Multi-City Innovation Campaign Improves Upon Traditional Hackathon

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  • 3 years ago


Twenty-five localities and one accelerator have launched a $220,000 campaign to seed civic health apps for residents, with the ultimate goal of taking good ideas and giving them a platform to scale up and be sustainable as a solution.

In search of innovative tech and ideas surrounding community health, a group of 25 cities, states and counties has launched a $220,000 campaign — that intends to do more than simply launch health-related apps.

In its second year, the 2015 Multi-City Innovation Campaign (MCIC) will award up to $120,000 for civic tech prototypes and concepts that suit individual communities, and each region will award $5,000 for winning submissions deployed in their areas. Jumpstart Foundry, a health-care accelerator in Nashville, Tenn., will allow one of the finalists to compete for a spot in its 14-week startup program, from May to August, with $100,000 in seed funding going to its selected companies, in exchange for 7.5 percent equity. Submissions are due April 10.

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