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Global City Teams Challenge Tech Jam and Updates

January 14th, 2016 / in Announcements, NSF, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

GCTC logosThe Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) will host its annual “Tech Jam” event in March 2016.

Information about the dates and location of the event will be announced soon.

Department of Transportation (DoT) Smart City Challenge

The US Department of Transportation has announced a Smart City Challenge for city leaders across America to integrate emerging technology into their transportation networks and define what it means to be a smart city when it comes to transportation. The city that develops the most innovative plan to harness technology and data to reimagine how people move will receive up to $40 million to implement it. Interested cities should act fast – initial proposals are due by February 4.

For more information, click here or register for one of the upcoming webinars:

  • January 14, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (EST): The Link Between Beyond Traffic and The Smart City Challenge
  • January 19, Noon – 1 pm (EST): Smart City Challenge Application Homestretch – An Open Q&A Session
  • January 21, Noon – 1 pm (EST): Understanding Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC)
GCTC and IBM Hosts Virtual Kick-Off Events to Create New Teams

GCTC and our partners at IBM will host two virtual kickoff events on January 21st. During the kickoff events, all interested parties will have the opportunity to learn more about the GCTC challenge and IBM Bluemix. The events will include a demonstration of the IoT tools and platform that IBM is making available to GCTC participants. For your convenience, two sessions (each offering the same content) are available:

Session #1
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Registration Link

Session #2
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Time: 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Registration Link


The First International Workshop on Science of Smart City Operations and Platforms Engineering with Global City Teams Challenge (SCOPE w/GCTC) will take place on April 11th in Vienna, Austria. This conference provides an opportunity for the GCTC teams and smart city stakeholders to present and publish their technical accomplishments. Many researchers in GCTC are members of the program committee. To learn more or submit a paper, please visit this website. The due date for submission of a SCOPE workshop was extended to January 29th.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter to fund GCTC EAGER Proposals

NSF is announcing its intention to fund EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to support NSF researchers participating in the NIST GCTC, with the goal of pursuing novel research on the effective integration of networked computing systems and physical devices that will have significant impact in meeting the challenges of Smart and Connected Communities. Researchers must be members of, or be seeking to establish, GCTC teams that build upon the results of previous or active NSF-funded projects, and must provide evidence of active team membership and participation as part of the submission. [Note that, while this DCL is aligned with NSF’s broader efforts in Smart and Connected Communities (learn more here), a key requirement for this DCL is active participation in a GCTC team.]

Proposals should emphasize the fundamental research inherent to the real-world problems being addressed; the manner in which the proposed solutions will be adopted by one or more local communities; and the potential challenges with respect to both research and deployment. Successful proposals will quantify the magnitude of potential societal impacts; and will result in transformative, long-term benefits rather than incremental advances. Finally, proposals must address why the work is appropriate for EAGER funding, including what key risks will be mitigated to facilitate future high-reward advances and why the timing of the project will maximize the potential for success.

The deadline for submission of EAGERs is April 1, 2016, but earlier submissions are encouraged, and decisions will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.




Global City Teams Challenge Tech Jam and Updates

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