San Francisco, California – A team from Spotery is already in San Francisco getting ready to present tomorrow Friday to the California cities of San Francisco, Oakland, San Leandro and West Sacramento as part of the first regional Startups in Residence program (STIR). This demo day will showcase the digital tools and services developed during the 16-weeks program by the 14 selected tech startups to potential customers and investors. Spotery, the only startup from Latin America selected to participate in STIR, will have the opportunity to enter into contracts with the participating cities and solve critical issues in the region.
“We are excited about the opportunity to showcase our solution and present to top industry leaders.” shared Ricardo Davila, co-founder of Spotery. “With the rise of the digital revolution, governments around the world are looking for San Francisco as a model for modernization. San Francisco is the engine behind the sharing economy, home to Airbnb and Uber, and the city’s open data policies have set precedents for innovation. The opportunity to work with the City of San Francisco is proving that Spotery is moving firmly in the right direction.”
Spotery worked directly with the San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) on an online solution that allows residents to reserves recreation facilities and participate in online lotteries for youth athletic programs. Spotery’s solution allows RPD staff to update open practice fields and times, categorize teams by age bracket, and allow teams to select areas during their designated lottery time. The platform will also sync reservation information with other permitting systems to increase efficiency.
The primary objective of the STIR program is to build bridges between government and startups, bringing innovative services to the public sector. “When we think about all the many problems we’re facing in society, we at City Hall can’t do it alone. We need to work across sectors, we need to be collaborative, and we need to be open,” said Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Francisco, when launching the STIR program. The program gives participating startups the tools and insights needed to create better solutions for the $400 billion government tech market.
Spotery is a Puerto Rican startup that is developing a comprehensive platform to help customers search for locations in an easy way and provides a pure experience throughout the process. The San Francisco project, combined with the recently launched agreement with the Municipality of Caguas in Puerto Rico, is providing Spotery with relevant experience while proving traction to help scale up into the global government tech market. Top accelerator programs are supporting Spotery including Indy Accelerator, Parallel 18 and Founder Institute. The startup was also a finalist on the 2015 World Cup Tech Challenge held in California.
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