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Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) – Program Details

What are the goals of the Global City Teams Challenge?

  • Facilitate partnerships and interconnections among city and community planners and project managers so they can identify common issues.
  • Facilitate partnerships and interconnections among technology innovators/providers so that they can form teams around specific issues such as transportation, disaster response, energy, healthcare, environment, others, or any combination of the above.
  • Facilitate partnerships between the cities/communities and innovators/providers through "Action Clusters" that will bring together cities and innovators around specific issues to jointly identify solutions that are scalable and reproducible.
  • Give participants the chance to contribute to the development of the NIST Smart Cities Framework by addressing standards and measurement challenges in deploying Internet of Things(IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) that will serve as the basis for a smart city framework.
  • Give participants thechance to contribute to an IoT Global Connectivity Fabric Strategy of architectures and guidelines for interconnected "systems of systems" for large scale IoT deployments.

Who should join the Global City Teams Challenge?

  • Cities/communities around the world interested in accessing and deploying innovative IoT/CPS technologies
  • Technology innovators/providers
  • Participants in the SmartAmerica Challenge

How does the Global City Teams Challenge Work?

"Action clusters," composed of representatives of innovative local governments, non-profits, and private companies will form through NIST and US Ignite events and the US Ignite website. These teams volunteer to work collaboratively to build, deploy, or test transformative-yet-specific IoT applications. As of April 2015, there are over 40 action clusters working on projects with nearly 200 organizations. More details about specific action clusters and projects are available here.

Why participate in a Global City Team "Action Cluster"?

The Challenge is an opportunity for forward-looking communities to partner with public and private organizations to accelerate the deployment of IoT technologies designed to address some of the most pressing challenges facing cities. The Challenge also benefits innovative companies and non-profits by giving them a chance to implement and/or assess their solutions in valuable municipal testbeds, and provides them with exposure to scores of potential new customers.

Join the Challenge Now

US Ignite, a nonprofit focused on the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit, is partnering with NIST and hosting a website where communities and technology innovators can view and share the action clusters. To join the program, contact the organizer below.

For further information, contact:
Sokwoo Rhee (sokwoo.rhee [at] (sokwoo[dot]rhee[at]nist[dot]gov))
Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Program

Created May 1, 2015, Updated August 25, 2016