IoT and Stormwater: A Student Centered on University/Community Collaboration

An innovative University of Virginia capstone team recently published a study called Flood Monitoring and Mitigation Strategies for Flood-Prone Urban Areas. The capstone went far beyond a traditional academic exercise. Supported by Professor Jonathan Goodall, Smart Cville’s Center for Civic Innovation, and the City of Charlottesville, this team was able to bring its capstone into[…]

Short Term Rental (Airbnb) Data Collaborative Update

Airbnb/Rental Supply Data Collaborative Project Sponsor: Charlottesville HAC (via Chris Meyer, Heather Hill, Sally Hudson) Project team: Nathan Day, Matt Thomas, Courtney Whalen The below report was submitted to HAC for its meeting packet in March (just as COVID-19 shut downs were beginning).  That meeting did not happen but may this July.  Not submitted to[…]

Capstone with UVA School of Data Science: The Deployment of a LoRaWAN-Based IoT Air Quality Sensor Network

For the last academic year, we worked with researchers from the University of Virginia to use the Internet of Things in examining air quality in the City of Charlottesville. We were honored to do this work as part of the capstone program at the UVA School of Data Science.  The team, led by students James[…]

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Microgrants for Community Based Responses to COVID-19

The Center for Civic Innovation, a project of Smart Cville, is offering microgrants to any community member leveraging data or technology to support our community in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  From idea stage to active/ongoing projects, we have a small fund to support you.  Each microgrant is worth up to $200 and grant applications[…]

PRESS RELEASE: Smart Cville Announces Civic Innovation Fellowship to Support Grassroots Civic Projects

Charlottesville, VA, November 20, 2019 – Smart Cville is calling for applications to its inaugural Civic Innovation Fellowship. The fellowship will support Central Virginia residents seeking to improve the local community through innovative, community-led projects. This program seeks to turn more grassroots ideas into action by giving aspiring  civic leaders additional layers of support for[…]

Getting Started with the Things Network in Charlottesville

Interested in getting started with the Things Network in Charlottesville?  We recently announced the local community network has 5-10 active gateways that cover most of the city.  We do not own, manage, or maintain this network, we’re simply champions of its existence and usage.  To that, we wanted to curate some resources to help get[…]

PRESS RELEASE: Internet of Things Network Deployed in Charlottesville

Smart Cville and the LinkLab at UVA have helped launch a network to inspire smart city innovation Smart Cville and the LinkLab at UVA are announcing the launch of a free, grassroots Internet of Things (IoT) network in Charlottesville.  The two organizations have purchased and deployed technology from the Things Network to provide a set[…]

Lodging Tax Rates in Virginia Cities

The Lodging Tax, sometimes referred to as “Transient Occupancy” Tax, is one of the popular revenue levers for cities across Virginia. Since debates over changing this tax on hotels (and other short term lodgings) usually contain information on comparable cities, just how do the largest cities in Virginia compare to one another? We’ve compiled, with[…]

An Open Letter to City Council and the Police Civilian Review Board

Over the past three years, our Charlottesville-based non-profit, Smart Cville, has partnered with staff across numerous local municipalities and organizations to increase and improve the use of data in local decision making, community improvement, and civic innovation.  Personally, I’ve also sat on the City’s Open Data Advisory Group and JAUNT, one of the most data-driven[…]

What Does a Localized Blue Wave Tell Us About 2019 Local Elections?

The hope of a “blue wave” in VA-05 tantalized many locals this past fall.  For those on the ground on Charlottesville and Albemarle, it seemed as if Leslie Cockburn had real momentum and could topple Republican Denver Riggleman despite the heavily gerrymandered district.  That did not happen.  However, the results indicate that the local “pulse”[…]