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Building Community Resilience
Smart cities approaches for lasting impact
Parks and Open Spaces: Challenges and Opportunities of Smart Technologies
Author(s): Open North
Date updated: March 2021
The Future Fix: Smart Farms for Northern Communities
Author(s): Spacing and Evergreen
Publisher: Spacing and Evergreen
Date updated: February 2021
Partnering for Success with Community Broadband
Date updated: March 2021
From consultation to co-creation in the open smart city
There are many ways to take action
An Open Smart City is where all sectors and residents collaborate in mobilizing data and technologies to develop their communities through fair, ethical, and transparent governance that balances economic development, social progress, and environmental responsibility.
What's coming up?
Date: May 1-October 31
Name: Future Cities Canada Summit
Mark your calendars.
Future Cities Canada Summit will return in a re-imagined format for 2021.
Starting in May, each month you will be invited to come together for one-day online events with city builders across Canada to tackle the pressing issues facing our cities.
Our monthly event series will open up new conversations that pave the way towards our big finale: A week-long convening in October 13-17, 2021
If you aren't already subscribed to Future Cities Canada News, subscribe to our mailing list to be the first to know about this fantastic new series!
Date: April 29
Name: Community Solutions Advisory Service Information Session & Innovation Capacity Exchange
Location: Virtual: Nationwide
Learn about the Community Solutions Advisory Service in an Information Session & Innovation Capacity Exchange
Delivered by Evergreen's lead technical partner Open North, the Community Solutions Advisory Service provides personalized data and technology related supports by sharing knowledge, expertise, experience and guidance to municipal staff and Indigenous communities. At no cost to communities, the service offers a range of activities focused on building municipal staff capacity on numerous open smart city topics, including data governance, procurement, privacy, smart city policy development, public engagement, and more.
Examples of the Community Solution Advisory Service in action include:
- The Advisory Service worked with the town of Bridgewater, the winner of the $5M prize at the Smart City Challenge, on their initiative to reduce their energy poverty rate.
- The Advisory Service also collaborated with the city of Saskatoon on their procurement strategy and resource planning. Now they’re working with them on a one-year free public Wi-Fi pilot to serve vulnerable neighbourhoods in the city.
Why should you attend?
This Information Session & Innovation Capacity Exchange is designed to connect municipalities and local governments across Canada to the open smart city capacity building supports offered by Open North.
Communities and municipalities - would you like to access national smart city experts to help make your community a healthier and safer place to live and work? Are you interested in building knowledge in the areas of open smart cities, data governance and management, open government, data sharing partnerships, digital inclusion, open procurement, and AI ethics? If so, this session is for you!
Date: June 23
Name: Atlantic Communities Innovation Workshop
Location: Virtual: Atlantic Canada
Details to come soon.
Smart Cities Challenge
Gain access to all Smart Cities Challenge applications!
Dive deeper into the smart city projects that communities across Canada are implementing using data and connected technology approaches to advance service area priorities and improve the lives of their residents. Learn more about these innovative ideas and the Smart Cities Challenge here.