News release

Mississauga’s Code and the City Open Data Idea Jam – A Success!

Business and innovation | March 5, 2016

The City of Mississauga co-hosted its’ first Idea Jam, Code and The City in partnership with Sheridan College and I-CUBE (University of Toronto Mississauga) today. The sold out event welcomed over 80 developers, designers, mappers and information analysts to share ideas on how Mississauga could gain greater awareness and engagement with the community in a digital environment.


Winners and Prizes


After a jam packed day of fostering collaboration between mentors and participants, 17 teams presented their solutions to the judges during 3 minute speed pitch sessions. Judges selected the top 3 submissions:


  • The Librarians won the first place prize of $3,000. They created an idea for a mobile tool that matches service requests between seniors and high school volunteers;
  • Solutions Bureau won the second place prize of $2,000. Their idea was for an app that helps citizens to avoid parking violations; and
  • A&T won the third place prize of $1,000. Their idea was for an app that provides citizens real time information on the location of buses.


Above: Cody and the City winners.
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Workshops with industry top professionals included topics on developing a website, building geospatial apps using the open data portal and giving data meaning through storytelling. The event also included a marketplace to showcase with ICUBE UTM, Mississauga’s Open Data team, MBEC and Mississauga’s Official Open Data Community.


Congratulations to all the participants who took part in the first Code and the City Idea Jam!



Judges for Code and the City included:

  • Donna Heslin, MSc, PMP, Assistant Director, External Relations, University of Toronto Mississauga;
  • Brian Pham, PhD – Academic Adviser and Professor, Applied Computing, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology;
  • Nigel Roberts, Manager, Digital Services & Mobility, City of Mississauga;
    Shawn Slack, MBA Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, City of Mississauga;
  • Stefano Grossi, Director, Product Development & Architecture, SOTI; and
  • Robert Baird, President and CEO, LOGIX Data Products.


International Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.


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City of Mississauga
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