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. There are two ways you can respond to the Go Detroit challenge: As a social entrepreneur or a developer. Of course, you’re welcome to submit ideas to both challenges.

Sign up for an upcoming webinar

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Monday, December 12th, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm (EST) - Easier Travel

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm (EST) - Safer Travel

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm (EST) - Reliable Travel


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

March 30, 2017

Have a mobility idea for the Go Detroit Challenge? Workshop it at an upcoming Community Working Session

Go Detroit Challenge community working session allows a diverse group of stakeholders to work together on mobility solutions. During this interactive two hour working session you will work towards mobility solutions in Detroit including safety, access and utilization.

Click here to sign-up for the upcoming community sessions

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm (EST) - MashDetroit

14711 Mack Avenue, Suite B, Detroit, MI 48214

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm (EST) - FREC

2826 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm (EST) - Matrix Human Services

13560 E. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48205

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm (EST) - Focus Hope

1400 Oakman Blvd, Detroit, MI 48238

    Who should attend?

  • Social Entrepreneurs
  • App developers
  • Residents impacted by mobility needs
  • Community Leaders

    Why should you attend?

  • Create unique “Go Detroit Challenge” submission
  • Refine your existing “Go Detroit Challenge” submission concept
  • Hear from and collaborate with community stakeholders


You’ve got a great idea for a business solution or an app or that can address one of the challenge questions.

You want to be part of a community-wide effort to help make our city’s transport safer, more reliable and more accessible.

You want to work with and learn from some of the top mobility experts globally from Ford.

You want to use your skills and expertise to have a significant, positive impact on the communities of Detroit.