In February 2018, Greater Portland Inc and the Technology Association of Oregon gathered public and private partners together for the region’s first mobility tech challenge. The Greater Portland Tech Challenge paired 18 tech firms and transit agencies, governments, community groups and established firms to explore technology solutions to mobility challenges.
Tech firms were able to test drive new mobility solutions, find a local agency to copilot a demo that solves a mobility problem and building relationships with future clients.
Agencies explored 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.
The Greater Portland Tech Challenge is an opportunity for innovators from the private and public sector with expertise in transportation, mobility and tech to explore solutions that need different perspectives. A morning of live mobility challenge pitches led to solution pitches from tech firms. An afternoon of one-on-one meetings between agencies and tech firms led to a prospective demo or pilot project partnership for each agency. We'll share details at the June 2018 Global Cities Teams Tech Jam in Portland Oregon.
Challenge hosts and summaries are listed below. Click here to see the full list of challenge statements.
Rules of the road
On February 28, each agency/city/organization will present at least one mobility challenge to an audience of the technology firms. Each tech firm will pitch a solution back to the audience of agencies. You’ll learn something about the challenge(s) you’re grappling with and about the level of public sector interest in that private challenge. Then, everyone will cast votes to indicate who they would like to follow up with in the afternoon breakout session of one-on-one meetings.
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 meetings. You’ll get to know more about the agencies interested in your solution, explore your challenge together and see what public sector experts think.
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 you helped an idea evolve) and pick their team. Then you spend 3-4 months working together on a demo or pilot project.
Viable collaborations will be invited to present at the national Global City Teams Challenge Tech Jam, June 20 - 22, 2018 in Portland.
Greater Portland TEch Challenge FAQ
Who can pitch a Transportation or Mobility challenge?
Any agency, firm or entity 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 are posted online.
How do I prepare and what do I say in my challenge presentation?
After you register, we will provide you with a three-slide power point presentation template. Use all the space you want on those three slides. Slides must be completed and returned by February 18, 2018.
Slide 1 - Identify the mobility problem you think you can solve.
Slide 2 - Explain briefly how you’ll solve the mobility problem (your value proposition).
Slide 3 - What is the value (time, money, efficiency or heartache saved) of your solution?
You’ll have at least 3 minutes to make your pitch live.
What does it cost to participate in the Challenge?
There’s an entry fee of $150 for each organization to help cover the costs of producing the Greater Portland Tech Challenge.
What is the timeline for the Challenge?
January 24, 2018 - Online applications due for agencies. Agency registration fee may increase after January 24.
February 16, 2018 - Deadline for tech firms to sign up. Tech Firm registration fee may increase after February 16.
February 18, 2018 - Slide decks for agencies and tech firms due to GPI.
February 28, 2018 - Day-long event including pitch/reverse pitch and challenge hack culminating in announcements about your challenge and your project team.
March – May 2018 - Work with your team on a demo or pilot project.
May 15, 2018 - Review of viable projects and selection of finalists.
June 20-22 2018 - Presentations of viable collaborations at national Smart Cities conference. Global City Teams Challenge Tech Jam Wednesday, June 20 - Friday, June 22, 2018.
What will the Challenge day on fEbruary 28th be like?
8:30 a.m. Check in
9 to 10 a.m. Mobility challenge pitches by agencies begin
10:15 to 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tech firm counter pitches with mobility solutions and problem solving teams
11:45 a.m. Break for lunch
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 meetings to further explore their mobility challenge and solution.
1 p.m. #1 Organization and tech firm meet one-on-one to further explore their preferred challenge.
2 p.m. #2 Organization and tech firm meet one-on-one to further explore their preferred challenge.
3 p.m. #3 Organization and tech firm meet one-on-one to further explore their preferred challenge.
4 to 4:30 p.m. Organization deliberation and decision making.
4:45 p.m. Organizations announce which firms they’d like to continue working with and networking.