Winners Named in Miami-Dade County Ford City of Tomorrow Challenge
Soofa and PikMyKid have been announced as the co-winners in the 2018 Miami-Dade County Ford City of Tomorrow Challenge. The teams were determined to offer the best and most intriguing mobility solutions for Miami-Dade County out of 130 original proposals and 15 finalists. Both will receive $50,000 in funding to help bring their proposals to fruition.
“We are excited to see the results these projects will yield,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “This challenge provided a platform for diverse groups to work together on new and innovative solutions that will directly impact their communities and greatly improve our overall mobility.”
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Soofa proposes the concept of solar-powered digital bulletin boards that will display alternative mobility and transportation options to commuters in real-time. PikMyKid is a mobile app that offers parents the means to make getting their kids to school all the more efficient and convenient; the app is set to roll out as a pilot for eight to 10 schools in the county.
Alice N. Bravo, the director of Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works, commended the challenge for engaging the community and drawing out exciting and innovative solutions that will help prove mobility in the county.
“It’s no secret that public transportation is facing the greatest transformational moment of our generation. And with this, we are facing challenges that need to be address right now,” said Bravo. “We need new solutions that make it simple for residents and visitors to understand their transportation options and know how to use them. I believe the winning proposals will do just that.”
Ford launched the City of Tomorrow Challenge in June to task local communities with creating solutions for existing mobility and transportation challenges. Earlier this month, the winner of the Grand Rapids City of Tomorrow Challenge was announced as Kaizen Health, which seeks to provide reliable transportation services for those with medical needs.