Entertainment and activities | December 5, 2019
On Saturday, November 30, the City of Mississauga hosted the SMRTCTY Idea Jam in collaboration with the Mississauga Library. The event brought the community together to explore ways of using technology to make the City’s services more accessible and inclusive.
At the event, teams were challenged to come up with ideas on how digital screens could be used to improve accessibility and inclusion at the City.
After spending the day working on their ideas, teams pitched their ideas to a panel of judges which included a representative from the City, ICUBE UTM and CNIB. The ideas were evaluated based on their consideration of accessibility and inclusion, feasibility, creativity and whether the ideas were citizen-focused.
Idea Jam winners
Participants were also treated to a talk from Microsoft Accessibility Lead Ricardo Wagner and got to learn more about how the City is improving accessibility in Mississauga from presentations by the Mississauga Library and the City’s Accessibility Specialist.
While working on their ideas, teams had access to mentorship from City staff, including Library and Information Technology staff and Facility and Property Management’s Accessibility Planning team. Members of the City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee and industry experts were also available to provide guidance, including Microsoft, CNIB, ICUBE UTM, Hackernest Mississauga and Amazon. Participants were also taught brainstorming and presentation skills by RIC Centre and EDGE Sheridan College.
Congratulations to all of the teams for their hard work and innovative ideas. Mississauga residents can look forward to more SMRTCTY events in 2020.
For more information about SMRTCTY Mississauga, visit smartcity.mississauga.ca.
To learn more about the Mississauga Library and the accessible materials, technology and services that are available, visit mississauga.ca/library.
The SMRTCTY Idea Jam is the second project from the Centre for Civic Curiosity, one of the pillars of Mississauga’s Smart City Master Plan, which provides the public with opportunities to learn, connect and contribute to the City’s future through talks, workshops and demonstrations.