Smart Cities Connect  Conference & Expo

  APRIL 14-16, 2025 | SAN ANTONIO, TX

TechConnect, a division of ATI

Join the nation's largest city-focused startup pitch program, showcasing hundreds of cutting-edge innovations addressing top urban challenges. Don't miss this opportunity to pitch your solutions to leading city decision makers, investors, industry & military tech scouts, and government funding offices. In alignment with the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act ($550 Billion), National Security Strategy, and National Defense Strategy, we are proud to deliver this 11th annual pitch program. Winners will receive a crystal award and recognition as top innovator in the Smart Cities Innovation Challenge. Submit Today!

Submissions Open Soon



Topics Include:

  • Urban/Municipal Operations
  • Urban/Municipal Infrastructure
  • Smart Air/Land/Water Mobility
  • Smart Energy & Grid
  • Digital Transformation
  • Community Engagement
  • Urban/National Security Solutions
  • Other Urban Resilience Solutions

  2024 CHALLENGE FINALISTS  


 
  • BlueHopper, a MeshTek Company (SmarCity beautification and Smart City), Texas, United States
  • Breeze Technologies UG (Environmental Intelligence Suite), Hamburg, Germany
  • Building Diagnostic Robotics (A rapidly scalable robotic roof inspection and reporting system), New York, United States
  • Civic Dollars (Civic Dollars - The Community Currency Platform), Antrim, United Kingdom
  • CivicReach.ai (CivicReach AI), North Carolina, United States
  • dependbuild (A Risk Mitigation and Knowledge Management Solution), NS, Canada
  • EcoMap (EcoMap Technologies), United States
  • Ecosystem Informatics Inc. (Ecosystem Informatics Inc. Air Quality Monitoring & Management), ON, Canada
  • EMPEQ (Fast Site Survey), New York, United States
  • GetNOISY LLC (NOISY - Automated Noise Tracking and Reporting Solution), California, United States
  • Graymatics SG Pte Ltd (Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision solutions), Singapore, Singapore
  • Helpful Places (Digital Trust for Places and Routines), ON, Canada
  • Legislaide (Cloud-Based, Suite of AI-powered Research, Drafting, and Workflow Tools), Washington, United States
  • Lynx Systems Pty Ltd (Smart Building Skin), NSW, Australia
  • Margik Inc. (Preserv) (Margik Inc.), North Carolina, United States
  • Prezerv Technologies, Inc. (A safer and greener future through innovation in underground digital-twin), Massachusetts, United States
  • Rep'd (A Video Q&A Platform for Municipalities), New York, United States
  • Senzit, INC (Consumable-Centric Fleet Management AI Platform), North Carolina, United States
  • Throne Labs, Inc (Data-driven restrooms that introduce accountability to public facilities), Maryland, United States
  • X-lumin (TeraLink: point-to-point laser communication), Florida, United States
 

Questions about the Startup Challenge? Contact Emma Mooney, Outreach and Project Manager: emma.mooney@techconnect.org.

   2024 REVIEW PANELISTS   

Andrew Felbinger Andrew Felbinger
Principal, Urban Innovation Fund

Yvonne Gamble Right Hon Yvonne Gamble
CEO, SanPete Financial Group


Sarah Nicoll Sarah Nicoll
Co-Founder & CSO, CivStart

Dave Rios Dave Rios
DTIC-IAC Field Advisor, USCENTCOM, Cloud Lake Technology, LLC


Ross Roley Ross Roley
Cyber Innovation Lead, Battelle in Support of U.S. Indo Pacific Command

Howard Waldie Howard Waldie
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Myrtle Beach, SC

   PREVIOUS CHALLENGE FINALISTS INCLUDE:   

  • 51, San Francisco, CA
  • 7AC technologies, Beverly, MA
  • 7AC Technologies, Beverly, MA
  • Acumentrics SOFC Corp., Westwood, MA
  • Agiltron, Woburn, MA
  • Algae Systems, Daphne, AL
  • Allylix, San Diego, CA
  • Alphabet Energy, Hayward, CA
  • AlphaGuardian Networks, San Ramon, CA
  • Altranex Corporation, Kingston, ON, CA
  • APDM, Portland, OR
  • Apex Wind Energy, Charlottesville, VA
  • Applied DNA Sciences, Stony Brook, NY
  • Aqua Engineers, Honolulu, HI
  • Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL
  • Ascent Solar Technologies, Thornton, CO
  • Associated Energy Developers, Plymouth, MA
  • Australian National University, Canberra, AU
  • Autonomous Marine Systems, Arlington, VA
  • Avaya, Ontario, NY
  • Battelle, Columbus, OH
  • Blast Control Systems, Kilgore, TX
  • Bloom Energy, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Bloomgi, Austin, TX
  • Bluerise BV, Delft, NL
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, Arlington, VA
  • C-Motive Technologies, Madison, WI
  • Calm Energy, New York, NY
  • Cambrian Innovation, Boston, MA
  • CarbonCure Technologies, Halifax, CA
  • Caterpillar, Mossville, IL
  • Cella Energy US, Exploration Park, FL
  • Charles River Analytics, Cambridge, MA
  • Chemica Technologies, Portland, OR
  • CODA Energy, Monrovia, CA
  • Columbia Power Technologies, Charlottesville, VA
  • Commonwealth Scientific & Industry, Newcastle, AU
  • Community Cars, Pflugerville, TX
  • Concepts NREC, Chelmsford, MA
  • Cougaar Software, Vienna, VA
  • CURB, Austin, TX
  • Current Motor Company, Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • Cythereal, Lafayette, LA
  • Design Flux Technologies, Maple Heights, OH
  • Digit Group, Collierville, TN
  • DPRA, Knoxville, TN
  • Dragos Security, San Antonio, TX
  • DryWired Defense, Los Angeles, CA
  • E3 Clean Technologies, Athens, OH
  • E3 Water, Austin, TX
  • Eco Waste Solutions, Burlington, ON, CA
  • Edisun Heliostats, Pasadena, CA
  • Efficient Drivetrains, Milpitas, CA
  • Electrocell Technologies, Colchester, VT
  • Electrovaya Corp., Mississauga, Ontario, CA
  • Enel Green Power, Andover, MA
  • Energy Solutions, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Energy Technologies, Mansfield, OH
  • Energy Xtreme, Austin, TX
  • Energyfolks, San Jose, CA
  • Enervalis, Leuven, BE
  • EpiBiome, South San Francisco, CA
  • EthosGen, Dallas, PA
  • EVIK Diagnostic Innovations, Ottawa, ON, CA
  • Farmatic, San Francisco, CA
  • FastCAP Systems, Boston, MA
  • Fastec Ltd, Wellington, NZ
  • FireFly LED Lighting, Austin, TX
  • FireFly Power, Charleston, SC
  • Framergy, College Station, TX
  • Gehrlicher Solar America, Annapolis, MD
  • Gel4Med, Brighton, MA
  • Geli, San Francisco, CA
  • GeneFluidics, Irwindale, CA
  • General Nano, Cincinnati, OH
  • Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA
  • Go Electric, Anderson, IN
  • GS Engineering, Houghton, MI
  • Halotechnics, Emeryville, CA
  • HDT Global, Fredricksburg, VA
  • HEVT, Chicago, IL
  • Highwave, Oxnsrd, CA
  • Honeywell, St. Petersburg, FL
  • HyCarb, Orlando, FL
  • Hydro Tasmania, Hobart, TA, AU
  • Hypori Federal, McLean, VA
  • IAP Worldwide Services, Alexandria, VA
  • Ibis Networks, Honolulu, HI
  • Ibis Power, Miami, FL
  • Igor, Johnston, IA
  • IMET Corp, Southhamptom, PA
  • Infra-Tect, Chandler, AZ
  • INI Power Systems, Morrisville, NC
  • Inkscreen, Austin, TX
  • Innocorps Research Corp., Saskatoon, SK, CA
  • Inovi Green, Honolulu, HI
  • Inscope Medical Solutions, Louisville, KY
  • Integran Technologies, Mississauga, ON, CA
  • Integrated Power, Lake Forest, CA
  • Intel Corporation, Dallas, TX
  • Intelligent Automation, Rockville, MD
  • Intelligent Optical Systems, Torrance, CA
  • Intrepid Robotics, Houston, TX
  • InvivoSciences, Madison, WI
  • ISSAC Corp, Colorado Springs, CO
  • ITC, Richland, WA
  • ITN Energy Systems, Littleton, CO
  • Jamaica BioEnergy, Kingston, JM
  • Joulebug, Raleigh, NC
  • K2 Energy Solutions, Henderson, NV
  • Keen Technical Solutions, Reisterstown, MD
  • Kelvin Storage Technologies, Poway, CA
  • Kinection, Napa, CA
  • Kisensum, Oakland, CA
  • KAIST, Yuseong-gu, KR
  • Lamda Guard, Halifax, NS, CA
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  • Leidos, Framingham, MA
  • Leviathan Energy, Stony Brook, NY
  • Linnean Solutions, Cambridge, MA
  • Lionano, Ithaca, NY
  • LLB Consulting, Florence, AL
  • Lockheed Martin Corp., Palo Alto, CA
  • LuminAID Lab, Houston, TX
  • Mackinac Technology Co., Grand Rapids, MI
  • May-Ruben Thermal Solutions, Calgary, AB, CA
  • Mercurius Biofuels, Bellingham, WA
  • Midas Green Technology, Austin, TX
  • Mide Technology Corp., Medford, MA
  • Modula S, San Francisco, CA
  • MSW Power Corporation, Acton, MA
  • MTPV Power Corporation, Austin, TX
  • National Instruments, Austin, TX
  • National Renewable Energy Lab, Golden, CO
  • Natural Power Concepts, Honolulu, HI
  • Navitas Systems, Woodridge, IL
  • NEOVEL Technologies, New York, NY
  • Neural Analytics, Los Angeles, CA
  • Neuro Kinetics, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Nextek Power Systems, Detroit, MI
  • Nexus eWater, Canberra, AU
  • Neya Systems, Wexford, PA
  • NicheVision, Akron, OH
  • Nitrozyme, Los Angeles, CA
  • PanTher Therapeutics, Boston, MA
  • PeakNRG, Carlsbad, CA
  • Penn State University, University Park, PA
  • People Power, Redwood City, CA
  • PerkinElmer, Shelton, CT
  • Piedmont Biofuels, Pittsboro, NC
  • Plugwise BV, Sassenheim, NL
  • PolyDrop, Seattle, WA
  • Pono Home, Honolulu, HI
  • Poseidon Water, Houston, TX
  • Power Practical, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Pragma Systems, Austin, TX
  • Primus Power, Hayward, CA
  • ProsumerGrid, Atlanta, GA
  • Protonex, Southbroough, MA
  • Pvilion, Brooklyn, NY
  • QRA Corp., Halifax, NS, CA
  • Quantum Digital Solutions Corp., Marina del Rey, CA
  • Radiator Labs, New York, NY
  • Real-Time Innovations, Sunnyvale, CA
  • RealGreen Power, Honolulu, HI
  • REbound Technology, Boulder, CO
  • REhnu, Tucson, AZ
  • Renovagen, Harpenden, UK
  • Rentricity, New York, NY
  • ReSource BioEnergy, Walnut, CA
  • Retroficiency, Boston, MA
  • root9B, Colorado Springs, CO
  • RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
  • Sacred Power, Albuquerque, NM
  • Saft America, Highland, MD
  • Sandia National Labs, Albuquerque, NM
  • Santec, Southern Pines, NC
  • Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatoon, SK, CA
  • SBM Solar, Concord, NC
  • SDL Citadel, Dallas, TX
  • SEaB Energy Limited, Southampton, UK
  • SecureWaters, Tullahoma, TN
  • Sefaira, New York, NY
  • Semantic Designs, Austin, TX
  • SensorMetrix, San Diego, CA
  • Sharklet Technologies, Aurora, CO
  • Sheer Wind, Chaska, MN
  • Sheetak, Austin, TX
  • Siemens, Edgewater, MD
  • Sierra Energy, Davis, CA
  • Sierra Nevada Corp., Centennial, CO
  • Signature Science, Austin, TX
  • SiNode Systems, Chicago, IL
  • Sirnaomics, Gathersburg, MD
  • Smart Sustainability Consulting, Honolulu, HI
  • Smarter Grid Solutions, Brooklyn, NY
  • Solar Stik, Saint Augustine, FL
  • Solergy, Piedmont, CA
  • Solid Power, Louisville, CO
  • Southern Research Institute, Durham, NC
  • SparkCognition, Austin, TX
  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Stryke Industries, Fort Wayne, IN
  • Suneris, Brooklyn, NY
  • Sunfolding, San Francisco, CA
  • Sweet Lighting, San Mateo, CA
  • Telkonet, Milwaukee, WI
  • Terragon Environmental Tech, Montreal, QC, CA
  • Terrajoule Corporation, Redwood City, CA
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • Thermal Storage Systems, Los Angeles, CA
  • ThermoLift, Stony Brook, NY
  • ThermoVolt Solar, Holmdel, NJ
  • TM3 Systemsorporated, Royal Oak, MI
  • TNO, Delft, NL
  • Transformative Wave, Kent, WA
  • Ultrasonic Technologies, Wesley Chapel, FL
  • UMass Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA
  • Universit√† di Palermo, Palermo, Italy, IT
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • University of Florida, Gainsville, FL
  • University of Miami, Miami, FL
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • University of the South Pacific, Suva, FJ
  • University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast, AU
  • UV Cleaning Systems, Beaverton, OR
  • Varentec, San Jose, CA
  • Vigilent, Oakland, CA
  • Virtual Technology, Rio Rico, AZ
  • VivaLnk, Santa Clara, CA
  • Warrior Biojet, Portland, OR
  • WegoWise, Boston, MA
  • Western Energy Systems, La Mesa, CA
  • Williams International, Walled Lake, MI
  • Xergy, Seaford, DE
  • Yan Engines, Austin, TX
  • Younicos AG, Berlin, DE
  • Zenogen, Eveleigh, AU
  • ZeroBase, Ferndale, MI
  • Zincair Power Technologies, Squamish, BC, CA
   PREVIOUS SPONSORS & PARTNERS   

Past Sponsors & Partners
 

Previous Supporting Partners

Blackhorn Ventures
DRCOG
MUUS Climate Partners
Next Frontier Capital
NREL
RISE Consortium
TNL
Ubicquia
Urban Innovation Fund

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