We all want our cities to be safe, sustainable and livable. Getting there depends on how well we can address the complex social and economic challenges standing in our way.Civic leaders can’t (and shouldn’t) be left to do this on their own.
From clean energy and digital connectivity to data and AI, Canada’s innovation ecosystem is ready and able to help overcome our biggest municipal challenges. But to do it we need clear pathways for collaboration and problem solving between innovators and government leaders.
That’s why CityAge and Communitech brought local government and tech founders and business together. On March 3, we explored how municipal governments and the world’s best innovators can explore, define and solve today's complex challenges, and build the future of cities, together.
Anchor Welcome and Introduction, Naomi Parness, Founder, KPW Communications
Opening Comments by: Adam Straker, Program Manager, Ecosystem Collaboration, Communitech
Presentation by: Larry Smith, Founder & Senior Researcher, the Problem Lab, University of Waterloo
How do we really know what the future of cities looks like? What trends we’re seeing, what possibilities cities should prepare for, and how they will shape the solutions they adopt.
Panel 1: Complex Challenges, Collaborative Solutions
Cities are facing complex challenges. Exciting solutions exist, but they’re not always easy to implement. What challenges do cities face in trying to adopt the latest technologies? What challenges do innovators face in trying to scale their solutions in cities? How do we improve that collaboration to solve problems?
Presentation by: Tess Van Thielen, Vice President, Advanced Services Portfolio, Rogers for Business
The changing face of digital collaboration. How tech leaders, government and corporations are working together to shape the future of cities.
Presentation by: Ann Cavoukian, Chief Privacy Officer, Innovate Cities, Founder & CEO, Global Privacy & Security by Design, Former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
Panel 2: Public-Private Partnerships to build the Future’s Cities: What Works & What Doesn’t?
A look at various public-private partnerships - successful and not. What worked? What didn’t work? What can other innovators and city leaders learn from these examples?