Apply now for the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge (here's how to win)

The application process is now open for the 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge and this year we are providing more help to more areas.

Expanded eligibility
This year, we have opened the Readiness Challenge to government entities throughout North America. Government jurisdictions throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico are eligible.

And the Readiness Challenge isn’t limited to cities either. Cities, counties, states, provinces and regional authorities (transit, ports, etc.) are invited to apply.

More help available
Communities will get even more help this year. For instance, any community that wants advice on how to win can participate in a free half-day workshop on Oct. 3, where experts will help them improve their applications. And just for registering, they will receive a free pass to the coaching workshop and the full Smart Cities Week conference, Oct. 3-5 in Washington, D.C.

What you can win
Five winning jurisdictions will receive a full year of expert, vendor-neutral mentoring, plus an on-site Readiness Workshop custom-tailored to each community’s needs and priorities. Each will also receive a customized Readiness Roadmap™.

Armed with a Readiness Roadmap, the winners will also receive products and services worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, all supplied free of charge by members of the Council.

Qualcomm Incorporated will provide in-kind contributions for an Inspired by Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ site that can be customized for the workforce development needs of that city. A Thinkabit Lab experience provides hands-on engineering and Qualcomm® World of Work (QWOW™) career exploration activities for students from all socio-economic backgrounds. Through these signature activities, students are exposed to concepts and careers that are essential in every aspect of building the wireless, Internet of Things and 5G ecosystems, and inspiring the next generation of STEM innovators.

In addition, SYNEXXUS will supply control nodes, management software and support for a pilot network of up to 48 smart street lights.  IES will create a Community Information Model (CIM) – a data rich, 3D geospatial database to store, represent, and manage virtual 3D city models. And IBI Group, the award-winning technology driven design firm, will work with the Council to produce a Readiness Roadmap™ for the winning cities — a highly visual action plan cities can share with staff and with citizens to guide their next steps.  Additional in-kind offerings will be announced in the weeks to come.

Battelle, the world’s largest independent non-profit research and development organization, will provide management and technical (architecture and engineering-based) advisory services to selected cities as they develop strategy, technology and planning roadmaps for one or more of the following topic areas: transportation and mobility, health services, public health and environmental sensing, resilience and sustainability, and advanced data analytics.

As well as the companies noted above, Itron and Sensus will provide their expertise at workshops and mentoring sessions throughout the year as Premier Sponsors of the Challenge Grant.

Communities will also get help thanks to the sponsorship of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association that represents investor-owned electric companies in the United States. EEI is collaborating with the Council on several initiatives to bring utilities and cities together as partners, including ways electric companies can help cities apply for and win a Readiness Challenge Grant.

Next steps
1. Start your application

2. Complete it by Nov. 10, 2017

3. Winners will be announced at an awards reception Jan. 23, 2018, the evening before the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, D.C.