qBqVNKh1cQsS8bLutSYCTAGAM8Aej6J3q6L-txsJQbYMidtown Alliance recently announced a partnership with Georgia Tech to produce a Live-Work-Play ‘Laboratory,’ including the development of an open platform and the creation mobile apps enhancing the Midtown experience.

As part of the ‘laboratory,’ businesses, residents, and visitors will be able test, play with and potentially alter the new apps as they become available. The potential apps will be designed to inform users about parking and wayfinding, transportation, sustainability, public safety and more.

Midtown Alliance officials said the apps would encourage exploration, walking, transit use and also provided social interactions with other Midtown neighbors and visitors. There’s also been discussion about digital kiosks on the streets with directions and information and district-wide Wi-Fi.

Starting this summer, Georgia Tech will begin the development of the platform, tools and a few pilot apps. In the fall, Midtown Alliance will post an open call to the public for participants and collaborators to improve and create more apps.

For more, visit midtownatl.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.