National challenge aims to spark smarter cities

The federal government’s Smart Cities Challenge will help expand the innovation economy by making public the huge amounts of data municipalities collect, says Kurtis McBride, co-founder and chief executive officer of Miovision.
McBride is among the technology experts Ottawa consulted when it designed the challenge, a nationwide competition that will see one municipality win a top prize of $50 million.
McBride, along with the University of Waterloo, Communitech, the Canadian Council of Innovators and several technology companies in Waterloo Region all, stressed that open data makes a city smarter.