Global City Challenge 2016 Registration


Initial teambuilding workshops for the next round of the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) will take place November 12-13, 2015, at NIST’s Gaithersburg, Md., campus. Registration for the workshop is open. Please use this link to register: An agenda and additional materials related to the November teambuilding workshop are forthcoming.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the next round of the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) at a White House Smart City Forum hosted by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. A White House Fact Sheet summarizes the announcements made at the Forum.

For the next round of GCTC, NIST will again team with US Ignite, a nonprofit focused on the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit, and a series of government, private sector and non-profit partner organizations. GCTC Partners include the National Science Foundation; the International Trade Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of State; the private sector’s IBM and AT&T; nonprofits WeGO, FIWARE and the Industrial Internet Consortium; and governments of Netherlands and South Korea.

GCTC Partner Commitments Announced at the White House:

National Science Foundation, NSF, announced over $35 million in Smart Cities-related grants and planning new investments in FY16. With a new foundation-wide effort devoted to Smart and Connected Communities, NSF will bring academic researchers and community stakeholders together to unlock transformational progress on important challenges – including health and wellness, energy efficiency, building automation, transportation, and public safety – through research to integrate new digital tools and engineering solutions into the physical world. NSF’s announcement included:

  • $11.5 million in new awards including awards to GCTC co-convener US Ignite, Inc., and the Mozilla Foundation to develop and scale next-generation Internet application prototypes that leverage gigabit speeds to achieve transformative impact in areas ranging from health care to public safety.
  • $3 million for the University of Chicago to support the creation of the Array of Things in Chicago (a GCTC Action Cluster), the first such network to serve as an infrastructure for researchers to rapidly deploy sensors, embedded systems, computing, and communications systems at scale in an urban environment.
  • $2.5 million for researchers to participate in the Global City Teams Challenge, which supports “high-risk, high-reward” research on the effective integration of networked computing systems and physical systems to meet community challenges.

IBM will bring Smarter City technology and its extensive ecosystem around the world to support GCTC 2016 and will organize GCTC 2016 kick off events in an additional 30 cities in Asia Pacific, Latin America, North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

AT&T will select 10 U.S. cities to deploy technology for smart metering, lighting, traffic management, parking, and public safety. The company will host a Smart Cities hackathon with NIST participation at the AT&T Developer Summit in January 2016 with participating cities.

The World e-Governments Organization (WeGo), will promote the GCTC 2016 to its global network of 95 member cities and government entities around the world through its diverse communication channels.

The White House Fact Sheet includes additional details about each of these announcements.

Other organizations that have committed to participate in the next round of GCTC include: Intel, Qualcomm, Bosch, Siemens, CH2M, Mathworks, Pecan Street, Inc., Yeti Analytics, MIT, Vanderbilt, UT Dallas, University of North Texas, and Ohio State University.

About the Global City Teams Challenge

The GCTC facilitates partnerships between communities and businesses create connections designed to improve resource management and quality of life by using effective networking of computer systems and physical devices, often called the Internet of Things (IoT) or cyber physical systems. To learn more about the Global City Teams Challenge, please visit To read NIST’s press release regarding the next phase of the GCTC, please follow this link.

All of the recent attention given Smart City initiatives and the GCTC has me especially excited to get started with the next round of the Challenge. At NIST, we are committed to build-on the success of previous round of the GCTC and we stand ready to help new and returning participants achieve their team’s goals. I hope you will come and join us on November 12-13.

Sokwoo Rhee
Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Program
National Institute of Standards and Technology

NIST-US Ignite

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