New York - Capital Region

Regional Coordinator: Diane Bertok & Greg Skiba

Judge Information

Current Judge Need

1 Q&A Judge (January 15th 9:00am-10:30am or 10:30am-12:30pm) - Judge Registration - Future City® Competition

2 Special Award Judges (January 9-January 15 on your own time) - email

5 Finals Judges (January 16th 9:00am-10:30am) - email

2 National Judges (Virtual in Mid-February for Model, Presentation, and/or Essay) - email


Welcome to the 2021-2022 Future City Competition! Below you will find the resources needed for judging this year. There are many updates to the competition for 2022.There is a highlight of the changes below under "Competition Day Information". There is a summary, prepared by National, of the updates here:

We will update this page as Live Q&A (January 15, 2022) and Awards Ceremony (January 22, 2022) get closer. If at any time you have questions, please contact your Judge Coordinators (Amanda Kinley and Heather Wyld) at

This year the competition will be held using Zoom! We will hold tutorials prior to the Live Q&A Session and Finals Judging to give an overview of how to use Zoom and prepare judges for these virtual events.

To sign up to be a Judge for 2021-2022:

Judge Registration - Future City® Competition

To login:


2021-2022 Competition Theme (Waste-Free City)

The 2021-2022 Future City challenge is to: Design a waste-free city that uses the principles of a circular economy. Read more about the theme here.

Competition Day Information

2021-2022 Changes

  • The competition will run similarly to the 2020-2021 Competition.
  • Everything will be virtual this year. All deliverables will be posted to the Future City Dashboard or a shared location and scoring will be completed on the Dashboard. 
  • There is no SimCity deliverable this year. 
  • Instead of presenting and displaying a model on Competition Day, teams will provide a recorded presentation and a slideshow on their model. The model and presentation will be judged separately and each judge will complete their own scoring sheet through the Dashboard. 
  • A new segment of the competition will be Live Q & A. This will consist of playing a team's recorded presentation followed by a 10 minute live Q&A session between judges and 3 students. This Live Q&A session will be scored separately from the model and presentation, immediately following the Q&A; each judge will submit their own scoring sheet through the Dashboard. 
  • After the preliminary round of judging is completed, the top three teams will proceed to finals judging. Finals judging will take place between the Live Q&A and Awards ceremony. Finals judges will score the teams' recorded presentation and participate in a round of Live Q&A. 
  • The Awards Ceremony will be held on January 22nd where 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and special awards will be announced. 
  • Special awards will be determined based on recorded presentations, model slideshows, and recorded Q&A sessions. Teams will be divided into award categories as we have in the past.

Judging Tutorials

MLA Format Citation:

Tutorials will be provided for Model, Presentation, Q&A, and using Zoom. 


General Resources

City Presentation Resources