Leading Cities, a global network for Smart City growth and collaboration, has developed the AcceliCITY program to further strengthen Boston’s position as a global leader in smart city innovation. They recently announced the three AcceliCITY winners – one in each of the clean energy, city visualization and general AcceliCITY program tracks.
Solu – a startup seeking to improve waste management in developing nations by harnessing technology and data to optimize the collection process was named the champion of the program. They will receive six months of leading consulting support.
The winner of the clean energy smart challenge was PurCity of Denmark – with a nanotechnology solution to purify city air indoors and out. PurCity will receive free incubation space and support in Massachusetts provided by the sponsor of the challenge, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).
The city visualization smart challenge was designed by the city of Sabadell, Spain which plans to test emerging technologies for city visualization, as tools to promote Sabadell’s citizen participation and increase its social cohesion. The visualization technologies could include virtual reality, smart signaling, videoconferencing, webcams, beacons, embarked cameras, outdoor interactive screens, and 3D modelling. Sabadell selected Sweden VR – a global virtual reality/augmented reality sustainable development goals education and innovation library – which will now be part of a pilot program in Sabadell in 2019 and will receive the full support of the city to assist in entering the Barcelona regional market.
The AcceliCITY program consists of a six-week web-based curriculum for semi-finalists and a week-long Smart City Boot Camp for the 12 finalists, connecting smart city startups with mentors, experts in market strategies, angel and venture capital investors, public speaking coaches and veterans of B2G business development among others.