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Santa Monica Seeks Tech Proposals

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By Lookout Staff

September 29, 2015 -- Santa Monica City and Chamber of Commerce officials are seeking proposals for apps, software, technology, processes and tools to help improve how citizens of the beach city communicate and get around, officials announced Monday.

The proposals can be submitted from October through January as part of “Hack the Beach: The Contest,” a series of events open to any Santa Monica resident, officials said.

The contest, which officials say is “much more than a hackathon” aims to “bring together local technologists to build solutions addressing sense of community, citizen engagement, and mobility in Santa Monica.”

“We have long been proponents of building public/private partnerships,” said Jory Wolf, the City’s chief information officer. “The City is fortunate to have many resources at our disposal, but we can do even more to serve the public by partnering with our incredible local talent pool.”

A kickoff event will be held at General Assembly on October 6 from 6 to 8 p.m., and detailed applications will be accepted starting on October 9. That event will coincide with another Hack the Beach event hosted at Expert Dojo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the event, “interested parties may interact with judges and city officials in order to gain a deeper understanding of the strategic initiatives, learn more about the contest, and/or have questions answered about the application process,” event officials said.

More information about Hack the Beach: The Contest, including how to submit preliminary applications of interest and sign up to attend one of the upcoming events, can be found at hackthebeach.com.

Hack the Beach is a collaborative effort between the City, Chamber, Downtown Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier and several partners from the local technology and business sectors, officials said.


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