Destination: HOAAM

Instead of looking to the stars, we’re looking to the streets.

Specifically, we’re looking to our community’s avenues, interstates, sidewalks and bike lanes — and especially our PEOPLE.

Take our Crew Assessment Quiz to learn how your talents might be put to good use as ConnectGO and its partners begin to envision a future home for all of us. 

Destination: HOAAM Crew Assessment Quiz is a pilot project of Metro Smart Cities.

Nearly everyone wants the future to happen now. We all wonder what gadgets and technology we’ll be using years from now – could anyone have predicted that we’d be walking around with computers in our pockets? Well, yes. Science fiction writers have been dreaming about future technology for decades and now it’s our turn. Metro Smart Cities has been tasked with piloting such technologies and turn far-out ideas into reality in the Omaha area. 


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Omaha’s future isn’t that far away.

Space and time are relative — and so is our destination. We are recruiting a crew now so that we can be prepared for anything the future has in store for us. All skills, all levels and all personalities are welcome — you just need to be prepared to work on a team. Are you ready to transport our region toward a bold new direction? To help pilot a path to a more accessible, advanced and technological city of the future? Begin your journey HOAAM by taking our crew assessment quiz today.

HOAAM may seem like a distant, far off destination, but it’s actually right here, right now.

It’s time to rearrange our thinking and inspire everyone in the Omaha-area to open their minds about systemic, foundational-level changes. We can’t be stuck in the past if we want to move ahead (and we do). Destination: HOAAM is an ideal place, and it’s also about the journey. It’s a community and an idea. It’s also a movement. It’s a group of passionate people who are coming together to make things happen.

We can take action today to achieve our destiny of an inclusive, equitable, prosperous, vibrant city for all. Ten quick questions will help assess your skills and talents to discover the mission crew department where you might do the greatest good on HOAAM base. And immediately after you’re done, you’ll receive your very own shareable Mission Badge, crew member profile and more information on how to support our efforts! 

(Do not worry, we are not asking you to sign up for anything, open any sort of account or board a spaceship of any kind. We just want to get you thinking about what kind of place you want to live in the future, and your role in it…and have some fun along the way.)

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Living Long & Prospering


If we want to compete on a global scale, and if we don’t want to grow stagnant, we have to embrace new ways of living and working and traveling. The same old, same old is not going to cut it. Let’s rethink our approach to everything – our infrastructure, our processes, our communication, and what it means to live in the Omaha metro area.

You should know that we’re all in this together. And we’ve got world-class experts right here in our community who are sharing their wisdom, like the incredible people at ConnectGO, Metro Smart Cities, MAPA, and others. We still need you to join us. While our partners are going to science the Qi-Yah out of the challenge before us, we can’t move this enterprise forward without you and your crew.

Because where we’re going, we don’t need roads. (Okay maybe we do, but let’s examine all our assumptions and biases, too.)

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one.

Logic dictates we want the best and the brightest: the hardest workers and the deepest thinkers. Tell your friends, “you’re coming with me!” The most important part is that they feel passionate about our region and its potential. Recruit your friends to join our journey HOAAM by sharing this quiz. We have room for everyone, and remember, no one quits!

How do you schedule your time?


Time is precious - and that's why I carefully plan out nearly every minute of my day. I want to maximize every moment possible.

Time is precious - and that's why I prefer to decide how to spend it in the moment. I don't like to be chained to a clock or a calendar.

I prefer a routine - things need to be organized and planned.

Schedule? I fly by the seat of my pants.


What is your ideal mode of transportation?

In your home, is your decorating style more functional or fun?


Home is where my heart is, and I prefer eclectic surroundings that are full of memories and things that I love.

Home is where my life is - it's where I rest, eat, think and do things. I prefer minimalist surroundings where everything has a place.

Fun - things and spaces have an emotional attachment for me.

Functional - things should have a purpose.


In what type of neighborhood would you prefer to live?

Do you like to work on teams, or individual projects?


The only person you can truly control is yourself. Like Whitney said, If I fail, if I succeed, at least I'll live as I believe.

Other people can bring out the best in you. Like The Beatles said, I get by with a little help from my friends.

I like to fly solo.

Together is better.


Are you an early adopter or are you skeptical of new technologies?

At museums, do you stand back and look at all the exhibits in a room, or do you get up close to look at each piece?


I'm the type of person who finds typos, who looks for cracks in the walls and makes sure contingency plans are in place. Details are where things rise or fall.

I'm the type of person who makes connections, who figures out solutions to big problems and who sees things years down the road. The big picture is crucial for long-term success.

I focus on details — not only do I zero in on each painting, I look at each brush stroke.

I focus on the big picture. I’m looking at the room and the whole museum: the art, the people, the building, and how they all work together.


How would you prefer children get to school?

How comfortable are you with change?


Being stagnant is my worst fear. I not only embrace change, I instigate it around me constantly.

Change for the sake of change is a waste of energy. If it's not broken, don't fix it.

I am constantly changing things up, from how I arrange my furniture to my career and everything in between.

I think things are fine the way they are. Change is hard and I don’t like it. I often find myself thinking, “why can’t things go back to the way they were?”


Should we focus on better maintaining what we have or shift directions in a major way?

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