Celebrating an opportunity for entrepreneurship and invention; Public Utility Challenge is launching the Innovate PayPhones challenge to reinvent the traditional street payphone. Making cities more accessible, healthier, and safer while enhancing user experience for residents and visitors alike.
What is the Problem?
Once imperative street furnishings of cities around the world, the payphone has gone from a necessary public utility to a languishing archaic public feature, whose purpose, utility and value has been called into question over the past several decades.
But Did You Know?
The archaic payphone has been the primary means of communication in times of severe crisis and emergency (such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina) providing invaluable utility to all that need it. They are a public good, providing unlimited communication to people regardless of income and background, while serving as a key asset to a cities and their visitors in the forms of advertising, information and connectivity. This got us thinking.
The Solution is Simple…
With the payphones vital emergency communication utility, coupled with their occupation of valuable real-estate in high pedestrian concentrations such as parks, airports, and relevant residential and commercial areas; we believe there is life in the payphone yet. In order to become relevant again the payphone needs to reinvent its traditional telephonic functions by interacting with its residents, visitors and businesses while making cities more accessible, healthier, and safer.
We Want You!
We are looking for innovative minds. Students, design, technology, and architecture professionals, along with anyone who is interested to develop an effective solution to the Innovate PayPhones challenge. We are looking to leverage smart city technologies, and a rich and dynamic urban environment, with an attractive and effective design. The end goal being to implement your Innovative PayPhones on committed city streets around the world. Together we will embellish the payphone as a commodity of the future, not the past.
We are looking for an innovative solution that leverages smart city technologies and a rich and dynamic urban environment, with an attractive and effective design. We encourage creative freedom and originality, anyway that you think will enhance the metropolitan lifestyle, making it as convenient and relative as possible.
Besides having the component to make and receive emergency calls, there are some other requirements we would like to see in the design:
We also want to encourage entrants to think on:
Your submission will have the following deadlines and key dates:
Fifteen (15) finalists will be selected by the Jury and submitted to public vote for the final winner of the competition.
We would like competitors to submit their drawings, list of features, operational and unitary costs. Including a write-up on why you think your design meets the current and future needs of city streets.
Dream big, aim high!
Remember, only one (1) entry is permitted per individual or team.
Deliverables must include:
Designs will be screened for all required deliverables. Failure to submit all requirements will result in entries being incomplete and will not be taken into consideration by the judging panel. Entrants may only submit one single design and one single version. Please ensure that submissions satisfy all mentioned requirements and will not be changed passed the submission deadline.
The winner of the challenge will be awarded a $25,000 cash price and the opportunity to work with current global industry leaders to have their design manufactured and installed on selected city streets in the US and around the world.
For all terms and conditions please see the Challenges Legal Agreement. For any additional questions please feel free to post on the comments page, check out our FAQ's or go to our website http://publicutilitychallenge.org/.