The Big Idea: Living Lab

With its new “Living Lab” program, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) is partnering with tech startups to solve operational and quality of life challenges facing cities.  Using DBP-operated public spaces as testing grounds for their smart city technologies, participating startups will share their data and findings with DBP for future planning purposes.

The three startups that are launching pilot studies work across a variety of fields in urban planning, including noise pollution monitoring, digital mapping and public data analysis. Their findings will be valuable to public space operators such as DBP – which manages three Business Improvement Districts across Downtown Brooklyn – enabling efficient management and strategic programming of the public realm.

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Regina Myer said, “Brooklyn has long been home to innovative startups, so it only makes sense that we apply this local talent right here. Smart city technology is making communities around the world safer, cleaner and more beautiful places to live, and the Living Lab program brings new, data-driven solutions that will improve the quality of life here in Downtown Brooklyn, and potentially to other cities.”

Leveraging Downtown Brooklyn as a testing ground for smart cities entrepreneurs and technologies, DBP will continue to work closely with incubators, accelerators and entrepreneurial hubs to identify startups and generate a pipeline of potentially useful technologies.

As the Brooklyn Tech Triangle continues to grow, DBP is partnering with New Lab, a collaborative workspace based in the Brooklyn Navy Yard that’s home to over 600 entrepreneurs working in advanced technology, to make sure that local tech and innovation can be tested in Downtown Brooklyn and adapted to meet the challenges and opportunities of our transforming neighborhood. DBP will be announcing pilots and events related to this partnership this summer.

The startups include:


Learn more about the startups and their applications.

Want to work with us?

Do you work for a smart city startup? Do you have technology that you’d like us to deploy in Downtown Brooklyn to make the city more livable? Want to work with us? Contact Camille Hoisington to get the conversation started.