To register for the challenge, team leaders must submit a Letter of Intent by May 31st, 2018 11:59 pm EST. LoI submissions do not have to be detailed, but should paint a picture of who the collaborators are, and what problems are to be solved using smart and connected technologies.


Each Regional Team will have until October 25th, 2018 to explore and define how the participating organizations can collaborate together to research, plan, fund, and deploy their connected vision. During this period Venture Smarter will host weekly webinars open to all responding teams, and a series of in-person summits across the country to work with leaders one on one. *Presentation templates and scoring criteria will be made available.


Each team will showcase their innovative plans at the Smart Regions Conference in Columbus, OH on October 25th, 2018. Presentations will be recorded and streamed for remote viewers. The review board will announce Challenge winners following the conference. Draft presentations are due on September 27th, 2018.


Top teams in each of the four project tracks will have access to grant resources, project financing and integrated support to pursue their visions. Winning teams (all that qualify) will work with collaborators and financing partners to develop the plans and projects presented.