For the fifth year, a group of mayors at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, played 'shark' as they judged a handful of civic-minded startups that sought to solve hard city problems.
With a $10,000 prize for a first-place finish, at SXSW a handful of startup founders pitched a panel of mayors convened by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the nonprofit Civic I/O, a group of self-styled civic innovators bound together by a commitment to solving intractable city problems through applied technology.
This year's pitches covered everything from redressing racism in setting car insurance rates while making city streets safer and using so-called job-killing AI to benefit job seekers to holding landlords accountable for keeping the heat on and providing networked access to psychiatrists to first responders responding to mental health emergencies.
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