Community Engagement

Smart Cities Challenge Idea Generation

Feb 26, 2018, 13:20 PM


We want to compete in Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge but need your help to come up with a great idea.

The Smart Cities Challenge is an initiative for communities to address issues through community partnerships using data and connected technology. 

There are two prize categories we could aim for:

  • One prize of $50 million
  • One of two prizes of $10 million

In your own words, tell us:

  1. What issue in our community do you think is most pressing, and
  2. How can we solve it or make improvements using data and technology?

Submit your idea to by 4:30 PM on Friday, March 9. In your submission, please include:

  • A description of the issue.
  • A detailed description of an improvement or solution that uses data and technology,
  • Your full name, address, phone number and the best method to contact you if your submission is chosen.

You can also fill out this form and email it back to us or hand it in to City Hall at the attention of Priscilla Feng (455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J6) by 4:30 pm on Friday, March 9. Copies of the forms will be available for pick up in City Hall, the Service and Resource Centre (411 Dunsmuir Street) and City recreation centres.  If you need more space, feel free to attach more pages to the form.

If we find there is one we can tackle as a community, we will submit it to the challenge. If yours is chosen, we will work together on the submission and how to bring it to life. 

Please note: all submissions will be posted to the City website along with your name*.

The deadline to apply for the challenge is Tuesday, April 24, 2018 which means our time is tight. But, if we get the right idea and solution to move forward with, we think we can make it work!

For more information on the Smart Cities Challenge, visit Infrastructure Canada’s website.

Some examples of how Nanaimo uses data and connected technology to be a Smart City include:

  • Free WiFi in City facilities
  • Report a park or public works problem using the Nanaimo Recycles app - download on App Store or Google Play
  • Using GPS in City vehicles to better train and encourage efficient driving practices
  • Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to manage assets and infrastructure and provide relevant information to residents and businesses through online apps such as What's Building in My Neighbourhood.
  • Facilitating public conversations using custom eTown Hall software


Infrastructure Canada's Smart Cities Challenge

Definition of a Smart City

Idea Submission Form

* Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) Information collected on this form is done so under the general authority of the Community Charter and FOIPPA, and is protected in accordance with FOIPPA.  Personal information will only be used by authorized staff to fulfill the purpose for which it was originally collected, or for a use consistent with that purpose.

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