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Frequently asked questions

What is the City of Tomorrow Challenge Community?

The City of Tomorrow Challenge Community is a space where you can share your ideas for innovations to improve mobility in your challenge city.

Participate in fun activities.

Share your thoughts in discussions.

We look forward to what you’ve got to contribute.

Thanks for being part of it!


What's in it for me?

This is your opportunity to share your ideas and win up to $100,000 – and to be part of a community that helps shape the mobility experience in your city.


How do I participate?

We’ll invite you to all kinds of activities.  And you can check into online discussions anytime.  Sign up to receive invitations by email, or check on new activities on the platform – and manage all your notifications under your profile settings.


What can others see about me?

Each community member has a customized profile, but it’s up to you what pictures and information you share there.  Other community members can see the ideas you submit, what you like, and who you follow.  Comments on public discussion are also public.  But your survey responses will remain private.


Who is here to help?

Experienced moderators in the City of Tomorrow Challenge Community are available to answer your questions, and to keep the discussions and challenges flowing. You can contact them by emailing cotcinfo@ford.com.


What if I forget my login information?

Just go to the main login page and click "Forgot Password." You’ll receive an email with a link to reset your password.


What if I want to change my login information?

Click on your community member name in the top left hand corner of the page. A drop-down menu will appear. Select “Settings" and then choose the "Change Password" tab to enter your new password.


Who is eligible to participate?

Individuals, teams of individuals, and legal entities are welcome to participate and contribute, with some geographic restrictions. For more detailed information regarding eligibility, please see the Challenge Rules.


What is the time commitment?

You can spend as little or as much time as you want on the City of Tomorrow Challenge! There is no minimum required time to participate, although the more time you put in, the more you will get out. Greater participation in the online community will not only help you learn about urban mobility issues but also increase your odds of receiving participation incentives. Also, applications that demonstrate thorough and rigorous thought will have a greater chance of winning the pilot prize money.


How many applications will be shortlisted and move into the refine phase?

Up to 15 applications will be shortlisted in each city.


Who are the mentors that will be paired with the shortlisted candidates in the refine phase?

These mentors are experienced professionals from our public sector, private sector, and community partners, who have experience relevant to the needs of the shortlisted candidates.


Who is on the steering committee that will be shortlisting the applications?

The Steering Committee will be comprised of representatives from Ford, Microsoft, Dell, AT&T, and the City of Pittsburgh.


Who is on the panel of judges that will be selecting the winner(s)?

The Panel of Judges will be comprised of representatives from the City of Pittsburgh, including governmental groups and community organizations.


How many winners of the City of Tomorrow Challenge will be chosen?

Up to 2 winners will be chosen (depending on each idea's funding request in their proposals); the $100,000 pilot prize pot will be split between these two winners according to the requirements of their pilot proposal. When you submit your proposal, you will be asked to select a funding request (in increments of $25,000) up to $100,000. Keep in mind that your funding request may impact your chances of being shortlisted and/or whether your idea is selected as a Challenge winner.


What does a great application look like?

A good application will answer all questions in the application and fully explain an idea that meets all of the Evaluation Criteria.


Can I submit more than one application to the City of Tomorrow Challenge?

Yes. There is no limit to the number of ideas you, your team, or your organization can submit.


Are there benefits to submitting my application before the deadline?

Yes. By submitting your application early, you will have the opportunity to receive feedback from the online community. The community will also be able to vote on applications that appear promising to them, and the earlier you submit your application, the more likely it will be to receive strong voting support.


What role do votes on my application play in the selection process?

Votes will be taken account as listed in the Evaluation Criteria. While voting plays a role in the Evaluation Criteria, it is only one part of the process. Having the most votes will not guarantee moving forward in the Challenge, and having no votes does not guarantee your application will not be selected.


I have no experience in mobility or design thinking. Where should I start?

Everyone has experience in mobility! Just think about the last time you drove, walked, biked, took the bus, or moved from place to place. When were you uncomfortable, anxious, or frustrated? Being mindful of your daily journey is the first step to identifying opportunities to improve the transportation network. Additionally, participating in the online community and conversation may prompt thoughts or ideas on relevant mobility issues. Lastly, our Supplemental Resources are meant to assist your thinking about the City of Tomorrow Challenge and provide background information on Design Thinking.


What if it's not clear which opportunity area my idea falls under, or it falls under more than one?

None of the Opportunity Areas are given preference over another. Applications will only be judged based on the Evaluation Criteria, so just choose the Opportunity Area that you think is most appropriate.


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