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City Innovate Foundation is partnering with Miami-Dade County to tap civic technology and world-class resources to bring smarter and more efficient public transit services to 34 cities in Florida.

SAN FRANCISCO, October 11, 2016– City Innovate Foundation announced during its annual summit BRIDGE SF that beginning on October 11th, it will work with Miami-Dade County to bring together world-class partners from the private and public sectors to reshape the landscape of public transit.

City Innovate was created to solve the world’s toughest urban problems through cross sector partnerships and technological innovation. For its inaugural debut, City Innovate’s first endeavor is to host an “Urban Mobility Collider” at its Superpublic civic innovation lab in San Francisco. City Innovate will bring in the expertise of Microsoft, Lyft, Zipcar, and Cubic Transportation Systems among others, to solve one of the country’s most pressing urban issues: transportation.

“Studies have shown that more efficient public transit has direct, tangible effects on improving the lives of families and individuals across the country. Reducing congestion and supporting technology that support streamlined multi-modal transportation options lead to increased economic activity and upward mobility opportunities,” says Gert Christen, Chief Operating Officer of City Innovate Foundation.

Few organizations, especially in the technology sector, have taken the initiative to address this issue by targeting specific technology capabilities and working directly with policymakers. However, recognizing the capacity for impact, City Innovate is preparing to take the challenge on headfirst.

“We are excited to help break new ground on how cities can innovate,” said Kamran Saddique, Executive Director of City Innovate Foundation. “Miami-Dade County ranks as the 7th most congested metropolitan area in the USA and developing a playbook for how decade-old installed transit systems can be integrated with cutting edge new services here will benefit all our member cities.”

“City Innovate’s Urban Mobility Collider provides an agile approach to solve problems faced by every city,” says Bill Mitchel, Director of Business Development–Worldwide Public Sector for Microsoft. “Alongside Cubic Transportation and other partners, Microsoft will participate in the forum to help advance solutions for our government customers, starting with Miami Dade.”

City Innovate seeks to reform public transit through a three-pronged approach:

  • Collaboration: City Innovate will host six sessions in a 12 week “sprint” that will for the first time bring together the best private and public sector partners to combine exceptional resources, knowledge, and technology
  • Next-Generation Technology: City Innovate will focus on open integration of backend systems and payments, introduce new services with its partners such as piloting autonomous, electric, and connected vehicles, and deploy OpenData/OpenAPI systems, among other initiatives
  • Open Innovation: City Innovate will create a comprehensive playbook that will enable cities to build capacity with their specific localized conditions

“The private sector is telling us that we are only three short years away from autonomous vehicles and we want to prepare ourselves for this technology,” says Carlos Cruz-Casas, Assistant Director for Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works. “City Innovate Foundation’s Collider Methodology is a perfect vehicle to learn, test and collaborate with the private sector to develop the playbook of how to put Miami-Dade County at the forefront of transportation innovation and to share this with many cities for their benefit, too,” Cruz-Casas comments.

The first session of the Urban Mobility Collider is launching on October 11th. City Innovate is in the process of developing its portfolio of member cities for its next Collider, and interested partners and cities are encouraged to reach out to City Innovate with any inquiries.


The City Innovate Foundation solves urban problems using open innovation and public private partnerships. By partnering with cities, metropolitan areas, civic leaders, academic institutions, non-profits, startups and corporations, City Innovate serves as an international convener and civic technology accelerator to develop playbooks that enable cities to build capacity and to pilot innovative solutions. To learn more, visit, and follow @CityInnovate.

Media contact: Elyse Lee,, 717-424-9072.


With the second iteration of the Startup in Residence Program, four Northern California cities are gaining valuable tools and resources for citizens while chosen startups are earning persuasive use cases to help them scale into the gov tech market.

To harvest startup talent, cities don’t have to be tech Meccas — but a partnership with one certainly helps.

On Sept. 16, the California cities of Oakland, San Leandro and West Sacramento will join San Francisco in showcasing the new digital tools and services that materialized during the first regional Startup in Residence program (STiR) that brought in 14 tech startups for 16 weeks.

The startups unleashed their diverse skill sets on a host of civic maladies, devising solutions for foster care, law enforcement, city finances and preschool, to name a few, and coordinating with appropriate city departments and the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation.

If results are like San Francisco’s in-house pilot in 2014, the cities are apt to gain valuable tools and resources for citizens, while the startups — eager to expand their commercial footprints — will earn persuasive use cases and government supporters to scale into the gov tech market.


STiR builds on this influence by serving as a mechanism for regional gov tech research and development. Only last July, at the opening of the city’s innovation lab SuperPublic — an endeavor supported by the General Services Administration — did San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee elaborate on the strategy to advance civic efforts through local, regional, state and even federal collaboration.

While it seems voluntary and innovative to do it now, we’re actually creating the conditions for the private sector, for the public sector, for academia, for those that are in government that want to innovate.

Lee said at the SuperPublic launch event. “We’re trying to create the conditions now so there is a lot more opportunity in the future to be successful.”