Waterloo Region is seeking community input for its Smart Cities Challenge bid
Waterloo Region – Smart Waterloo Region (SmartWR), a partnership between the Region of Waterloo and area municipalities, is seeking public feedback for its application to Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge.
The is a two phase funding competition open to all communities across Canada. The Challenge empowers communities and residents to think big about their future to address community challenges using a smart cities approach.
A smart cities approach maximizes the benefits of data and advanced technology to address community and service delivery challenges to improve quality of life and enhance opportunities for citizens.
Applicants must select a challenge area to develop a challenge statement. All challenge statements must be measureable, ambitious and achievable and define the outcomes a community aims to achieve by implementing its smart cities proposal.
The Region is encouraging community members to provide feedback on issues they would like to see addressed, like high school graduation rates or affordable housing. Feedback collected will be used to inform SmartWR’s funding proposal. Winning proposals will be awarded with up to $50 million in prize money to help communities implement their smart cities solutions.
“The Federal Government’s Smart Cities Challenge is a great opportunity for everyone in this Region to come together and tackle some of our largest community challenges,” said Regional Chair Ken Seiling. “We are not only one of Canada’s leading technology communities, but we are also a community that is rooted in collaboration. By leveraging these two assets, we can develop a Smart Waterloo Region that leverages data and connected technology to improve the quality of life for our residents.”
The Smart Cities Challenge asks leaders of communities to team up with pioneering businesses, academia, and civic organizations to design innovative solutions to address their most pressing challenges using data and connected technologies.
Public input can be provided in two ways:
-In-person at Smart Waterloo Region open houses taking place on:
Funding applications are due April 28th, 2018. Infrastructure Canada will be announcing phase one finalists of the Smart Cities Challenge in the summer of 2018. Those short listed will be awarded funds to complete phase two of the application process. Winners of the Smart Cities Challenge will be announced in early 2019.