About Xity

Xity (/ ek-sit-ee/ ) was created to actualize the dream of Liberians at home and abroad to live in a clean, sustainable, and safe city where people can work, learn, create, and play. Beyond this, Xity aspires to be the city that spurs the transition of the Liberian economy from one where Liberia is primarily reliant on natural resources as the major driver of economic activity, to one where knowledge and intellectual property are the linchpins of the economy. It will offer young entrepreneurs and professionals a safe environment where they can innovate, and launch their own ventures.

XITY (/ EK-SIT-EE/ )

Background

Motivation

Liberia is a country of ~ 4.5M people with an economy that is dominated by extractive industries like mining (iron ore, gold, diamond), cultivation and exports (rubber, and palm oil). Its workforce distribution is 70% agriculture, 22% services, and only 8% industry. Lack of industry, in spite of the abundance of raw materials, is attributable to low levels of electric power availability, and the poor skill and education quality among the working age demographics. Only 12% of households have access to electricity (urban 16%, rural 3%). At $0.34/kWh, Liberia has the third highest electricity tariff in the world, subordinate only to Germany and Bermuda. The virtual absence of respectable science, engineering, and technology education institutions, coupled with poor quality of primary and secondary education, has left Liberia with low human resource quality, creating a knowledge gap that prevents Liberia from transitioning to, and benefiting from a knowledge economy.

Given the challenges faced by the broader Liberian society such as electricity inaccessibility, and poor education quality, for Xity to be a success.

It will be operationally independent from the broader society, while still able to attract external people and businesses.

A network of smart digital utilities will ensure its operational independence, and will be, as much as possible, contained and sustainable within Xity. Establishing stable basic utilities, conjecturally, will serve as an attractor for people and businesses seeking dependable solutions to business needs, and quality of life.

Additionally, these basic utilities will utilize smart digital technologies for optimal energy efficiency and connectivity. Further, Xity will host an upper layer of features that are powered by this foundational layer of smart utilities. These include institutions and amenities that directly enable the establishment and fostering of a knowledge economy. We envision that this top layer will serve as the prominent influencer of change in the broader society, and will secure Xity's position as the leader of innovation and the spur for Liberia's transition to a knowledge economy.

THE VISION AND MISSION

Mission & Vision

Mission&Vision

The vision for the X-team is to establish Xity as a vibrant place that serves as an incubator for top-notch educational institutions, high-tech businesses, research and development (R&D) facilities, and healthcare service institutions where people desire to work, live, grow intellectually, create, and play. It is required for Xity to be vibrant in order to attract talented young people who are educated and ready to participate in the knowledge economy, or who desire the education and skills needed for high-tech jobs, and entrepreneurship. 

3. Solve national infrastructure problems by utilizing smart and green technologies in energy, water, and waste management infrastructures.

4. Establish a technology park where successful high-tech businesses are incubated and hosted.

5. Create world-class education institutions and R&D facilities to supply the human capital and realize the breakthroughs needed to fuel the knowledge economy.

Principles

We are committed to these principles:

1. Create a zone for light manufacturing industries to transform locally sourced raw materials into finished consumer products thereby creating good paying jobs locally.

2. Create a zone of customer obsessed, and top-quality professional service providers that offer services such as automotive repair, dentistry, optometry, and cosmetology.

6. Establish top-notch healthcare institutions such as clinics and medical research hospitals.

7. Create walkable and mix-used residential neighborhoods and low-income friendly paths to home ownership.

THE VISION AND MISSION

Mission & Vision

Mission&Vision

The vision for the X-team is to establish Xity as a vibrant place that serves as an incubator for top-notch educational institutions, high-tech businesses, research and development (R&D) facilities, and healthcare service institutions where people desire to work, live, grow intellectually, create, and play. It is required for Xity to be vibrant in order to attract talented young people who are educated and ready to participate in the knowledge economy, or who desire the education and skills needed for high-tech jobs, and entrepreneurship. 

Principles

We are committed to these principles:

1. Create a zone for light manufacturing industries to transform locally sourced raw materials into finished consumer products thereby creating good paying jobs locally.

2. Create a zone of customer obsessed, and top-quality professional service providers that offer services such as automotive repair, dentistry, optometry, and cosmetology.

3. Solve national infrastructure problems by utilizing smart and green technologies in energy, water, and waste management infrastructures.

4. Establish a technology park where successful high-tech businesses are incubated and hosted.

5. Create world-class education institutions and R&D facilities to supply the human capital and realize the breakthroughs needed to fuel the knowledge economy.

6. Establish top-notch healthcare institutions such as clinics and medical research hospitals.

7. Create walkable and mix-used residential neighborhoods and low-income friendly paths to home ownership.

XITY TEAM

X-Team Profile

Sannah Ziama

THEORETICAL PHYSICIST

A former recipient of the US National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a former Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellow.

He currently works as a senior scientist at Amazon where he leads a team of scientists working on Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence. He was motivated to build Xity by the broader benefit of creating an environment where knowledge creation, application, and sharing is a central tenet of the culture. His goal is to transform the economy of Liberia into a knowledge based economy.

Martin Kruczenski

THE ADVISOR

Martin Kruczenski is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at Purdue University where he joined in 2006. His research in String Theory has been funded by several government and private agencies including the US

He is passionate about helping people realize their dreams, and enjoys doing things that are little less abstract whenever he's not too occupied with string theory work. And working along with his former student on Xity is a perfect opportunity to fulfill both.

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