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Are you an innovator, change-maker
or forward thinker?

Your passion could make a real difference in San Diego and beyond.


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US Ignite | COX | City of San Diego
We’re looking for innovators, change-makers and forward thinkers.

Does working with leaders to shape the modern city sound exciting to you? Does analyzing urban challenges and coming up with non-obvious solutions and ideas get you pumped up? Are you interested in technology and data science? You don’t need to feel at home with all three, but if at least two of the above are about you - we can’t wait to hear from you! We’re looking for motivated individuals and teams interested in bringing in their creativity to drive real change and impact in San Diego as part of our Smart Gigabit Communities collaboration with US Ignite and the City of San Diego.

Our goal is to select and pilot transformative projects that will provide innovative solutions to the City, Community and beyond in 2019 and 2020. In February 2019, SCALE San Diego will host an info session, a kick-off hackathon and a three months solution development program addressing the following urban challenges:
Low & Medium Income
Low & medium income

Address the “food desert” problem in low and medium income neighborhoods while simultaneously reducing food waste.

Adaptive Transportation

Develop a solution that keeps our air clean and streets uncongested through access to alternative transportation.

City Planning

Streamlining city processes that take months and bringing them down to minutes using machine learning algorithms.

We have partnered with US Ignite and the City of San Diego, with sponsorship from Cox Communications, to launch IGNITE | SCALE | SAN DIEGO. This Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) Program will produce two projects per year designed to provide innovative benefits for the greater San Diego community.

IGNITE | SCALE | SAN DIEGO will use a multi-quarter framework to identify actionable requirements to key urban problems, surface them to the San Diego community for solutioning, mentoring and evaluating, and present them to key City and sponsor stakeholders with the aim of developing pilots and prototypes, and transitioning these pilots and prototypes to sustainable production.

Info Session
ARPIL 6, 2019
Hackathon Info Session

Meet with organizers, technology partners, and San Diego City officials to get answers to all of your hackathon questions. Learn more about the challenge areas, goals and prizes, and event format.

APRIL 12-14, 2019
Kick-Off Hackathon

Come teamed up, or join one on site, and hack the night away to develop & prototype idea. Bounce ideas around with entreprenuers and innovators while winning prizes, and learning about San Diego.

Solution Development
Solution Development

Take your idea to the next level with the help of experienced mentors and subject matter experts. Leverage cutting edge technology to create impactful and innovative solutions to today's urban problems.

Reverse Pitch
JUNE 2019
Reverse Pitch Competition

Get valuable feedback from a diverse panel of judges from SCALE San Diego, US Ignite, City of San Diego, and more. Win prizes and an opportunity to pilot your solution and join the SCALE incubator to see how far your solution can go.

Win cash prizes and, more importantly, have a chance to have your solution implemented by the City of San Diego.

By participating not only will you learn from the City leaders, you will have a chance to work with the most cutting edge technology tools and solution development processes and at the end win cash prizes and, more importantly, have a chance to have your solution implemented by the City of San Diego.

Sign up for our mailing list to stay informed and join us in February 2019 to learn all the details on how you can participate.

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