As you may be aware, LSE Cities has joined the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge as Research Partner.
The Mayors Challenge is a competition to inspire European cities to come up with bold ideas that solve major problems and improve city life – which ultimately can be shared with other cities. Modelled on a successful inaugural competition in the United States, the Mayors Challenge will award €5 million for the grand prize winner and €1 million each for four additional cities that come up with the boldest and most transferable ideas.
All leaders of European cities with 100,000 residents or more are invited to submit their city’s boldest idea. The ideas must address a serious problem, improve customer service for residents, create significant government efficiencies, and/or increase engagement with the public.
If you would like to submit an initiative from your city for the award, you need to RSVP to participate by 11 November 2013, and must submit your full application by 31 January 2014.
In the spring, 20 finalists will be announced. In May, teams from each of the finalist cities will attend Bloomberg Ideas Camp, a two-day gathering where top policy, programme and innovation experts will help cities strengthen and stretch their ideas to ensure the greatest impact. Finalists will submit revised applications by mid-summer, with the winners announced in autumn 2014.
Bloomberg will select winners based on the idea’s vision, potential for impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities. Central to the Mayors Challenge is the idea of enabling local leaders to tackle high-priority problems of their own choosing.
You can find more information on the competition, and complete the online RSVP form to secure your place, on the Bloomberg Philanthropies website: bloomberg.org/mayorschallenge