Finalists for the Mayors Challenge 2013-2014 met in Berlin on 12-13 June for the Bloomberg Philanthropies 'ideas camp'
The 21 finalists of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge 2013-2014 – of which 16 are EUROCITIES members – met in Berlin on 12-13 June for the ‘Bloomberg Ideas Camp’. The Mayors Challenge is a competition seeking the most innovative ideas to solve pressing urban challenges, from unemployment and social inclusion through to energy and ageing. It is offering a total of €9 million: a €5m grand prize and four further prizes of €1m each. This second edition of the Mayors Challenge aimed to build on the success of the inaugural US competition, and was open to cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. A total of 155 cities in 28 countries applied for the award, of which 21 were selected as finalists by an independent jury.
The 16 successful EUROCITIES members are: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bologna, Bristol, Brno, Cardiff, Florence, Gdansk, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Sofia, Stockholm, The Hague, and Warsaw.
The ‘ideas camp’ was a chance for the finalists to refine and strengthen their ideas with support from experts in innovation and urban policy.
Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, introduced the finalists at the event. Sessions then included ‘expand your idea’ and ‘peer-to-peer feedback’. There was also an opportunity to learn from last year’s winners.
The finalists will be required to re-submit their ideas by the end of July, and the winners will be announced in the autumn.