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City of Saint John seeking Public input for Smart Cities Challenge

Survey will ask how data and connected technologies can solve our most significant challenges.

The City of Saint John, in cooperation with Enterprise Saint John, is looking for input from residents about the most significant challenges facing our community and how data and connected technologies could be used to solve them. It has a launched a survey to gather people’s ideas that could support a proposal for Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge program.

The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). It encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. The ideas and input submitted via the survey will inform the City's proposal to the federal government. Ultimately the City wants to know, if it had $10 million, where does the community think it should focus its efforts from a smart city perspective?

The purpose of this project is to present a compelling problem the community could turn into an opportunity for Saint John and potentially the region and beyond. It’s looking to solve a significant challenge in 2 – 5 years using data and connected technologies.

“Saint John has a long history of innovation and collaboration and that continues today. As a community, we have a lot of people across all sectors and walks of life who have important insights we want to tap into to solve some of our community’s biggest challenges,” says Mayor Don Darling.

At the same time, Enterprise Saint John is continuing with its, “Smart and Connected Community Data Project”, which could be helpful in securing Saint John’s bid to be part of the Smart Cities Challenge.

“While the Smart & Connected Community Data Project is a separate project, it provides a unique platform for innovation.  We are one of the first communities in North America to create a community data platform to house and analyze public and private data to help solve community and business problems. It’s a unique project that we can use to complement our Smart Cities Challenge. Both projects have the same goal; improve the quality of life in our community,” says Enterprise Saint John’s CEO, Ron Gaudet.  

Municipalities need to submit their applications by April 24th, 2018.  A list of finalists will be announced in the summer of 2018 and will receive up to $250,000 to further substantiate their ideas. Final submissions of the proposals will be expected by winter 2018/19, with only two successful communities awarded $10 million in the spring of 2019.

The survey opens today, February 27 and runs until Friday, March 9. 

To complete the survey, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/smartcitysj

To learn more about the Smart Cities Challenge, please go to: https://impact.canada.ca/en/challenges/smart-cities 
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