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Local challenge offers $100,000 for technology-based innovations to city issues


Urban centers in America are growing—fast. And cities are looking to tech companies for ways to address issues that will arise with these changes. 

That's what "NextChallenge: Smart Cities" is all about. A partnership between NextEnergy, DENSO, DTE Energy and Wells Fargo, the competition will award $100,00 in grants to winners who propose solutions in the categories of parking, mobility, infrastructure, and buildings, with an emphasis on integrated, data-driven approaches. 

"The goal is to identify new technology to address urban challenges related to safety, mobility, emissions, accessibility, and congestion while also driving economic development in the region," said Jean Redfield, president and CEO, NextEnergy. "The inaugural challenge brought talented individuals and creative solutions from around the world and we're looking forward to another great year of innovative ideas and advancement in Smart City technology."

Last year's winner, Calida Energy, created an app which optimizes energy use in commercial buildings. "The Occupant App software uses real-time data collected from occupants via a comfort survey to empower building operators to more efficiently heat and cool buildings based on occupants' comfort and presence."

An informational webinar will be held on July 27 to learn more about the application process and what sponsors are looking for. 

Applications must be submitted by midnight on Aug. 18. Register for the webinar here.
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