Go Detroit Challenge

Go Detroit is an innovation challenge designed to stimulate new ideas and to find ways to better connect Detroit communities through innovative mobility solutions.

We’re looking for new services, product or business ideas and mobile Apps that address one of our challenges. There is a chance to develop your ideas with global mobility experts and a total of $60,000 (US) in prizes available for the winners!

To provide you a great challenge experience, Ford has collaborated with 100%Open and Devpost – specialists in open innovation challenges, app development, open source software competitions and hackathons.

Grand Final Event

The Grand Final is taking place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Detroit.

This is the culmination of the Go Detroit Challenge, which focused on finding new mobility innovations that could enable all Detroiters to travel more easily, safely and reliably.

The Grand Final will showcase the semi-finalists, finalist teams and People’s Choice Award winners, from the Social Entrepreneur and App Developer Tracks. Bill Ford, Executive Chairman Ford Motor Company and Jim Hackett, Chairman Ford Smart Mobility will open the event with a fireside chat about the human impact of mobility and discuss the importance of user-driven innovation. The finalists will then pitch their challenge solutions in front of a live audience and a Judging Panel, comprised of Ford experts, and Detroit business and community leaders.

Judging Panel

  • Brad Coulter - Matrix Human Services
  • Ted Serbinski - Techstars Mobility
  • Cortnie Squirewell - Ford Fund
  • Chris Thomas - Fontinalis
  • Pam Lewis - New Economy Initiative
  • Smita Khare - Ford Smart Mobility
  • Jon Coleman - Ford Smart Mobility


If you’re an entrepreneur, organization or community group with a great idea for a product, service or business that addresses the challenge



If you’re a developer with a great idea for a new mobility app that addresses the challenge



Social Entrepreneur Submissions Due

January 8, 2017

Social Entrepreneur Prototyping

February 2, 2017

App Developer Submissions Due

February 7, 2017

Grand Final Event

April 4, 2017