Thank you to everyone who participated in the Smart City Challenge! Your voices and ideas were incorporated into our application!
The City is very proud of all the hard work that was put in engaging the community to create a challenge statement that adopted a smart cities approach to improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data, and connected technology. We are excited to see what the finalists will propose!
Developing the challenge statement was the first step in helping 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 top 20 finalists were announced June 1st and will continue to work on their final proposals into the winter of 2019 with winners announced in the spring of 2019.
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 were used to develop draft challenge statements.
From here we opened the discussion up to the broader community, engaging citizens with an online survey asking for feedback on the challenge statements and input on additional challenges. The survey was also available at several pop-up engagement locations including the February Business Expo and at both Douglas College and the River Market.
On April 4th, a citizen jury was facilitated by the Justice Institute of British Columbia at City Hall, where community members deliberated and chose New Westminster’s Challenge Statement. Immediately following, members of the Intelligent New West committees provided their input as Smart City experts, to brainstorm possible solutions and measurable actions needed to deliver on the outcomes of the Challenge Statement.
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.
Finalists were announced June 1, 2018, and the City of New Westminster was not considered as a selected finalist and will therefore not move forward in the process
Good luck to the top 20 – we are excited to see what your hard work will bring to the communities of Canada
Thank you for thinking big and sharing your ideas!