Mayors from around the country gathered in Boston from June 8-11 for the 86th Annual Meeting of The United States Conference of Mayors.
This year's meeting included a "Mayor's Matchup: Civic Tech Pitch" competition, where five emerging tech companies pitched their ideas in a “Shark Tank”-style forum.
OpenCounter was selected as the winning company, and won a speaking slot at SXSW, and a $10,000 prize.
Mayors Chris Cabaldon (West Sacramento), Victoria Woodards (Tacoma), David Holt (Oklahoma City) and Francis Suarez (Miami) served as judges. Mayors in the audience also voted for their favorites.
According to Mayor David Holt:
“The U.S. Conference of Mayors is bringing the cutting edge of technology to City Hall. Having the opportunity to judge these forward-thinking initiatives was inspiring, because it’s exciting to see how modern ideas can help us solve urban problems both old and new.”
As Mayor Victoria Woodards said: