Past Innovate Durham Cohorts
Innovate Durham has partnered with companies since 2017. Below you will find:
- Brief descriptions of the solutions tested by past Innovate Durham cohort companies
- Assigned Partner/Test-case departments
- Some of the companies' demo presentations
City of Durham Participatory Budgeting, City of Durham Office of Performance & Innovation, City of Durham Office of Economic & Workforce Development
ZROverse is a Metaverse as a service infrastructure startup. ZROverse provides a gaming, ecommerce intersection that both enables businesses to create virtual brick and mortar stores, and creates opportunities for hard to hire populations to develop design skills needed for “new collar jobs”. ZROverse will partner with the City of Durham to pilot a Pathway Program that takes up to eight Hard to Hire (H2H) participants and provides them with entry level training for new collar jobs and work on piloting a visual component for Participatory Budgeting projects.
Durham County Emergency Management Services
Lavni provides online mental health services for underserved communities. Clients can choose a mental health professional that aligns best with their needs and receive therapy via text, voice, and video call. Lavni will be working with Durham County Emergency Management Services to test their app with frontline employees.
City of Durham Office of Performance & Innovation
SmartBridge will be working with the City of Durham Innovation Team to run three different workshops for Innovate Durham Cohort members and City of Durham employees. The failure foundry workshop will help government employees acknowledge that failures are already occurring in the status quo and view failure as a necessary step towards positive change.
Durham County General Services
Ground source heat pumps (GSHPs), also known as geothermal systems, are the most energy efficient technology in the context of space heating and cooling applications. Conventional ground-loop heat exchangers are currently a barrier to wider market adoption of GSHPs due to their high installation costs, long lead times and landscape disruption upon installation. We would like to test our innovative ground-loop heat exchanger that overcomes these commercial and technical limitations in collaboration with Durham County.
Durham Success Summit
City of Durham Office of Performance & Innovation, City of Durham Office of Economic & Workforce Development, Durham County Economic Development
Durham Success Summit provides programs and tools to increase access to business education, mentorship, and professional networking opportunities for young Black men between 16 and 24 years old in Durham. The City, County, and DSS team will work to determine and identify the most impactful content for job-seeking Black male youth 16-24 in order to increase their skills and employability.
Partner Departments: Durham County Register of Deeds and City-County Inspections Department
is a software-as-a-service company that automates customer service communications for local governments to save time, increase revenue, and speedily provide residents, developers, and businesses with the services they need by intelligently suggesting automated responses that staff reviews before sending.
Partner Departments: City Budget and Management Services, County Library, and County Strategic Initiatives
provides a space management portal that allows users to organize billing, conference room/meeting space, desk reservations and more as well as a member portal to assist people working in a shared space.
Partner Departments: City General Services and County General Services
DayWatt's technology enables rooftop solar installations on commercial buildings to supply long-term backup power to the facility during blackouts, a feature unavailable with conventional renewable energy approaches. The system also provides lifetime benefits through lower energy bills, decreased maintenance, and reduced carbon emissions.
Partner Department: County General Services
AC AnalytiX is an air conditioning/refrigeration early warning, monitoring system that utilizes data analytics and cloud technology to analyze, and troubleshoot. The system also alerts anomalies that may be occurring in real-time. AC AnalytiX gives the end-user the ability to view multiple locations from a desk, or on the go.
Partner Department: Durham Public Schools
B.combs is a comprehensive platform that aims to save teachers’ and administrator’s times, by aggregating activities and events, automating processes, and providing actionable metrics.
Don't Waste Durham
Partner Department: City Solid Waste
Don't Waste Durham's vision for the future is a circular economy that designs waste out of the picture. Don’t Waste Durham builds technology, infrastructure, and logistics to make possible the mainstream use of reusable food and beverage packaging. Through Innovate Durham, Don't Waste Durham will explore using the City's existing recycling infrastructure for collection of reusables and test new technologies for sorting.
Partner Department: City-County Emergency Management
NeedsList is a real-time needs registry for crisis response. NeedsList's vision is to build resilient communities by tackling this challenge of communication and coordination of needs and offers during crisis. Our platform aggregates supply, volunteer, and funding needs in real-time from the field intro a centralized database to help communities get what they need, when they need it. For Innovate Durham, NeedsList is partnering with Emergency Management to pilot their platform as a viable crisis response registry for Durham.
Partner Department: County IS&T
ProcessMaker makes it easy for business analysts to collaborate with IT to automate complex business processes connecting people and existing company systems. Headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, ProcessMaker has a partner network spread across 35 countries serving customers in 52 different countries. Through Innovate Durham, ProcessMaker is working with Durham County iS&T to pilot an automation of one of their workflow processes.
Partner Department: City Human Resources
Reaszon is a Durham-based technology company that provides a new and unique critical reasoning assessment to industry and academia. The Reaszon test is the first accurate, unbiased, and fully automated critical reasoning assessment of its kind. It is web-based allowing for flexible administration and immediate feedback. These characteristics enable frequent, easy distribution of a powerful assessment that accurately measures the critical reasoning ability of job candidates and students. For Innovate Durham, Reaszon is working with City Human Resources to see if there are significant correlations between a Reaszon score and job performance.
Community Expert Solutions
Partner Department: County Public Health
Community Expert Solutions has a software platform, Digital LinCS, that matches, connects and manages eligible people to patient assistance programs for free and reduced cost HIV medications. Digital LinCS is configured to complete patient assistance programs for HIV medication and assistance programs. Through Innovate Duhram, Community Expert Solutions worked with Durham County to sign up residents for HIV prevention treatments.
Deep Visual Insights
Partner Department: City General Services
Deep Visual Insights uses carefully tested artificial intelligence software to automatically and regularly check that security cameras are working properly. With the software, developed by Duke University researchers, unhealthy cameras are quickly identified and operators are alerted of the problem. For Innovate Durham they developed a software dashboard and worked with the City's security manager to test their software on the cameras in City Hall.
Partner Department: County Library & Engineering Services
Hoverlay is a location-based augmented reality application that can display information about development projects at the location of the project. Anyone around that location would be able to experience a highly visual, highly curated content, about the project. Through Innovate Durham they tested the engagement of their platform at the construction site of the main Library and a new art installation at a County administration building.
Partner Department: City Fleet
Rownd is an internet of things platform which makes every vehicle a smart vehicle. Using the OBD-II port on the dashboard they can monitor: engine performance and problems, location, acceleration and deceleration patterns, crashes and maintenance schedules. Rownd worked with the City Fleet Management to build an analytics platform to monitor vehicle and driver performance.
State Of Place
Partner Departments: City Transportation
State of Place is a predictive analytics software that quantifies walkability, sustainability and livability. State of Place is using a data-driven, holistic urban design focus to help achieve the City's Vision Zero goal of zero pedestrian fatalities. Through Innovate Durham they worked with Transportation staff to collect road safety and urban design data to recommend design changes that would make streets safer for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
Partner Departments: City Solid Waste
TRASHR is an internet of things technology that seeks to make the waste management industry more efficient, while promoting sustainable initiatives. TRASHR uses sensors to measure how full a dumpster is and transmits that information to a database where analytics can be used to optimize pickup. For Innovate Durham they tested their devices in several dumpsters throughout the City and made recommendations on pickup schedules.