City78’s innovative methods help our clients build smarter, mitigate risk, and optimize economic and placemaking potential.

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We are at the forefront
 of the smart city movement,

blending forward-thinking urban planning practices with artificial intelligence (ai) and community data

Tools

In order to build truly human-centric cities, City78's methods bring user-generated review data, artificial intelligence, and demographic and urban forecast models together.

Community

Through City78's partnerships with students, researchers and universities, we help guide innovative projects addressing sustainability, human-centric design and big data.

Solutions

City78 engages stakeholders to analyze the nuances across the urban environment and find practical solutions to:

(1) Improve quality of life;

(2) Improve urban economic potential.

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WHY 78?

Go is the oldest and one of the most complex board games in human history. It wasn't until 2016, almost 19 years after IBM's Deep Mind defeated Gary Kasparov, that AI was able to master Go.

Although Google's AlphaGo defeated Lee Sedol, one of the best Go players in the world, 4 out of the 5 games, in the 3rd game on the 78th move, Lee made a risky move that AlphaGo, for all its sophistication, did not predict.

With today's technology, we have the power to reinvent the way we understand humans, on a granular level while at scale. We are named City78 because of our mission to develop tools that build around communities, engaging in their cultures, identities, histories, triumphs and struggles. At every step of the way, we aim to bring human back into data.

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
— William Bruce Cameron

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ETHICS

Overview

City78 operates as a hybrid organization, with both nonprofit (City78 Advisors) and for-profit (City78 LLC) entities, in the greater Washington DC area. Both entities focus on empowering cities to develop human-centric solutions through community-generated data, and our work reflects the highest standards in urban planning and data ethics.

Client

Just as we are transparent with our data, our client work is met with the same ethical standards and honesty. With each project, we ensure that there is no conflict of interest or perceived conflict of interest. New clients are vetted and accepted by City78 based on their work to create social good. We look at their prior work, financials and use our network to ensure they meet the highest standards of their field before we enter a partnership.

Data

City78 is founded upon openness and transparency. Embedded in our methodological approach is the belief that economically sustainable communities are those that foster equitable and just opportunities for all their inhabitants. Therefore, we prioritize honesty in our data analysis and reporting regardless of the client.

OUR TEAM

THEO GOETEMANN

CEO & COFOUNDER, OPEN DATA POLICY

Data scientist and mixed media artist with a background in open data and expertise in network/narrative analysis examining online communities

FEMI ADELAKUN

CEO & COFOUNDER, GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS

Urban specialist experienced in transit oriented, mixed-use development

EMILY RUSSELL

DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY< URBAN ANALYSIS

Urban planner with a professional background in nonprofit development and conservation

ATABAK MARDAN

GEOSPATIAL DATA SCIENTIST, TRANSPORTATION ANALYSIS

Civil engineer focusing on transportation and highway engineering

XIBEI JIA

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE, URBAN DESIGN

Urban planner and MBA candidate with a focus on infrastructure construction

ETHAN ZANELLI

CONCEPTUAL DESIGNER

Architectural designer interested in organic revitalization of cities

LEAH BANCHERI

URBAN DESIGNER

Historic Preservationist with a passion for urban and architectural design

XU HAN

DATA SCIENTIST

Data scientist interested in data-driven business and operations analysis

YILIN WANG

DATA ENGINEER

Data engineer interested in algorithm design and big data

OLIVER WEN

DATA ENGINEER

Experiential product engineer with a background in Java and database development

ZIYI SHAN

DATA SCIENCE INTERN

Data Science intern interested in data visualization and data-driven real estate analysis

CAROLINE STOERKER

RESEACH/WRITER INTERN

Research/writer intern and urban planning student interested in mobility and community development

HYUNJAE CHO

DATA SCIENCE INTERN

Data science intern interested in GIS and geospatial analysis

AMY MACKINNON

URBAN ANALYST INTERN

Urban analyst intern interested in geospatial data analysis and sustainable development

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