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MIAMI (November 16, 2018) – Miami-Dade County today announces the winners of the Ford City of Tomorrow Challenge™. The Challenge is a crowdsourcing platform for residents, businesses and community groups to propose and pilot solutions that improve mobility in Miami-Dade County. The program is a nine-month process of listening and learning about resident issues, accepting pilot proposals and ultimately choosing a winner.
Soofa and PikMyKid have been chosen as co-winners of the 2018 Miami-Dade County City of Tomorrow Challenge. The teams that put together their solutions will each receive $50,000 in funding to test the implementation of their proposal in a real-world setting.
Soofa makes solar-powered digital bulletin boards and proposes to display real-time public and alternative transit options, as well as other local content, in up to three neighborhoods. PikMyKid is a mobile app and platform that supports parents and children by making school transportation more efficient, timely, and comfortable. In Miami-Dade County, PikMyKid proposes to pilot with 8-10 schools.
“We are excited to see the results these projects will yield. This challenge provided a platform for diverse groups to work together on new and innovative solutions that will directly impact their communities and greatly improve our overall mobility,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.
Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works, said this challenge opened up an opportunity for local residents and industry leaders to come together, and leverage new technology, to generate solutions that will improve mobility today and in decades to come.
“It’s no secret that public transportation is facing the greatest transformational moment of our generation. And with this, we are facing challenges that need to be address right now,” said Bravo. “We need new solutions that make it simple for residents and visitors to understand their transportation options and know how to use them. I believe the winning proposals will do just that.”
The goal of the projects are reflective of the Miami-Dade central question: How might we make daily journeys fresh, easy, and adaptable to the needs of Miami-Dade residents? Both of the pilot winners will support this question by providing information through digital billboards to help people navigate the County and through adaptable transit for children and parents.
“These proposals – created by Miami-Dade residents for Miami-Dade residents – are exactly the kind of community engagement we hoped to inspire with the City of Tomorrow Challenge,” said John Kwant, vice president, Ford City Solutions. “No one understands a community’s mobility problems better than its own residents, and the Challenge is a way to empower people to improve mobility in their neighborhoods in a direct way.”
Launched in June by Ford, the City of Tomorrow Challenge is a crowdsourcing platform created to help prepare cities for the future by identifying new mobility designs and innovations that could improve the way people get around.
The Challenge platform brought together officials, residents and local businesses in Miami-Dade County, as well as program sponsors AT&T, Dell Technologies, Microsoft and the Knight Foundation, encouraging people to share their mobility experiences. AT&T, Dell Technologies, Microsoft and the Knight Foundation were key supporters throughout the process.
After receiving hundreds of stories from Miami-Dade residents and more than 130 different proposals for ideas, the Challenge’s Steering Committee selected 15 finalists. Those finalists had the opportunity to work with a mentor and local accelerator to further refine their proposals before a winner was selected.
Throughout the Challenge, people were encouraged to submit ideas in three key areas:
For more information on the semi-finalists and other proposals that were submitted, visit the City of Tomorrow Challenge website.
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