Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Civic Innovation Challenge Powered by AT&T is a competition to find an innovative technological solution that benefits the citizens of the great city of Buffalo, New York. The challenge requires entrants to generate ideas and submit a solution that uses the provided data and/or other data to alleviate a problem or challenge that Buffalonians may face in their lives. Solutions that strive to improve City operations or municipal service delivery are also encouraged. 

Mayor Brown is passionate about building a city of opportunity for all and using new technologies to improve Buffalo. The mayor is initiating this challenge as a way to meld these two passions together by engaging the local civic tech community to think about ways technology can increase opportunity and increase the quality of life of all Buffalonians.

The focus is deliberately broad to encourage a varied range of solution perspectives. Individuals and teams with diverse skills are encouraged to enter. They are also encouraged to engage or include community members who may share or provide insight into issues facing their neighbors and neighborhoods.

AT&T’s partnership with Mayor Brown and the City of Buffalo in hosting this innovative open data challenge grows out of the company’s commitment to advancing technological innovation in New York through the company's multi-billion dollar nationwide investment in the mobile communications network of the future and the company’s dedication to foster local innovation across the Empire State and Western New York by providing opportunities for data scientists, coders, and developers to create new technologies that could positively impact their communities and strengthen the local innovation economy. As an industry leader for decades in data insights, AT&T harnesses the principles of openness and collaboration to accelerate innovation, aligning with the underlying objectives of Mayor Brown’s Civic Innovation Challenge Powered by AT&T.