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.