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2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge Submission Tracks

The 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge will help align regional stakeholder groups around shared goals and visions as it relates to integrating smart - or IoT enabled - technologies and innovative strategies to optimize or altogether replace outdated infrastructure and government systems. Teams that qualify will be matched with available grant funding, opportunities, resources, and access to project financing to create impactful public-private-partnerships focused on smart and connected development.

So far, teams from across the country have expressed interest. They are focusing on a range of theme areas from smart street lights to next generation transportation infrastructure projects - and everything in between.  

We are excited to not only extend the deadline for submissions of the letter of intent for teams to May 31st, 2018, but also to open up one of the project tracks to private and public-private development efforts as well. This extension is for two other reasons, as well. Firstly, to give teams time to respond with new information and details related to specific project financing tracks. Secondly, because we are excited to welcome new federal agency partners to the challenge including the Department of Homeland Security and the Congressional Smart Cities Caucus. We are working together to make available more support, more funding, and more resources from the federal government to enable smart development for communities of all sizes.

The 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge is different because it is dynamic in nature. It is meant to spark and accelerate interdisciplinary and interagency collaborations while leveraging available resources and capital. All teams, not just winners, will receive ongoing support, guidance, and resources. This challenge is specifically designed for small and medium sized communities across rural, suburban, and urban regions. Top teams will have access to grant resources, support, and access to project financing. All other teams will be provided guided direction in unlocking access to available resources and support. In this challenge groups are allowed to lead or participate in more than one response effort. This means that regional teams and statewide teams are encouraged to collaborate.

Challenge Financing Tracks Listed Below:


Smart and Connected Development Track sponsored by Smart City Capital

This track is designed to help leaders create development plans that are tech-enabled (connected) and resilient. Projects can be focused on traditional infrastructure or developing smart and connected facilities, campuses, and innovation districts. Creativity is encouraged! Requirements will vary based on the type of project, and the financing partners will work with qualified teams to create a winning approach. Smart City Capital will make detailed requirements available, and that information will be available on the Challenge website.

  1. Grand prize winner(s): up to $10 million  in available financing
  2. Tier two prize pool: up to $2.5 million in available financing
  3. Tier three prize pool: up to $1 million in available financing

*All winners will receive project support services from Venture Smarter ecosystem partners. Granted allocations range from $100,000 - $250,000 in valued fees.


Smarter, Safer Streets Track sponsored by Smart City Infrastructure

This track is designed to accelerate the implementation of connected, secured, and best-practices infrastructure related to smart street lighting. Requirements will be detailed and provided by Smart City Infrastructure, and made available for review on the Challenge website.

  1. Grand prize winners(s): up to $10,000,000 in available financing and xx
  2. Tier two prize pool: up to $1,000,000 in available financing and xx
  3. Tier three prize pool: up to $500,000 in available financing and xx

*All winners will receive project support services from Venture Smarter ecosystem partners. Granted allocations range from $100,000 - $250,000 in valued fees.


Critical Infrastructure Track sponsored by National Infrastructure and Investment Alliance

This track is designed to identify ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure projects that are (a) tech-enabled and (b) repeatable. Top teams will work with NIIA to build awareness around the opportunity to help secure a direct federal investment to accelerate and complete respective projects. These projects may range from energy and water infrastructure to roads, bridges, and other transportation related infrastructure. Requirements will be detailed by NIIA and made available on the Challenge website.

*All winners will receive project support services from Venture Smarter ecosystem partners. Granted allocations range from $100,000 - $250,000 in valued fees.


Next Generation Infrastructure Track sponsored by Venture Smarter

This track is designed to enable and accelerate the exploration of Tube Transportation (Hyperloop,) Personal Rapid Transit, and other future leaning transportation infrastructure systems. Top teams will work with leaders to navigate right of way and policy barriers, financing and funding options, and education and workforce development efforts that will all be required to see any of these systems developed at scale.

  1. Prize pool TBA

*All winners will receive project support services from Venture Smarter ecosystem partners. Granted allocations range from $100,000 - $250,000 in valued fees.


Support Resources For All Responding Teams

  1. Partner and resource matchmaking provided by Venture Smarter

  2. Planning guide and framework sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Smart Cities Standards WG

  3. Planning blueprints from NIST GCTC

  4. Presentation Template provided by RSCI

  5. Monthly Planning Webinars for All Responding Teams provided by Challenge partners and sponsors

  6. The first 25 teams to submit complete LoI responses will receive additional integrated support services from Venture Smarter and ecosystem partners


Features Sponsors and Partners

  • Venture Smarter

  • Regional Smart Cities Initiatives

  • Congressional Smart Cities Caucus

  • National Infrastructure and Investment Alliance

  • Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology GCTC

  • Smart City Capital

  • Smart City Infrastructure

  • Context Labs BV

  • Arrow Electronics

  • And many more!