Rapid Prototyping Challenge

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The City of Miami was selected as one of the top applicants out of over 300 applications submitted by Cities across the country for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge. The City won a grant of $100,000.00 by Bloomberg Philanthropies to test innovative ideas. Teams from each of the 35 Champion Cities kicked off the testing phase at Ideas Camp in New York City in March 2018.

The City seeks to build a visual storytelling data driven platform to help predict and plan for continuing rising sea levels. Through our platform we aim to encourage top actionable solutions users can implement to make their home the most resilient possible. Through this Prototyping Challenge, the City hopes to gain different perspectives, examples, and/or mockups which the City could clearly present available data in a way that is not only engaging to users, but inspires action.

This Challenge will give participants an opportunity to show their technical, entrepreneurial, and innovative skills. Participants are invited to submit their independently developed prototypes for consideration. 


Teams/Participant Eligibility

  • Open to all. No team limit size.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Participants/team members may not be the children or relatives of City employees. 
  • Multiple submissions may be submitted per team.
  • City of Miami employees, consultants, contractors, and board/committee members are ineligible to receive an award related to this event.
  • For the purposes of this Challenge, each Participant is considered a Volunteer.


Prototype Eligibility

 Please send your team information to innovation@miamigov.com to confirm participation.

 A Prototype for the contest can be a preliminary model, mockup, 3D printing, or any other sample built to test a concept or process and can include software and app based inventions. Given that it is less than one week of work, we don't expect a perfect product! Have fun with this!


Contest Period

  • Teams will have until 12:00 pm May 30, 2018 to submit their prototype and abstract to innovation@miamigov.com.
  • Judging will take place from Wednesday, May 30 through Friday, June 1.
  • Selections will be shared with the public by no later than Friday, June 1.
  • City of Miami staff will be on the Hack for Miami Slack Channel on Tuesday, May 29 from 7 PM - 9 PM to answer any final questions prior to submission. 



  • Teams have until Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at 12:00 PM to submit their prototype.
  • A brief abstract detailing the Prototype must be included with each submission.
  • Participating in the Challenge, Participants agree not to sue the City of Miami for any claims or actions arising or related to the Challenge.
  • By sending in a submission, you understand and agree to the terms and conditions of this Challenge.
  • Note: Attendance to the Rapid Prototyping Event held at the CIC on Monday, May 21 is not a requirement for submission. 

Submit final prototype to Innovation@miamigov.com



Award: $800.00 per submission.

  • Awarded submissions will be selected at the discretion of the Innovation and Technology Department and the Office of Resilience and Sustainability.
  • No more than $800.00 will be awarded to an individual participant regardless of the amount of submitted prototypes.
  • Selection will be based on judging criteria.
  • More than one prototype may be selected.
  • If selected, the awarded team(s) may create a larger work by combining their submission with separate software and distribute the larger work as a single product. In such case, the team(s) understand and agree that their submission to the City, or portions thereof included in the larger work, shall continue to be used by the City regardless of their use in the team’s larger work.
  • All selected submissions will belong to the City in every respect.
  • If your submission is selected, a form confirming the terms and conditions of the Challenge must be signed by all participant(s) and/or team members prior to receiving payment.



Entries will be judged based on an effective prototype for UX testing with City of Miami residents and stakeholders. the winner(s) will be selected by qualified judges based on the following criteria:   

  • Creativity (1/3)
    • How original is the idea/mockup/prototype?
  • Relevance (1/3)
    • Is the idea relevant to project objectives found on the Rapid Prototyping Brief.
  • Design (1/3)
    • Did the team put thought into the user experience? Is the UI pleasant to look at?



For any questions, please visit our Rapid Prototyping Brief or contact innovation@miamigov.com.


  • Monday, May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM


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