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Five Years Later, 'Smart Cities Challenge' Promise Unfulfilled

The "Smart Cities Challenge" paid Columbus, Ohio $50 million to kick start a revolution of urban technology. The revolution never arrived, according to a recent assessment by Wired writer Aarian Marshall.

July 7, 2021 - Wired

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New 'Smart Cities Challenge' Focuses on Intersection Technology

A group of ten cities have been announced as semi-finalists in the Smart Cities Challenge sponsored by Parson Corporation.

November 19, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

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Columbus Shares its Smart City Playbook

The city of Columbus, Ohio is sharing some of what it has learned about becoming a smart city.

November 7, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive


20 Finalists Announced in the 'Canada Smart Cities Challenge'

The winner of the Grand Prize for the Canada Smart Cities Challenge will receive $50 million CAD ($38.5 million USD).

June 4, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive


Nokia Launches $1.5 Billion 'Smart Cities' Initiative in Canada

The new program offers cities access to $2 billion CAD in financing as well as a network of technical support.

April 19, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

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'Smart Columbus Operation System' Looking for Developers

"Smart City" plans for the city of Columbus are taking shape.

February 7, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

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First 'Smart Cities' Grant-Enabled Hardware Online in Columbus

Columbus has spent the first year since its selection as the $50 million Smart Cities Challenge grant recipient devoted to planning and research. The grant has also proven a very enticing fundraising tool.

September 8, 2017 - Columbus Business First

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Checking In With Cities That 'Lost' the Smart Cities Challenge

Denver and Austin were finalists in the competition. Since then, they've found ways to implement their ideas.

February 27, 2017 - Governing

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Critics Pushing Back on Columbus' Vision of a 'Smart City'

Not everyone is buying in to the city of Columbus' vision for the future of transportation.

July 24, 2016 - Grist


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The biggest news stories of a big week in planning and land use—all in just over two minutes.

June 24, 2016 - Planetizen

Ohio State

Breaking: Columbus Wins $50 Million 'Smart Cities Challenge' Grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation has revealed the winner of a hotly-contested and widely-reported competitive grant funding opportunity.

June 21, 2016 - Columbus Dispatch

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7 'Smart Cities Challenge' Proposals

The Washington Post details each of the seven proposals competing for $40 million in the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart Cities Challenge.

June 14, 2016 - The Washington Post

Meet Flow: Google's Transportation Data Revolution

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs is readying a product called Flow to help cities and counties make the most of transportation data. The news is another step along the path to a future version of transportation.

March 29, 2016 - The New York Times

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7 'Smart Cities Challenge' Finalists Announced

The U.S Department of Transportation's Smart Cities Challenge will provide funding for seven finalists to further develop proposals to develop high-tech transportation solutions.

March 14, 2016 - Gizmodo

'Smart Cities Challenge' Attracts a Crowd

A competition with $50 million at stake, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, recently completed its submission deadline. The U.S. DOT reported shock at the level of interest in the competition.

February 11, 2016 - Roadshow

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