Right now we are asking members of the community to participate in New Westminster’s Smart Cities Challenge survey. Tell us what you think our Smart Cities Challenge proposal should focus on! All survey participants are eligible to win a LEEF Micro SD Reader.
On January 31, 2018 community members gathered at City Hall to collaboratively identify opportunities for improving the lives of New Westminster residents. The ideas and themes that were developed at this workshop have been used to develop draft challenge statements. We are now taking these draft challenge statements out to the broader community for input and collaboration.
Developing challenge statements helps the City prepare to compete in the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, which is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). The challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.
There are three different prize categories for the Smart Cities Challenge:
- One prize of up to $50 million open to all communities, regardless of population;
- Two prizes of up to $10 million open to all communities with populations under 500,000 people; and
- One prize of up to $5 million open to all communities with populations under 30,000 people.
New Westminster’s Challenge Statement
In order to compete for the prize money, New Westminster will need to develop an awesome challenge statement to guide the vision of our proposal. A challenge statement is a single sentence that defines the outcome our community aims to achieve by implementing our smart cities proposal. It must be measurable, ambitious, and achievable through the proposed use of data and connected technology.
- Community survey for gathering input – open until March 12, 2018
- Review all surveys and formal submissions to develop a Smart Cities Challenge proposal.
- Spring 2018 - Smart Cities Challenge proposal development
- Summer 2018 - Infrastructure Canada will announce the competition finalists.
- Future community collaboration will occur if our proposal gets selected
Thank you for thinking big and sharing your ideas!