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MakeOffices Reaches Deal With Smart City Developer To Install AI In Its Co-Working Spaces

A rendering of the Gramercy District "smart city" in Ashburn

MakeOffices co-working spaces will soon be getting a whole lot smarter. 

The Arlington-based company reached a deal with Minh Le, the developer behind Ashburn's Gramercy District smart city, to install its technology platform in MakeOffices locations, the Washington Business Journal reports

The platform, called Concept Foundry, will feature artificial intelligence personal assistants, an AI "sandbox," a digital marketing assistant and mobile app development tools. The cost of the technology will be included in the monthly lease members pay. 

Concept Foundry was created to power a co-working business accelerator Le is building in the first phase of Gramercy District. The accelerator, expected to open in 2018, will be run in partnership with the Center for Innovative Technology. The 2.5M SF smart city is planned for a 24-acre site near the future Ashburn Silver Line station. 

The technology will be deployed across MakeOffices' portfolio, which includes eight D.C.-area locations, three in Chicago and two in Philadelphia. The co-working provider is preparing to open its new flagship space at The Wharf in January.