On Wednesday entrepreneurs from around the world will meet in Detroit to compete for up to $100,000 to demo technology that could address new demands in urban areas. Countries represented include Canada, Germany, Panama, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Since the creation of the smartphone, society has been obsessed with making things even smarter. How can engineers and developers apply this trend to address real-word challenges of cities like Detroit?

NextChallenge: Smart Cities is a global competition, sponsored by DTE Energy, Wells Fargo and DENSO, that gives innovators an opportunity to win up to $100,000 to demo their big idea in a real-world setting. The competition is Wednesday, Dec. 13 from noon – 5 p.m. at the NextEnergy Center it Detroit. Register here to see these entrepreneurs pitch their ideas first-hand. New this year, attendees will also have a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner.

This year’s challenge focused on four key areas:

  • Smart Parking: Technologies that mitigate traffic congestion, increase convenience for users and optimize efficiency by saving time, money and energy
  • Smart Mobility: Applications that improve how people, places and goods move
  • Smart Buildings: Applications that improve safety and security, reduce or optimize energy usage, connect to mobility systems and support cost-effective decision-making processes
  • Smart Infrastructure: Solutions that foster real-time information sharing of city services for citizens and government

International entrepreneurs submitted applications with ideas to create safer, more efficient places for people to live and work, with a lower impact on the environment. Over the course of several months, 10 finalists were chosen and announced last week.

For more information about NextChallenge or to register to attend Pitch Day, visit nextenergy.org/nextchallengepitchday.

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