The City of London has set its sights on federal funding as part of the Smart Cities Challenge – a federal government initiative intended to inspire communities across the country to think about creative ways to use data and technology to enhance their city.
At the heart of the challenge is the ability for Canadian cities to use technology to solve a community challenge in one of the following categories: economic opportunity, empowerment and inclusion, environmental quality, healthy living and recreation, mobility, and safety and security. Prizes of up to $50 million will be awarded for cities that are best able to define and solve their challenge.
Key to success in this process is the development of a challenge statement – a single sentence that defines the desired outcome or outcomes that a community hopes to see through implementing its Smart Cities proposal. To be awarded a prize, the challenge statement needs to be shaped by residents, both in the development of the statement and in the plan to implement it.
Londoners are invited to participate and support this in a number of ways. Starting now until March 21, residents can visit getinvolved.london.ca/smartcities to help identify city priorities. Residents can also join the conversation and invite friends and family to weigh in by sharing this link and using the hashtags #SmartCityLDN and #SmartCitiesCanada. Once the priorities are defined, ideation sessions to hone in on recommendations for a specific idea will take place in late March, followed by the application development in early April.
“London is a growing and evolving digital creative hub, one that is already using data and technology to tackle unique challenges. We have so much talent that we’re fostering and attracting here and this Smart Cities Funding would help London take all of this to the next level,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “There will be no shortage of great ideas and I look forward to seeing what comes out of the Smart Cities Challenge.”
For more information about the Smart Cities Challenge and London’s bid to secure funding, visit getinvolved.london.ca/smartcities.
Ideation Session details:
Thursday, March 29 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Pathways, 205 Horton Street East
Wednesday, April 4 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Goodwill Industries, 255 Horton Street
Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Innovation Works, 201 King Street