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Innovation Pilot Program

Priority project requests

Here you will find key City priority areas described that the City will consider first when receiving applications to the Innovation Pilot Program.

There are no priority areas identified at this time, but please do check back here for future updates regarding priority city projects that would benefit from Innovation Pilot Program applications.

Description of the program and goals

The City of Ottawa is seeking innovative local, national and international start-ups to pilot new technologies, products or services within a City partner or department or program. Managed by the City’s Economic Development department, the Innovation Pilot Program has two objectives:

  • To introduce City and partner staff to innovative technologies, products or services that can improve either internal business processes or programs/services offered to residents.
  • To help to foster a supportive environment in Ottawa for innovative companies that are in the late stages of testing their products or the early stages of commercialization.

Applications will be evaluated by the Economic Development department, supported by a review panel that will include partners from City departments and Invest Ottawa. Final approval of applications will rest with Economic Development, based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the City of Ottawa’s updated Economic Development Strategy, in fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and small business development
  • Level of innovation demonstrated through the application – the product should not be readily commercially available “off the shelf;”
  • Demonstrated value for internal City business processes and/or services and programs
  • Feasibility of implementation based on costs, staff time required and departmental need.

While limited funding is available; priority will be provided to applicants that are prepared to scope their pilots so as not to require cash resources from the City. The City will, from time to time, identify key priorities where we are seeking innovative solutions and these will also receive priority consideration.

2017 applications will be considered during two review periods. The deadline to apply for the first review period is March 31, 2017. The second review period to take place in Q3 2017, additional details to follow.

Application Form

For questions regarding the program, information on past successful pilot applicants or to request an application form, please contact:

Matt Eason
Economic Development Officer
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1J1
Email: Matt.Eason@ottawa.ca
Telephone: 613-580-2424 ext. 12424

Pilot projects completed and underway

Key2Access

Key2Access is revolutionizing pedestrian mobility with cutting edge wireless technology to create more inclusive communities. We believe in equal access to services for all members of the community and make it our mission to assist municipalities by introducing viable solutions that are designed with the user in mind. Our hand held solutions are customized for the visually and mobility impaired but also support the needs of the elderly, parents with strollers and those with an active lifestyle such as runners or cyclists.

The City of Ottawa is collaborating with Key2Access to pilot their innovative mobility devices at the intersection of Bank and the Transitway.

Gamifi

At Gamifi, we develop simple, elegant interactions for intuitive learning. We develop, curate, and produce natural learning experiences for students. Our co-design process begins with breaking down courses into their core elements, communicating those elements using visual communication techniques, and adding a layer of gamification to engage students.

The City of Ottawa is collaborating with Gamifi to pilot their gamification approach to a staff mental health awareness training course that will be rolled out in the fall of 2016.

SavvyDox

SavvyDox is the world’s most advanced cloud-based document collaboration platform, transforming document collaboration from a serial process into an intelligent interaction with documents. SavvyDox solves document collaboration issues for enterprises, government and publishers, all within an enterprise grade, private, hybrid or public cloud based secure infrastructure.

The City is collaborating with Savvydox to pilot their collaboration platform to manage the Innovation Pilot Program’s applicant intake and review process.

Syncrodata Inc.

Syncrodata’s Trendify Live software is a dynamic dashboard that will allow clients to monitor most aspects of Twitter in real time. This includes searching by handles, hashtags, keywords, replies, retweets, favourites, profile and tweet views, and their interactions with people and companies. You can filter these results to show you what’s most important for you and your company to know at any given time.

The City of Ottawa is collaborating with Syncrodata to pilot test to social media monitoring capabilities of their Trendify Live product.

WAW Technologies Inc.

WAW Technologies develops network security products for enterprise, governments, and network and industrial security organizations. We help organizations gain full visibility over their network traffic, tackle security challenges, and make decisions using high quality data. Founded in 2014, WAW Technologies is head-quartered in Ottawa (Canada).

The City of Ottawa is collaborating with WAW Technologies to pilot their Catchwire network monitoring device in a lab environment.

Signority Inc.

Signority provides a secure, easy-to-use solution that streamlines the entire contract process. It’s our goal to help our customers eliminate the archaic print sign-scan method of document transactions and improve efficiency and productivity, while reducing costs significantly.

The City of Ottawa is collaborating with Signority Inc. to pilot their e-signature solution in the Economic Development and Innovation department.

Millenium Inc.

Millenium’s operates an intercity community forum (Lacelab) for municipalities and entrepreneurs to share experiences and lessons learned from pilots that they have undertaken. The City of Ottawa has joined the community on a pilot basis and will share lessons learned from our Innovation Pilot Program while seeking to leverage the experiences of other jurisdictions to address challenges in Ottawa.

VoIPShield

VoIPshield’s VoIPaudit 4.0 ™ is the leading application for VoIP audit compliance.  VoIPaudit 4.0 ™ is easy to set up and use, and runs a diagnostic on a company’s network that provides a comprehensive report of network security, including its adherence to leading industry standards.    When risks are found, VoIPaudit 4.0 ™ provides a comprehensive path to remediation, giving step by step instructions on how to make the network compliant. 

The City of Ottawa is collaborating with VoIPShield to pilot test their VoIPaudit system.

Ericsson / Rogers

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Our services, software and infrastructure - especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud - are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.

Rogers Communications is a leading diversified public Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services to consumers and businesses.

The City of Ottawa is collaborating with Ericsson and Rogers to pilot test their “Connected Water” solution that supports an early detection system for water quality testing. The pilot will leverage a combination of Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and LTE mobile broadband technologies to gather real-time data that City staff can use to better predict, prevent and respond to potential issues related to water quality.

Karman Interactive

Karman is an interactive studio that builds experiences. Whether it's a beautiful interactive website or the latest mobile game you just can't put down, our team of experts will create an experience to excite your users. With a background in delivering award-winning work and an active industry presence, there's nothing we can't handle.

The City of Ottawa is collaborating with Karman Interactive to pilot their multi-media services as part of a 2017 Public Art Commission.

MC2

MC2 is an activity-tracking mobile platform that powers social movements. It rewards people for tracking and verifying their bite-size activities, called microactions, which collectively have an impact. Further still, it mobilizes individuals, political parties, brands, governments and organizations around shared activities to accomplish goals big and small.

The City of Ottawa is collaborating with MC2 to pilot their mobile platform as part of the 2017 Cleaning in the Capital campaign.

Playground Planners

A team of professional playground consultants with over 40 years combined experience in helping people like you help children have fun.  We teamed up over the last decade, combining all our backgrounds to make the best team possible.  Together, we have completed the CSA course, accessibility awareness programs, and park practitioner course.  As a team, we bring an incomparable dedication to quality, customer service, creativity, and enthusiasm to every project we undertake.  Our goal is your complete satisfaction and we won't rest until you and your playgoers are thrilled with our effort.

The City of Ottawa is collaborating with Playground Planners to pilot their smart playground system that uses a combination of free-to-play mobile games in conjunction with a series of durable augmented reality markers affixed to specific pieces of playground equipment at Donoghue Memorial Park.

Safety Labs

Safety Labs, an Ottawa-based company, was created with a single objective - to provide a cost effective safety solution that is accessible to everyone, everywhere. Thus, Safety Labs created Anchor--a safety platform that is capable of growing in intelligence, safety benefits, and comprehensiveness.

Anchor provides a cost effective, simple and comprehensive health and safety solution by making use of existing technologies that you already use every day. Using Internet connectivity, smart phones and ubiquitous cloud servers and wireless technologies, Anchor provides you and your loved ones with continuous safety by integrating seamlessly into your daily life.

The City of Ottawa is collaborating with SafetyLabs to pilot their Anchor product at the Peter D. Clark Long Term Care Facility.

APX

Advance Property eXposure is an innovative leader in developing smart “Mobile First” solutions for emergency services that allows responders to receive critical information, improving responder situational awareness and protecting citizens. “What the City of Ottawa are using is our most advanced software leveraging native smart technology capabilities. They are testing technology that will save lives” said Paul Martin, President and CEO of APX. The innovation is a game changer for responders, leveraging smart devices and wireless broadband networks to modernize Emergency Services operations.

Together with the University of Ottawa, the City of Ottawa is collaborating with APX to pilot their “Building Tactical Information System™” and “Plan Ahead™” products during emergency exercises that uOttawa undertook on their campus in October 2016.

Site Secure Software

Site Secure is an Ottawa based company providing asset management and security solutions. They are collaborating with the City of Ottawa to pilot their Narcotics Monitoring system with the Ottawa Paramedic Service.

Airbrowz Mobile Technologies Inc.

Airbrowz has developed a game changing mobile platform and application to serve and grow the thousands of  independent businesses seeking avenues to increase customer flow and revenues in a digital age.

Airbrowz is an ‘app within an app’. one single point of entry for the millennial to purchase and seek out various promotions, details, bits of timely information on a business/organization/event they are interested in. All proximity based - all mobile. One app covers every sector.

Businesses who would never develop their own mobile capabilities in the form of targeted push notification, now have their own , branded, mobile application and data platform. Th playing field is even.

Buy Local. Shop Local. Play Local. is now mobile friendly. 

Airbrowz - the street is happenin’