Have you ever wondered how a smart city actually looks like? Most of us probably imagine a vast metropolitan area covered with futuristic IoT devices, drones delivering commercial products to customers by air, and skyscrapers bedecked with vertical gardens. Meanwhile, what about small cities and towns that hardly can afford a data scientist to get even the simplest insights into the city’s life? How could they make decisions about the city infrastructure and budget? Keep in mind that those cities comprise the majority!
That’s where CITYDATA comes in. Its proprietary AI transforms real-world geospatial data into “People Intelligence” (trademarked) for smarter cities and enterprise businesses. As a GovTech 100 company, CITYDATA builds and maintains daily-refreshed anonymized knowledge graphs about people-presence, activity, and movement for 1566 cities on a global scale. The company also sees many opportunities for a sustainability-centered future, working hand in hand with the agenda of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Apurva “Apu” Kumar is the CEO of CITYDATA.ai . Apu, also an acronym for “Accelerated Processing Unit”, has extensive technology experience in geostatistics, data science, mobile analytics, and machine learning. Prior to CITYDATA, Apu held foundational roles at successful technology startups like BlueStacks, Phoenix (acquired by HP), CNET.com, and mySimon (acquired by CNET). His startup street cred is complemented by his leadership experience at Fortune 100 companies like Hewlett-Packard. Apu has a Master’s degree in Earth Sciences & Engineering from Stanford University. When he is not globetrotting, deal hacking, or teaching tennis, Apu spends his time helping local communities. He strongly recommends the civic tour of duty for technology companies to invest in and contribute to the improvement of local neighborhoods, towns, and cities.