Verizon Powerful Answers Award:

Honoring its ongoing commitment to innovation and social responsibility, Verizon is offering US$6M in prizes for innovators who propose the most innovative solutions to help develop and empower three core areas:

  1. Transportation: How can technology find better, more efficient ways to reduce the complexities of transport and distribution in the physical world?
  2. Emergency Response: How can technology help solve real world issues that plague our first responders and advance the effectiveness of long term relief?
  3. Internet of Things:  Connecting things is making the world smarter and more efficient.  How can your solution impact how cities operate, or change big industries like healthcare and agriculture?

Each category winner will receive $1M, one second prize of $500K and two runners up per category will each receive $250K.

For more information, see http://www.verizon.com/powerfulanswers/award.

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The First Annual Martin Lowson Paper Award

$500.00 paper award

Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) fosters the development of automation and networking to advance the quality and sustainability of transportation, particularly for our urban areas. ATRA academic committee has instituted an annual paper award to recognize contributions in that area. The objective is to recognize high quality, original work that advances the thought and practice of fully automated, networked systems. The inaugural competition will be 2015. ATRA will accept papers that have been authored and/or published between January 1, 2013 up until the end of March 31st 2015. The papers may have been submitted to journals and/or conferences (in fact ATRA encourages this), or may be unique to the ATRA competition. The emphasis in 2015 is on Automated Transit Networks toward sustainable urban mobility.

For more information, see http://www.advancedtransit.org/library/news/first-annual-martin-lowson-paper-award.

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Passages Competition in Toronto

“Infrastructures of continuity in the Horizontal Metropolis”: interventions with major infrastructure projects. How to design the interaction between the stops of the new LRT lines and local pedestrian routes, incorporating passages to improve urban life in the suburbs?

The challenges: designing interactions between the rapid transit systems and local access routes; incorporating passages as integral components of the railway line and stations; helping to bring urban quality to suburban areas.

For more information, see http://passages-ivm.com/en/demonstration/toronto-small-suburban-move-multifold-impact-1.

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inGAGE™ Growth: Kickstart for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

inGAGE™ Growth gives women the inside track on what it takes to launch a new business venture. Designed for busy professionals, inGAGE™ Growth covers the critical phases of launching a new tech startup – ideation, concept valildation, commercializing intellectual property, organizational development, company operations, and formulating capital strategies. Led by experienced entrepreneurs, this comprehensive program introduces the critical elements of launching a new high-growth company.

More information at: https://www.inforummichigan.org/ingagegrowth.

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Grand Challenges for Engineering: $25,000 Grand Prize

The National Academy of Engineering has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. We want you to review NAE’s 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering, then create and submit a 1 to 2 minute video that shows how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world!

Read more at http://www.nae.edu/e4u2/.

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Shanghai: Making Urbanity Through Passages in the Reappropiated Expo Site

What types of passages to design in the eastern part of the Expo 2010 site? How to generate a real, lively urban neighborhood; facilitate mobilities, from metropolitan scale to green transport? How to connect the site to its natural and built environment using passages? The challenge: to identify strategic points in a developing area under construction and proposing passages of different types for construction.

Call for an open, public and international competition of ideas followed by a workshop for architectural and urban design professionals under the age of forty.

Read more at http://passages-ivm.com/en/demonstration/shanghai-making-urbanity-through-passages-reappropiated-expo-site.

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