We first work with local partners to run data-driven experiments in the field. We then pick the most promising ones and set to demonstrate how that experiment can become a useful innovation for a specific community. Finally, we make as much as we can accessible to anyone who is interested in replicating or adapting that experiment for their community.
Smarter Cities for Everyone!
Data has increasingly become destiny for cities by helping infrastructures and urban systems become more responsive to their human clients. Most data-driven innovation is sponsored by and designed for cities where most things already work. We, at the Urban Launchpad, are committed to working with local partners to innovate in the most challenging places, starting with Dhaka, the vibrant capital of Bangladesh.
We’re Busy Demonstrating that Open, Urban Infostructures can be Built Anywhere at an Affordable Cost.
Recent technological breakthroughs available everywhere — smartphones, mobile data networks, and clouds — combined with organized groups of humans, which we affectionately call flocks, are enabling the construction of world-class, low-cost, and open infostructures to make the best of even the most dated infrastructures.
We’re in Non-Stealth Mode
The potential of open, urban infostructures to transform how cities across the globe are built, managed, and enjoyed is much greater than any work that we can do ourselves. Instead of keeping our work secret, we believe that through open data, open curricula, and an open invitation for anyone to work with us, we can collectively and rapidly address the most pressing urban challenges before it’s too late.