In San Jose, removing graffiti from overpasses, freeway signs, sound walls and railroad trestles is labor intensive and expensive. A recent effort to clean graffiti along Highway 101 required closing freeways lanes for three nights, the mobilization of large bucket cranes and other equipment, and dozens of city and state personnel – ultimately costing $60,000. In addition to the huge expense, the complexity of coordinating such an effort often means that the graffiti will remain for weeks or months before it can be removed. Efforts have so far proven ephemeral, with graffiti reappearing rapidly after authorities can repaint the tagged areas.
What Does Success Look Like For This Challenge
To address this problem, we’re looking for a rapidly deployable solution that will dramatically reduce the cost of graffiti cleanups, reduce the amount of necessary personnel, and will not require the closing of highways to deploy.
Need More Info?
You can find more information at the City of San José’s website.
What You Can Do To Cause A Breakthrough
- Submit your idea!
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- Click “Yes Sign Me Up!” above to register for the challenge. You will be notified of any status updates and be able to create an entry to the challenge when it opens.
- Share the challenge on social media with your friends, your family, or anyone you know who has a passion for discovery.
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This project is brought to you by the following partners:
- Silicon Valley Community Foundation
- City of San Jose
Who can participate:
This Challenge is open to all teams/entrepenuers/individuals —anyone looking for a patented idea with a first customer – in the San Francisco Bay Area. To be eligible to compete, you must comply with all the terms of the Challenge as defined in the Challenge-Specific Agreement.
This challenge has two different phases. In the first phase, the four groups who submit the most promising ideas will share $20,000 in funding to prototype their devices. Those groups will then compete, with the best prototype winning $5,000 dollars and assistance in obtaining a patent.