Future Cities Challenge

Location technology platform Foursquare and Netmob join forces and invite urban modellers to participate in a unique data challenge.


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A Call for Data-driven Urban Innovation

Researchers are welcome to produce 4-page (max) reports on topics that will shape future cities. Works for the following (but not limited to) topics will be considered. Visionary ideas are especially encouraged. Participation Guidelines.

Location Intelligence

Methods, analytics and models that predict foot traffic and signals that make a business successful.

Urban Growth and Dynamics

How do cities grow and how do urban dynamics and patterns manifest in terms of venue interactions?

City and Society

We welcome works that address urban social phenomena by means of urban mobility data and help improve living conditions in cities.

Visualisation in Geo

Visualisation methods and cartography tools for urban modelling and analytics.

Mobility and Transport

Works that use mobile datasets to understand and improve urban transport and accessibility.

Cities as Complex Systems

Emergent properties in urban systems, gravity and network models of venue and area interactions.


As part of the challenge, access to a longitudinal mobility dataset describing venue interactions in the world's top cities will be provided to participating research groups.


Matthew Kamen

SVP Engineering,


Renaud Lambiotte

Mathematical Institute,
Oxford University


Jesse Lane

Communications Manager, Foursquare


Anastasios Noulas

Center for Data Science,
New York University


Cecilia Mascolo

Computer Lab,
Cambridge University


Vsevolod Salnikov

Mathematics Department, University of Namur


Sarah Spagnolo

Sr. Director, Communications, Foursquare


Adam Walksman

Head of Core Technology,

Program Committee

   Geoff Boeing, Northeastern University, USA

   Kostas Pelechrinis, University of Pittsburgh, USA

   Vanessa Frias-Martinez, University of Maryland, USA

   Enrique Frias-Martinez, Telefonica Research, Spain

   Yves-Alexandre de Montoye, Imperial College, UK

   Michael Szell, ITU Copenhagen, Denmark

   Rossano Schifanella, University of Turin, Italy

   Marta Gonzalez, UC Berkeley, USA

   Stefan Feuerriegel, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

   Cristina Kadar, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

   Krittika D'Silva, Cambridge University, UK

   Mirco Musolesi, University College London, UK

   George Roussos, Birkbeck College, UK

   Bruno Goncalves, JP Morgan, USA

   Flora Salim, RMIT University, Australia

   Xiao Zhou, Cambridge University, UK

   Luca Maria-Aiello, Bell Labs, Cambridge UK

   Euro Beinat, University of Salzburg, Austria

   Esteban Moro, MIT Media Lab, USA

   Andrea Baronchelli, City University, UK

   Daniele Quercia, Bell Labs, Cambridge UK

Participation Guidelines

    Opening Date for Declaration of Interest and Data Access: 15th of March, 2019 onwards.

    Closing Date for Declaration of Interest and Data Access: 4th of April, 2019.

    *** Email: participate@futurecitieschallenge.com from an address of your organisation
with subject being your project's title and the email to include a list of participants and a
400-word project description. ***

    Research Topics

    Conference Dates: 8-10 July 2019

    Submission Deadline: 22nd of May, 2019

    Notification of Acceptance: 29th of May, 2019

    Submission Website: 4-Page report at Easychair FCC19

    Location: Mathematical Institute, Oxford University, UK

    Netmob 2019 Website