Cities For Our Future Challenge

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Funding available: Up to £50,000

Closing Date: May 31st 2018

Do you have a big idea to save your city?

The Cities for our Future Challenge is an international competition organised by the Royal Institution Of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and UNESCO UKNC and the ACU to call on young people to come up with new ideas to advance Manchester and improve its communities, using the latest data and technology.

Use your innovative ideas to shape our world and tackle the major challenges faced by our city, with a focus on three key themes: Rapid Urbanisation, Climate Change and Resource Scarcity.

The challenge Manchester entrants have been set is to submit ideas for how we can use data and technology to better improve residents’ quality of life. Meanwhile, Glasgow entrants have been tasked with finding solutions to tackle the city’s high levels of homelessness, whilst London entrants are to come up with ideas on how to improve the city’s air quality.

Applications are open to anyone, but are particularly welcome from:

  • students in the fields of surveying, design, architecture or engineering.
  • start-ups who want to boost the prospects of their proptech, green or built environment business.
  • young professionals in the fields of surveying, design, architecture or engineering.

The best 12 entries from around the world will be shortlisted for the global prize and receive support and advice from RICS qualified professionals (mentors) to develop and refine their idea(s), before an overall winner is announced in November 2018.

Victoria Hampson, RICS Regional Director commented: “The rapid growth of Manchester is one of the biggest challenges facing the city today as it puts ever more strain on urban infrastructure, housing and vital healthcare services. We’re already seeing property firms increasingly use technology and data to deliver and maintain smart, efficient buildings, whilst such intelligence is also making many jobs faster, safer and less costly. It is our hope with this competition that we encourage others to think about how we use the latest technology and data to further improve Manchester’s communities, and potentially deliver a practical solution that will have a real positive, lasting impact on the city’s people and local businesses.”

Further information is available on the Cities for our Future website

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