2018 Innovate Durham Cohort

The City of Durham and Durham County are partnering with seven companies for the second year of Innovate Durham. The program gives startups and entrepreneurs a way to test their products or services using City data and infrastructure. The program received 39 applications from companies interested in participating. A review committee of City & County staff narrowed the field down first to eleven finalists, who went through a second round of evaluation, then to the seven participants. Each company brings a unique and innovative solution to the program.

Brief descriptions from the companies about their technological solutions along with the assigned test-case departments are as follows:


Department: County Human Resources

Applyable is creating a job application system, which allows companies and recruiters to review applicants anonymously. This move mitigates bias in hiring and allows underrepresented minorities to progress further in the review process, with a better chance of getting interviewed and hired. Applicants can create a professional profile and apply to jobs. Applicants can also send their resume anonymously to be reviewed by companies or recruiters.

Community Expert SolutionsCommunity Expert Solutions

Department: County Public Health

Community Expert Solutions has a software platform, Digital LinCS, that matches, connects and manages eligible people to patient assistance programs for free and reduced cost HIV medications. Digital LinCS is configured to complete patient assistance programs for PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis), a daily pill used to prevent HIV, and HIV Medication Assistance Program applications for HIV treatment medications.

Deep Visual InsightsDeep Visual Insights

Department: City General Services

Deep Visual Insights uses carefully tested artificial intelligence software to automatically and regularly check that security cameras are working properly. With our software, unhealthy cameras are quickly identified and operators are alerted of the problem. This software was developed by veteran Duke University researchers as part of a research project that was initiated by the Duke University Office of Information Technology.


Departments: County Library & Engineering Services

Hoverlay is a location-based augmented reality application that can display information about development projects at the location of the project. Anyone around that location would be able to experience a highly visual, highly curated content, about the project. Pilot would test whether the app can increase engagement, and understanding of the benefits of development.


Department: City Fleet

Rownd is an internet of things platform which makes every vehicle a smart vehicle. Using the OBD-II port on the dashboard they can monitor: engine performance and problems, location, acceleration and deceleration patterns, crashes and maintenance schedules. Rownd starts with end-to-end security and data-ownership, the user owns their data and it is kept secure.

State of PlaceState of Place

Department: City Transportation

State of Place is a predictive analytics software that quantifies what people love about cities - walkability, sustainability, livability. State of Place will use a data-driven, holistic urban design focus to help achieve the city's Vision Zero goal of zero pedestrian fatalities. The software automatically recommends optimal ways to improve places for people, planet and profits - effectively and cost efficiently.


Department: City Solid Waste

TRASHR is an internet of things technology that seeks to make the waste management industry more efficient, while promoting sustainable initiatives. TRASHR uses sensors to measure how full a dumpster is and transmits that information to our database where we provide data analytics that can be used to optimize waste routes, validates new composting initiatives, and save money.