This blog post is about the newly formed UniverCity Council, it's mission, objectives, and participation
Magellan's "Victoria" Expedition
In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain in an effort to find a western sea route to the rich spice islands of Indonesia. In command of five ships and 270 men, Magellan sailed to West Africa and then to Brazil. Many of his ships perished as they crossed over to the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic side. The last ship "Victoria" continued across the Indian Ocean and around the Cape of Good Hope before arriving back in Spain. Magellan did not live to see his daring expedition reach a successful conclusion. Basque navigator Juan Sebastian de Elcano with 17 other Europeans and four Indians survived to reach Spain in September 1522 to complete the extraordinary journey around the world.
CITYDATA.ai "Victory" Milestone
In 2017, a small band of entrepreneurial mavericks with alchemic skills in geospatial intelligence and machine learning set sail to found a daring new GovTech company. They christened the company CITYDATA.ai. Their goal was to find fresh, accurate, and anonymized People Intelligence™ for safer cities and smarter businesses. They defined "People Intelligence" as deep insights about people-presence, activity, and movement, with the utmost attention to data privacy and security. They persevered from city to city around the world across 60 countries. When the scrappy team finally arrived at their 1522 th city, they unanimously proclaimed "Victory" with great joy for their CityDash.ai platform now proudly showcased "People Intelligence" for 1522 cities, metropolitan areas, and population centers at a global scale.
Congratulations & Celebrations
Pick a city, any city, and chances are that CityDash.ai already has deep insights about people-presence, activity, and movement using high-resolution privacy-compliant mobile datasets. Magellan and his brave explorers circumnavigated the world in 1522. CityDash.ai today has circumnavigated the globe by analyzing data and publishing insights for 1522 cities across 60 countries. The use cases include public health and safety, economic development, urban planning, disaster resilience, mobility, and transportation. This truly is a day to celebrate.
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CITYDATA.ai is a San Francisco based startup that has been featured in the GovTech 100 list for 2018, 2019, and 2020, an exclusive list of innovative companies that provide technology products and solutions for the public sector. We provides People Intelligence™ as a service for smarter cities and real-world businesses. By combining public and private data, our technology platform unlocks deep insights that were previously inaccessible to city departments. CITYDATA.ai makes it easy for city leaders to make data-driven decisions to create social impact and engage with local communities. Our AI platform, technology, and service are designed to make cities smarter, safer, and sustainable.