Winners Will Help Modernize the Authority
Seven technology startup companies are the winners of the first-ever NYCHA Tech Pilots, a real estate technology competition to find new and creative solutions to strengthen and modernize public housing.
NYCHA Tech Pilots was launched by the Fund for Public Housing, a nonprofit dedicated to investing in NYCHA residents and communities through public-private partnerships. The Fund partnered with leading technology organizations Urban Tech Hub @ Grand Central Tech and MetaProp NYC, to connect with cutting-edge technology companies.
“Collaboration between NYCHA, the Fund for Public Housing, and the tech sector means new solutions and possibilities for our residents,” NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye said. “Today’s Tech Pilot winners are moving NYCHA forward toward our NextGen NYCHA goal to provide safe, clean, and connected communities.”
In June, companies made presentations on the benefits their technology could provide to public housing residents. Originally, three winners were to be chosen, but the selection committee decided to expand the winners’ list because the submissions promise to be so useful. Tech solutions include heating and cooling efficiency efforts, construction project management tools, and health and lifestyle enhancement initiatives, such as on-site fitness programs.
Though the seven companies received no financial reward, they have the opportunity to partner with the country’s largest residential landlord to demonstrate the strength of their products. All pilots are expected to be completed in 2018.