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saskatoon listed as a top-20 finalist for federal smart cities challenge


The Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge asks communities across the country to share their best ideas for improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. In short, smart cities are those that use technology and data to improve livability and opportunities for the city and its residents.

On June 1, the Government of Canada announced the round one finalists, which included Saskatoon. The finalists received $250,000 to further develop their ideas into a full proposal.

Winners will be announced in spring 2019 and will have their ideas funded through a potential $10 million prize. Saskatoon is eligible in the category for communities with populations under 500,000.

In December 2017, Innovation Place hosted the Saskatchewan launch of the Smart Cities Challenge (see scene feature). Earlier this year, Innovation Place hosted brainstorming sessions for the Challenge with the City of Saskatoon to collect feedback from the tech community on potential technology solutions. This information was included in the proposal for making Saskatoon a smarter city, with a particular focus on community safety and youth incarceration. 

Read more about Saskatoon’s spot in the top 20 here.

For more information, visit the Smart Cities Challenge website and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #smartcitiesCanada.


- June 11, 2018



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