Future City Region


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About this Region

Regional Coordinator(s)

Alauddin A. Alauddin P.E.

Contact Info

Welcome to the Future City Ohio Region!

Ohio 6th, 7th, and 8th graders have imagined, designed, and engineered the future! Future City provides an authentic STEM experience for middle school students around the country.

Registration closes on October 31, 2023.

Ohio Region Competition is on January 20, 2024.

National Competition is on February 17-20, 2024.


2023 Future City Theme

2023 Theme: Electrify Your Future

The challenge: Design a 100% electrically powered city with energy generated from sources that keep your citizens and the environment healthy and safe.
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Rich Granger has accepted our offer to be our keynote speaker on competition day!

Rich Granger is Managing Director of Workforce and Economic Development at DriveOhio, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation and the state’s center for smart mobility innovation, on the ground and in the air.


Future City Theme Webinar

DiscoverE’s annual theme webinar was hosted by Kodi Verhalen (Vice Chair of DiscoverE’s Board of Directors). Danielle Koch, an Aerospace Engineer from NASA, Eva Lerner Lam, the Founder and President of Palisades Consulting Group, Inc., and Laura Castle, an E-Mobility Implementation and Integration Associate from SHELL, discussed different aspects of electrification.

Click here to view the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgYFEQvyeLo


The National Future City Competition will be in Washington, DC on February 17-20, 2024.


Handbooks are available! Log into your Dashboard: https://futurecity.org/future-city-login/


Mentors Needed!

Engineers, city planners, and other professionals with technical backgrounds are invited to volunteer as a mentor for the Ohio Future City Competition (FCC).

Future City mentors volunteer from September to January. Mentors provide advice, guidance, and technical assistance as the students work on the various project components.

You’ll meet with the team to get to know the students and focus them on the big picture: good urban design, an overview of the essay topic, and brainstorming possible solutions.

You’ll help with the model, teaching the students about scale, and working on the presentation.

Making yourself available by email to review things like the essay and ideas of futuristic components is helpful too. A teacher is also present when you meet with students.

Interested in mentoring? We’ll help you connect with a school near your home or work. Contact Alauddin Alauddin at ohio@futurecity.org

Judges Needed!

Engineers, architects, city planners, and other professionals with technical backgrounds! We need you!

Engineers created this competition to offer a one of kind STEM experience for middle schoolers. It’s success is dependent upon engineers, city planners, and architects providing guidance to these young minds.

Serving as a judge is rewarding!

Judges should have a technical background sufficient to understand and evaluate the student’s work. Members of the STEM community are welcome and encouraged to volunteer! Future City provides assessment rubrics and training.

Judging Opportunities:

There are 2 different judging opportunities:

Essay Judge (Virtual)

Volunteers read research essays written by the students on the “Electrify Your Future” theme. A rubric and scoresheet will be provided. Scores are submitted electronically. Time commitment is approximately 3 hours. Essays are available to be judged starting in mid-December. Scores are due in early January.

City Model/Presentation Judge (In person)

Volunteers come to the Ohio Regional Finals on 1/20/24. The location is TBD. Judges listen to 6 different student teams give a 7-minute presentation, then ask the students follow-up questions about their city model. Judges are in teams of 3 or 5. A rubric and scoresheet are provided. Breakfast and lunch are provided to judges, as well. It’s fun and rewarding.

Register to be a judge here (choose “Ohio” as your state): Register here »

*Be sure to select “regional competition judge” and choose “Ohio” as your region.


Contact Scott Lowery at sdlowry@hntb.com.


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Future City Board - Ohio Region

Alauddin Alauddin, Ohio EPA – Regional Coordinator
Kevin White, IBI Group – Chair
Joe Bolzenius
Matt Marquis, ODNR
Scott Lowry, HNTB
Lydia Ramlo, Strand
Walker Clark, IBI Group
Kris Konik, Westerville City Schools
Jeffrey Zaye
Tanushree Courlas, Ohio EPA