Call for Innovations

In April 2015, the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation launched its first Call for Innovations -- an open solicitation of ideas and proposals that aims to help define the urban challenges facing our city and spark new ways of addressing these needs and improving the lives of all New Yorkers.

Whereas each Call for Innovations is unique, our goal is to encourage outside-the-box thinking, leverage government assets, and open the door to new opportunities that might otherwise be possible through traditional procurement. Ideas and proposals put forward through a Call for Innovations may be used to advise planning grants or pilots, shape future solicitations for contracts, franchises or concessions, and/or guide policy, regulation, or permitting changes.

We will be opening up new Calls for Innovations periodically. Browse the list of existing Calls for Innovations below and send us a note here if you’d like to be informed when new Calls for Innovations are launched.


DOE Call for Innovations

New York City Department of Education Challenge: Data Models The New York City Department of Education is the largest school district in the United States, serving 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools. In this Call for Innovations, the City is looking for data scientists and enthusiasts to help build new data models and predictive tools to accurately project future public school student population trends and changes in communities. Visit to learn more.

NYCHA Call for Innovations

New York City Housing Authority: Heat and Hot Water In New York City, where average winter temperatures are around 32°F, heat and hot water are lifelines that landlords in master-metered buildings must provide to residents. As a landlord, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) supplies and pays for heating and hot water for all 178,000 units within its portfolio at an annual cost of $200 million. There is a need to reduce the heat and hot water energy loads of the current steam heating system in New York City’s Public Housing Developments that are connected to ConEd’s district steam heat system. Visit to learn more.

NYCHA Call for Innovations

New York City Housing Authority: Electrical The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) pays for its common areas’ power needs and for nearly all of its resident’s utility bills as 257 of its developments are master-metered, totaling 19,979 buildings and 166,952 units. The yearly electricity operating expense adds up to $180 million for NYCHA, the recent increase being driven by electric demand, while consumption remained stable. There is a need to reduce the electrical demand in NYCHA developments. Visit to learn more.

Broadband Call for Innovations

Broadband: The City of New York is seeking ideas and innovations to help bring high speed Internet access – and the opportunities that come with it – to all New Yorkers. Applicants are encouraged to submit specific proposals for policy changes or demonstration projects relating to new uses for existing infrastructure, community-scale models of service provision, or deployment of new technologies. Contact us to learn more.


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