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Design Your Own Coral Gables: Smart City Solutions Competition

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 Design Your Coral Gables: Smart City Solutions Competition 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 Competition officially launched at the 3rd annual Smart Cities MIAMI Conference (Friday, January 25, 2019).

The Competition registration period is now closed. For questions regarding the Competition, please email There is no fee to enter the Competition.

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) РVenture Café  Click here to RSVP for checkpoint #1!
March 21, 2019 Checkpoint 2 РVenture Café . Amazon Room 6th floor Click here to RSVP for checkpoint #2! 
April 29, 2019
2:00 – 4:30 PM
FINAL PRESENTATIONS and judging at eMerge Americas
Miami Beach Convention Center, 2nd Floor,  Room 210

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!

Checkpoint 2  March 21, 2019
Amazon Room, 6th floor

6:00 – 6:30 PM Welcome
6:30 Р8:00 PM Individual PowerPoint presentations + Q&A (10 min  (recommended) w/5 min Q+A per team] .

Participants planning to deliver any type of digital presentation are asked to bring their own laptop and any adapters required to connect to the AV equipment.

8:00 – 8:30 PM Closing Remarks


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.]

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‚ÄĒregardless of background or skillset‚ÄĒare invited to participate in the¬†Competition.¬†In order to provide an opportunity for direct impact on the quality of life in Coral Gables, solutions submitted through this Competition 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 Competition 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. Design Your Coral Gables: Smart City Solutions ContestCommercial 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:


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

Coral Gables at night



Teams may leverage data and resources from 2 sources:

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.


Coral Gables Giralda Avenue at night



  • The Competition 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.


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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 Interdisciplinary



  • 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Senior Sustainability Analyst, and one of the architects of the City‚Äôs Sustainability Master Plan
  • City of Coral Gables Technology SME: Nelson Gonzalez, CISSP; the City‚Äôs 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)
    • Joel Zysman, Director, Advanced Computing
    • 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

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