Greater Portland Inc and the Technology Association of Oregon invite you to participate in the region’s first ever mobility tech challenge. The Greater Portland Tech Challenge pairs tech firms with transit agencies, governments, community groups, established firms and other organizations in the Greater Portland region to explore technology solutions to mobility challenges.
Tech firms: Are you ready to test drive a new idea? Need a local agency or firm to copilot a demo? Interested in building relationships with future clients? Ready for national exposure?
Agencies: Need help with last mile connections? What about bridging the digital divide to bring mobility options to under-represented residents? Need help with data collection, visualization and coordination? Wondering how autonomous vehicles will integrate into existing transportation networks?
The Greater Portland Tech Challenge is an opportunity for innovators from the private and public sector to explore solutions that need different perspectives.
Sign Up Here. More details below.
We've invited more than 40 organizations (cities, transit agencies, community groups and companies) to share their transportation and mobility challenges. Click here to see the full list of challenge statements. Check back often for updates.
Rules of the road
Each agency/city/organization will present at least one mobility challenge to an audience of the region’s 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.
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. 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 in the Greater Portland region that wants to solve a problem and develop a relationship with prospective clients. Participating agencies will post a summary of their challenge statements by January 24, 2018 to give tech firms a sense of the opportunity and challenges we're exploring. Tech firm applications are due February 16, 2018.
How do I prepare and what do I say in my challenge presentation?
We will provide each organization with a three slide power point presentation template. Use all the space you want on those three slides.
Slide 1 - Identify the problem you think you can solve.
Slide 2 - Explain briefly how you’ll solve the problem.
Slide 3 - What is the value (time, money, efficiency or heartache saved) of your solution?
Slide 1 - Explain the problem.
Slide 2 - Explain the market demand for a solution.
Slide 3 - What resources will your organization commit to this project (data, access, staff time, dollars)?
You’ll have at least 3 minutes to present each challenge. If you need a coach let us know in advance, we will provide one for you. Slides must be completed by February 18, 2018.
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. You decide if you want to commit any other resources to this project (that’s information you’ll include on Slide 3 of your pitch presentation).
What is the timeline for the Challenge?
January 24, 2018 - Online applications due for agencies. Registration fee may increase after January 24.
February 16, 2018 - Deadline for tech firms to sign up.
February 18, 2018 - Slide decks for agencies and tech firms due to GPI.
(TBD) February 2018 - Day-long event including pitch/reverse pitch and challenge hack culminating in your announcement about your challenge and your project team. The day and time depend upon the number of agencies/firm participating.
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 - Presentation by host agencies and teams at national Smart Cities conference. Global City Teams Challenge Tech Jam Wednesday, June 20 - Friday, June 22, 2018.
What will the Challenge day be like?
8:30 a.m. Registration
9 to 10 a.m. Challenge pitches
10:15 to 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tech firm counter pitches
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 challenge host may have up to three separate meetings with a tech firm.
1 p.m. Organization and tech firm meet one-on-one to further explore their preferred challenge.
2 p.m. Organization and tech firm meet one-on-one to further explore their preferred challenge.
3 p.m. 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.
5:30 p.m. Networking and social (TBD)