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2017 Mayors Challenge
The time is Now

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 2017 Mayors Challenge, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is designed with this urgency in mind. It’s an initiative to help city leaders think big, be bold, and uncover inventive — and, ultimately, shareable — ideas that tackle today’s toughest problems.

2017 Mayors Challenge: Idea Accelerator Workshops

The Mayors Challenge team conducted over 300 workshops in cities across the United States. Our goal was to empower city leaders to tackle their toughest challenges. Here’s what we learned:

Insight into the state of U.S. cities today.

What the Mayors Challenge team learned after offering training to 4,000 city employees in 308 U.S. cities.

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Win $5,000,000 and solve your city's most urgent problems

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.

Win Millions
of Dollars

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.

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