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SXSW 2019: Civic-Minded Startups Compete for Mayors' Votes

Innovators got the chance to pitch their tech ideas to mayors from across the country for a $10,000 prize on March 10 during the Civic I/O Mayors' Summit at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

by / March 10, 2019
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AUSTIN, TEXAS — Local governments are increasingly turning to startups with new ideas to meet the demands of citizens. While some needs go largely unrecognized until a solution presents itself, others are more front and center.

Take for example a new approach to the mental health crisis in policing or a way to accurately measure whether tenants are provided adequate heat in apartments during the winter months. These and other ideas were pitched to a panel of U.S. mayors for a $10,000 check at the Civic I/O Mayors Summit at SXSW on Sunday, March 10.

Click through for a look at the entries and the ultimate winner.

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Eyragon Eidam Web Editor

Eyragon Eidam is the Web editor for Government Technology magazine, after previously serving as assistant news editor and covering such topics as legislation, social media and public safety. He can be reached at

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