About

Marketplace.city’s mission is to simplify the process of finding, validating, and implementing new technology at the city level, so government can better improve the lives of their communities with smart solutions. Products are developed with partner cities—including launch partners New York City, Atlanta, Barcelona, and Dublin—to meet their most pressing needs.

By 2020, it is estimated that the number of connected devices (commonly referred to as the Internet of Things or IoT) will exceed 50 billion. In the urban environment, these new technologies are transforming city life and helping pave the way for a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable future. There are new technologies coming to market everyday that apply to public sector problems. The speed of change is exciting but also overwhelming for government officials who are increasingly tasked with solving more with technology.

Marketplace.city began in 2016 with the Marketplace.nyc beta, a collaboration between the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation (MOTI) and Brooklyn-based product studio Fictive Kin. Announced in collaboration with the White House during Smart Cities Week 2016, Marketplace.nyc proved the need for a smart marketplace that could break down information and procurement barriers, allowing technology solutions to be implemented faster and more efficiently—a value to both cities and companies. Now it’s time to bring Marketplace.nyc to the world with Marketplace.city.

Marketplace.city continues to add features and functionality through partnership with leading cities. If you’re interested in partnering with us or learning more, send us an email. We’d love to say hello.

Our team

  • Chris Foreman

    Chris Foreman

    CEO

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    Chris Foreman, Chief Executive Officer of Marketplace.city drives the company's revenue and growth by building their powerful network of technology providers.

    Prior to Marketplace.city, Mr. Foreman served as CEO of the Americas for AvePoint, Inc. While at AvePoint, Mr. Foreman helped lead the company’s growth from a small team to over 1200 employees in 15 countries and drove the expansion into government by launching an independent subsidiary, AvePoint Public Sector, Inc. where he served as CEO and Chairman. AvePoint won 3 consecutive Microsoft Partner of the Year awards during Foreman’s tenure. Previously he worked at Nutech Integrated Systems where he oversaw enterprise sales initiatives focusing on healthcare, archiving, e-discovery, and records management. He has actively worked in the enterprise software industry for 15 years.

    Mr. Foreman received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science and international affairs from Northwestern University. He's active in several industry organizations such as IAMCP, Voices for Innovation, and the Small Business Advocacy Council. He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife Katie and 3 children Hudson, Noah, and Berit.

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    Andrew Watkins

    COO

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    As President and COO, Andrew is responsible for Marketplace.city’s relationship with the public sector, product/process integration and all operations.

    Prior to Marketplace.city, Andrew was the Managing Director of Strategy at UI LABS, an innovation accelerator in Chicago. In that role, he focused on organization wide strategy and plan, program integration across all labs, business development and customer value capture/success. Additionally, Andrew oversaw marketing, communication, finance and government relations. Upon joining UI LABS, Andrew led the stand-up and launch of the smart city lab, City Digital, from the announcement through launch of the initial projects, including hiring an executive director and operations lead.

    Prior to UI LABS, Andrew was a Senior Manager in the strategy consulting practice at Accenture. At Accenture, Andrew focused on large scale enterprise and finance transformation across multiple industries. He was responsible for project sales, planning, execution and delivery of client value. Andrew has an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Molly, and two kids.

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    Cameron Koczon

    CTO

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    As Head of Product, Cameron makes sure that Marketplace.city has best-in-class product design and engineering. He’s responsible for making sure that cities and vendors alike find the site to be both valuable and a joy to use.

    Prior to Marketplace.city, Cameron founded a digital agency based out of Brooklyn called Fictive Kin. As part of Fictive Kin, Cameron worked alongside some of the world’s most recognized brands including Samsung, National Geographic, Gap, The Atlantic, and Kickstarter. In this role, Cameron led both design and engineering teams in the development of new software applications for both web and mobile.

    Prior to that Cameron co-founded a software startup called Glass and co-founded a mechatronics design firm that worked with SolarCity, Adidas, Pax, VW, and Bosch.

    Cameron has an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Tara.

“Cities co-developed Marketplace.city to solve a problem all government innovators face: the desire to deploy quickly versus the risk of failing.”

Jeff Merritt

Director of Innovation, New York City