A New River Innovation Challenge

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March 1, 2021, Toronto, ON - Port Lands Flood Protection (PLFP) is creating an engineered ecological system. During and after construction, Waterfront Toronto and our partners monitor the new river mouth and the natural systems that support it. This monitoring generates data on water quality, plant and wildlife activity, human impact on the natural environment, and more. Much of this information will be used by scientists and engineers on the project team. But this data can be used for more than monitoring. We want you to help us come up with innovative ways to use it. 

With support from an RBC Tech for Nature Grant, we’re launching the New River Innovation Challenge. This challenge asks: How can we use ecological monitoring data to drive better conservation behaviour?

We're inviting data scientists and designers to develop creative, compelling, and innovative ways to share data generated by PLFP with the public. The outcome could result in either a physical or a digital platform. The result will be to stimulate interest and knowledge about how climate positive urban development interacts with natural systems; to share this information with the people who will use and enjoy the river valley; and to encourage stewardship of the river’s water, wildlife and habitats.

Three winning teams will be awarded up to $10,000, and one team will receive $30,000 to develop their prototype.
This challenge will officially launch on March 1, 2021, and the deadline for submissions will be May 2, 2021.
For more information about this challenge, please visit : portlandsto.ca/a-new-river-innovation-challenge