City of Edmonton announces challenges for Startup in Residence Program

Earlier this year, Mayor Iveson in his State of the City address announced Edmonton would participate in the Startup in Residence (STIR) program to find innovative solutions to municipal challenges by leveraging the agile approach and bright minds of startups. Through this unique program, startups from around the world can apply to be selected by more than 30 government partners to build technology solutions to their most pressing local challenges.

Today, the City of Edmonton announced it’s three challenges!

  • A vandalism detection and prevention system for City-maintained structures in public spaces

  • A chatbot that would reduce 311 call volumes for routine information-base calls

  • A mobile app that would deliver information to users about the optimal blend of

    transportation options, including transit, vehicle for hire, car share, and/or cycling

Startups, including companies with an existing product, have until November 7th to apply to the STIR program.

One of the best parts of the City of Edmonton partnering with the STIR program is that participating startups benefit from the streamlined process and best practices established by STIR after working with dozens of municipalities in some of the most competitive tech cities in the world. The City of Edmonton is a world leader in Open Data and is an incredible supporter of our local startup community. They recognize the role of hackathons and friendly competition to spark new ideas, but that largescale solutions to complex problems need dedicated time and resources to create reliable solutions.

We would love to see an Edmonton-based startup team succeed in solving one of our local challenges! International programs like STIR offer our local community to step up to the challenges in our own backyard but also shine a light on other municipalities where our local talent can make a big impact - especially in the fields of data analytics, AR/VR, Natural Language Processing, AI/ML. There are currently 81 challenges posted on the STIR site and all of them are open to Edmonton teams to solve!

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STIR does not guarantee a government contract to selected companies, but the entire process is set up for both parties to succeed - the municipality and the startup.

Read the full release from The City of Edmonton below and stay tuned for details on an upcoming Facebook Live to answer all of your questions before the application deadline!


Municipal challenges set for international startups

October 9, 2018

The City of Edmonton is looking to STIR things up a bit.

As part of the Startup in Residence (STIR) program, the City has released three unique challenges that startups from Edmonton and around the world can apply to solve through technology.

“We want to harness the creativity of the global startup community to help us tackle some of the challenges we face as a municipality,” says Norman Mendoza, Manager with Open City and Technology. “The Startup in Residence program also offers our innovative Edmonton-based startups the chance to partner with governments from around the world, which could spark new innovations across a number of different sectors in our city.”

The City of Edmonton challenges include:

  • A vandalism detection and prevention system for City-maintained structures in public spaces

  • A chatbot that would reduce 311 call volumes for routine information-base calls

  • A mobile app that would deliver information to users about the optimal blend of

    transportation options, including transit, vehicle for hire, car share, and/or cycling

The City of Edmonton is one of 31 government partners in North America in the Startup in Residence program. Since 2014, nearly 50 startups from around the world have provided technology solutions to cities, including San Francisco, Miami and Houston. Previous projects in the program included foster care application streamlining, smart sensors on trash cans, and volunteer engagement tools. Startups can go to StartupinResidence.org to apply for one or more of the 90+ challenges posted by the Startup in Residence network of government partners.

Our picks for Edmonton Startup Week!

Our picks for Edmonton Startup Week!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday break enjoying time with friends and family! 

With Edmonton Startup Week fast approaching, I want to share our team's top picks for each day of the celebration. Of course, there is so much more to choose from with more than 60 events and more being added every day. Make sure to build your custom schedule as some sessions are filling quickly! 

Q & A with Matt Helt - Startup Week Director, Techstars

Q & A with Matt Helt - Startup Week Director, Techstars

Edmonton Startup Week is back and better than ever! With over 50 (mostly free) workshops, socials and presentations, Startup Week is the biggest celebration of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship the city has to offer.

As we gear up for our fifth Startup Week, the Startup Edmonton team caught up with Startup Week director Matt Helt to find out more about the event’s origins and why an accelerator of Techstars’ caliber places such an importance on community building.

More than fun and games at Trajectory IQ

More than fun and games at Trajectory IQ

Jason Suriano wrote the book on game-powered learning. Literally.

In 2017, he delved into 15 years of research, consulting and production experience to demystify this often-misunderstood discipline in a book titled Office Arcade: Gamification, Byte-Size Learning, and Other Wins on the Way to Productive Human Resources.

“A lot of people might not take what we're doing seriously,” says the bright-eyed founder and CEO of Edmonton-based e-learning company, Trajectory IQ.

While many companies understand that game-powered learning is more engaging and can, in turn, lead to higher retention of information, they simply don’t see the value in investing in what they perceive as fun and games, explains Suriano.

“[They think] ‘Yeah it's more engaging or interactive, but what is that going to do for the company?’”

Our favourite time of the year - Edmonton Startup Week returns October 15 - 19

Our favourite time of the year - Edmonton Startup Week returns October 15 - 19

In this week’s Facebook Live, Tiffany and Stephanie share some of their favourite parts of Edmonton Startup Week. In partnership with Techstars, Edmonton Startup Week is a celebration of our city’s thriving startup and tech community! Join in on the fun October 15 - 19, 2018.

Registration is simple, but here are our top three tips to get started:

Meet the Company: Showbie

Meet the Company: Showbie

When Colin Bramm and Roy Pombeiro launched Showbie in 2012, the pair thought it would be impressive if they could have their classroom software used not just in Alberta, but across the border in Saskatchewan or even the United States. It turns out, they may have set their sights a little small – today, Showbie is used by 3 million teachers, parents and students in more than 135 countries.

Launch Party 9 | Exciting Plans for October 18

Launch Party 9 | Exciting Plans for October 18

Launch Party is my favourite event of the year. In 2010, Startup Edmonton held its first Launch Party at the Matrix Hotel. I volunteered to help check people in at the registration table that night, and it was my first interaction with the passionate startup community in Edmonton.

Since that first incarnation, Launch Party has found a home in many unique locations, from our space in the Mercer Warehouse to Rogers Place! This year we’re thrilled to be at the beautiful Enbridge Centre located at 10175 - 101 Street.

To accommodate even more people this year and give them the chance to try the hottest new tech products from local companies, we’re introducing two types of tickets. This way you can join in the fun right after the workday or come back and spend the evening with us.

September Update: September Update: Edmonton Startup Week, Fall Workshop Schedule, and DemoCamp 42!

September Update: September Update: Edmonton Startup Week, Fall Workshop Schedule, and DemoCamp 42!

We're working hard to make your transition into Fall full of great opportunities to connect with the community, move your product idea forward, and have a lot of fun, too. 

Early-bird ticket sales for Launch Party 9 close on September 15. Don't miss out on a $15 ticket to meet the hottest new startups in town and to try out their products first hand. Part of Edmonton Startup Week, Launch Party 9 takes place on Thursday, October 18. 

Next week, join us for the first DemoCamp of the season. On Tuesday, September 18, our longest running community event returns to the University of Alberta campus with a line-up of technical demos followed by a Q & A. Don't miss out on presentations from some of our Student Summer Program teams! 

September is one of my favourite months at Startup Edmonton because so many of our Student Members return to campus. We launched a brand-new home for students to explore the startup community at StudentStartupLife.com

See you soon!

Summer Update from Startup Edmonton

Summer Update from Startup Edmonton

I hope you are having a fantastic summer filled with lots of time to relax with friends and family! The summer months at Startup Edmonton have been filled with exciting company updates, lots of students in the space working as interns or building their own projects, and tons of planning for the fall. 

Be sure to check out the exciting new role we're adding to our team - Strategic Program Manager. We're expanding programming in a big way in the fall and are looking for someone passionate about entrepreneurs, excited to lead a team, and devoted to building the startup community. 

The 2018/2019 season of DemoCamp returns, and we're recruiting companies, products and projects to join us on September 18. Apply today for our technical show-and-tell!

Hiring a new team member is a significant milestone for our member companies, and the Job Board is loaded with excellent opportunities. Congratulations to all of our growing teams!

See you soon!