Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Civic Innovation Eco Challenge Powered by AT&T is a competition designed to create sustainability solutions that will benefit the Buffalo community, now, and in the future. The challenge is an opportunity for those passionate about recycling and sustainability issues and those with advanced technical skills to come together and develop innovative solutions to real-world problems the City of Buffalo faces today.

Mayor Brown is passionate about building a city of opportunity for all and using new technologies to improve Buffalo. The mayor is initiating this challenge as a way to meld these two passions together and elevate civic engagement, bring attention to environmental concerns, and demonstrate a practical way in which everyone in Buffalo can play a role in making our city an even better and greener place to live, work and play for the future.

Contestants will be able to work independently or build teams and will be required to build a working prototype of their solution over a two-month development period. Individuals and teams with diverse skills are encouraged to enter. They are also encouraged to engage or include community members who may share or provide insight into issues facing their neighbors and neighborhoods.

AT&T’s partnership with Mayor Byron W. Brown and the City of Buffalo in hosting this innovative open data challenge grows out of the company’s commitment to advancing technological innovation in New York through the company's multi-billion dollar nationwide investment in the mobile communications network of the future and the company’s dedication to foster local innovation across the Empire State and Western New York by providing opportunities for data scientists, coders, and developers to create new technologies that could positively impact their communities and strengthen the local innovation economy. As an industry leader for decades in data insights, AT&T harnesses the principles of openness and collaboration to accelerate innovation, aligning with the underlying objectives of Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Civic Innovation Eco Challenge Powered by AT&T.