Below are the projects Innovate Stamford pursued in its first year. Check back soon for updates and second-year initiatives!
The pilot program has identified locations that can be activated with installed hotspots, leveraging City of Stamford infrastructure to deliver the fast GIG experience.
Stamford Branding & Marketing
The marketing program will reinforce the District’s identity outside Stamford and seek to attract companies to Stamford.
A planning project to ensure that visitors and residents are easily guided to and among destinations.
Mobility Transit & Autonomous Pilot
This project consists of three components (bike share, pedestrian bridge design and Autonomous Vehicles) to reduce automobile congestion and expand transportation options.
Community Engagement in Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship
This imitative will expand the resources and activities of its Innovation & Technology Hub, providing opportunities for exploring new technologies to fledgling entrepreneurs and inventors, as well as to the public. In addition to furthering our current AR and VR initiatives, the Tech Hub will present a Codeathon for building cross-platform apps, our second annual Make Fest on the Plaza, a day-long innovation-themed TEDx event; and a Global Game Jam.
Co-Learning Space & Career Services
A co-working/incubator style facility responding to current and looming skills gaps in the regional talent pool by convening employers and educators to collaboratively identify in-demand skills and credentials, while supporting the unique needs of adult students.
Launch: Talent Recruitment & Retention
Will develop, nurture and retain a diverse talent pool in the region by creating an Early Career Stage community, sharing best practices, creating linkages and mounting events.
Stage Two Accelerator and Development Advisory Services
An existing advisory program providing acceleration services will evolve into a place-based accelerator serving early stage companies in fintech, insuretech and other high growth industry clusters in Fairfield County.
Veterans Memorial Park – Piazza
The project will produce a vibrant urban plazza, including an amphitheater, public WIFI, and multi-purpose spaces in what is now a deteriorating and rundown park sandwiched between the Stamford mall and a major downtown office complex.
Alive @ Five
Huge viewing screens will enhance the viewing experience for the thousands of Alive@5 attendees, consisting primarily of Millennials.
The Palace Theater Alt-Programming & Seating
The removable seat project will re-invent a historic Downtown theatre to accommodate the concert preferences of Millennials. Removable seating increases theatre capacity allowing for “bigger acts” which attract bigger audiences and decrease price per ticket.
Two seasonal festivals are added in Harbor Point to activate new public spaces that have been created in over the past several years, a “innovation forum,” such as a TEDx event or other idea raising/sharing event, to be held at Silicon Harbor, Harbor Point’s largest innovation space, and the launch of a multi-year expansion and upgrade of an existing public WiFi pilot program in Harbor Point.