• “Creating a better connected Georgia requires research and collaboration from many stakeholders across every layer of the public and private sector.”

    -Christine Primmer, Strategic Manager, Georgia Power Smart Cities Initiative

  • “This vital initiative significantly expands our state's ability to bring smart connectivity and leading-edge technologies to all of our communities.”

    -Larry K. Williams, President and CEO, Technology Association of Georgia

  • “The Georgia Smart Communities Challenge is a great team effort that utilizes state expertise, technology and leadership to help communities compete in economic development.”

    -Pat Wilson, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development

  • “Community initiatives can be more successful through collaborative, people-focused approaches, and those qualities are what make the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge an important effort for the region.”

    -Doug Hooker, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission

The Georgia Smart Communities Challenge is a first-of-its-kind opportunity for four winning communities of any size in Georgia to receive funding and support that enables those communities to envision, explore, and plan for their “smart” future. Communities will be given up to $50,000 in seed funding, community networking opportunities, and access to additional, unique resources to execute their projects. These unique resources include additional funding to work with Georgia Tech research partners, connections to industry experts, and access to technology solutions provided by our provider-partners.

Georgia Smart is made possible by the following sponsors:

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Proposal Process

To participate, teams must design a smart-community project and submit a proposal. Explore the details.

Project Inspiration

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Workshops and Webinars

Teams must attend at least one event to participate in Georgia Smart. Learn about these events and sign up.

Challenge Partners

Georgia Smart is made possible by the generous support of our partners. Hear what they have to say about the Challenge.

Research Partners & Advisors

Get inspired for your project’s research component. Learn about our Georgia Tech faculty research partners and their work.

Solutions Providers

Technology solutions provider can find out how to participate. Communities can learn more about the providers’ solutions.


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