Imagine a future where a missed trash can is a thing of the past or business owners have a customized online portal to access city resources.
NORFOLK, VA – Imagine a future where a missed trash can is a thing of the past or business owners have a customized online portal to access city resources. City leaders are working today to find these solutions and it starts with engaging local, state and national technology companies as part of the ‘Startup in Residence’ program.
The City of Norfolk is seeking technology company partners to develop custom solutions to emergency sheltering, small business support, Freedom of Information Act records management, flood analytics and decision support for residents and real-time waste management system.
In August, Mayor Alexander announced the national Startup in Residence program expanded to Norfolk. Startup in Residence is a 16-week program that connects startups and government to co-develop a solution that creates real and sustainable impact.
Since 2014, 44 startups from around the world have joined government departments in cities including San Francisco, Oakland, Washington DC, and Houston. The startups shared technological solutions that were developed to address civic challenges and improve the quality of life for their residents.
Projects have included working on issues such as streamlining the foster care application process, smart sensors on trash cans, homeless health services, volunteer engagement tools, and developing tools to assess the damage in the aftermath of an emergency like an earthquake or flooding.
to read more about Norfolk’s challenges. Applications will be accepted until November 14th.