We have a dynamic set of projects underway at any point
Rather than stick to a template, we let the need of the hour guide our process. Below is a selection of our most impactful initiatives.
The Grid builds connective tissue between the diverse – and inspired – stakeholders that make urban tech happen in NYC.
The “NYC Response Lab”
The “NYC Response Lab” at Cornell Tech is a joint initiative with CIV:LAB and the NYCEDC to identify community-level COVID-19 related problems and to deploy internally-created tech solutions to help New York City people/communities, businesses and agencies recover from the COVID-19 crisis.
Detroit Urban Solutions
CIV:LAB and TechTown Detroit are collaborating to launch Detroit Urban Solutions. By harnessing and leveraging local and global resources, CIV:LAB bolsters Detroit’s tech economy by creating connections in the urban technology ecosystem.
COVID-19 Case Tracking in Red Hook
A collaboration with The Grid partners The Red Hook Initiative and Cornell Tech. Working together to collect COVID-19 symptoms information by leveraging neighborhood and community engagement organizations and building a platform to analyze that data so medical professionals can provide needed care to members of the Red Hook community.
EnergyGrade helps accelerate technology companies that reduce building carbon emissions by connecting building owners to clean energy products and financing options while providing project development support.
Smart Cities New York
SCNY is North America's leading global conference for innovators and decision-makers who are improving life in the cities of tomorrow.
The Neighborhood Challenge: Tech Forward
The Neighborhood Challenge platform was founded in 2020 to help small businesses in New York recover from the impact of COVID-19 by sourcing and connecting ideas across diverse organizations, industries, and backgrounds through a series of open submission calls to identify and support initiatives that will best support our New York community.
The Brownsville Sentiment Equity Project
CIV:LAB's partner Public Sentiment leads project with support from the Robin Hood Foundation and ConEdison. The Brownsville Sentiment Equity Project seeks to build trust and confidence in public institutions—working with city government, local businesses, community organizations, and residents to identify challenges posed and exacerbated by COVID-19—and implement data-based and co-designed solutions that support long-term recovery and growth, focusing on financial, health, and social equity.
We curate civic studios around pressing urban issues
Civic Studios are strategically curated sessions that assemble groups of change makers to discuss pressing issues that face their cities.
Beyond a forum for targeted discussion and ideation, Studios serve as incubators for initiatives that carry forth the solutions fostered in the session.
Four Studios are planned across Detroit, London and NYC for Q2 2021. Themes include: Financing Clean Energy Innovation (LDN), Pilot to Scale Syndicate (NYC), Multi-City Studio on Future of Libraries (NYC + DET), Racial Justice and Tech (DET)
Increasing affordable housing from underused commercial space
Identifying the proven challenges to adapting affordable housing from underused commercial spaces in NYC, prioritizing them, and brainstorming potential cross-sectoral solutions to enabling this.
Energy Efficiency in Detroit
In partnership with Bedrock Detroit, Next Energy and Ford. Addressing key barriers to energy efficiency programs and technologies. This Studio led to the creation of the Detroit Test Bed Collaborative, a multi-vertical energy efficiency proof of concept, and a buildings and energy workforce program for Detroit schools.
Advance Innovation in Biosolids Use
In partnership with Town+Gown NYC and NYC Department of Environmental Protection. A discussion around how to plan for innovative biosolids use outside traditional wastewater industry solutions. Led to the formation of the NYC Urban Resource Recovery Working Group.
Future Proofing Detroit Buildings
In partnership with NextEnergy and KODE Labs, DUS convened stakeholders for our "Future of Buildings Civic Studio" to identify key barriers to technology implementation and integration and discuss how to address inefficiencies and leverage network connections. Studio participants formed three working groups focused on Workforce Development, Education & Awareness, as well as Testbeds & Pilots to identify potential solutions and opportunities for further collaboration.
Commercializing for Local Law 97
In partnership with CUNY Building Performance Lab, Urban Future Lab, and Perl Street. Designing, financing, and implementing the next generation of sustainable building technologies. This Civic Studio led to the creation of a startup called Energy Grade that aims to address the needs identified during the discussion.
Micro-mobility Policy in NYC
In partnership with NYU C2Smart. A discussion on issues relating to micro-mobility/transit in NYC and how to best address them as a group. This Civic Studio resulted in a collaborative approach to micro-mobility policy by competitors.
Urban Tech Financing
In partnership with Citi Ventures. How urban tech and smart city projects are currently being financed, gaps and restrictions from holding tech, as well as preventing projects from scaling. The outcome of this Studio was joint urban tech scouting and investment.
The building blocks of our ecosystems
- Project creation and management
- Partnership model development
Market and Applied Research
- Local and global market research leveraging network and market position
- Applied research, insights and data for investors and commerce strategizers
- Local and global event organization
- Civic Studios
- Workshops, roundtables and conferences
- Marketing and communications
- Ecosystem design
- Collateral and website building