RGV native, Cityflag co-founder named Forbes 2018 30 Under 30
Mission’s Alberto Altamirano is currently the Mission EDC’s Expert-in-Residence
MISSION, TX – November 15, 2017– Altamirano, CEO, was selected for the social entrepreneurs category making him the first San Antonio tech startup leader to be chosen by Forbes. The 2018 30 Under 30 list includes 600 winners, ranging from top entrepreneurs and innovators to philanthropists and game-changers.
Altamirano’s accomplishment further solidifies Cityflag’s ongoing growth and momentum. The Forbes recognition comes on the heels of consistent international exposure and a unique approach at solving urban challenges. He and Cityflag are serving as the latest Mission EDC’s Expert-in-Residence.
“Cityflag’s commitment to civil society goes beyond building digital products and applications; their goal is to increase digital inclusion, which is a value at the core of Mission EDC’s programming,” said Alex Meade, Mission EDC CEO. “Over the past few years, social entrepreneurship and innovation has been at the top of Mission EDC’s efforts. It’s why our team gets up and comes to work every day.
“The fact that Beto Altamirano, co-founder of Cityflag, was chosen as Forbes’ 2018 30 under 30 not only validates that selecting him and his team as our Expert-in-Residence was the right decision, but it confirms that Mission and the RGV can compete with the best,” added Meade.
Cityflag seeks to meet the growing need for citizens to interact with local government by introducing the first social network for 311 services, which aims to promote citizen participation. Users can “flag” a geo-located report on issues such as potholes, street lights, graffiti and public property deterioration.
Cityflag is different because it functions as a gamified public service that uses game dynamics and mechanics based on incentives and rewards to engage citizens with their community and therefore creating a more informed and committed active citizen.
“Alberto’s unyielding passion and his commitment to the way he approaches his job has been part of what gives government partners the confidence to make the transition to mobile digital services. Alberto is a thoughtful leader dedicated to building a more connected and civic-minded community through the use of technology,” said Felix Ortiz III, Founder of Viridis Learning, who nominated Altamirano to the Forbes list. “Being named to Forbes 30 Under 30 is reflective of his dedication to creating a successful business and solving a problem people care about.”
Cityflag was recently awarded the contract for the development and deployment of a mobile application for the City of San Antonio’s 311 system. Cityflag is also working with the Mission EDC as its Expert-In-Resience, and its work is also focused in Delegación Cuauhtémoc in Mexico City.
“I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to join an outstanding group of individuals. I will continue to push forward my social impact initiatives within the tech sector. I also hope to bring more attention to the fast-growing tech scene in Texas, which is vibrant and full of opportunity.” Altamirano said about his recognition.”