ODX Challenge: Using open data to tackle complex problems with innovative solutions. Dr. Kevin Tuer, Managing Director Canada’s Open Data Exchange Outline • What is the ODX Challenge Series? • What makes for a good Innovation Challenge? • Case Study: The Guelph Civic Accelerator – Stage-Gated Process – Stakeholder Contributions – Problems and Companies Canada’s Open Data Exchange codx.ca What is the ODX Challenge Series? A series of innovation challenges – stage-gated programs where ODX works with startups and scale-ups to solve one or more well-defined sponsor problems involving open data. • A lead sponsor – generally, a municipal government – provides financial support and staff time in exchange for having their problem solved • ODX leads the problem discovery, company recruiting, selection and evaluation process • Startups and scale-ups are invited to propose solutions to those problems • One or more finalists are selected to develop a proof of concept with pricing At the conclusion of the challenge, the sponsor can choose to purchase none, any or all of the solutions developed. Canada’s Open Data Exchange codx.ca What makes for a good innovation challenge? Impact: Challenge problems should be: • • widely accepted as issues by potential entrants and the public at large, and areas of potential investment by likely entrants Ownership: Entrants own the intellectual property that they generate Sustainability: Sponsor and winning entrants are obligated to support the solution for some period of time Support: ODX and sponsor(s) provide participants with access to data, staff, business users, analysts, statisticians, data engineers and software Canada’s Open Data Exchange codx.ca Stage-Gated Process Objectives: • • • Tackle complex municipal problems with new, innovative solutions Create applications, products and services that create jobs and wealth Demonstrate that open data can catalyze private sector to solve problems in public sector 3 Months Companies Tools Expertise Problem Areas Sponsoring Municipality Data Staff Time Problem Identification Solution Applicants ? Finalists Stakeholder Contributions Sponsor (i.e. Municipality) ODX • Executive or Senior Staff Sponsor • Program Toolkit • Staff Time • Program Management • Mentoring • Marketing & PR Support (with local RIC, Incubator, Accelerator or Innovation Hub) • IT Support • Financial Contribution • Readiness Assessment • Problem Statement Development • Company Sourcing via If Outside Ontario • Evaluation Process • Legal Support • Mentoring Problems and Companies Water: How can Guelph Water Services enable citizens to detect leaks and reduce their water use? Planning Notices: How can we make it easier for the public to provide feedback on planning decisions? Milieu Alert Labs (alertlabs.com) is working with the City of Guelph to offer an IoT sensor and companion service to generate real-time customer alerts for emergencies like floods or leaks. The sensor requires no technical skill to install. Milieu Cities (milieu.io) is enhancing its SaaS platform to include a web and mobile application that connects citizens, urban developers and City officials to collectively work toward creative and evidence-based planning decisions.
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