Challenge History



In 2019 we launched the Smart Cities Challenge: Transforming Intersections to support cities and regions that wanted to take their smart city ambitions to the next level. With a grand prize of one year of free service for our Intelligent Intersections solution, the challenge drew interest from across the world, including U.S., Canada, and the Middle East.



We appreciate all applicants to the Parsons Smart Cities Challenge. Even if your city did not advance to the semi-finalist or finalist stage, you’ve helped us better understand today’s mobility issues and have contributed to the success of the challenge. We hope to continue our dialogue and collaboration so we can help you achieve your mobility vision in the future.

  • Anne Arundel County, MD
  • Austin, TX
  • Dubai Roads and Transport Authority
  • Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization (Fort Smith), AR
  • Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Mississauga, Canada
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, NV
  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • Westminster, CO


Chuck Headshot

"Parsons is on a continuous quest to find a better way to solve problems in our communities and around the globe. The Intelligent Intersections solution is a simple fix to a complex problem. By putting data in the hands of cities and municipalities, our technology will help communities move more efficiently and effectively.” – Chuck Harrington, CEO, Parsons

Decision Process

The winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges, comprising of industry and mobility experts, who used comprehensive criteria to evaluate each submission:
  • Composition and passion of the city's team
  • A well-articulated vision for transforming intersections
  • Accomplishments to date that support the city's vision
  • A significant challenge to solve
  • A realistic proposed solution
  • Ability to deploy a solution
  • A targeted outcome of the trial

Grand Prize Details


With the support of industry partners and technology leaders, we are able to bring the Smart Cities Challenge to life and deploy a 1-year free trial (terms and conditions) of our Intelligent Intersections solution to the grand prize winner.


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