New York - Capital Region

Regional Coordinator: Addyson Lyons

This year's theme is...And registration is now open!

Registration for 2016-2017 Future City® Competition is Now Open


This Year’s Theme, “The Power of Public Space,” Asks the Nation’s Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders to Envision Urban Public Spaces of Tomorrow


Albany, New York– Public spaces have the capacity to revitalize a city’s economy by introducing new businesses and bringing in new visitors. Public spaces can also help reduce crime, ease traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety, promote healthy living, improve the environment, and enhance civic engagement. A recent study by the UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatories Unit found that cities that devoted 50% of their space to public use tended to be more prosperous and have a higher quality of life.

Imagine what it would be like to walk down the main street of a city 100 years in the future. What would you hear, see, smell, and feel? How would the people who live in your future city describe it? What would make it futuristic and innovative?

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2016-2017, this year’s Future City® Competition poses these questions and more as it asks middle school students to address the Power of Public Space and challenges them to design innovative, multi-use public spaces that serves a city’s diverse population.

Working in a team with an educator and engineer mentor, students present their public space solutions and vision of their future city in a virtual city design (using SimCity software); a 1,500 word city description; a scale model of their city (built with recycled materials); and a short presentation to a panel of STEM professionals. Teams from 40 regions present their ideas at Regional Competitions in January. Winners represent their regions at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in February. The 2016-17 regional competition will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Proctors Theater in Schenectady.

Future City has ongoing opportunities for engineering and technical professionals to volunteer in a number of different roles, including as mentors, judges, and competition day volunteers. For more information about Future City or to volunteer, visit

Over 40,000 students, representing 1,350 schools, take part in the Future City® Competition. The deadline to register is October 31, 2016.  Register today or learn more at Visit our Facebook page for more information and updates on the Future City Competition.

In January, there were a total of 20 schools and 21 teams, with a total of 300 local students, competing in the regional finals at Proctors Theater in Schenectady in January. The New Lebanon Jr/Sr High School won the 2015-16 Regional Capital District Future City Competition and represented our area at the national competition in Washington D.C. Other local finalists were: Richard H. O’Rourke Middle School (2nd place); Niskayuna School District (3rd place); Farnsworth Middle School (4th place); and Flood Brook School (5th place).


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About Future City® Competition


DiscoverE’s annual Future City Competition, for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, is held from September 2016 through February 2017. Future City is a major program of DiscoverE, a consortium of professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations, and culminates every year during Engineers Week. This year Capital District Region celebrates participating in the program for 16 years! Visit the Capital District Future City website at: