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June 10, 2015 9:17 am PST | Data as a Service

In 2014, the Multi-City Innovation Campaign (MCIC) piloted a project through Code For America and civic hacking communities in Boston, Nashville, Palo Alto, and Raleigh. MCIC was on the hunt for the best ideas to solve challenges in economic development, analytics, and data visualization. The pilot was successful: two winners, Spotwise and Ziiio, received money to build out their technology.

This year, 25 local and state governments joined forces with developers, creatives, and entrepreneurs on a common mission to improve public and community health. The goal is to intrigue talented citizens to think about civic problems and inspire them to create something that could potentially develop into a business.  To raise the stakes even more, Jumpstart Foundry, one of the country’s leading health technology startup accelerators, partnered with these cities and regions to take their ideas to the next level.

Over the past five months these teams have been coding and creating products they believe will jump-start public and community health. In late February, the groups participated in CodeAcross, as a part of Code for America, and made their ideas come to life. Submissions were due with prototypes April 10. City and state partners from participating governments serve as judges and resources to these teams to provide relevant publicly available data, and help spread the word about the MCIC opportunity.

Now, MCIC needs your help. The top 10 finalists are on the line to win up to $100,000 in seed capital from Jumpstart Foundry to fully implement their technology in their city. The final video submissions from these teams have been posted on The winner of these votes will be announced June 22nd with implementation into these cities in early July. 

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