Innopolis: Urban Innovation Challenge

OBJECTIVE

Through the Innopolis Urban Innovation Challenge, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) seeks to collect best practices that local governments or development agencies have implemented to face urban challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, highlighting the good management and innovation capacity of cities.

To achieve this goal, the IDB invites the region’s local governments and development agencies to present initiatives in development or completed that have been transformative and significantly impacted the urban environment and the quality of life of citizens, within at least one of the following five thematic areas:

Includes initiatives that seek to face the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Includes initiatives that seek to boost or revive economies, as well as generate employment in cities.

Includes those initiatives that seek to advance the development and quality of the housing market. 

Includes initiatives that seek to improve urban connectivity and the movement of citizens.

Includes those initiatives that seek sustainable urban development, that avoid the degradation of the environment and provide quality of life for citizens.

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

The Innopolis Challenge is managed by the IDB's Cities Network. The objective is to annually gather and disseminate the key learnings that local governments and development agencies have discovered when addressing diverse urban challenges in the region. Through this challenge, the IDB aims to create a process for the systematization of best practices in urban management and innovation in cities.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

To enter the challenge, you must fill out an online form consisting of four sections:

I.   Context/Urban challenge faced by the city.
II.   Project in development or completed by the local government or development agency to meet this urban challenge.
III.   Expected or delivered results.
IV.   Lessons learned. 

Note: Each section’s supporting documents (photos, videos, graphics, data, etc.) will be taken into account for the evaluation of proposals.

 

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WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

Local governments or development agencies that lead or have led projects in the region that improve the urban environment and quality of life of citizens of an IDB member country, and that fall within at least one of the five thematic areas.

LEARN ABOUT THE PROCESS

During the nomination period, the IDB will collect proposals from participants. In the first phase of review, the proposals received will be screened and sorted into the five thematic areas. In the second phase of review, proposals that have passed the screening phase will be evaluated by a committee of experts chosen by the IDB Cities Network, which will, in turn, select ten final proposals. These final proposals will be published and converted into a series of case studies, which will then be published through different channels by the IDB. This will take place in a personalized workshop to be held with the finalist teams, which will be dictated by an academic expert. Finally, the IDB will choose three winning case studies from among the ten final proposals. The three winning cities will receive a formal recognition from the IDB. 

Challenge Timeline*

*Dates are subject to change

  • CHALLENGE LAUNCH

    OCT 8, 2020
  • SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL

    UNTIL OCT 30, 2020
  • REVIEW PHASE l

    OCT 30 - NOV 10, 2020

    Screening and sorting of proposals according to the 5 thematic areas

  • REVIEW PHASE ll

    NOV 10 - 25, 2020

    Selection of 10 final proposals by committee of experts

  • FINALISTS ANNOUNCEMENT

    NOV 25, 2020

    The 10 final proposals will be announced

  • AWARD FOR FINALISTS

    DEC 2020 - JAN 2021

    In a workshop led by an academic expert, the 10 final proposals will be documented and converted into a series of case studies that will be published by the IDB
     

  • AWARD FOR WINNERS

    MAR, 2021

    The 3 winning case studies will receive an award recognition by the IDB

AWARD FOR THE FINALISTS

The ten final proposals will be converted into a series of case studies that will be published by the Cities Network through different IDB dissemination channels. This will take place in a personalized workshop under the guidance of an academic expert in storytelling for cities.

Note: It is necessary that the finalist teams have the availability and commitment to prepare the final product that will be published by the IDB. The IDB Cities Network commits itself to carry out the workshop previously mentioned, however, the final product will be the result of the work prepared jointly by the finalist teams and the academic expert.

AWARD FOR THE WINNERS

In March 2021, the IDB will formally give an award recognition to the cities that submitted the three winning case studies. Additionally, the IDB Cities Network will offer to the three winning teams the possibility to undertake an exchange program with a city in Europe accredited for urban innovation matters, aiming to promote the exchange of knowledge and innovation practices at an international level.

 

 

 

 

 

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