March 1, 2019
Mayor Byron W. Brown launched his 2nd Annual Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenge - Powered by AT&T, seeking creative solutions to promote and increase recycling rates, or other sustainability initiatives in the City of Buffalo. We're excited for GObike Buffalo's Executive Director, Justin Booth, to be part of the panel of judges for the challenge.
The Civic Innovation Eco Challenge – Powered by AT&T is designed to encourage developers, designers, and creators to innovate around the theme of green and clean technology. The City is seeking entries that can have a positive environmental impact on recycling, waste reduction or diversion, energy usage, water quality or usage, emissions, transportation, sustainability, or a related field. Entries should be an original working desktop, mobile, or web app, or other technical solution or device. The City of Buffalo will leverage the winning entries to promote and increase sustainability efforts in the city and region.
As part of the competition, a Civic Innovation Jam will be staged on Saturday, March 9, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bulger Communications Center, on the Buffalo State College campus. The Jam will provide a community engagement opportunity for those with advanced technical skills and those passionate about recycling and other sustainability initiatives to come together to brainstorm potential solutions.
The City is partnering on the Challenge with AT&T, which is contributing $10,000 in prize money. Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), the global builder and supplier of commercial Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software, which the City uses to manage and analyze its geospatial data, such as parks, district boundaries and real estate parcels, has signed on with a $3,000 sponsorship.
Other new sponsors include Modern Disposal, the City’s recycling vendor, and Socrata, the technology firm which hosts the Open Data Buffalo portal, each contributing $1,000.
The top three competitors will win $7,000, $2,000 and $1,000 cash prizes, respectively. Two new prize categories have been added for this year’s Challenge, “Best Use of information from Open Data Buffalo” and “Best Use of the Esri Toolbox.” Winners of those categories will each be awarded $1,000 cash prizes.
In addition to Mr. Booth, the seven-member panel of judges will also include: Dr. Luis E. Taveras, Ph.D., CIO, City of Buffalo, Amy Kramer, President, AT&T New York, Cletis Earle, CIO, Kaleida Health, Dr. Jacquelyn Malcolm, CIO, Buffalo State College, Dr. Josep Jornet, Associate Professor, University at Buffalo, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, and Gerard Aiken, Local Government Manager, Esri.
The Civic Innovation Eco Challenge will run from February 20 through April 22, 2019. Following the judges’ review and winner selection, an awards ceremony will be held on May 9, 2019.