Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the difference between the NYC and Barcelona challenges?
  2. NYC and Barcelona are each running their own independent challenge with different criteria, pilot sites, judges, and prizes. You may submit your solution to either of the individual cities or to both, and each submission will be considered independently.

  3. Who can participate?
  4. This Call for Innovation is open to any company, entity, or individual that can effectively devise a solution to the problem. There are no formal location, industry, or past work requirements.

  5. Can international businesses participate?
  6. Yes.

  7. Do I need to have experience working with the public sector?
  8. No.

  9. What should I include in my submission?
  10. Your submission should include responses to all questions listed in the submission application. The evaluation committee will review submissions and determine which solutions that they will name as finalists to advance to a more detailed level of review. If you are selected as a finalist, NYCDOT and/or the Barcelona City Council will reach out and request technical specifications for the solution you proposed. Details about the type of information, format, and length will be shared along with that request.

  11. Can I propose a novel solution that hasn’t been tested before?
  12. You may propose a solution that has not yet been tested; however, assumptions should be rigorous and provable. If NYCDOT and/or the Barcelona City Council is interested in your solution, you will be asked to provide additional technical documentation and/or research demonstrating the outcomes that you are claiming. If you have had previous test pilots or deployments, please indicate this information on your submission application.

  13. Where is the pilot intersection located?
  14. In NYC, the pilot intersection is located at West 23rd Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan. The intersection geometrics and physical inventory are located on the information page

    In Barcelona, the pilot will be located on streets within the area bordered by Gràn de Gracia, Torrent de l'Olla, Nil Fabra, and Astúries.

  15. Will I have an opportunity to meet with NYCDOT’s and/or Barcelona City Council's evaluation team to pitch my solution?
  16. Depending on the number of proposals received, NYCDOT and/or Barcelona City Council will adjust its evaluation process and finalists may have the opportunity to pitch their idea in person or via a web conference.

  17. Will I have access to existing City-owned infrastructure and technology?
  18. All proposals will be carefully examined and the availability to utilize existing City-owned infrastructure and technology will be permitted after a security and operations review by NYCDOT and/or Barcelona City Council personnel.

  19. How precise must the geographic location of the application/device be?
  20. For a successful pilot such as this, the technology of the solution should provide sub-foot precision. Solutions will be considered that provide a precision of less than one foot, but no greater than one meter. The highest precision solutions will receive preference. Solutions that do not offer sub-meter precision will not be selected.

  21. Is it required that the solution be connected to signal timing in real time?
  22. It is highly encouraged to incorporate the signal timings and to ensure that those plans are accurately depicted on any application or mobile device.

  23. If I apply to this challenge, can I also apply to other Calls for Innovation?
  24. Yes.

  25. Would NYCDOT and/or Barcelona City Council consider a solution that utilizes DSRC (Digital Short Range Communication) technology?
  26. No. Neither city is accepting solutions that utilize DSRC technologies at this time, but we encourage participants to think about how DSRC might impact or support their solution in the future. Learn more about the NYCDOT’s Connected Vehicle pilot.

  27. Does the solution need to include both a smartphone application as well as another non-smartphone wearable or wearable mobile device?
  28. The solution should be available for all regardless of smartphone access. A smartphone application is permissible as long as there is also a non-smartphone alternative that offers the same benefit to the user. Additionally, a purely wearable, non-smartphone device is permissible.

  29. Will the next step be to issue an RFP to procure the best solution?
  30. Upon selection, proposer(s) will be offered the opportunity to install their solution at West 23rd Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan (depending on what is needed to demonstrate the benefits of the solution) as part of a pilot project. NYCDOT and the proposer(s) will develop a method for evaluating the solution evaluation phase and, shall the evaluation prove the benefits of the solution, NYCDOT may release an open solicitation to deploy a technology on a larger scale following the completion of the pilot. The Barcelona City Council will complete the same process for the proposals that they review, and they may release an open solicitation in the future.

  31. Will the contents of the submission remain as my intellectual property?
  32. Once a proposal is submitted, NYCDOT will own the contents of the submission. You must clearly designate in your submission those portions of the submission, if any, that the proposer believes are trade secrets, are proprietary, or are maintained for the regulation of commercial enterprise and that, if disclosed, would cause substantial injury to the competitive position of the proposer. To the extent the law permits, NYCDOT and/or the Barcelona City Council will use reasonable efforts to hold the designated portions of the submission in confidence.

  33. Can the contents of my submission be applied without my further involvement?
  34. The Call for Innovation provides an opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of an installation at one NYC and/or Barcelona intersection in real-life conditions. Additionally, the pilot may be followed by an open solicitation to deploy the technology if the evaluation proves its benefits and NYCDOT and/or the Barcelona City Council decides to pursue it. If the open solicitation is released, it will detail the level of involvement required.

  35. Is there any available funding for the winning teams?
  36. Teams who effectively identify funding needs may be eligible for funding of up to $80,000 for the NYC pilot or €40,000 for the Barcelona pilot to facilitate equipment installation and deployment of the pilot technology. The solutions that require the least invasive installation and are most cost-effective will receive preference. We also encourage teams to think creatively about financial sustainability and will consider partnerships, especially between small and large firms.