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WINNING CITIES FROM LATIN AMERICA, EUROPE, AND THE UNITED STATES

Bloomberg Philanthropies works to capture the experience of participants with a goal to document and share learnings. Past Mayors Challenge winners have received prizes and technical support to implement their winning ideas. Winning cities work to demonstrate evidence of their idea’s effectiveness. When concepts are proven, other cities import and adapt the best ideas to benefit their own citizens. Click here to download “Bringing Bold Ideas to Life,” a report that provides an update on the implementation of each of the winning ideas from the 2013 and 2014 challenges.

 

 

New Rochelle, NY • 2018 Winner

Imagining—and then Building—a Better City:

Los Angeles, CA • 2018 Winner

Tackling Homelessness One Small Dwelling at a Time:

Georgetown, TX • 2018 Winner

Leasing Rooftop Space to Solar-Power a City:

Fort Collins, CO • 2018 Winner

Ushering Rental Housing into the Age of Efficiency:

São Paulo, Brazil • 2016 GRAND PRIZE WINNER

São Paulo:

Growing Farmers’ Income, Shrinking Urban Sprawl

BARCELONA • 2014 GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Vincles BCN:

Collaborative Care Networks for Better Aging

KIRKLEES • 2014 WINNER

Comoodle:

Connecting Communities

PROVIDENCE • 2013 GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Providence Talks:

Preparing Every Child for Success in School

PHILADELPHIA • 2013 WINNER

FastFWD:

Bringing Innovation to Procurement

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UNITED STATES

Over 320 American cities applied to the 2018 Mayors Challenge. 35 Champion Cities were selected to participate in a six-month testing phase where they conducted public prototypes of their ideas with grant funding of up $100,000 per city. The competition’s nine winners received $1 million to implement potentially breakthrough solutions to homelessness, the opioid crisis, mobility, climate change, and economic opportunity.

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

More than 900 Latin American and Caribbean cities were invited to compete, and 290 cities submitted applications, representing 19 countries in the region. The proposed solutions addressed a wide range of issues – including mobility, youth unemployment, corruption, waste management, public health, and social and economic inclusion for marginalized communities. The top five ideas were in a league of their own and represent an exciting mix of geographies and important issues for the region.

 

EUROPE

More than 150 cities from 28 countries in Europe competed in the 2014 Mayors Challenge in Europe. The five winners addressed issues from social isolation to climate change and were eager to experiment with new approaches – tapping into the power of new technologies, partnerships, and the creativity of the public. The winners received €9 million in implementation funding as well as robust implementation support.

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UNITED STATES

More than 300 cities in the United States competed in the first Mayors Challenge in 2012-2013. The five winners addressed issues from early childhood education to waste management to wellbeing. Their ideas highlight the array of complex yet common challenges that global cities face. The winners received a total of $9 million in implementation funding and robust implementation support.

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