It is an exciting journey.
What is AcceliCITY?
AcceliCITY is one of the largest Smart and Resilient City startup accelerators in the world. It focuses on startups that utilize smart city solutions to address risk, equity and sustainability in our urban environments.
Who is the program organizer?
Leading Cities, an international non-profit organization, connects smart cities across the globe with innovations and insight to drive resiliency, equity, and sustainability. It is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
What is the accelerator program content?
The 5-month accelerator program is designed to help startups navigate the challenges of working with governments (YEAH!), convey venture value, and network within an expansive Smart and Resilient City ecosystem.
Because of COVID-19, the 2021 program will mainly consist of webinars and online workshops. Usually, the program will start at 10 am Eastern Time (10 pm Hong Kong Time).
What are the monetary benefits to the accelerator cohorts?
A US$150,000 pilot project!
The program culminates with a final pitch event where up to $150,000 in city pilot opportunities are awarded.
AcceliCITY’s direction is to help startups to do business with cities (governments) and AccelCITY will accelerate the selling cycle by funding a pilot program. For companies targeting government customers, the first pilot deployment is very critical! We know that! And that’s why we’re keen to participate in the program!
“At Leading Cities, we recognize that startup growth and impact require capital from both investors and clients. The AcceliCITY program connects winners with funding, a pilot project, and a pipeline of clients from cities worldwide.”
Who are the 2021 AcceliCITY Semi-finalists?
There are 500+ applicants from 44 countries. The 50 semi-finalists are from 23 countries:
20.South Korea: 1
The 2021 AcceliCITY accelerator program has just started. Many new and interesting things. I gave my first Clubhouse speech yesterday! Cool!
It is our honor to join the other 49 startups in this exciting journey!
“Big Tree Animal Sanctuary and Adoption Center (hereafter Big Tree) is a charity organization in Hong Kong. The center is located in a remote rural area surrounded by hills and trees. It is facing high wildfire risks, especially in April and October. Big Tree uses 5G and RoboticsCats AI-Cloud SaaS to early detect wildfire and mitigates wildfire risks to the center and the animals living in it.”
Figure 1: a camera installed at Big Tree Animal Center. The center is located at the foothill.
Above is an extract from the company blog post with the title “Big Tree protects Cats and Dogs by 5G & AI” that I wrote three months ago. It was a good article. That said, with the new experience and lesson learned since then, I should rewrite the title, right the wrong.
Big Tree protects Cats and Dogs with Love.
Big Tree is the first animal center in the world to use AI to detect wildfire. It is an innovative application. Many media  are interested to report how Big Tree uses technologies to mitigate wildfire risks. I joined some of the media interviews. The reporters asked very detailed questions. The media crews worked long hours with smiles. Their narratives and videos are both informative and beautiful.
Figure 2: three different media interviewed Big Tree on the same day!
It is joy. It is love.
All the cats and dogs living at Big Tree were abandoned in the past because of their physical sicknesses, disabilities, or aging. The abandonments created more mental damages and broken hearts which are far more challenging to recover than physical wounds. The animals felt remorse, sadness, distress and loss.
Big Tree protects the cats and dogs with love.
Figure 3: Reporter and photographer were busy working on the interview.
In one of the interviews, a reporter asked Big Tree volunteers to share their experience with the new technology. “The new tool helps us to early detect nearby wildfire, and we can evacuate the animals timely if needed and save their lives, it probably can save the animal center structure too. Even better is, we believe the early detection will save the lives and properties of our neighbours further away from the foothill.” Big Tree volunteers replied.
A surprising and inspiring answer.
Figure 4: Neighbours of Big Tree: farms and residential properties
“And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 ESV
Figure 5: Neighbours of Big Tree from a different perspective
 Below are the recent media reports and case studies about the Big Tree project, in reverse chronological order:
Netgear SMB, 26-May-2021
A&S Magazines, 17-May-2021
HK Cable TV, 15-May-2021
Axis Communications, 15-May-2021
IT Pro Magazine, 13-May-2021
Armada International, 6-May-2021
Apple Daily, 18-Apr-2021
StartUpBeat, Hong Kong Economic Journal, 22-Mar-2021