Feb 5, 2018
Vancouver and Surrey join forces for Smart Cities Challenge
Apr 24, 2018
Initial application submitted
Jun 1, 2018
We are shortlisted as finalists
Jun 2018 - Mar 2019
We are developing our final bid
Mar 5, 2019
Final bid submitted
We are here
May 14, 2019
Challenge winner announced
Finalist phase: finding vendors
To prepare our final bid, we evaluated both validated and experimental technologies proposed through a Call for Innovation (CFI).
Of 172 proposals, 81 proposals from 55 vendors have passed two stages of a rigorous three-stage evaluation process.
The shortlisted proposals fit into four categories:
- Foundational: infrastructure and software needed to operate the corridors
- Connected: software and devices that monitor, interpret, and display corridor activity
- City as a Platform: technologies that leverage existing city infrastructure
- Supporting: projects and programs the support the corridors in meaningful ways
These vendors include a major global automaker, three autonomous vehicle (AV) shuttle suppliers, four top telecommunications firms, and two global software leaders.
Finalist phase: community engagement
In the finalist phase, we continued the conversation with residents and the tech industry, with:
- Autonomous vehicle (AV) shuttle ride demos with 4,000+ rides taken
- An AV perception survey we asked riders to complete after demo rides
- Mission Possible, Escape Room Challenge, with 600 participants registered for this free event
- Greater Vancouver Board of Trade info session
- Stakeholder workshop with 17 community stakeholders, including social planners, RCPM officers, and an accessibility consultant
- VANquish Collisions Hackathon with 115 participants developing data-driven solutions to make our streets safer
- Civic Tech YVR dialogue session, attended by 40 members of the Civic Tech YVR meetup group
We wanted to start with making sure our proposal truly put our communities first.
We invited residents and the tech industry to share their ideas with us both online and in person.
These ideas helped us find our focus, define our goals, and propose solutions that:
- Would positively impact the lives of residents in Surrey and Vancouver
- Could be applied to communities across Canada
- Is measurable, ambitious, and achievable
On June 1, 2018, we were selected as a finalist for the Smart Cities Challenge.