Miami-Dade County and Ford Motor Company partner to introduce City of Tomorrow Challenge
This morning, Miami-Dade County and Ford Motor Company introduced the 'City of Tomorrow Challenge' – a crowdsourcing platform for residents, businesses and community groups to propose and pilot transportation solutions that will improve mobility in Miami-Dade County.
The County and Ford Motor Company are working closely with public stakeholders and private partners, including AT&T, Dell Technologies and Microsoft in the launch of the City of Tomorrow Challenge.
By working with communities to crowdsource new mobility designs and innovations, and funding pilots to test the top solutions, the program’s goal in Miami-Dade is to identify meaningful opportunities to create immediate impact for residents, and support long-term improvements to how people get around.
“This challenge will bring diverse groups together to design, plan and pilot new solutions to help improve mobility in our community. I’m confident the challenge will yield a variety of mobility solutions that can improve the daily life of Miami-Dade residents and make the journey fresh, easy and adaptable,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
Throughout the eight-month program, Miami-Dade will explore how the County can make daily journeys a more pleasant experience and better meet the needs of its people. Residents, businesses and community organizations are invited to share how they experience transportation in Miami-Dade, and how mobility either enables them or serves as a barrier to accessing their daily needs.
The Challenge also includes a prize of up to $100,000 to fund pilots that test the top solutions in a real-world setting.
“This challenge arrives at a perfect time as we look for innovative ways to improve mobility through the deployment of technology solutions that are sensitive to our community’s needs,” said Carlos Cruz-Casas, Assistant Director of Transportation Strategic Planning, Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works.
Miami-Dade marks the second location for the City of Tomorrow Challenge, following last week’s announcement of a challenge in Pittsburgh. Each is tailored to a specific city or county and is focused on addressing those unique needs.
“We know that every city and county is unique, which is why the City of Tomorrow Challenge isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach,” said John Kwant, Vice President, Ford City Solutions. “Miami-Dade understands the need to seek out new ideas to improve the way its residents get around, and our goal is to provide the county with an easy, efficient way to engage people and do just that.”
The Miami-Dade City of Tomorrow Challenge is also part of Ford’s continued collaboration with Miami-Dade County and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Giménez. Ford recently launched its self-driving vehicle business in Miami-Dade County, which is focused on proving out the self-driving business model and testing the customer experience to serve residents and businesses.
How it works – and how the public can get involved
People can go to the Challenge’s website to share their experiences, sign up for community working sessions, and offer insight into the variety of ways they move around Miami-Dade today.
On July 9, the application period opens and participants can submit ideas for new mobility solutions. Before then, Ford and its partners will be combining insights from the online and offline communities with data analytics to help shape the Challenge.
“Data is powerful. Having information to predict, learn and make near-real-time decisions means communities can address the social and environmental challenges their people face,” said Michael Zeto, vice President, AT&T Internet of Things and General Manager, Smart Cities. “And we’re excited to collaborate with Miami-Dade and the City of Tomorrow Challenge to do exactly that.”
In September, semifinalists will be selected to attend a prototyping session and receive mentoring support to refine their ideas before submitting a final pilot proposal. At the concluding stage of the Challenge, $100,000 will be awarded to fund pilots to test the top proposed solutions in collaboration with Miami-Dade County, Ford and its corporate partners.