Take a look inside the Smart Infrastructure Challenge
The Smart Infrastructure Challenge calls for regional teams to add a layer of smart and connected technologies into the planning of systems and infrastructure. The challenge was first announced in February, and the deadline for regional teams to submit a letter of intent was last week, so we have started to sift through project submissions from across the country as teams are competing for resources, support, and access to more than $50 million in project financing to pursue smart infrastructure projects.
As of May 31st, 2018
- 69 regional teams comprising at least 481 organizations and 211 government agencies submitted 80 project proposals across four response tracks: Smart and Connected Development, Smarter, Safer Streets, Critical Infrastructure, and Next Generation Infrastructure.
- The responses are detailed and diverse as teams are focusing on a range of issues from water, air, and energy to digital access, wireless connectivity, and advanced or autonomous transportation.
- The major focus seems to revolve around transportation, where project teams are putting forward ideas ranging from flying taxis and Hyperloop to intelligent transportation systems and driverless vehicles in an attempt to reverse trends around crumbling and inefficient infrastructure.
Teams will begin connecting with support resources this month to help them prepare for the draft presentation deadline, which is on September 27th, 2018. Teams will present their projects and connect with collaborators at the Second Annual Smart Regions Conference in Columbus, OH on Thursday, October 25th, 2018.
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About the 2018 Smart Regions Conference
Teams will present their projects at the Second Annual Smart Regions Conference in Columbus, OH on Thursday, October 25th, 2018.
The 2018 Smart Regions Conference will convene leaders from across the United States and North America to highlight their success stories, challenges, and opportunities to collaborate to build smart cities and regions rooted in community impact and resilience. The theme of this year's conference is 'Smart and Resilient Infrastructure,' and the event will serve as the host of the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge presentations and awards, where teams are competing for access to support, resources, and project financing in excess of $50 million.
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