As we head towards the end of 2017 our community outreach team at Pandera still has quite a bit of work to do. We started the year with the commitment to invest back into our local tech communities and launched OTAB which has quickly become Orlando’s leading technology-focused program. Through OTAB we focus on helping the growth of our local technology community by working with local startups and also inspiring new innovations and ideas through community programs.
Pandera CEO Joshua Sutton has always been proactive about his vision to amplify the capabilities of our tech community. He emphasizes that if we want to grow then we must support each other, the community and the city.
This message and belief is what inspired OTAB to host our 2017 Smart City Challenge. We challenged the Orlando tech community to come up with solutions that would support the city’s Smart City initiatives. With 48 hours, 300 cans of Red Bull, 40 pizzas, and 200 cups of coffee later a total of 7 teams took ideas and developed POC’s of their solutions over a weekend with the sole purpose of creating a more efficient and intelligent city. In partnership with the City of Orlando, The Unversity of Central Florida, and MicroStrategy here are a few of the top solutions selected by our panel of judges:
Team Aladdin - Connecting existing public transit to local events which will reduce traffic and congestion in the city and increase usage of existing public transit systems.
Team PCM – Community pothole detection utilizing integrations with existing social platforms.
Team Dracarys – A dynamic toll pricing system that provides traffic flow management to decrease congestion during peak travel times.
Team Grub Deals – Food waste reduction and surplus food donation platform.
Our panel of judges included Chris Castro – Director of Sustainability for the City of Orlando and Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) at the University of Central Florida, Michael Georgiopoulos just to include a few. Impressed by the solutions provided by the teams and the immediate impact they can make, OTAB and Chris Castro have organized a presentation of these solutions to key divisions and Directors at the City of Orlando on Friday, Nov.17th.
The leadership teams here at Pandera have been working closely with the teams to prepare them for their presentations and are inspired by their commitment and effort. Matt Kelbermann – Director of Technical Solutions and Daniel Zagales- Director of Analytics at Pandera have been instrumental in preparing the teams and facilitating our technology initiatives for OTAB. As these ideas grow into potential businesses, Matt, Daniel and the rest of the OTAB team will continue to support them as well as all others like them in our tech community.
We will be sending out updates on the progress of the teams’ presentations and we look forward to closing out 2017 a more connected and more collaborative tech community.
If you have an idea, have a future vision for technology in Orlando, want to provide mentorship or simply want to get involved by sponsoring our programs then we encourage you to contact us and join us on our mission. For more information about OTAB and how to get involved please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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