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Machine vision retail analytics and Covid safety platform

We are a software and hardware solutions company who developed a machine vision platform for retail locations. Our core platform and business is collecting machine vision based analytics for retail companies to provide data and insights around crowd behavior, product consumption and track crowd activity around a physical retail space. In addition to this solution, we have developed machine vision capabilities for security... more »

Company Name Soul Ra LLC

What area would your solution address? Redesigning establishments and operations

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 07740

Stakeholder group Tech Companies & Startups

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Systematic approach to assess the quality of sidewalks in order to expedite improvements and increase neighborhood walkability

Walkspan's solution to curb management involves a systematic approach to measure the quality of sidewalks using our recently patented AI driven methodology and recommendation system. The method involves rigorous data gathering, rating and mapping of sidewalks. Over 200 sidewalk attributes are considered located along the 5 corridor sections namely the building edge, walkzone, furnishing or buffer zone, crosswalk and open... more »

Company Name WALKSPAN

What area would your solution address? Curb Management and Public Space Reconfiguration

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 10024

Stakeholder group Tech Companies & Startups

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How do we manage and activate public space in a changed world?

BIDs have been at the forefront of reclaiming and re-imagining public spaces throughout the city...from Times Square to Water Street to countless neighborhood plazas. Many of our organizations have invested in placemaking and public space activation programs that are inherently about making these spaces welcoming and attractive gathering spots for New Yorkers. Placemaking activities may be more important now then ever.... more »

What industry sector does your challenge most apply to? Commercial District Management

What borough(s) does your challenge most apply to? Citywide

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 10271

Stakeholder group Business Improvement District

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Re-configure stores for social distancing

Many of our smaller stores are very narrow and deep. This is already proving to be a challenge for retailers. New design ideas instead of the same old format.

What industry sector does your challenge most apply to? All Retail Types

What borough(s) does your challenge most apply to? Citywide

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 10463

Stakeholder group Business Improvement District

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Enriching Communities Through Public Displays trending idea

What if there were a place where residents in the Lower East Side and the South Bronx could go to view critical environmental data, find out information about community based organizations, view art from local artists, and get exclusive deals from neighborhood businesses? These digital displays will integrate advertising, environment, public art, and more while honoring the traditions and character of the area they are... more »

Company Name Temboo

What area would your solution address? Curb Management and Public Space Reconfiguration

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 10013

Stakeholder group Tech Companies & Startups

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Verifying Sanitized Space

Tulu and Citiesense are teaming up to offer a solution to this challenge that empowers local business communities with technology that tracks and verifies sanitization of commercial spaces, among other spaces people need to safely return to occupying. Audience/ who is this for? Local businesses can assure customers that they're taking the necessary precautions to keep customers, employees, and visitors safe because Tulu... more »

Company Name Citiesense

What area would your solution address? Curb Management and Public Space Reconfiguration

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 10017

Stakeholder group Tech Companies & Startups

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Open Streets

To help our City's small businesses adapt and recover from the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, commercial districts have been working on ideas to open streets for people to accommodate for overflow of individuals from open shops. Currently, streets cannot be open if a bus goes through the area. Many shopping corridors and boroughs have bus routes that do not allow for this to take place.

What industry sector does your challenge most apply to? Commercial District Management

What borough(s) does your challenge most apply to? Staten Island, Citywide

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 10314

Stakeholder group Business Improvement District

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Curbside Waste Management

The sight and smell of trash and recycling piles is ubiquitous on NYC streetscapes. It not only creates a visual eyesore and attracts rodents, but it also poses a physical obstacle for pedestrians and sidewalk users. While sidewalk space was at a premium prior to the pandemic, high quality public realm is even more critical now for social distancing, safe movement and outdoor business operations. Businesses that rely... more »

What industry sector does your challenge most apply to? Commercial District Management

What borough(s) does your challenge most apply to? Manhattan, Citywide

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 10003

Stakeholder group Business Improvement District

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A Data Platform to Help Activate Vacant Storefronts & Rejuvenate Neighborhoods

A critical step in facilitating the rapid response and recovery of main streets and urban streetscapes across New York City is establishing a contextualized, real-time database of commercial storefront vacancies.

Modeled after a program that we deployed in the City of Toronto to support brick and mortar retail businesses and the local popup economy, our solution will identify and categorize both temporary and long-term... more »

Company Name UrbanLogiq

What area would your solution address? Mitigating and activating storefront vacancies

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 10017

Stakeholder group Tech Companies & Startups

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How can local business join forces against eComm giants

Even before the pandemic, there was a rising demand for online order and speedy delivery for goods and services. Consumers often turn to "big box" services such as Amazon, who are able to provide an "everything store" experience that includes free and quick delivery. While people love to shop from their neighborhood businesses, the businesses are largely unable to provide the experience consumers have come to expect.... more »

What industry sector does your challenge most apply to? All Retail Types

What borough(s) does your challenge most apply to? Manhattan, Brooklyn

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 11231

Stakeholder group Tech Companies & Startups

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Granting emergency sidewalk cafe permits

A few businesses in Bed-Stuy want to open up their restaurants in a safe way. In order to do that, the best way is to allow for sidewalk cafes. However, these businesses are unable to acquire these permits because of rezoning that took place 10 years ago. Granting these sidewalk cafe permits would allow many restaurants to operate with safe measures. They were told they need letters of support from council members, but... more »

What industry sector does your challenge most apply to? All Restaurant Types

What borough(s) does your challenge most apply to? Citywide

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 11201

Stakeholder group Chamber of Commerce / Industry Advocacy Organization

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Thank anyone, anywhere, anytime, for anything.

SendThanksNow is a gratitude network with its own currency called Hearts (1 Heart = 1ยข) that you can use online, in an app, over Siri or Alexa to ensure gratitude finds a way. Imagine if all small business workers (and all New Yorkers frankly) were easily accessible ONLY to give thanks. All good deeds, all good service, all moments of generosity can be answered instantly, pulling the karmic curve towards instant satisfaction.... more »

Company Name SendThanksNow

What area would your solution address? Digitizing business models

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 10025

Stakeholder group Tech Companies & Startups

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Technology & Social Media Training

Many businesses in this district do not have an online presence, which could have helped cushion the blow from the shut downs. Hands-on training at multiple levels, which incorporates those who need very basic computer skills as well as those who are more experienced, could be a potential solution for this problem.

Company Name Flatbush Avenue BID

What area would your solution address? Digitizing business models

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 11226

Stakeholder group Business Improvement District

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Enhance Placemaking Efforts with Tactical Urbanism Policy

In the wake of an economic collapse many of our commercial districts will be experiencing a wave of private disinvestment that threatens to downgrade our most vibrant places and make them appear to be shoddy, abandoned and/or forgotten. In order to attract to shoppers, and new businesses, BID's and CBO's will need increased capacity to create programming for unused space, safety improvements, art installations, and other... more »

What industry sector does your challenge most apply to? Commercial District Management

What borough(s) does your challenge most apply to? Citywide

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 11434

Stakeholder group Other Small Biz Advocate

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Local Business Joining Forces Against eCommerce Giants

We have created https://cinchmarket.nyc/, an online "everything store" that lets our neighbors visit their favorite local stores virtually and have items delivered within the same day in a singular package. All products are fulfilled by neighborhood stores, strengthening the relationship between residents and small businesses. We believe that through Cinch Market, local stores can operate together to serve consumers and... more »

Company Name Cinch Market

What area would your solution address? Digitizing business models

Participant zip code (home or business. International = 00000) 11231

Stakeholder group Tech Companies & Startups

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