Innopolis: Urban Innovation Challenge

UPDATE (January 29, 2021)


Meet the finalists!


•    #HackthePandemic – Municipality of Providencia, Chile 
•    BAQATON - La solidaridad en acción para solucionar desafíos urbanos del COVID- 19 en Barranquilla y el Atlántico – Barranquilla, Colombia 
•    Mercados itinerantes – Lima, Peru 
•    Centro de Desarrollo Emprendedor y Laboral del Barrio Mugica – City Government of Buenos Aires, Argentina 
•    Requalificação da área central, um novo espaço publico em Campo Grande – MS Campo Grande, Brazil 
•    Estrategia para el desarrollo económico de Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México y su zona de influencia Punto Tuxtleco – Municipality of Tuxtla         Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico 
•    Villa Sanhauá – Municipality of João Pessoa, Brazil 
•    Condominio Justicia Social 1 Vivienda Pública para Arriendo a Precio Justo – Municipality of Recoleta/Innova Corporation Recoleta, Chile 
•    Programa Cosecha de Lluvia – City Government of Mexico 
•    Programa de Movilidad escolar Niñas y Niños Primero, para mejorar la experiencia de viaje de las niñas, niños y adolescentes – Bogota,               Colombia 
•    Calles Conscientes y Seguras, para la transformación de ejes de movilidad – Municipality of Rionegro / Antioquia, Colombia 
•    Creación del Centro de Gestión de Movilidad de la ciudad de Montevideo – Municipality of Montevideo, Uruguay 
•    Expliquémoslo con manzanas – Municipality of Mendoza, Argentina 
•    Ligue os Pontos – Municipality of São Paulo, Brazil 
•    Lavandería y Duchas Comunitarias en la Amazonía Peruana – Province Municipality of Maynas, Peru 



The finalist teams will be contacted by the IDB Cities Network team to confirm their participation in the methodological workshop, according to their availability, given by an academic expert in city storytelling from Columbia University.

During this workshop, the finalist proposals will be documented and converted into a series of case studies, which will be published and disseminated through different IDB communication channels.


From the case studies prepared in the workshop, as a result of the work of the teams with the guidance of the academic expert, three winning city stories will be chosen and formally recognized by the IDB. Additionally, the three winning teams will have the opportunity to carry out an exchange program with a European city known for urban innovation matters.



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.

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.


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.


[The deadline for receiving applications has closed]


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.


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


    OCT 8, 2020

    UNTIL NOV 30, 2020

    NOV 30 - DEC 7, 2020

    Screening and sorting of proposals according to the 5 thematic areas


    DEC 7, 2020 - JAN 13, 2021

    Selection of 10 final proposals by committee of experts


    JAN, 2021

    The 10 final proposals will be announced


    FEB, 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


    MAY, 2021

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


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.


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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