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Showcasing the Startups at State of GovTech — ICYMI

Leaders from Orijin, Medex Forensics, Societal and — gov tech startups singled out by judges at the State of GovTech event — discuss their innovative solutions and their companies’ visions.

Toward the end of 2023, startups, investors, entrepreneurs and technology companies gathered at the State of GovTech event in San Mateo, Calif., to discuss the latest innovation and technology trends, exchange best practices, network and collaborate.

The event featured four “demo day” sessions in which promising startups discussed their solutions in front of a panel of judges from both the public and private sectors. Twenty-five separate companies were evaluated based upon multiple factors including innovation, growth potential, equity, differentiation and company maturity.

On this week’s episode of “In Case You Missed It,” we are joined by four companies with the top scores as determined by the State of GovTech judges — giving them the opportunity to identify problems and present their company's solutions to our audience.

The four featured startups are:
  • Orijin (formerly APDS): Orijin's vision is to break the cycle of incarceration by preparing every justice-impacted individual for sustainable employment.
  • Medex Forensics: Medex Forensics provides examiners the newest automated tools for digital video authentication, source detection and provenance analysis.
  • Societal: Societal leverages technology for courts as well as guardians, conservators and accountants to help protect the health and finances of those who cannot protect themselves.
  • Terra is building the world's largest platform for climate careers with the mission of getting 100 million people to work directly on climate in this decade.



“In Case You Missed It” is Government Technology’s weekly news roundup and interview live show featuring e.Republic* Chief Innovation Officer Dustin Haisler and Deputy Chief Innovation Officer Joe Morris as they bring their analysis and insight to the week’s most important stories in state and local government.

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*Note: e.Republic is Government Technology's parent company.


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Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As President, Haisler drives exponential growth, implements new ideas and promotes a corporate culture that rewards creativity. Read his full bio.