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City of San Diego Sparks Innovation with Digital Infrastructure


The City of San Diego is partnering with Current, a division of General Electric (GE) to upgrade streetlights to reduce energy costs and transform them into a connected digital network. The installation of 3,400 smart sensors on streetlights throughout the City will be the largest city-based deployment of an "Internet of Things" platform in the world.  Read more here.

Smart Cities San Diego Hackathon

On June 22 and 23, 2017, Cleantech San Diego, CyberTECH, City of San Diego, GE, AT&T, and Intel hosted a Smart Cities San Diego Hackathon as part of San Diego Startup Week to explore how applications using real-time data from the 3,400 smart sensors that will be deployed on streetlights throughout the City of San Diego will help solve problems with traffic, parking, public safety, urban planning, and environmental challenges. More than 60 engineers, programmers, designers, entrepreneurs and students making up 15 teams participated in the 19-hour overnight hackathon. The winning teams were: 1st) DreamBiz, who developed an app to help business owners find the ideal location for their store front; 2nd) See Things, who developed an app to help report possible drunk drivers; 3rd) ParkA, who developed a parking optimization app; and Honorable Mention) HotSpot SD, who developed a program that shows heat maps of pedestrian activity in the city. It also lists upcoming events to give tourists the ability to know where the "hot spots" are and what’s going on around town. View all apps submitted for the competition.


  1. City of San Diego Open Data Portal
  2. San Diego's Climate Action Plan
  3. Cleantech San Diego
  4. Current, powered by GE CityIQ
  5. It's Coding and Coffee by the Gallon: Programmers Hack All Night
  6. 10 Cities Taking a Nature-Driven Approach to Innovation
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