Mississauga Could Win Substantial Amount of Money
If you’re more technologically inclined, the city might have an opportunity for you.
The City of Mississauga wants you to share your big ideas on how technology, data and innovation could make Mississauga even better. Whether you’re thinking about an app that could help with traffic congestion or a new environmentally friendly way to dispose of waste, the city wants to hear from you.
The call to action has come because Mississauga is participating in the Government of Canada's Smart Cities Challenge, a challenge where communities are encouraged to submit ideas on how technology can improve the city.
The challenge is a pan-Canadian competition where the top prize includes $50 million in funding that will go towards the innovative plan that the city puts together.
The City of Mississauga has already engaged in developing a technologically savvy community, especially through the IT Master Plan. Some ideas that that have been implemented to create a connected and modern city? Free public Wi-Fi, hackathons, LED lighting, mobile apps, Advanced Traffic Management and more.
"Technology plays a significant role in enabling a connected and engaged City," said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. "The progress we are making through our innovative IT Master Plan positions the City as a leader in Smart City technology. It is also a large part of what makes Mississauga a great place to live, work, attend school or do business."
You may remember in the beginning of 2017 when Mississauga was the first Canadian city to launch a "virtual campus" through eduroam. Now, the city wants to improve in other areas to become a significant pioneer in the use of technology to enhance living and community programming.
"The launch of eduroam on May 1 positions Mississauga as a leader in providing access that supports learning, innovation and collaboration in our facilities and public spaces," said Shawn Slack, Chief Information Officer, City of Mississauga. "Through the IT Master Plan process and initiatives like eduroam, we are realizing a new and exciting vision. This plan ensures the City is using technology effectively to deliver the services our customers and residents rely on now and for the future."
There are two ways that you can contribute to the Smart Cities Challenge. You can either submit ideas online or attend a public community engagement session. Public sessions will explore how data and technology could be used to enhance services and programs already in place or to further assist in solving public issues:
- enhance access to services and digital inclusion
- further access to social services, affordable housing and more
- facilitate culture, heritage and education
- improve the environment
- promote and ensure public safety
- advance transportation and ease traffic congestion
- ease the effects of extreme weather
Community Engagement Sessions:
Learn more about Smart Cities and share your big ideas.
Thursday, February 15, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 22, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
C Banquets, 12th Floor, Mississauga Civic Centre
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga [MAP]
Complimentary underground parking available after 6 p.m. Entrance to parking garage is located on Duke of York Blvd.
Visit the Smart City Challenge website to learn more.