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

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


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About ieSoSC

Thanks to National Grid, we are pleased to announce 2019’s Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Science of Smart Cities (ieSoSC) program. students [presenting their research Applications are now open for students entering 9th, 10th and 11th grade in September 2019. Created as a follow-up experience to our Science of Smart Cities program, ieSoSC is an opportunity that offers 5 weeks of intensive STEM instruction and mentoring on the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Downtown Brooklyn campus in technology and engineering skills, design and prototyping, built around real world ‘smart city’ applications and research. 

Primarily (but not exclusively) intended for students that previously completed Science of Smart Cities, ieSoSC will show through hands-on projects, instruction and activities how to take coding/computer science, engineering and technology skills to another level by applying those skills to advanced smart cities ideas.  Participants will work with our graduate and undergraduate student-experts in increasingly sophisticated programming and engineering projects.

students presenting their researchThe program incorporates time devoted to 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 in engineering, technology and entrepreneurship to ideate, research/document, prototype and present a device(s)/app that use sensors, programming, data collection, analysis and reporting, and wireless communication technologies and protocols, in an ‘internet of things’ approach to a “smart cities design challenge” that creates a product that could be used by municipal agencies, the general public, and/or other user groups.

During the design challenge phase,circuits instructors will assist with all aspects of the work, helping to resolve technical challenges, providing input and feedback, and otherwise coaching and mentoring participants through the prototyping and presentation processes.  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.

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.

closeup of circuitry for an iesosc student group project


Dates and Additional Information

  • Application deadline: April 28

  • Notification on or around: May 6

  • Program Dates: Monday, July 1 – through Friday, August 2 (no class July 4th and 5th)

  • Presentation Event: Friday afternoon, August 2

Additional Information:

  • Program runs full days (approximately 9am to 4pm), five days a week

  • Our campus is located at 6 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn iesosc student giving a thumbs up

  • ieSoSC is free to attend, thanks to support from National Grid
  • Lunch, snacks are not provided. Students must bring their own food or have money
  • Transportation/MetroCards not provided
  • 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

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 2019

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


Application (Now Closed)

The Summer 2019 Application has now ended, thank you to all those who applied!