The 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face.
The time is now!
U.S. mayors face bigger challenges than ever before. Innovation is no longer optional; it’s necessary so cities can continue to deliver results and improve life for residents.
The 2018 Mayors Challenge is designed with this urgency in mind. The competition returns to the U.S. as one of the first investments in the Bloomberg American Cities Initiative, an effort to help U.S. cities generate innovation and advance policy.
35 Champion Cities Have Been Selected!
35 cities have been selected to continue in the competition as Champion Cities. Finalists were selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies with the support of a prestigious selection committee. The Champion Cities have begun a 6-month testing phase where they will conduct public prototypes of their ideas with grant funding of up to $100,000 per city.
Teams from each of the 35 Champion Cities kicked off the testing phase at Ideas Camp in New York City:
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Participating cities will:
Solve An Urgent Problem
The Mayors Challenge has been designed to help hundreds of cities develop ideas that solve the most urgent problems facing cities today. Innovation experts will visit each of the first 300 cities that sign up for the Challenge to deliver one-day city hall training workshops to accelerate idea development by drawing upon the expertise of the community.
Join Bloomberg's Cities Network
All entrants will receive expert guidance to develop their ideas and will join Bloomberg’s cities network, which identifies, elevates, and promotes innovations that work across cities.
35 Champion Cities will win up to $100,000 to test their ideas and build local support. The five cities with the best ideas will receive millions to implement their ideas at scale.