Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Explain your project in details:
CityInclusive (CI) is a social-impact initiative dedicated to improving lives by providing access to information, guidance and engagement opportunities to generate and advance Smart Cities solutions for all. We do so by facilitating and fostering critical conversations about technology, inclusive community engagement, and youth participation in the design and shaping of Smart Cities. We facilitate these conversations both online and in-person and focus primarily on small, mid-sized and remote communities. By conducting research, elevating historically marginalized voices, and creating experiential and interactive spaces for youth and young professionals (Y&YPs) to vision the future for their communities, CI assists in imagining more inclusive cities and city-building processes. In doing so, we mobilize engagement and widespread participation in local decision-making processes.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
We aim to: - Enable fresh, new ideas on innovation and inclusivity to infiltrate the Canadian smart cities space, in particular in small, mid-sized, Indigenous, and remote communities; - Equip young Canadians with the knowledge, tools, networks and support to actively contribute to shaping their local communities; - Develop communities capacities to integrate more efficiently and inclusively the needs of their residents, in particular those most marginalized, in the design and deployment of new technologies and tech-enabled solutions.
Sustainability and future plans
One aspect of our work is to continue to iterate the development and deployment of an interactive future-cities-visioning toolkit for youth and young professionals (Y&YPs). This toolkit will empower them to imagine and shape their living environments in cities at a time of dramatic technological, societal and environmental transformation. We believe that creating spaces for youth to imagine better futures is central to the practice of democracy, and that the work of governing must engage the dreams and visions of the young. In its initial stages, the toolkit will feature interactive sessions and processes to create spaces and spark discussions on future cities. It will be informed by the concept of the Smart City. For example, the toolkit will include facilitated discussions, interactive activities, scenario-based simulations, storytelling exercises, art-based interventions, publications, interactive maps, etc. These will take place in communities across the country, with a focus on small and mid-sized, Indigenous, and remote communities. The early pilots will build on the successes and feedback obtained from CI prototypes already deployed with high-school students, university students, and young professionals. They will be refined through continuous facilitation in collaboration with local community partners and consultations with experts in the fields of education, city-building and design, municipal governance, etc. The ultimate goal is to create self-sustaining toolkits and materials that municipalities and local partners (e.g. NGOs, educators) can deploy, modify and take full ownership of with minimal CI involvement. The hope is also that future iterations of the toolkit will leverage new technologies (e.g. virtual/augmented reality, gamification and artificial intelligence) to push the boundaries of creative and innovative ways of future-city-visioning.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
CityInclusive is a group project of five young people (all under the age of 35) from five different countries, four continents and from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. We believe in the power of change on the local level, specifically in cities and our neighborhoods. We are tech-savvy millennials with start-up mentalities who think critically about the impact of technology and applications of tech-enabled solutions in communities and our everyday lives. We are also inspired by the smart city concept and the potential to radically transform Canadian communities while providing a blueprint for the rest of the world to replicate and fit their own unique needs. We are currently housed within Concordia University's Institute for Urban Futures as part of futurist-in-residence program.