Exploring, experimenting + evaluating new approaches to government + civic life.

Formed in 2010, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics serves as the City of Boston's innovation incubator, building partnerships between internal agencies and outside entrepreneurs to pilot projects that address resident needs. We design and implement experiments and prototypes that address a range of urban issues. From community green spaces to the future of mobility to Accessory Dwelling Units, our approach to innovation is human-centered, nimble and responsive to the changing needs of our growing City.

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  • python
  • javascript


  • Other
  • machine learning
  • civic tech
  • web
  • gis
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Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics (City of Boston) 2021 Projects

  • Nnamdi
    Boston.gov Solar Roof Potential
    This project uses computer vision, satellite imaging (Google Earth), and Analyze Boston to build a lightweight web service API that provides data on...
  • Paulette Vazquez
    Geospatial Tools for Post-Disaster Housing Analysis
    This project will focus on creating an open-source GIS Land Suitability Analysis as part of a larger Regional Catastrophic Grant Program (RCGP) by...
  • Aditi Sawant
    Urban Tree Canopy Detection Using Satellite and Aerial Imagery
    The City of Boston’s Parks Department maintains a comprehensive data set on trees in Boston. However, it’s a manual and laborious process to get the...