The Ion Smart Cities Accelerator launched earlier this year with a goal of engaging startups from around the world to solve some of Houston’s most prevalent challenges. Backed by Intel and Microsoft and partnered with the city of Houston and Station Houston, the program has developed a curriculum and selected its first cohort.
Ten startups from around the world — half of which from right here in Houston — were selected to be a part of the program. And narrowing down to 10 was tough for the program’s judges, says Christine Galib, director of the Ion Smart Cities Accelerator.
“Selecting the participants for our first cohort was difficult, due to this amazing pool of talent — that’s always the problem you want to have,” she tells InnovationMap.Along with this new neighborhood focus, the program also announced a partnership with the University of Houston.
AeoShape is in the business of compiling data and making it easier to use — from facial analysis to location-based services, the company is taking data and organizing it to more easily use it for finding solutions or strategies.”Imagine having all the big data served up anywhere at any time in a comprehensive, visual way,” Galib says.