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Mapple Property Observatory for Detroit

Interactive dashboard that provides latest insights on the area, helps evaluate its needs and evaluates development potential.

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Mapple Property Observatory provides instant insights on the area on people (who lives and works there), available services (public and commercial), buildings, housing prices & transactions and ease of access. There is a possibility to add more data sets to further customise the tool. Based on the current situation Mapple provides recommendations on development needed in the area. Our accessibility and mobility models show how easily accessible the area is by different transport modes and how it can be improved.

How will your solution benefit residents, workers, or visitors in the Michigan Central Station impact area? (1,000 characters)

Our solution is primarily aimed at city planners but can be also made accessible to city residents, workers or visitors. As a city planner, you could quickly evaluate current situation of the impact area, understand its needs and evaluate potential developments. As a resident or a worker you can get insights into city development plans and share your opinions. As a visitor you can get a quick understanding of attractions, historical buildings and services in the area. You can also see how easily you can get their with different modes of transportation. Shown examples are from the working case in Helsinki and can be applied to Detroit.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario
  • Ready to Scale - you have completed and expanded your pilot and are seeing adoption of your solution by your intended user

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

Mapple accessibility and mobility tools are in use in two cities in Finland and have helped them prepare master plans and evaluate infrastructure developments. Our new service - Property Observatory - is currently being tested by cities and companies, and so far has received a lot of positive comments on the ease of use and speed of analysis.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Mapple is a spin-off from Digital Geography Lab at the University of Helsinki. Our core team has strong expertise in geospatial data analytics and development of map-based online applications. These skills are further amplified with business development and marketing expertise in deep tech technologies. The team is supported by advisors from real estate, data, and urban planning industries.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

Are you submitting as a student team?

  • No

Are you submitting as a team from the Impact Area?

  • No

Funding Request

  • $250,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

We would need to customise Property Observatory to Detroit which means identifying relevant data sources, finding and partnering with data providers, data processing and integration. We also would need to optimise current models, user interface and analytics based on the feedback from the city.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We would customise and deploy Property Observatory Detroit version to be tested with city planners, residents and visitors. We would iterate based on the feedback collected through surveys and in-app analytics.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

The pilot would be deemed successful if it was in regular use by both the city people and residents and they would find it beneficial in their daily life. We would ideally aim to deploy fully working service after the pilot with added features and functionalities that would be a result of feedback from the users.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Yes. The service can be licensed by the city or local companies on monthly or yearly basis.

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Photo of Boratha Tan

Hi Karolina Mosiadz thanks for submitting your proposal! I am part of the facilitation team for City:One. I was wondering what means your team can create to have the data directly benefit the residents of the impact zone. Yes, the city government and developers can access the data. But would stop developers from over-gentrifying areas of the city? Data can be used to make lives better, but it can also be used to push people out of the homes they live in, too.