Since the results of the Smart Cities Challenge were announced in May of 2019, service providers, community members, children and youth have been asking what now? What are the next steps? Is there a Plan B? How can we work together to make Canada the best community for kids even though we didn’t win the competition? Enter Smart Waterloo Region 2.0!
Although the loss was disappointing, it is clear our community is still committed to the wellbeing of children and youth in Waterloo Region. Over the last several months, the Smart Waterloo Region project team have worked with the SWR Advisory Committee, the SWR youth advisory committee (SCIC YUH), proposal partners and key stakeholders to identify which aspects of the final proposal have the best potential to move forward.
CYPT backbone staff have been busy working with Region of Waterloo Economic Development in conceptualizing Smart Waterloo Region 2.0. We are thankful to everyone who participated at the Round Table this summer to help with the identification of potential priorities. Partners from the tech sector will come together in September for a complimentary Round Table. More information will be shared at the September 26 CYPT meeting.