Smart Cities MIAMI Competition Checkpoint Two 3/21/2019

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Smart Cities MIAMI Competition Checkpoint Two 3/21/2019

The Smart Cities MIAMI 2019 Conference “Design Your Coral Gables: Smart City Solutions” Competition is an opportunity to engage citizens, urban planners, architects, engineers, businesses, and others—regardless of background or skillset—to design a solution that directly impacts the quality of life in Coral Gables. The checkpoints are designed to allow registered teams to present their progress and to receive feedback from the judges. These face-to-face, real-life events provide excellent opportunities to meet and network with the other participants, city officials, judges, and UM staff, students and faculty!

Checkpoint #2 Thursday March 21, 6:00 – 8:30 PM in the Amazon Room at Venture Café (Cambridge Innovation Center Miami, 1951 NW 7th Avenue,  Suite 600, Miami, FL 33136).

What an amazing turnout at the first checkpoint!   Thank you for attending and for all the hard work to put together the amazing proposals presented before the Competition Committee.  Here are the details on next steps, contact information, important dates, and a reminder of the deliverables required at completion.

Deliverables:  We encourage you to begin working on your videos, and to have a draft available at this 2nd checkpoint.

Competition Contacts
Questions regarding the Competition should be directed to
Questions regarding the Smart City Hub or available datasets should be directed to

Final Deliverables
As you know, the competition runs for 3 months with checkpoints along the way.  These checkpoints will allow Competition organizers to offer some mentoring and/or feedback and answer any questions.  During launch, we offered examples of solutions already in place as guidance; and we touched on some of the datasets that are available for you to work with on your solutions.

As a reminder, final deliverables should include:

    • A description of each team member’s contribution, participation, and role in the project.
    • Tools and Datasets used.  Specify those utilized from the Coral Gables Smart City hub and;
    • If your solution requires a prototype, a  schematic design with enough development that shows how it could work when integrated to the city platform; and a description onhow it will work and/or what further development would be needed to scale from the current development stage

The presentation delivered at eMerge should include:

    • A five minute video of your solution
    • A five minute PowerPoint presentation to deliver your pitch
    • 5 minutes for Q+A


Smart Cities Miami Competition: Design Your Coral Gables

Do you have ideas on how to improve the quality of life for those who live, visit, study, or work in the City of Coral Gables?  The 2019 Smart Cities Miami Competition: Design Your Coral Gables is your chance to bring your ideas to life by prototyping technology solutions on 1 of 5 Transportation and Traffic challenges.

Join us to make a difference and win CASH and OTHER PRIZES!  Organized by the City of Coral Gables, the University of Miami School of Architecture, and the University of Miami Center for Computational Science, the Contest will officially launch at the 3rd annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference (Friday, January 25, 2019 • 9:00 AM-6:30 PM).   

To register for the Competition, click here. Registration will be open until midnight, Friday, February 8, 2019.  For questions regarding the Competition, please email There is no charge to enter the Competition.


Three prizes will be offered across 2 categories:  Web/Mobile Applications and Internet of Things (IoT).
[Note: It is possible for all 3 prizes to be awarded within one category, or to any mix of the 2.]

  • 1st place  $2,500 + token/memberships to City facilities + 25% discount to Miami Coding Bootcamp
  • 2nd place  $1,500 + token/memberships to City facilities
  • 3rd place  $1,000

Finalists will also receive recognition at eMerge Americas 2019 (April 29-30), and at a Coral Gables City Commission presentation (Date TBA).


Engaged citizens, urban planners, architects, engineers, businesses, and others—regardless of background or skillset—are invited to participate in the Contest. In order to provide an opportunity for direct impact on the quality of life in Coral Gables, solutions submitted through this Contest will have a chance to become integrated into the Coral Gables Smart City Hub. Find more information about the Smart City Hub by visiting:

Teams will compete over a 3-month period, affording networking opportunities and the chance to make a difference. Diversity of backgrounds leads to innovation, therefore, the formation of multidisciplinary teams is encouraged.

The Challenge

The Contest will be focused on 5 specific sub-problems under the general domain of transportation and traffic. The City aims to improve the quality of life for its citizens and visitors who are travelling by car, via public transportation, or on foot.

Teams may choose to focus their solution on 1 of these 5 sub-problems:

1. Smart Cities MIAMI 2019: Design Your Coral Gables Smart City Competition themesCommercial Trucks in the Coral Gables downtown area (parking, blocking, traffic congestion, blocking alleys, loading zone violations, public safety issues, pedestrian/bike conflicts).

2. Parking (availability, efficiency, finding parking in Downtown and other areas).

3. Environmental Sustainability of transportation solutions (carbon emissions, air quality, noise pollution, adoption of EVs, etc.).

4. Public Safety related issues (pedestrian and bicyclist safety, etc.); Encouraging walking/cycling in Coral Gables, including making these modes safer for all users.

5. Speed Safety in neighborhoods:

a.  Provide data to residents on speeding in their neighborhood, which can be used to justify traffic-calming devices (IoT devices that measure speed and detect license plates / a variety of technologies that work together / cheaper, faster IoT).

b.  Waze data partnership providing real-time-incidents data such as: accidents, traffic jams, construction.

c.  Real-time actionable maps for first responders (quicker turn around for speed studies done by officers).


To gain a deeper understanding of the technology and sustainability priorities, plans, and up-to-date success stories for the City of Coral Gables, the following resources are available:

  • Smart City Engineering and Design Poster (pictured at right)
  • City of Coral Gables IT Department Smart City PosterSmart City Plan Poster
  • Information Technology Strategic Plan (24 pages)
  • IT Success Stories and Events
  • City of Coral Gables action cluster at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Global City Teams Challenge website (Smart City Hub Public Platform)
  • Coral Gables Sustainability Management Plan (24 pages)
  • Coral Gables Pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan (93 pages)

Web/Mobile App Examples

For the Web App Development category, here are some web apps powered by Open Data that may be used as examples:

  • Debris Reporting | Alternative web app for inputting and update debris reporting and removal
  • Historic Districts & Properties | History Districts & Properties of Coral Gables
  • Sustainable Living | Sustainable Living Web App for the City of Coral Gables
  • About Coral Gables | Summary Statistics and Demographics of Coral Gables

IoT Examples

  • Giralda Plaza pedestrian counters
  • Cisco Kinetic IoT platform and APIs, smart lights and sensors on Miracle Mile (vehicle/bikes/pedestrian traffic, parking spaces, environmental, air quality, and acoustic sensors), and other sensors Wi-Fi RF sensors in Downtown (they provide visitor count data)
  • Waterway Gauge IoT Sensors: Blue Road and Cocoplum canals
  • Open IoT Engines


Teams may leverage data and resources from 2 sources:

  • The Coral Gables Smart City Hub, and
  • An ESRI collaboration platform for access to pre-release datasets (link forthcoming).

An overview of the available resources can be found here.  Although the challenges outlined above are transportation-and-traffic specific, robust solutions will consider additional factors and their interplay with transportation and traffic issues. Therefore, we encourage all teams to explore the breadth of datasets and resources outlined below.

Contest Deliverables

During launch, examples of solutions already in place will be shown for guidance. Datasets will be provided for you to work with on your solutions. The deliverables should include:

  • Tools and Datasets used
  • Specify those utilized from the Coral Gables Smart City hub

If your solution requires a prototype, deliverables should also include:

  • A schematic design with enough development that shows how it could work when integrated to the city platform
  • Describe how it will work and what further development it would need to scale from the current development stage

In addition:

  • Include a description of each team member’s contribution, participation, and role in the project.

Important Dates

January 25, 2019 Launch event and official start during the 3rd Annual Smart Cities Miami Conference
February 8, 2019 Deadline for team registrations
February 21, 2019 Checkpoint 1 (budget due) – Venture Café
March 21, 2019 Checkpoint 2 – Venture Café
April 29, 2019 Project showcase and judging at eMerge Americas 2019

At each of the two checkpoints, teams will present the progress they have made on their solutions and receive feedback from the judges. These face-to-face, real-life events provide excellent opportunities to meet and network with the other participants, city officials, judges, and UM staff, students and faculty!


  • The contest is open to everyone regardless of age, profession, or occupation.
  • You must use the resources available on the Coral Gables Smart City Hub.
  • You may use supplementary resources from any other sources, as long as they are intended for open use, or, you have explicit permission to use them.
  • All solutions must have the potential to integrate with the Coral Gables Smart City Hub.
  • Teams should not exceed 5 members, with clearly separated tasks that are carefully outlined in your final submission.
  • Teams should consist of members with expertise in more than 2 disciplines.
  • You may integrate previous projects that you have worked on into your solution, provided that they are indeed your projects. If you are building on previous work by other groups, ensure that you have explicit permission to use it, and, ensure that you provide detailed credits of who made which contributions.
  • You may seek help from other experts, consultants, anyone outside of your team who might be useful, as long as you disclose their contributions in your submission.
  • Participants may not enter into the competition on behalf of or as a representative of an organization.
  • Participants cannot produce for consideration a product that is already in the market.

eMerge Americas logoJudging

Winners will be selected during the final presentation event. 1st and 2nd place winners will be decided by expert judges. The 3rd place award will be a People’s Choice Award, decided through voting by attendees at eMerge Americas.

For the 1st and 2nd place prizes, a group of 5 judges will use a rubric that consists of the following weighted dimensions:

  1. Interconnectivity: Is there a clear way to integrate solution with Smart City Hub?
  2. Originality
  3. Transparency
  4. Sustainability
  5. Feasibility: Does the technology exist to do this well?
  6. Impact: Economic impact, Public Health impact, Citizen Engagement impact
  7. Cost Effectiveness
  8. Team’s Interdisciplinarity


  • University of Miami Center for Computational Science (CCS):  Chris Mader, Director, Software Engineering
  • University of Miami School of Architecture:  Rodolphe el-Khoury, PhD, Dean, and Program Director, CCS Smart Cities
  • City of Coral Gables Business SME:  Pamela Fuertes, the City’s new Economic Development Director, and an international business expert with many years in the Beacon Council and other organizations
  • City of Coral Gables Sustainability SME:  Matt Anderson, the City’s Senior Sustainability Analyst, and one of the architects of the City’s Sustainability Master Plan
  • City of Coral Gables Technology SME: Nelson Gonzalez, CISSP; the City’s Assistant IT Director and an expert in cybersecurity, network engineering and IT
  • Greenberg Traurig: Jorge L. Navarro, Shareholder | Land Development, Real Estate

Organizing Committee

  • University of Miami School of Architecture
    • Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury
    • Christopher Chung
  • University of Miami Center for Computational Science (CCS)
    • Athina Hadjixenofontos, PhD
    • Giannina Bianchi
  • City of Coral Gables
    • Raimundo Rodulfo, Director, IT Department
    • Mark Herbert, Customer Support and GIS Manager, IT Department
    • Mark Brown, Senior Multi-Modal Engineer, Public Works Department, Sustainable Public Infrastructure Division


Thank you to our Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Bilzin Sumberg logo     City of Coral Gables logo      IBM logo


Bronze Sponsor

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