Community Innovation

Downtown Saratoga Springs includes historic décor and buildings, restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and museums. The city offers numerous venues for the performing arts, festivals, horse races, and health spas. But the lifeblood of Saratoga Springs is its socially and environmentally aware community—and at its heart is innovation.

Equestricon

In August 2017, Saratoga Springs will host Equestricon, the first- ever international horse racing convention and industry trade show. This inaugural event will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center, with the goal of providing entertainment and exciting discussion in numerous formats to fans, horseplayers, and stakeholders.

  • Bring together all aspects of horse racing
  • Build an industry foundation to unite fans, horseplayers, and stakeholders
  • Become a forum and showcase for advances in racing aftercare, technology, marketing, and fan development

Intelligent Community Forum: Smart21

Every year, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) awards 21 cities from across the globe the opportunity to become the nation’s most Intelligent Community of the Year. The ICF evaluates each city based upon six intelligent community indicators: Broadband; Knowledge Workforce; Innovation; Digital Equality; Sustainability; and Advocacy.

Saratoga Springs submitted an application to the Smart21—and along the way, uncovered best practices to help forge a cost-effective path to achieving smart city goals.

  • Become a model smart city, leveraging high-speed broadband services to enhance the quality of life for all residents, businesses, and visitors
  • Determine cost-effective ways to implement smart city initiatives while addressing the unique needs of the citizens of Saratoga Springs
  • Develop Smart City Roadmap to highlight smart city initiatives and projects currently under way or in the planning stage

The Tech Center

Saratoga Springs has an active tech scene, fueled by an extensive network of events, organizations, and businesses. Sharatoga TechTalks and Saratoga TechOUT have been leading the way, hosting regular monthly networking events for technology professionals. In addition, there are annual tech-savvy events, such as Startup Weekend, the Smart City Forum and Showcase, Startup Saratoga, and Skidmore’s Kenneth A. Freirich Business Plan Competition.

Support for the tech scene comes from numerous organizations throughout the region, including the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy, Accelerate 518, Capital Region Innovation Hotspot, NYSTEC, and NYS Capital Region I-Corp Site Program, as well as the City itself. And startups have a wealth of opportunities from seasoned mentors, because Saratoga Springs is ranked as one of the 10 Best Places to Retire in New York.

  • Retain and attract top talent in business and technology by offering the resources and infrastructure required for their ventures
  • Provide ongoing support for events and organizations that promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and community involvement
  • Continue to foster a sense of community between individual companies
  • Provide startups with underutilized space within government buildings for co-working and maker space
  • Strengthen the innovation network with greater government presence and support

Health Tech

Saratoga Hospital was named one of the nation’s Most Wired Healthcare Providers by Hospital & Health Networks magazine.

  • Improve clinical quality and patient safety
  • Increase clinical integration
  • Smartly connect information technology infrastructure and security
  • Efficiently and effectively manage business and administrative functions
  • Encourage person-centered care that incents prevention, coordination, or integration of patient care

Open Data Strategy

An often overlooked component of any smart city strategy is data. Whether it is online government transactions or a smart parking application, a city cannot get “smarter” without the data needed to make intelligent decisions. Smart cities around the world are choosing to open up the data sets they collect, especially public records. Data is an asset to any smart city, and open data policies fuel innovation.

  • Improve clinical quality and patient safety
  • Increase clinical integration
  • Smartly connect information technology infrastructure and security
  • Efficiently and effectively manage business and administrative functions
  • Encourage person-centered care that incents prevention, coordination, or integration of patient care

Public Access

Community Organizations

Organizations from the United Nations to the Gates Foundation are investing significant resources to help close the digital divide. Saratoga Springs has the same commitment to fostering digital equality. Key to this success: a vibrant economy, a socially aware community, and a wealth of organizations, businesses, and government officials committed to making a difference.

  • Provide access to those who do not have computers at home
  • Expand access to technology via neighborhood community centers, particularly in under-served rural neighborhoods where broadband is unavailable
  • Close the digital divide while making tighter connections with community and business groups
  • Utilize smart technologies to help identify and share information across organizations, institutions, and government departments

Library Media Center

Demand for technology-oriented programs and services at the library continues to grow. It offers access to computers and wireless internet connectivity throughout the building, as well as free computer training and classes to help citizens and visitors prepare for the future. The library will continue to narrow the digital divide while serving as a hub for the Saratoga Springs community.

  • Saratoga Springs Public Library serves as a hub for anyone in need of access to technology including dedicated computer space, training, computers, printers, and Wi-Fi
  • Expand programs, multi-media, technologies, meeting and maker space. Narrow the digital divide while making tighter connections with community and business groups
  • Increase broadband speeds to support more advanced technologies such as live-casting for virtual meetings
  • Serve as a community hub, both physical and virtual

Possible Solutions from RPI

Makerspace Implementation

The purpose of this initiative is to develop a makerspace which facilitates creation, innovation, and technological ability for the residents and visitors. RPI students come out with ideas from several dimensions: the planning and implementation of the makerspace, how to maintain it and how to appeal more residents coming to the makerspace. Their ideas would include the following features:

  • Space Allocation
  • Film Screening Room
  • Blue theme color
  • Soundproofing
  • Security device
  • Initial Funding from local company
  • Membership Profit Model
  • Marketing advertisement

Using other smart cities' patterns for reference

Looking at multiple cities both U.S. and international in depth would be helpful to Saratoga Springs smart city project. RPI students would collect, analyze and interpret big data from other smarts cities. Today, most smart cities would adapt changing technological advances to improve the satisfaction of residents.

  • Transporation
    Inspriation from Pittsburgh, Seattle, Kansa
    Saratoga Springs may build a data analytics centre by cooperating with RPI and SUNY,Albany. It would bring Saratoga Springs a smarter traffic network.
  • Education
    Inspriation from Tocoma
    Saratoga Springs can build a predictive model which would analyze the students' historical data and help those with down trend.
  • Environment emissions
    Inspiration from Ithaca
    Saratoga Springs may have some smart device to detect the pollution of environment, especially water and air.