Open Innovation Call to Improve New York’s Air Quality

June 7, 2019 By IdeaConnection

Improve New York's Air QualityHere's an interesting challenge to get the creative juices flowing.

New York City has launched an open innovation contest for novel ideas and new technologies to mitigate the consequences of air pollution and the urban heat island effect.

The NYC Air Quality and Heat Open Innovation Call was launched on Wednesday by the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (MOCTO). It wants to attract individuals and businesses willing to develop new processes in exchange for recognition and the opportunity to pilot their innovative concepts.

“It gives us the opportunity to look outside of the known solutions and ways of addressing these issues we’re looking to tackle,” said Paul Rothman, a MOCTO senior product manager who is leading the competition. “It gives us a really broad view on what’s emerging, what’s cutting-edge.”

Tackling Environmental and Health Issues

Among the issues the contest hopes to address is to help the city reduce carbon emissions which it is committed to doing by 80 percent across the five boroughs by 2050. Improving the environment will improve health as currently, air pollution contributes to the deaths of more than 2,000 New Yorkers every year.

The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2019. Prior to that, an informational webinar will take place on July 2.

For more details about the open innovation contest, click here.

More Open Innovation Challenges

If you are interested in taking part in other challenges please go to the Innovation Contests and Challenges page on our website.  It is the world's biggest and most popular list of live challenges.  At the time of writing, there are 72 challenges covering multiple disciples and with a total prize pot of almost $100 million.

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