Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Science of Smart Cities (ieSoSC) | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Science of Smart Cities (ieSoSC)

A deep dive into the leading edge technologies driving smart city inventions

iesosc students working on a circuit

ieSoSC will run remotely for 2021. Summer 2021 Application now open! 

About ieSoSC

Created as a follow-up experience to our Science of Smart Cities program, and with the support of National Grid, ieSoSC is a 5 week opportunity consisting of STEM instruction and mentoring offered through NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The program will focus on technology and engineering skills, design and prototyping, built around real world ‘smart city’ applications and research. Participants will work with our graduate and undergraduate student experts in increasingly sophisticated programming and engineering projects.

students presenting at an expo to parents

Primarily, but not exclusively, intended for students that previously completed Science of Smart Cities, ieSoSc will show through hands-on projects and activities how to take coding/computer science, engineering and technology skills to another level by applying those skills to advanced smart cities ideas.

The program incorporates concepts and processes related to entrepreneurship and design thinking. During the second half of the program, participants will form small teams and apply their new skills and knowledge to ideate, prototype and present a device or app that uses an internet of things approach to a smart cities design challenge. Each team will have a small budget for materials and equipment, and participants will receive public presentation training using improvisation techniques through a partnership with Irondale Theater.

students working together on circuitry

The program culminates for each team in a public presentation at which engineers, urban planners, STEM experts, family and the general public hear from participants about their idea, prototype, and how it is intended to be applied to solve a real world problem or challenge. Applications are currently open for high school students entering the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade in September of 2021. 

Program Details

  • ieSoSC is free to attend, thanks to support from National Grid

  • Program runs full days (approximately 9am to 3pm), five days a week

  • Please watch your email around the notification date (students and parents/guardians)–if you are accepted to the program a prompt reply will be required

closeup of circuitry for an iesosc student group project

Who Can Apply?

Students who...

  • Live in one of the five New York City boroughs

  • Have demonstrated interest/are highly motivated in STEM as shown in essays and application

  • Are available for the entire program, and are committed to completing

  • Are entering 9th, 10th or 11th grade in September 2021

  • Are responsible, punctual, persistent, and have demonstrated an ability to make and fulfill commitments

Important Dates To Know


  • Application Deadline:iesosc student giving a thumbs up April 21, 2021

  • Notification of Application: April 30, 2021

  • Program Dates: July 6 - August 6, 2021

  • Final Presentation: August 6, 2021