This article from my Route Fifty e-newsletter had a list of the winners of pitches of technology made at the SXSW Mayor’s Summit. All were interesting, but this winner seemed especially ingenious to me:
At Civic I/O’s technology pitch, entrepreneurs had an opportunity to share their solutions to difficult problems with forward-looking mayors and industry experts. Not only would the finalists gain exposure to the chief executives of cities across the United States, but winners took home prizes up to $10,000.
Biobot Analytics’ Opioid Consumption Monitoring (OCM) Program measures drug metabolites in wastewater to estimate consumption in cities. This data enables governments to assess the scope of opioid use in their communities, decide how to allocate funding and resources addressing this public health crisis, and gauge the effectiveness of interventions over time. The OCM Program generates drug consumption estimates that are naturally aggregated, anonymized, and unbiased, yielding unprecedented insight into the health of communities.