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Global City Teams Challenge – (SmartAmerica Round Two)

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) involve connecting smart devices and systems—in diverse sectors such as transportation, energy, manufacturing, and healthcare—in fundamentally new ways. These" Internet of Things" technologies will enable cities and communities to improve services, promote economic growth, and enhance the quality of life.  With 54 percent of the world's population now living in cities, the development of "smart cities" and "smart communities" is be coming a major focus around the globe.

Because many of today's smart city/community development efforts are isolated and customized projects, NIST launched the Global City Teams Challenge(GCTC) to encourage collaboration and the development of standards.  The Global City Teams Challenge's long-term goal is "to demonstrate a scalable and replicable model for incubating and deploying interoperable, adaptable, and configurable IoT/CPS technologies in smart cities/communities.  "To put it simply, this program will help communities benefit from the experience of others to improve efficiency and lower costs.

The Global City Teams Challenge is an expansion of the successful SmartAmerica Challenge.  From December2013 through June 2014, the SmartAmerica Challenge brought together more than100 companies, universities, and other organizations to form teams that developed and applied networked technologies. Round One demonstrated that these technologies have the potential to create jobs and business opportunities and provide socio-economic benefits. Round Two extends the breadth and depth of these innovative programs and encourage deployment of the technologies.

Partners in the challenge include US-Ignite, the National Science Foundation; the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Health and Human Services; and, from the private sector, Intel, IBM, Juniper Networks, Extreme Networks, Cisco, Qualcomm, GE, AT&T, and ARM Holdings.  For more details on the complete list of partners and team members, please visit the US-Ignite website.

Program details, including how to participate, are provided here.

For further information, contact:
Sokwoo Rhee (
Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Program

Conferences and Events

Initial Kick-off Workshop, Sept. 29 and 30,2014, at NIST's Gaithersburg, MD, campus

Tech Jam for Global City Teams Challenge, Feb.12-13, 2015, at NIST's Gaithersburg, MD, campus