of developers will participate in the "Hack at Home" portion of the competition, where they will utilize existing City of Phoenix data sets and APIs to develop brand new solutions for the City of Phoenix Public Works Department. All teams will have exclusive access to city officials and technology mentors during this time, and will submit their proposals for the new solutions at the conclusion of the "Hack at Home" period. At that point, the top ten solutions will be selected to move on to the Cisco IoT Challenge Finale event, where the remaining teams will give a live pitch of their solution in front of a panel of judges consisting of City, Cisco and IDP officials, as well as waste technology experts. A Grand champion will be crowned live on stage and will receive $20,000 to continue developing their idea into an implementable and scalable solution, to be used by the City of Phoenix, and potentially other cities across the country.
The kickoff event was a great success and multiple implementable solutions are expected to be created as a result of this collaboration. Be on the look out for more information as to how the competition unfolds or how you can get involved in other events such as this.
Do you love the topic of sustainability? Do your eyes light up at the mention of renewable energy, sustainable manufacturing, and water conservation? Do you want to meet other folks in the Valley who are just as passionate as you are about building more sustainable communities? If you answered yes to any of those questions, join us this Wednesday!
The Smart City Hack (SCH), Arizona’s premier civic technology competition, is offering a free sustainability workshop hosted by the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Colin Tetreault, Senior Sustainability Scholar, will discuss the biggest sustainability issues facing our cities today and identify where advances in technology can help drive urban innovations that result in smarter, greener cities.
This workshop is one of many in a series designed to support citizens in developing innovative digital solutions for the Smart City Hack competition. This international competition challenges developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to create functioning, marketable tech tools that help solve pressing civic challenges. We want YOU to help create technology solutions that will build smarter, better, more sustainable cities, while improving the quality of life for residents in cities around the world. The Grand Prize Winner of this competition will represent Phoenix in the international finals, which take place this November in Barcelona at the Smart City Expo 2016.
Whether you already have an idea or are just interested in learning more, join us this Wednesday. There will be opportunities for networking before and after the workshop, and if you do have an idea for a product, service, or tool related to sustainability, you’ll have the opportunity to share, discuss, and receive valuable feedback.
What are you waiting for? Register for this FREE EVENT HERE, and start making – or expanding - your impact!
Innovate on Sustainability through the Smart City Hack
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wrigley Hall - Tempe Campus
800 Cady Mall,
Tempe, AZ 85287
The Institute for Digital Progress (iDP) is a local non-profit organization started in 2015 with a single goal in mind: building better, more sustainable and more resilient cities to improve the overall quality of life for all citizens by accelerating the adoption and implementation of smart city solutions. Working in conjunction with the office of Mayor Greg Stanton from the City of Phoenix, iDP inspires entrepreneurship and collaboration amongst government, citizens, and local businesses, in the ever growing tech sector of the Phoenix region; through the fun and enticement of competition.
Founded by two Arizona locals with a passion to help improve their home cities for all of their friends and family, iDP began by cultivating a relationship with the City of Barcelona, Spain, considered one of the leading “Smart Cities” in the world, to have Phoenix participate in the inaugural International Smart City App Hack competition held at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in November 2015.
Last year, iDP created and implemented the Phoenix Smart City App Hack Competition that took place from June 2015 through November 2015, and included twenty five initial local app submissions which were evaluated and rated by a panel of qualified judges made up of city officials, local tech business representatives, and other technical experts from the local universities and corporations.
Five teams were selected to enter into the “Acceleration Phase,” where free mentorship and app development was provided to the teams over a three month period from local incubators and business professionals from CoHoots, Intraedge, Dezapp, Elbow Room Studios, Tallwave, Coplex, and Intel. At the conclusion of the acceleration phase, the five winners presented their app solutions in front of the judging panel and a live studio audience at the Orpheum Theater in October of 2015.
Local startup Park X was selected as the inaugural 2015 Grand Champion, and received admission and travel expenses to attend, compete and represent PHX at the International Smart City App Hack Competition at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain, placing second in the Urban Mobility category.
After the conclusion of the 2015 competition, many of the participants have seen continued success, including Park X winning a contract with Austin, TX as the city’s sole mobile parking app provider.
Based on the competition’s success, iDP founders were the only participating city organization that was asked to be the key note speakers during the international competition at the Smart City Expo, discussing the importance of collaboration between cities and their citizens, and how other cities could replicate the successes realized through the Phoenix competition.
iDP recently launched the 2016 edition of the Smart City Hack to once again encourage civic entrepreneurship and innovation and empowering residents to develop technology products and startup companies that solve our community’s greatest challenges.
Over 160 individuals took part in the first event on June 11 at Co+Hoots. During this “IDEATHON” civic leaders, proud citizens, community groups, youth, dreamers and problem solvers came together to pitch ideas and solve city problems together.
iDP assists local entrepreneurs and startups accelerate their urban ideas to market, grow the economy and make cities better. Our mission is to be a new type of Metropolitan Leadership, bringing together businesses, universities, city leaders and citizens so that they can work with each other to solve the problems that our cities face and improve the quality of life for all residents. iDP will continue to provide the platform to transform cities on a global scale.