NYC awards two commercial districts to boost neighborhoods & quality of life with Connecthings

11 July 2017

Connecthings is proud to be part of two winning proposals made in collaboration with community-based organizations of New-York and other innovative companies for the 5th edition of “Neighborhood Challenge Awards”.

Neighborhood Challenge 5.0 awards provide funding to nonprofit organizations, in partnership with tech companies, to create and implement impactful game-changing technology tools that address challenges in New York City commercial districts and are potential scalable to the whole city. This award is managed by the NYC Department of Small Business Services and New York City Economic Development Corporation.

The two winning bids :

“Great neighborhoods make a great city, and we are using technology to build vibrant neighborhoods across the five boroughs,” said Gregg Bishop, commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “These awards will empower community-based organizations to meet local needs – boosting small businesses and enhancing quality of life.”

“We really identified some of the major problems of growth in Rockaway: connectivity to the rest of NYC and within the Rockaways from east to west,” RBA Chairperson Yarden Flatow. “We figured state-of-the-art, cutting edge technology would really be a good thing to solve that problem.”

“Connecthings is very excited to help NY neighborhoods become digitally engaged, provide easily accessible, useful information to citizens, and connect shops with shoppers.“ Says Laetitia Gazel Anthoine, Founder and CEO, Connecthings. “Launching our services with Rockaway and Long Island City is a great way of demonstrating the breadth of value-adding, local use-cases that can be created with our Smart City tools, to the City of New York.”

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