Why Social Impact Leaders Must Understand Smart Cities

Understanding the social impact potential — and limits — of smart cities.

Why It Matters

There are many smart city initiatives that you may or may not recognize. But smart city initiatives are worth engaging, even if your organization is not involved in the tech sector.

Thanks to the federal government’s Smart Cities Challenge, launched in early 2018, and, of course, the requisite sales teams and lobbyists from tech companies, there is a very good chance that — if you’re based in Canada — your local municipality is involved in a recent or ongoing effort to become a smart city.

The government received 130 applications from rural and small towns, major metropolises, and Indigenous communities in response to its Smart Cities Challenge; many were based on existing

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