Bloomberg Philanthropies is inspired by the opportunity to find and spread innovative local solutions to national problems. We created the Mayors Challenge to celebrate the creative problem solving and incredible innovation that is happening in city halls from coast to coast. The five boldest ideas with the greatest potential for impact win funding as well as national and local recognition.
One of the world's foremost experts on social innovation, Geoff discusses his work at the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts (NESTA) in the United Kingdom and offers advice to Mayors Challenge participants. Geoff is NESTA's Chief Executive.
Widely considered one of the world's most influential thinkers and writers on innovation and growth, Clay talks about his theory on disruptive innovation and the application of those ideas to local government. Clay is a best-selling author and the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.
Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the winners of the Mayors Challenge. Providence was presented the Mayors Challenge Grand Prize for Innovation.
Providence took the grand prize in the Mayors Challenge for its plans to improve early childhood literacy.
Rhode Island's capital city has won a $5 million contest created by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg with a high-tech plan to overcome a language skills problem known as the word gap.
Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, highlights the Mayors Challenge as one of the most exciting stories in the field of government innovation.
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