C2 Challenge

Other Funding
  • Program Type
    Other Funding
  • Funding Award
  • Program Duration
    August 5, 2022

The Colorado Smart Cities Alliance (the Alliance) today launched the C² Challenge seeking innovative technology solutions that address four specific problems faced by Colorado communities: housing stability, community resilience, safe streets and civic engagement. Some of Colorado’s most innovative governments will collaboratively evaluate proposed solutions and select those that they believe may uniquely address the issue in their community. Winners of the C² Challenge will have the opportunity to demonstrate their solution with at least one community in Colorado.

The C² (Connected Colorado) Challenge enables urban and rural communities to leverage a collaborative approach to explore, vet and implement regionally applicable solutions through an outcome-driven process. The challenge is managed by the Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and run through UrbanLeap, an innovative government procurement platform. Through this open and competitive process, governments will have an opportunity to learn about the many different tools available to them in tackling complex challenges while exploring a new process for identifying potential solutions.


To identify and test innovative solutions to the challenges threatening Colorado’s quality of life through an open, collaborative process.


This is a unique opportunity to collaborate directly with smart cities in Colorado to develop and test solutions in real world environments while also gaining exposure within the Alliance network of more than 70 public, private, academic and allied members.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.