John Stamm, the former chief of staff for Kansas City Mayor Quenton Lucas, has recently launched a new startup called Hello Citizen. The company aims to provide a solution to the tediousness of local government meetings by using artificial intelligence to listen in on these meetings and provide subscribers with a concise report of the highlights.
Stamm’s idea for Hello Citizen came from his own experience of sitting through countless government meetings and realizing the importance of staying informed about what is happening in local government. The company’s AI technology is trained to focus on the most important topics discussed in these meetings, rather than just the amount of time spent on a particular topic.
While Hello Citizen may seem like a potential replacement for journalists, Stamm sees it more as a tool to aid journalists in their reporting. The reports are meant to highlight key points and cue people to areas they may want to know more about, rather than replace the human element of journalism. This could potentially make it a useful tool for journalists who cover local government.
However, the main target audience for Hello Citizen is companies and organizations that have a vested interest in what is happening in local government. These could include law firms, lobbyists, and government agencies who often send junior staffers to sit through meetings. Hello Citizen could save these staffers a lot of time and provide them with important information sooner.
The company launched on January 17 and currently covers St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County. Its reports are written in a more engaging and journalistic style, making it easier for subscribers to stay informed about local government.