To highlight innovation and effective practices in urban governance by supporting CityLab 2016, an annual gathering that will be held in Miami that gathers the world’s most creative mayors and city practitioners with artists, academics, entrepreneurs and other public and private sector leaders focused on improving cities and spreading urban strategies that work.
To foster greater connections among South Florida’s entrepreneurial and tech communities by supporting Refresh Miami to grow its monthly meetups, workshops and hackathons, along with an online site that includes event calendar, user-generated blog posts, job listings and member profiles.
To engage leading innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists from around the world by supporting the George Barley Water Prize, a $10 million competition for designing and implementing a cost-effective technology to remove excess phosphorous from freshwater bodies.
To expand learning and economic opportunities for low income Miami residents by supporting EcoTech Vision's Coding Bootcamp, a seven week course in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood that prepares members of the community for careers in technology.
To provide civic innovators in Knight communities with the best knowledge on how to improve public spaces through 8-80 Cities' study tours, the Emerging City Champions program and the city residency programs.
Creating a pop-up park and urban forest along Biscayne Boulevard to drive momentum for “Biscayne Green,” a proposal to redesign Biscayne Boulevard to include a pedestrian promenade.
Ensuring that people building local government technology use real-world feedback throughout the development process by creating a user testing group that will identify user experience issues more quickly, while making websites and apps more accessible.
Creating a sports field and gym as part of The Underline, a proposed 10-mile linear park underneath the Miami-Dade Metrorail, to provide quality of life incentives to talented young adults.
To strengthen a culture of civic engagement in three Knight communities by supporting nonpartisan workshops that surface new nonpartisan projects intended to make the voting experience more joyful.
To support Black Tech Week, which aims to drive greater diversity in Miami's startup community by serving as a platform for minority-owned, high growth startups to connect with venture capitalists, other entrepreneurs, and established technology companies.
To support MIAMade, which seeks to propel Miami's rapidly growing maker community through annual events, educational programming and monthly workshops
To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.