Heat Seek NYC is an affordable heat seeking sensor that can potentially help the city to identify the deadbeat landlords who aren’t providing adequate heat, come winter. Lack of heat is underreported, and most deaths are due to the cold inside, rather than the cold outside. They built the units on the cheap (about $30) so that they’re affordable for the city to deploy, and since NYC’s 109th Mayor was sitting front and center during the presentation, the BigApps finalists did have a special message for “his mayorness.”
“I’m a civic hacker from the Flatiron School and the fact that I’m presenting to the mayor of NYC is mind blowing,” said Harold Cooper, imploring the mayor to help the company to deliver 1,000 sensors this winter to buildings that have heat violations. “We have reports you can download, too, as judges generally don’t have Mac books.”
“ I have one wish from the city, since the mayor is here. Let us help! We think we can bring costs down on heating complaints. (Our sensors) can be deployed in any city and keep citizens healthy – NYC can be a role model.”
So can Cooper, for that matter.
The Mayor agreed to arrange a meeting for them. Timing is everything, and winter is coming, after all.