New York - Capital Region

Regional Coordinator: Addyson Lyons

Welcome to Capital Region Future City Competition!

The competition comprises of teams of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who develop a futuristic city based on the theme of the year. This year, teams will tackle the Climate Change Challenge by choosing a climate change impact and designing one innovative and futuristic climate change adaptation and one mitigation strategy to keep their residents healthy and safe. These teams write an essay, create a model to scale, provide a project plan, and present to judges on their futuristic city at this event.

The amazing impact this event has on our local community, schools, and students is incomprehensible. This competition goes beyond just a one-day competition by teaching students how to apply math and science to real world problems. 

We’re in person!

Future City is returning to an in-person competition format in 2022–2023. If another Covid outbreak threatens these plans, Future City will work with your Regional Coordinator and post updated information in your educator dashboard.

Important Competition downloads:

2022-2023 Program (PDF, 8.5 MB)

2022-2023 Calendar (PDF, 8.5 MB)

2022-2023 Rules Handout (PDF, 8.5 MB)

Deliverable Due Dates:

Registration October 31st, 2022

Project Plan Part 1 - October 7th, 2022

Project Plan Part 2 - November 4th, 2022

City Essay - December 2nd, 2022

Team Information - December 15th, 2022

Project Plan Parts 3 & 4 - January 6th, 2023

City Essay Penalties:

Late submissions for the City Essay are as follows:

1-6 days late - 5 points

7 - 13 days late - 10 points

14 days or later - 50 points (No credit)


There will be no penalties for late Project Plan submissions as long as all parts are submitted by Competition Day.



Tutorials will be posted on our YouTube page here.

The Introductory tutorial will be posted the week of September 19th, 2022.

We are working hard to provide a virtual city essay tutorial in October, stay posted!

The Model and Presentation tutorial will be posted the week of November 14th, 2022.

The Prepping for Competition Day tutorial will be posted the week of Competition Day, January 14th, 2023.


2021-2022 Awards Ceremony

Who was our regional winner? Watch the video on our YouTube page here

Download the Program here (PDF, 8.5 MB)


Capital Region Future City Competition Recent Events:

January 7, 2016

Please note that Saturday we are expected to have some inclement weather. Please plan accordingly and give yourself extra time to get to Proctor's in the morning. We are hoping to start on time but we will post an announcement HERE on the website early Saturday morning if there is a delay. 

You can find detailed information about Competition Day on our website by clicking this link or by going to: Program Details and Competition Day on the left-side navigation menu.  Information available on this page includes: 

January 5, 2016

Kathleen M. Jimino; John T. McDonald, III; Angelo Santabarbara; Phil Steck; Gary McCarthy Support Capital District Middle School Students As They Vie for National Recognition in Annual Future City® Competition Regional Finals, January 9 at Proctors 

This year’s Theme is:
Waste Not, Want Not

January 4, 2016: Albany, New York – Over the years, cities and towns have managed their ever-expanding piles of trash in a variety of ways, including dumping it into landfills, burning it in incinerators, or shipping it off…

September 30, 2015

Albany, New YorkLocal 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students involved with the Future City Competition will have the unique opportunity to meet former NASA astronaut David Hilmers, MD, EE, MPH, MSEE on Thursday, October 15th from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center located off New Karner Road.  The students will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Hilmers in small groups to learn about how waste is managed in space and to ask any questions they might have about being an astronaut and a medical doctor.

Students will also learn from the…

September 14, 2015

The Future City Competition will have a booth at the Back to School Expo, which will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Convention Center at Empire State Plaza from 10 am to 3 pm. Special guests at the Expo include Calum Worthy ("Dez") from the hit show Austin & Ally and Peyton Meyer ("Lucas") from the hist show Girl Meets World. 

The Future City Competition will have a booth at the event where we will show one of last year's 3D models. Teachers can pick up their packets there! 

You can find out more about the Expo by clicking here: …

August 14, 2015

Registration for 2015-2016 Future City® Competition is Now Open

This Year’s Theme, Waste Not, Want Not, Asks the Nation’s Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders to Design Solid Waste Management Systems of the Future


Albany, New York– Over the years, cities and towns have managed their ever-expanding piles of trash in a variety of ways, including dumping it into landfills, burning it in incinerators, or shipping it off in trucks and barges. Such waste management systems contribute to air and water pollution and can be expensive and…

July 31, 2015

Albany, New York– The Capital District Future City® Competition will be attending the 9th Annual Games in Education symposium on Thursday August 6th and Friday August 7th at the Tech Valley High School in Albany, New York. Representatives from the Future City Competition will be discussing how Sim City™ software is used in the development of the program in order to enhance science, technology, engineering, and math skills.

Using Sim City™ software, middle school students are asked to design a virtual city of the future. There are no restrictions on the environment, location, or…

January 12, 2015

Congrats to New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School, who are this year's winners of the 2014-2015 Capital District Future City Competition. They will go on to Washington DC in February to represent our region at the Future City National Competition! 

The complete list of this year's winners is as follows: 

First Place 
New Lebanon Jr/Sr. High School
Award sponsored by Capital District Engineers Week 

Second Place 
Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School
Award sponsored by American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), Albany…

January 7, 2015

Are you all ready for Competition Day this Saturday, January 10th at Proctors in Schenectady? I sure hope so! If you haven't already downloaded the Competition Day materials, visit this page to do it now! 

In the meantime, the Future City Competition has been in the local media! Niskayuna's team was featured here in this wonderful article!

Also, a heads-up about the competition was featured in the…

November 17, 2014

We are currently accepting applications for the Alumnus of the Year. The scholarship is available to all graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate college students and has a value of $500. To be eligible, you must be an alumnus of the Future City Competition – Albany, NY program and plan to attend, or currently be enrolled in, an accredited engineering or engineering technology program. Applications are due no later than Friday, December 19, 2014.

Read more and download application forms here: http://…

October 20, 2014

Thank you to everyone that came out to make the 2014 Essay Tutorial a success! This year we had about 9 teams/50 people show up to tour the Capital District Community Gardens in Troy and listen to a speaker from All Bright Aquariums speak on the topic of aquaponics. 

You can view a copy of Steve Colletti's presentation on Aquaponics by going to the essay tutorial page and clicking on the presentation at the very bottom of the page. (Note: This is a .pptx file extension.) 

August 14, 2014

The Capital District Future City Competition is looking for sponsors to help support our local competition! We rely on our sponsors to make this program a success, and we need your help! Please download our fundraising brochure and donate today!


2014-2015 Fundraising Brochure (PDF)


Sponsor names and logos get put on signs on our competition, on our website (click here for our Sponsors page), and on our…

April 18, 2014

The 2014-2015 Future City Competition Essay Topic for the year has been released! The theme this year is "Feeding Future Cities."


Select one vegetable and one protein and design a way to grow enough of each within your future city limits to feed your citizens.

Many thousands of years ago, humans learned to domesticate animals and grow plants for food.   Because we no longer needed to hunt and gather, we could stay in one place and start to build cities.  It was the beginning of civilization.

Today, agriculture is the largest global enterprise…

April 18, 2014

Registration is now open for schools to sign up for this year's (2014-2015) competition!

To register, just click on this link:

If you have questions about registering or have problems, please contact Jen at

January 12, 2014

Congratulations to Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School and their city, "Transporta." They took First Place in the 2013-2014 Capital District Regional Future City Competition. The winner of the 2014 Future City Competition held at Proctors on Saturday, January 11th will travel to Washington, DC to compete in the National Finals February 15 - 18, 2014.

A complete list of award winners is below:

First Place
Richard H. O'Rourke Middle School
City Name: Transparta
Award Sponsor: Capital District Engineers Week

Second Place
Academy of the Holy Names…

January 8, 2014

The Future City Competition is this Saturday! For details about this event, click here or use the left-side navigation to go to Program Details > Competition Day. You will find lots of information there, including directions, parking, model-unloading, a schedule of events, and much more!

You can also find more information about the competition by watching our WebEx online tutorial! You can catch that tutorial by…

November 18, 2013

The Essay Topic Tutorial at the Rensselaer Rail Station on Saturday, October 26th was a great success! Students participated in special talks from representatives of the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), Albany County Airport Authority, Clough Harbour and Associates, and Alta Planning and Design.


Steve Iachetta presents

Above: Steve Iachetta from the Albany County Airport…

November 18, 2013

Event Date: Thu, 10/22/2013 - 7:30pm

Watch "Tutorial #2a: Virtual City Design (SimCity)" by clicking on this link.

This webinar was originally held on October 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Running time is 1 hour 38 minutes.

Note: You'll need to use an internet browser with Java enabled.

If you need assistance, contact

September 19, 2013

Please consider sponsoring the Capital District Future City competition! This wonderful program would not exist if not for the support of companies and community members like you! Please download our 2013-2014 Fundraising Brochure.

September 19, 2013

Event Date: Thu, 09/19/2013 - 8:00am

Watch "Tutorial #1a: Getting Started-Handbook Review Tutorial" by clicking on this link.

This webinar was originally held on September 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm. Running time is 1 hour 8 minutes.

Note: You'll need to use an internet browser with Java enabled.

If you need assistance, contact

September 8, 2013

The Future City Competition-Albany, NY Alumnus of the Year Scholarship is available to all graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate college students and has a total value of $500. Click here for more details