Launch of SMART Windsor Essex – Smart Cities Challenge

Friday, March 23, 2018

Media Release


Connecting Windsor Essex, along with community Partners at the City of Windsor, County of Essex, University of Windsor, St. Clair College and other local stakeholders launched the SMART Windsor Essex Smart Cities Challenge today at the Epicentre at the University of Windsor.

Through analysis of local data three high-impact focus areas - “Poverty”, “Health” and “Employment” – were identified as potential themes for the Smart Windsor Essex proposal.  The SMART Windsor Essex project team is looking for the community to provide their feedback on these three focus areas and prioritize a list of options. The Smart Windsor Essex project team wants to know how a smart cities approach can help in addressing one of these challenges.

The public is encouraged to visit to be a part of the challenge and complete the online engagement form, share an idea on how best to address a focus area using data and technology and to subscribe for updates on the proposal and projects.

SMART Windsor Essex can improve the quality of life for residents, create job opportunities for citizens and promote a progressive image of a city.

About the Smart Cities Challenge
The Smart Cities Challenge encourages municipalities to think creatively in achieving meaningful outcomes for residents using innovation, data and connected technology. The competition is open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities. Finalists will receive $250,000 to develop their smart cities proposal and winning communities will be awarded a $10 million grant to help implement the plans. A smart cities approach aims to achieve meaningful outcomes for residents, building upon the fundamental benefits that data and connected technology have to offer:

Openness – by making data openly accessible, useable and barriers-free, decision-making becomes open and transparent, empowering citizens and strengthening their relationships with public organizations.

Integration – by sharing data and using connected technologies communities can break down silos that exist within local governments and public organizations.

Transferability – by building upon open, transparent and standardized tools and technologies, new practices and ways of thinking can be adopted by communities across the country, no matter their size or capacity.

Collaboration – by bringing together traditional and non-traditional partners with diverse knowledge and capability, collaborations create transformative outcomes that benefit the community.


Media Contacts:
Bob Campbell
CEO Connecting Windsor Essex
(226) 674 3636

Matt Johnson
Economic Development Officer
City of Windsor
519-255-6100 Ext. 6608

Renee Trombley
Manager of Corporate Communications and Accessibility
County of Essex
519-776-6441 Ext. 1330