Big week for the Civic Accelerator!

More specifically, last Thursday, October 6, was a big day for the Civic Accelerator. There were events and articles locally here in Guelph, some attention at a big conference in Toronto and even an international shout-out from Madrid. Here’s the summary: “New technologies in city building:” Mayor Cam Guthrie discusses the Accelerator at City Age in Toronto. Our mayor talking … Read More

The Civic Accelerator embed period has launched. Here are the highlights.

The journey so far It started with the challenges: complex municipal issues around parking, water and planning notifications. Then we received a strong applicant pool. From there, we selected two companies to be solution partners and to embed within our departments to accelerate the development of their solutions to the complex issues we identified. Now the real work begins We’re thrilled … Read More

“The City of Guelph is being very innovative” – Civic Accelerator making news

In the news With the selection of solution partners and the start of the embed period of the Civic Accelerator, there’s been some activity in the regional news and on CBC radio. CBC Radio: Interview with George Tsintzouras, CEO of Alert Labs, Civic Accelerator solution partner Torontoist.com: How government can avoid old mistakes by focusing on procurement Guelph MercuryTribune: Two tech firms … Read More

Guelph receives strong applicant pool for the Civic Solutions Accelerator

Innovation marches on Now that the application window for the Civic Solutions Accelerator has closed, we’re very pleased to announce a strong applicant pool for all three of the challenges posted by the City of Guelph. Here’s the breakdown: Water Challenge: 5 applicants Parking Challenge: 4 applicants Planning Challenge: 4 applicants To read a list of which companies applied the program, … Read More

Canada’s Open Data Exchange: Keeping the data game strong in the Civic Solutions Accelerator

Some fantastic partners helped make the Civic Solutions Accelerator possible. The Civic Solutions Accelerator was developed in conjunction with the Guelph Lab, the City of Guelph’s civic innovation partnership with the University of Guelph. The Accelerator is being run by the City of Guelph in partnership with Innovation Guelph, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s Open Data Exchange ( CODX) and the U … Read More

We’ll bring the data, you bring the popcorn.

ODX is ready to help successful applicants with research, data, and technical expertise. By Joseph Bou-Younes My name is Joseph Bou-Younes. I’m the Data Executive in Residence at ODX. Here’s how we’re going to help companies in the Accelerator. About ODX Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX) is a public-private partnership that drives innovation, growth, and job creation through the commercial use of … Read More