An innovative Public-Private partnership to develop the Internet of Things and Smart Connected Cities
The premise of the Kansas City Living Lab is simple. Where a “problem or challenge” exists, or one is anticipated in the future (future goal to avoid problems), the lab will seek out the best emerging technology solutions that can be fine-tuned, tested and ultimately validated prior to full scale commercial deployment.
These emerging technologies will come from all over the world. Likely sources will include incubators, accelerators, technology transfer programs and existing companies of all sizes. Additionally, we anticipate identifying promising technologies through citizen groups, coworking spaces, educational institutions (traditional and non-traditional), industry cluster initiatives and more.
Technology commercialization can be costly, labor intensive and slow. Building high value “industrial” internet of things applications that can modernize city infrastructure, lower operational and maintenance costs while increasing efficiency has never been more important. The Living Lab is designed to speed up this technology commercialization process, lower costs and create perfect product-market fit for all stakeholders.
We are looking for innovators – people and companies who want to join us in this mission to develop new applications that can help solve world problems associated with fast growing cities and the needs of its urban citizens around the globe. If you want to build technology that can be tested in Kansas City’s Living Lab, have a new idea for an application or are a growing city looking for a solution to your unique problem, we invite you to get involved.