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How it works

The City of Tomorrow Challenge brings together government, business and communities to crowdsource ideas to transform transportation in cities. The goal is to identify new mobility solutions that create immediate impact for residents and support broader planning efforts in cities. Información en Español   


Pilots

Winning team(s) in each city's Challenge receive up to $100K to bring their mobility idea to life.

Input to City Planning

Each Challenge produces a report summarizing community input and key analytics to inform city planners.


At the core of our process is understanding the needs of real people.

When we meet people in their homes or join them on their journeys, we start to more deeply connect with people and their stories and needs. It’s that moment when we realize: “I’m designing this for my neighbor, for that woman on the bus, for that man I always see at the grocery store.”


Who can take part?

Everyone is encouraged to take part, and there are two ways to contribute. Submit an Application - anyone with an idea, product, service, or other solution that responds to the Challenge can submit an application or Contribute to the Online Community by sharing transportation stories, asking questions to others, or sharing something that inspires them.


Why should you get involved?

  • You have an idea for a business solution, technology or design that can improve mobility in cities.
  • You want to be part of a community helping to make mobility more accessible and resilient.
  • You want to work with and learn from some of the mobility experts globally from Ford, AT&T, Dell Technologies, and Microsoft.
  • You want to use your skills and expertise to have a significant, positive impact on the communities.


How do you get involved?

Each challenge includes five phases that take about eight months to complete: 

Explore

To start, we want to understand what questions are the most important to address. Share your transportation experiences, needs, and knowledge of local context to inspire others and ground innovation in the needs and aspirations of people.  

Propose

We open the application period to submit ideas that solve the city's Challenge. Submit an idea for a chance to win up to $100K to pilot your idea or vote on the ideas you think should be brought to life. Read through the Challenge Rules for more information.

Refine

Semi-finalists receive expert mentoring and training on how to prototype their solution with local communities. Provide feedback on ideas that can help them improve, or share ideas on neighborhoods, communities, or organizations they might want to consider working with on their pilot.    

Select

A combination of public voting and expert judges determine the top idea(s) to win up to $100K to pilot their idea.  Vote on the ideas you like best to make sure they come to life.

Pilot

The Challenge winner(s) take their idea from paper to street and launch a pilot in the Challenge City.  Join in the pilot program or check back to see how it progresses.      


Have more questions? Visit our FAQs page or contact us at cotcinfo@ford.com.


By submitting an application or contributing to the online community, participants confirm their submissions do not contain confidential information and agree to the full Rules and Terms and Conditions.