Contest Ideation Session: Communities and Mobility

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

The U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security are collaborating to create a Civic Innovation Challenge. Stage 1 entry must be submitted by July 1, 2020. Winners will have budgets of up to $50,000 to test out their proposal. 

This New Haven online ideation session is focused on the track -- COMMUNITIES AND MOBILITY - Offering Better Mobility Options to Solve the Spatial Mismatch Between Housing Affordability and Jobs.


This event is in partnership with City of New Haven Transportation and Parking Department.


Ideation Session Agenda

4:05 - 4:15 - Primer on Contest

4:15 - 4:30 - Individual Ideation Brainstorm Submission

4:25 - 4:40 - Speaker on Transporation

4:40 - 4:50 - Presentation of Brainstorm Submissions (organized in groupings)

4:50 - 5:15  - Online Breakout Rooms by Groupings  / Group Conversation / Identify Key Ideas (and Idea leads for each)

5:15 - 5:40 - Teams Breakout, Select Scribe and Complete Ideation Worksheet.

5:40 - 5:55 - Groups share back findings to larger group

5:50 - 6:00 - Closing remarks and instructions on submission logistics

-- Formal event ends --- Optional Unstructured Socializing Continues.


Goals/Criteria for winning submissions:

  • Community identified civic priorities that are ripe for innovation and community informed and Use-inspired solutions
  • Partnership with researchers and civic partners:
  • Focuses on piloting in a short timescale, where real-world impact can be evaluated within 12 months
  • Scalability and transferability of the proposed solutions



In the second stage (Stage 2), up to four teams per track will be selected from Stage 1 award recipients to receive a full award — each with a budget of up to $1,000,000 for up to 12 months to execute and evaluate their research-centered pilot projects.


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