The Challenge: Located in sunny Southern California, Long Beach boasts 300 days of uninterrupted sunshine a year. Yet, during the workweek, downtown public parks sit empty while professionals toil away in surrounding office buildings. In order to encourage professionals and entrepreneurs to step away from their offices, the City of Long Beach seeks to turn the office culture inside-out by creating Long Beach’s first outdoor office at Harvey Milk Plaza, a centrally located City-owned public space.  

The Opportunity: The City seeks outdoor furnishings and technologies that are useful, durable, attractive and easily replicable. The selected products and/or services might be Wi-Fi enabled, multi-purpose, moveable, provide lighting, shade, incorporate charging stations and integrate technology. The functions and features listed above are not exhaustive and the City is open to learning about other creative solutions that can enhance the outdoor office space. The winner(s) of the challenge will have their piece(s) purchased and used in the first public park in the US to offer outdoor office amenities, programming, and infrastructure in a single site.  

Who can participate: The opportunity is open to anyone with a solution to the challenge. The City welcomes ideas from furniture designers, manufacturers, artists, engineers, lighting specialist, technologists, entrepreneurs, design enthusiasts, and general city enthusiasts working locally or internationally.   


  • Read the challenge statement here
  • Register with Planet Bids here
  • Review the Request for Solution (RFS) located on Planet Bids
  • Prepare and write down your answers  
  • Submit your answers electronically as a PDF document via the Long Beach Planet Bids Portal here


How do I register with Planet Bids for free?
To register with Planet Bids for free, please connect via the Long Beach Portal using this link:

You can also watch a video on how to register here and learn how to send your submission here.  

Can I participate in the challenge if I have an international company?
Yes. Long Beach encourages international participation in the challenge. If you are an international company and do not have a US affiliate, when prompted to provide your IRS Reporting Name, input your company’s name. Then, when prompted to provide an FEI/Tax ID number, input the last nine digits of your company’s phone number.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   If am not able to attend the showcase event but I am able to send my item(s). Can I still participate?                           Yes, absolutely! Attendance at the showcase is not a requirement. All applicants will be encouraged to provide an optional photo of the team or of the individual. The City of Long Beach will be using the provided photos for marketing and promotional materials. The Exhibitor is responsible for showcasing their solution(s) (physical structure, technology, or combination) in the City of Long Beach for a period of 12/01 - 12/15/2016.                                                                                                                                                                                                        
I sell and/or manufacture a lot of items that I would like to propose. Can I submit multiple items?                                     Applicants are welcomed to submit multiple solutions but must complete a separate application for each one. You are encouraged that you limit the size of your response to approximately 10 pages including supporting documentation in a single PDF document.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is the City responsible for shipping my showcase item(s) back to me?
The exhibitor is responsible for all costs associated with the completion and delivery of their solution to the City of Long Beach. The City will cover the installation, maintenance and de-installment of all showcase items; and reserves the right to remove items or components if there is a safety concern, in cases of emergency or extensive vandalism. The City will be responsible for securing the necessary permits, prepare legal documents for signature by the exhibitor to showcase the solution. Exhibitors are responsible for shipping if they would like the item(s) returned. Delivery instructions will be provided to the selected finalists. The City is providing the installation, maintenance and de-installment of all showcase items, and will be securing the necessary permits and preparation of the legal documents.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Does my solution(s) need to fall within a specific price range?
Several solutions may be chosen together for the final Outdoor Office. The City has an initial budget of $50,000 to purchase all of outdoor office furniture and technology. The winner(s) of the challenge will have their piece(s) purchased and used in the first public park in the US to offer outdoor office amenities, programming, and infrastructure in a single site                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If my item is damaged during the showcase, will the City reimburse me for damages?
The City will not reimburse the exhibitor for items damaged during the showcase. The selected solutions must be weatherproof, and vandal-proof (prevent scratching/etching, anti-graffiti coating). The City reserves the right to remove items or components of the solution if there is a safety concern or in cases of emergency or extensive vandalism.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Can I talk to someone to find out more?
Questions must be submitted via email to Paula Garcia at and carbon copy (cc) Alma Castro at

Questions must be submitted by September 15, 2016 by 4:00 PM Pacific Time, in order to be guaranteed a response before the Initial Application submission period is closed. 

Long Beach

The City of Long Beach, California covers approximately 52 square miles on the southern coast of Los Angeles County. Long Beach has a population of 462,257, making the City the second largest city in Los Angeles County and the seventh largest city in the State. Long Beach is home to many valuable assets including the second busiest sea port in the nation; notable tourist attractions such as The Aquarium of the Pacific and the Queen Mary; remarkable education educations such as California State University Long Beach, Long Beach City College, and Long Beach Unified School District. The City boasts seven miles of coast line as well as 164 parks.



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