Kelowna seeks $50M prize

What could the City of Kelowna do with $50 million, or $10 million?

It hopes to find that out in the spring of next year.

Kelowna will compete against other cities across the country in the "Smart Cities Challenge."

It's a federal government competition where communities bring forward their best ideas to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

With the blessing of city council, staff will now engage a consultant to run design labs (workshops) with community stakeholder’s involvement.

Information services manager Rob Entwistle says with council's priorities, and the recently completed citizen's survey and Imagine Kelowna data, the city is prepared to work with partners on three broad topic areas to refine the challenge scope.

These include:

  • Development of an inclusive community - addressing homelessness
  • Resiliency in the face of climate change - water
  • Healthy neighbourhoods for all - managing growth & development

Finalists, announced in the summer, will be awarded $250,000 to advance their proposal.

The winners will be announced in the spring of next year.

A prize of up to $50 million will go to the overall winner. Two prizes of up to $10 million each are available for communities with a population less than 500,000, with one prize of $5 million open to communities with populations under 30,000.

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