SacTown Interactive, Inc. announces selection by the City of Henderson, Nevada to participate in ground-breaking Startup in Residence program

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SacTown Interactive, Inc. announces selection by the City of Henderson, Nevada to participate in ground-breaking Startup in Residence program

Sacramento, CA — Today, SacTown Interactive announced that they were selected by the City of Henderson Nevada, through a competitive process to participate in its 2019 Startup in Residence (STIR) program. Nearly 700 startups vied for a chance to work with 22 governments for the opportunity to secure a contract. The selected startups will volunteer their time with government agencies over 16-weeks to tackle civic challenges with new technology tools and services.

This year SacTown Interactive will focus on improving traffic congestion by creating a citizen engagement tool to increase students walking to school.

“As a team, we’re really excited to bring games to government and use game design to solve a civic challenge,” said Ashley Christman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of SacTown Interactive. “Being a small indie studio, this is a great opportunity for us to leverage our specialty and we look forward to collaborating with the City of Henderson.”

In 2018, the program launched in 11 cities across the United States. STIR is now in 22 governments across the US and Canada and has worked with nearly 100 startups. See all the 2019 STIR team partnerships here. The national STIR program is supported by City Innovate.

“The Startup in Residence program is a model for civic innovation and national collaboration,” said Jay Nath, former Chief Innovation Officer for San Francisco and Executive Director for City Innovate. “This program is a unique opportunity for government agencies and startups to think creatively about how we can all work together to modernize government to benefit residents.”

Past projects in other communities have included working on issues such as streamlining the foster care application process, smart sensors on trash cans, homeless health services, volunteer engagement tools, and developing tools to assess the damage in the aftermath of an emergency like an earthquake or flooding. Startups can register on StartupinResidence.org to be notified of new challenges.

The program also offers education for government and startup staff in areas including design thinking, lean methodologies, procurement, civic technology trends, and new methods of product development and procurement.

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About STIR: Startup in Residence (STIR) connects startups with government agencies to develop technology products that solve real civic challenges through a 16-week program. See all the 2019 STIR team partnerships here. To learn more about Startup in Residence visit: https://startupinresidence.org.

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