Call for Innovations


Provide innovative solutions to improve the lives of New Yorkers.

Welcome


A Call for Innovations is an open solicitation of ideas and proposals that aims to help provide innovative solutions to challenges facing our city and find new ways of improving the lives of all New Yorkers. Ideas and proposals put forward through a Call for Innovations may be used to advise planning grants or pilots, shape future solicitations for contracts, franchises or concessions, and/or guide policy, regulation, or permitting changes.

Each Call for Innovations is meant to encourage outside-the-box thinking and open the door to new opportunities that might not otherwise be possible through traditional procurement. They are open to everyone--take a look at the challenges below and submit your idea!

The Driverless Future

The Driverless Future Challenge seeks proposals that actively shape the city’s response to driverless cars. It’s not about the cars themselves, but everything else: from parking solutions, to new uses of roadways, intersections, and sidewalks. Blank Space is proud to partner with the NYC Mayor’s Office, New Lab, Fast Company, and AIANY to host the challenge and support winning entries beyond the challenge. Our goal is nothing short of envisioning the impact of autonomous transportation in one of the most complex cities in the world.

New York City Department of Education Challenge: Data Models

The New York City Department of Education is the largest school district in the United States, serving 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools. In this Call for Innovations, the City is looking for data scientists and enthusiasts to help build new data models and predictive tools to accurately project future public school student population trends and changes in communities.

New York City Housing Authority Challenge: Efficiency for heating systems connected to district steam

In New York City, where average winter temperatures are around 32°F, heat and hot water are lifelines that landlords in master-metered buildings must provide to residents. As a landlord, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) supplies and pays for heating and hot water for all 178,000 units within its portfolio at an annual cost of $200 million. In October 2016 we opened up an application process to receive information about technical solutions NYCHA could pilot to reduce this heat and hot water load. A public announcement of the finalists chosen to pilot their solutions will be made available on this site on or around March 1, 2017.

New York City Housing Authority Challenge: Electrical demand

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) pays for its common areas’ power needs and for nearly all of its resident’s utility bills as 257 of its developments are master-metered, totaling 19,979 buildings and 166,952 units. The yearly electricity operating expense adds up to $180 million for NYCHA, the recent increase being driven by electric demand, while consumption remained stable. In October 2016 we opened up an application process to receive information about technical solutions NYCHA could pilot to reduce the electrical demand. A public announcement of the finalists chosen to pilot their solutions will be made available on this site on or around March 1, 2017.

Twenty-one percent of New York City households currently do not have Internet service at home.

For the first time ever, the City invited the public to use broadband data to help make New York City the most connected, equitable city in the world on November 19th, 2016 at the Brooklyn Public Library.

The NYC Administration for Children’s Services serves over 9,000 children and youth (from birth to age 21) in foster care

Many have experienced significant trauma in their lives and others face obstacles like moving from one home to another. We believe that technical solutions can help. The New York City Administration for Children’s Services, in partnership with Think of Us, produced #HackforFosterCare, a hackathon calling all hackers to come and develop applications to solve key challenges in foster care. The hackathon took place Dec. 3-4th 2016 at eBay NYC.

Calls for Innovations is a program run by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation.


If you have questions about this program or would like to learn more about any of the specific challenges please email cto@cto.nyc.gov.