Judges Needed: IEEE 2016 Washington Future City Competition


Future City starts with a question – how can we make the world a better place?

To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, and green energy. This year’s topic: Waste Management.

Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city description; a scale model; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February. After the competition is over, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, they are poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.

The local IEEE Chapter is seeking volunteers to judge entries.

City Description Judge: Read and review 8-10 City Description Essays, and score them using the rubric provided.

Time Commitment: Several hours on your own time (between January 13-22nd)



*NEW* Computer City Design Judge: Judge 8-10 slideshow presentations, and score them using the rubric provided. SimCity software is no longer needed for this aspect of judging.

              Time Commitment: Several hours on your own time (between January 13-22nd)



Model & Presentation Judge: Judge physical models & oral presentations on the day of the actual competition, Saturday, January 23th. Lunch will be provided.

Time Commitment: Several hours between 7:30 AM and early afternoon on Saturday, January 23th

Location: DigiPen Institute of Technology, Redmond, WA


Register online at http://futurecity.org/register ASAP so we can begin organizing judges. Register as a “Regional Competition Judge” for “Washington Region” and indicate what kind of judging you would like to participate in (Computer City Design, City Description, or Model & Presentation).


*NEW* Starting this year, there will be a separate Washington (Eastern) Sub-Region competition for Eastern Washington competitors who will compete on January 16th at Washington State University, a week before the regional competition. Finalists of the Sub-Region will participate and be re-scored in the Washington Region competition on January 23rd at DigiPen Institute of Technology.

If you live in Eastern Washington and wish to participate as judge in the Sub-Region competition to be held at Washington State University on January 16th, you can register on the Washington (Eastern) Sub-Region website athttp://futurecity.org/washington-eastern-sub-region or contact washington_east@futurecity.org  for additional information.


Thank you!


Sarah Davis

Judge Co-Coordinator, Washington Future City



Jeanne Harshbarger

Judge Co-Coordinator, Washington Future City