Greater Portland Inc and the Technology Association of Oregon are pleased to once again invite public and private partners to come together for the Greater Portland Mobility Tech Challenge.  Last year, we paired 18 tech firms and transit agencies, governments, and problem solving tech firms together to explore technology solutions to mobility challenges.  And, we're ready to do it again!

Agencies explore mobility challenges like last mile connections, the digital divide to bring mobility options to under-represented residents, data collection, visualization and coordination and autonomous vehicle integration into existing transportation networks. Bring your most confounding transportation challenge.

Tech firms - test drive new mobility solutions, find a local agency to copilot a demo that solves a mobility problem and build relationships with future clients. Bring your best problem-solving team to the challenge.

The Greater Portland Mobility Tech Challenge is an opportunity for problem solvers from the private and public sector with expertise in transportation, mobility and tech to explore interesting, confounding and challenging problems that need different perspectives.  A morning of mobility challenge pitches from agencies leads to capacity counter pitches from tech firms. An afternoon of one-on-one consults between agencies and tech firms leads to demo/pilot project partnerships.

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Challenge Accepted

As agencies, municipalities, community groups and tech firms register for the next Greater Portland Mobility Tech Challenge, we'll post their mobility/transportation challenges below with full details on the Challenge Accepted! page. Here's some highlights from the inaugural Greater Portland Mobility Tech Challenge.

  • AECOM partnered with Lake Oswego and 10Branch to explore the creation of an autonomous vehicle trolley line.
  • The City of Hillsboro partnered with Mapillary to explore street level data for decision making. 
  • Metro partnered with DKS and CA Technology to improve access to transit technology for undeserved residents.
  • Hack Oregon partnered with Multnomah County and Portland Bureau of Sustainability on an open data project.
  • Washington State DOT partnered with CA Technology to find ways to link modes of transportation.

Click here to see the full list of mobility challenges from 2018.

Rules of the road

 The Greater Portland Tech Challenge pairs tech firms with cities, agencies and transit focused companies to explore confounding tranpsortation and mobliity challenges.

The Greater Portland Tech Challenge pairs tech firms with cities, agencies and transit focused companies to explore confounding tranpsortation and mobliity challenges.

The Pitch

On February 27 2019, each agency/city/organization will present at least one mobility challenge to an audience of problem solving technology firms. Each tech firm will pitch their problem solving capacity back to the audience of agencies. Then, teams will cast votes to indicate who they would like to follow up with in the afternoon breakout session of one-on-one consults. 

The Problem

In the afternoon, it’s not a hack-a-thon. It’s a hack-the-challenge statement. Based upon paired voting from the morning pitch sessions, we’ll pair each agency with a limited number of tech firms for an afternoon of in-depth problem solving through one-on-one consults.  


The Match

The day culminates with an opportunity for agencies and established firms to pick a tech firm (or firms) for a demo/pilot project. They will restate their challenge (because maybe their understanding of their problem evolved) and pick their team. Then teams spend 3-4 months working together on a demo or pilot project.



Viable collaborations will be invited to present at the next national Global City Teams Challenge Tech Jam.

Greater Portland TEch Challenge FAQ


Who can pitch a Transportation or Mobility challenge?

Any agency, firm, community group or entity or company that wants to work with a technology firm from the Greater Portland region. Any tech firm that wants to solve a mobility problem and develop a relationship with mobility decision makers. Participating agencies and mobility challenge summaries will be posted online in advance of the Challenge/Pitch Day - February 27, 2019. 


How do I prepare for the Greater Portland Mobility Tech Challenge?

1. Build your organization's team. (We recommend 3-5 team members.)

2. Explore a range of mobility/transportation challenges with your team.

3. Recruit a community group or outside organization to round out your team, refine and verify your mobility/transportation challenge. (We can help pair you with another partner organization.)

4. Submit your mobility/transportation challenge.


What does it cost to participate in the Challenge?

An entry fee of $150 (early registration) for each organization helps cover the costs of producing the Greater Portland Tech Challenge. Registration may increase after Friday, September 14, 2018.


What is the timeline for the NEXT Greater Portland TEch Challenge?

July 25, 2018 - Pre-registration open for agencies. Agency registration fee may increase after Sept. 14, 2018.

September 2018 - Pre-pitch event for agencies and community groups.

October 4, 2018 - Early application deadline for agencies, cities and community groups to register.

February 13, 2019 - Slide decks due to GPI.

February 27, 2019 - Challenge Day!  (pitch, counter pitch & consults)

March – May 2019 - Work with your team on a demo or pilot project.

May 15, 2019 - Review of projects and selection of finalists.

June 19-21, 2019 - Presentations of viable collaborations at national Global City Teams Challenge Tech Jam.


What will the Challenge day on fEbruary 27, 2019 be like? 

The Pitch

8:30 a.m. Check in

9 to 10 a.m. Mobility challenge pitches by agencies.

10:15 to 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tech firm capacity pitches.

Noon a.m. Break for lunch on site.


The Problem (a.k.a. hack the challenge statement)

Based upon paired voting from the morning session, each organization may have up to three separate one-on-one consults to further explore their mobility challenge and solution.

1 p.m. Consult #1

1:45 p.m. Consult #2 

2:15 p.m. Consult #3


The Match

3 to 3:30 p.m. Organization deliberation and decision making.

3:30 p.m. Organizations announce which firms they’d like to continue working with and networking.