California (Northern)

Regional Coordinator: Dan O'Malley & Debbie Eitner

Special Awards

Future City Competition Special Awards


The time it takes to judge all teams for Special Awards makes it impossible to keep to the schedule on the Regional Competition Day. We’re doing something fun and different again this year…

Students select one or more of the Special Awards that they wish to be considered for and will post a 5 minute youtube video explaining why their Future City should be selected for the particular award. Prior to the Regional Competition, judges will view the videos for a specific Special Award and select the top 3 teams. On Regional Competition Day, the judges will interview their top 3 choices and determine the Special Award winners.

Special Awards:

Most Impressive Water System

The design that provides the best creative concept for producing a resilient system to maintain a reliable supply of clean drinking water.

Best Land Surveying Practices



The design that employs the best land surveying practices, taking into consideration the high standards used by surveyors to help protect the public's safety and welfare.

Excellence in Future City Project Management

Teams should develop a clear statement of what needs to be accomplished on their project, including a list of deliverables.  They should also have a project budget and schedule or timeline for the completion of their work.  Special consideration will be given to teams that list potential unexpected events/situations they thought of that might present challenges for their project and what they did to prevent them.

Excellence in Communications System

Strategic placement of a communications system that is both efficient and accurate.

Best Transportation System

Most innovative design of a transportation system that allows both mobility, transport of people, goods and services.

Excellence in City Planning and Livability

Well planned design and layout (neighborhood, green spaces, streets); accessibility, functionality, mixed-use; eco-management: sustainability and landscape conservation.


All teams participating in the Regional Competition will be eligible for the awards listed below. Do not submit YouTube for these award.

Best Model

This award is given to the team with the overall highest score as decided during the National Preliminary Judging of the Model.

Best Future City


This award is given to the team that is voted by their peers to have the best model.  Voting is done by ballot during the Special Award Judging.

Best Essay Award


This award is given to the team with the overall highest score as judged by the NorCal Essay Judges.