The 2018 Startup Teams is helping San Francisco International Airport (SFO) create a natural language interface to help SFO customers get safe, consistent, and accessible information.

DroneIQ is helping Vallejo, CA assess its water pipeline and building infrastructure to evaluate the condition of the infrastructure and prioritize investments.

Gruntify is working with the City of Houston to enable departments to better track and manage the City’s facility and infrastructure inventory and with Miami-Dade County to create a crowdsourcing app for infrastructure inventory and reporting. They are also working with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Bay Area Incident Management Task Force to improve information sharing between emergency responders about traffic incidents.

HAAS Alert is working with Houston, TX to create a location-based system to alert drivers when they are in danger of driving into flooded underpasses during heavy rain events.

GovRock is helping West Sacramento, CA to create a volunteer matching and engagement tool that connects residents with opportunities to volunteer for any event. GovRock is a city-designed community resilience platform and a product of Help Emerge, Inc.​​

Kamego is helping Houston, TX create a centralized employee contact system to activate employees during emergency and non-emergency events.

LocaleIQ is helping Santa Monica, CA develop an interactive park finder that will enable visitors to quickly access information about all of Santa Monica’s parks and find the park with amenities that best cater to their needs.

ms.GIS is helping San Francisco Public Works Bureau of Streets and Environmental Services digitize the navigation of street sweeping routes to improve safety for street sweepers and streamline the route management and updating process.

Nordsense is helping San Francisco Public Works improve the management of public trash cans by installing trash can sensors and an analytics system to manage the cans.

Parknav AI is helping Miami-Dade County, FL improve drivers’ ability to find parking near public transportation by creating a real-time parking planning application.

RideAlong is helping the San Francisco Whole Person Care project develop a tool for City health workers and Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing engagement teams to use when serving the homeless. The tool will provide information on the homeless individual’s status, histories, and alerts, and will enable the staff to track the encounter.

SeamlessGov is helping Walnut Creek, CA digitize the Preferential Residential Permit Parking (PRPP) process to reduce the time it takes residents and staff to renew permits. is helping Washington, D.C. to create a centralized neighbor communications and information tool

Symbium is helping the San Francisco Planning Department create a user-friendly solution for the SF Planning Code so that planners and businesses can more easily identify where a specific business type could be located and can better understand how the code applies to properties.

Token Transit is helping the Metropolitan Transportation Commission improve the application process for the RTC Discount Clipper Card, which allows riders with qualifying disabilities to receive discounted fares.

Waycare is helping Walnut Creek, CA better make decisions about how to improve traffic flow by creating a centralized dashboard that tracks all information the City has about traffic patterns.

ZenCity is using machine learning to help San Francisco’s 311 improve the routing process for 311 service requests to get the requests to the right departments more quickly and improve agency’s response time.


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APPCITYLIFE worked with West Sacramento’s Economic Development and Housing Department to develop an online tool that estimates permit and development fees using the known parameters of developers’ and businesses’ conceptual development projects.

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BEXI worked with the San Leandro Library System to develop a mobile-driven technology tool that encourages residents and visitors to interact with the city’s historic, artistic and natural assets.

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CIVICSTUDIO worked with the San Francisco Arts Commission to digitize the weekly space assignment lottery process for local artists, map street artist locations, and provide real-time notifications in the event of location use by city agencies and other projects.

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ICAROL and SKYCLUTCH worked with San Francisco’s Our Children Our Families Council on a one-stop web portal and comprehensive digital service directory that will include all publicly funded and administered services for youth and their families. These include health and human services, activities, childcare, housing, health care, and legal aid.

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MCT TECHNOLOGY worked with the San Francisco Human Services Agency Office of Early Care and Education to develop an easy-to-use technology tool to help families get access to high quality childcare.

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NUMINA worked with San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department to develop a scalable, portable technology that will quantify the number of visitors to city parks, sidewalk trees, changes in elevation, and adjacent pedestrian traffic.

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URBANSIM worked with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development to design a software solution that allows staff to quickly evaluate a land parcel or building’s suitability for affordable housing development.

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YETI worked with the San Francisco Office of Contract Administration and Committee on Information Technology to develop a chatbot application that guides City employees through the procurement process.

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YOGOV worked with San Leandro’s Information Technology Department to create an integrated and personalized digital experience that would allow residents to create and manage their profile information and preferences for City communications and services.


APPLEDORE worked with the West Sacramento Police Department to create a mobile app that assists officers in screening homeless citizens, and  helps service workers and police officers coordinate homelessness information and services.

BAYES IMPACT worked with the Oakland Police Department to  create a Citizen Engagement Portal, a web-based data dashboard for community members to easily access and download important data sets and to engage with the department through data stories, questions, and comments. The next step is to build and deploy a portal in Oakland in an open source and scalable way to generalize the Oakland solution into a product offering for all PDs.

BINTI worked with the San Francisco’s Human Services Agency. to build software that makes it easier to be a foster parent by helping potential foster parents apply online. Binti also has software that helps social workers processing foster parent applications save time, helping them do more social work and less paperwork.

DECISION PATTERNS  worked with the San Leandro IT Department to develop a budget management workbench platform for Civic IT Departments.

KARFARM worked with the San Francisco Office of Contracts to improve city vehicle procurement with a digital solution to generate RFPs.

LENS worked with the San Francisco Fire Department Neighborhood Emergency Response Team to design an emergency platform to manage profiles and information on community volunteers.

LOTADATA provides “People Intelligence” that lets San Leandro’s Recreation and Human Services Department visualize and track engagement, demographics, and revenue across all city facilities and parks. Leadership officials plan to use LotaData’s geo-dashboard to optimize spend, allocate resources and improve services for local communities.

MOSAIQQ worked with the  West Sacramento Police Department to craft a digital solution for police to manage, analyze, record and report on cases in real time and in the field.

PRESCHOOL2ME assisted Oakland Human Services Department to create software to support Head Start outreach, enrollment, and administration.

RAXAR  worked with West Sacramento Fire Department to build a mobile tool that enables the department to quickly pre-fire incident planning. The application streamlines the inspection and reporting process resulting in over $1 million in man-hour savings annually. Furthermore, the data can be leveraged en-route through standardized reporting for risk-mitigation.

SPIRALSCOUT assisted the San Francisco Public Works in designing and developing a mobile platform to assist the city of San Francisco with Post-Disaster Evaluation and Reporting for city buildings and structures. See a DEMO here.

SPOTERY worked with the San Francisco Recreation Department  to design a software that allows teams to participate in online lotteries for youth athletic programs to reserve sport facilities.

SYNCFAB worked with the San Leandro Office of Workforce and Economic Development to create a manufacturing procurement platform connecting buyers to regional production capacity being mapped by who is Local and who is Clean.

URBAN LOGIQ worked with the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development to design software that allows office staff to visualize, map and track changes to land parcels in industrial zones. (formerly known as Community Logiq)


BIRDI used its air quality monitoring devices to work with the Department of Public Health to  Craft a research study on whether “smart” devices can help improve the health of residents by providing simple prompts and information on their indoor air quality. Study results will be published later and can be used to influence how the City deploys “smart” consumer devices to improve public health. This particular partnership is about alignment of a consumer-facing hardware product with broader public health goals. As part of the research study formulation, the City purchased up to 50 Birdi devices for use in the study.

BUILDINGEYE worked with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency  to build a functionally integrated prototype web application that shows SFMTA which capital projects are under construction in a map or list format for internal reporting and collaboration. Buildingeye –who is based in Ireland and travelled regularly to San Francisco to meet with SFMTA– worked with SFMTA staff to understand current processes and systems and tested the new web-based product with staff during the program.

INDOORS worked with the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to develop an application that guides blind and visually impaired airport customers safely to their airport gate (see prototype here). The application provides users with audio prompts about surrounding shops and services. The app was built in conjunction with Lighthouse for the Blind, a San francisco non-profit that advocates for the blind and visually impaired, and provides a dignified experience for blind travellers who have been lacking technology tools to navigate the Airport. During the program SFO procured and installed nearly 500 iBeacons (location sensors), provided access to SFO points of interest data, and demonstrated technology at Terminal 2.

MOBILE PD worked with the  San Francisco Police Department to develop a mobile application for officers to do field interviews quickly with their smartphones and significantly reduces paperwork processing time while increasing the time officers can spend protecting the public. MobilePD utilized the STIR opportunity to get deep insights into the full spectrum of Police Department technology, participating in “ride-alongs” with police officers, researching the Department’s data and technology systems and observing the daily processes of Police Officers enabling them to undergo active Research and Development to innovate a completely novel standalone prototype that is technologically ready for integration into Police Department systems.

REGROUP helped the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) rethink and innovate emergency messaging. Regroup prototyped technology that increases the speed at which DEM staff can message to the public in an emergency. This includes developing a method to connect to an early warning earthquake alert system developed by the State of California with United States Geological Survey (USGS) support, giving critical seconds of life saving information to residents and visitors alike. Regroup simulated the earthquake alerts for the purposes of demonstrating the possibility of the technology . As a result of the collaboration, DEM has gotten considerable insight on methods for better informing the public through new methods that will inform a future RFP for services

SYNTHICITY collaborated with the San Francisco Planning Department to build web-based platform that helps planners analyze and visualize options for housing developments based on City zoning laws. The analysis and collaboration application allows policymakers to consider different policy and development options to help address affordability in San Francisco.