Temple University has received a $500,000 grant to create a hub for writing software and creating interactive maps and data.
The grant, from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, comes on top of nearly $200,000 the university has received from National Science Foundation to establish a test bed of campus and urban wireless networks.
Temple will use the EDA money to set up the Urban Apps and Maps Studio, which will try to solve various challenges in Philadelphia and the region and create technology-based companies and jobs.
The studio aims to connect two of the largest groups of information technology users – high school and college students – with urban entrepreneurs; community, civic and government organizations; and faculty to develop and commercialize the apps and maps designed by the studio. The primary goal of the program is to stimulate economic development, job creation and business ventures in underserved areas of Philadelphia and across the Northeast.