The Innovation Challenge program harnesses the ideas and expertise of Saskatchewan’s innovative entrepreneurs, together with government, to rapidly solve public sector challenges.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Innovation Saskatchewan is seeking technology solutions to the following challenge:
- “How can technology be used to monitor the amount of solid waste generated and disposed of in the province?”
Innovators are invited to submit their proposed solutions to Innovation Saskatchewan for consideration by Wednesday, February 13, 2019. A winner will be selected through a competitive process and announced in Spring 2019. Prior to the proposal deadline, information sessions will be made available in Regina, Saskatoon and online.
Innovation Challenge winners will receive funding of up to $10,000 and a 16-week residency to develop their solution in collaboration with government.
“We are excited to see what solutions the new Innovation Challenge will bring to government,” Innovation Saskatchewan Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said. “We have a growing, vibrant tech sector in Saskatchewan, and programs such as the Innovation Challenge allow our researchers and entrepreneurs to showcase their skills and develop products for commercialization here in Saskatchewan and around the world.”
The Innovation Challenge was piloted in 2017 with the Ministry of Corrections and Policing, looking for technological solutions to address rural crime. The winner, Jeff Shirley of Saskatoon’s Rivercity Technology Services Limited, developed a prototype during his 16-week residency and launched BeeSecure – an application-based tracking system and GPS device to alert land owners about irregular activity related to their property.