TOP NEWS How Will Tech Help Government Deal with a Changing World? As the global temperature rises slowly and steadily from now through the end of the century, it will bring enormous changes with it. It could, quite literally, impact everything. And though a lot of that change is uncertain, some things are for sure. In these areas, there's an opportunity for technology — ranging from maps to drones to sensor networks — to help government prepare for a changing planet. Microsoft Acquires GitHub The tech giant laid down an eye-popping $7.5 billion for the open source-enabling service, which government and civic technologists have used to share ideas. Colorado to Test Integrated Roadways' Smart Pavement The state's forward-looking RoadX program will be one of Integrated Roadways' first testing partners as it lays down half a mile of technology-packed pavement. Startup Accelerator Shapes Up Water Tech Companies Robotic sewer pipe inspections, water efficiency tools and more — see the companies participating in the second cohort of an Ohio water tech accelerator program. MARKET SPOTLIGHT
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GovTech company on our radar this week:
Grid Smarter Cities: Developing smart city applications with an emphasis on transportation, including the curbside space reservation and management tool Kerb. Run a GovTech company? Get on our radar here.
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100 Resilient Cities, SocialCapital Launch $150 Fund for Urban Tech Startups (Chamath Palihapitiya/Medium) Agile Government Leaders Forms Non-Profit to Help Public Sector Go Agile (AGL) Inside Chicago's Police Surveillance Network (New York Times) GovTechBiz is our weekly newsletter covering the companies, deals and trends in the business of gov tech. Got a news tip? Other feedback? We're listening. Send it to GovTechBiz Writer Ben Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.