City of Guelph launching Civic Solutions Accelerator

Innovation Guelph, Canada’s Open Data Exchange, Guelph Chamber of Commerce and the University of Guelph’s CBaSE support City’s effort to solve complex challenges

Guelph, ON, June 16, 2016 – The City of Guelph is launching a Civic Solutions Accelerator and hosting a panel of experts who will discuss the Accelerator’s potential to help create a civic technology hub in Guelph.

The Civic Solutions Accelerator is a partnership with Innovation Guelph, Canada’s Open Data Exchange, Guelph Chamber of Commerce and the University of Guelph’s CBaSE. It is a pilot project that enables the City of Guelph to work with entrepreneurs, startups, students and companies to create innovative solutions for complex municipal problems.

Three challenges—involving water-use monitoring, parking management and statutory planning notices—will be issued on June 20. Selected companies will be embedded in City departments to accelerate the development of potential solutions.

The partnership-based Accelerator will benefit the City, its citizens and businesses by driving service modernization. This opportunity also offers the selected companies extraordinary access to City employees to develop a deep, comprehensive understanding of the problems civic governments face.

What

Launch: Civic Solutions Accelerator
Panel: Accelerator’s potential to help create a civic technology hub in Guelph
Light refreshments will be served.

Who

Speakers and panel contributors include:

  • Cam Guthrie, Mayor of Guelph
  • Derrick Thomson, Chief Administrative Officer with the City of Guelph
  • Kithio Mwanzia, President of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce
  • Kevin Tuer, Director of Canada’s Open Data Exchange
  • Kirk Roberts, Board Member at Innovation Guelph
  • Andy Best, Open Government Manager with the City of Guelph

Where

Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street – Room 112 (off of the Galleria, to the left of the service desk)
Parking available on Carden Street or at Wilson Street Parking Lot

When

Monday, June 20, 2016 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

For more information

Andy Best, Open Government Manager
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
519-822-1260 extension 3418
cell phone 226-820-3986
andy.best@guelph.ca