631 cities from 99 countries have entered the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge

A record-breaking 631 cities from 99 countries have entered the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, an ideas competition to uncover and support the 50 most innovative solutions developed by cities in the wake of Covid-19.

The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ challenge was launched in January 2021 and will select 50 “champion cities” to test their ideas for several months this year.

Patricia Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies said: “The record-breaking response to this year’s Global Mayors Challenge shows that cities are committed to emerging from this crisis even stronger than they were before. They’ve taken bold steps to save lives and protect their residents over the past year and the ideas being put forward build on that incredible work. We’re looking forward to working with the winning cities, helping to supercharge their best and most innovative ideas, bring them to life, and spread them to other cities around the world.”

Fifteen grand prize winners will then be named in December 2021, each of which will receive $1,000,000 to implement their breakthrough ideas and spread them to other cities globally.

Bloomberg Philanthropies said it invests in 810 cities and 170 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organisation focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: the arts; education; environment; government innovation; and public health. Photo Schäferle for Pixabay