by the numbers
Helping improve citizens' lives across the globe
The Mayors Challenge touches millions of lives – from the citizens who are affected by bold new innovations, to the hundreds of city leaders who use new strategies and tools to better meet the needs of their residents. Participating cities in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean are advancing their bold ideas, improving the way their governments work and the quality of life in their communities.
The Creative City
A report on the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge
Value for CITIES
At Bloomberg Philanthropies, we believe solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, from climate change to aging populations, can be found in cities. Local leaders are uniquely positioned to overcome obstacles and drive major change. Participating cities have a chance to solve an urgent problem, win millions of dollars, earn broad public recognition as leaders in innovation, and join Bloomberg’s cities network.
Top 10 Tips for Innovators
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Feedback from past participants and partners
ISSUES and themes
Meeting the challenges of tomorrow
To meet the challenges of tomorrow mayors and local leaders must be more agile and creative than ever before. In past competitions, city leaders have submitted a wide range of innovative ideas to improve city government and city life.
Applications in 2013 focused on a large spectrum of issues:
Applications in 2014 focused on 5 key themes:
Latin America & Caribbean
Applications in 2016 focused on 6 key themes:
Leveraging expert knowledge to build local capacity
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ brings together its extensive, world-class network of urban and innovation experts to help cities produce stronger applications. The network increases the ability of leaders to develop bold ideas; assists finalist cities program design and implementation; and helps to unveil innovation trends within the region.