Smart Waterloo Region Survey
We want your input and ideas for a Smart Waterloo Region!
Our community is taking part in the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge! Take a moment to learn more about the Smart Cities Challenge and our approach before completing our short survey below.
Feedback from the survey will be used by the Smart Waterloo Region steering committee, made up of area municipalities, to select a challenge area for our Smart Cities Challenge application. Your input will inform what challenge area is selected and what outcomes our application will seek to improve based on the criteria of:
- Is it measurable
- Is it ambitious
- Is it achievable
What is the Smart Cities Challenge?
The Smart Cities Challenge is a two phase funding competition open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across Canada. The Challenge empowers communities and residents to think big about their future to address community challenges using a smart cities approach.
Applicants must select a challenge area to develop a challenge statement. All challenge statements must be measureable, ambitious and achievable and define the outcomes a community aims to achieve by implementing its smart cities proposal.
Phase one applications are due April 24th, 2018. Finalists will be announced in the Summer of 2018 and winners will be selected in the Spring of 2019.
For more information about the application process and funding, please visit the Smart Cities Challenge website for more information.
What is Smart Waterloo Region?
The Region of Waterloo, three cities and four townships are teaming up to submit a joint Smart Cities Challenge application, and we are calling our initiative Smart Waterloo Region.
By working together, we hope to improve our community as a whole.
What is a Smart Cities approach?
A smart cities approach maximizes the benefits of data and advanced technology to address community and service delivery challenges. A smart cities approach uses:
- openness (open data sharing)
- integration (breaking down silos to benefit more residents)
- transferability (ideas that can be used by communities across the country)
- collaboration (working with different partners to address a community challenge)
Ultimately, a smart city can be defined as a city that uses technology and data to improve its community and enhance opportunities for its citizens.
What is data?
Data is everywhere. With the arrival of personal digital devices, like smart phones, data is constantly being created. Data is individual pieces of information, facts and statistics that are collected and combined for analysis, reference and decision-making.
What is open data?
Open data is data that anyone is free to use, reuse, modify and redistribute, and must be licensed in a way that facilitates its reuse.
What is advanced technology?
Advanced technology is technology that is cutting edge or the most advanced technology available. An example of advanced technology would be the latest smart phone or self-driving cars.
Why we need your help – what challenge should we focus on?
In order to make our community better for everyone, it’s important that we engage the people who live, access community supports and work in Waterloo Region. We want to hear from you! We want to know what challenge area(s) you think we need to address through our Smart Waterloo Region application.
Ideas and information shared in the following survey will be used to inform Smart Waterloo Region’s funding application. All responses will remain anonymous. Below are survey questions for you feedback, also, please join us for our upcoming public consultations if you would like to share your ideas in person.
- February 15th: Woolwich Memorial Centre, 24 Snyder Ave S, Elmira, Room #2, from 1:30pm-3:30pm
- February 26th: Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson St, Cambridge, The Bowman Room, from 6:00pm-9:00pm
- February 27th: Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, 101 Father David Bauer Drive, room 200, from 6:00pm-9:00pm
- March 1st: Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. W., the Rotunda, from 4:30pm-7:30pm
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