Innovation Challenges

Innovation Challenges

Industry and government need to transform their business practices and operations in the face of change. But they aren’t built for high-velocity innovation. Small and medium-sized technology companies are. Innovate BC is here to bring these two groups together.

The Innovation Challenges link technology buyers (industry and government) with technology providers through a process designed to solve mission-critical business problems. Bring us your challenge, whatever it might be. Our experts will find technology providers who can unpack the problem and develop solutions.

Get started today by contacting programs@innovatebc.ca.

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Innovation challenge process

Exploration

Innovate BC works with a tech buyer to identify and define innovation opportunities within their organization or sector. These may be critical pain points in need of solutions or simply areas for new tech adoption and innovation exploration.

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Engagement

Once a Challenge has been defined, Innovate BC launches the Challenge to the innovator community. This usually involves a marketing campaign and Discovery Day info session to allow innovators to ask questions and network with challenge hosts and peers.

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Submission

Innovators are invited to submit their solutions to the Challenge, which are then evaluated and selected by a review panel of industry and academic experts.

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Proof of Concept

Innovate BC works with finalists
and/or winners to develop a statement of work (deliverables) and supports the development of their proof-of-concepts within a set timeframe.

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Adoption

In some cases, a final winner is selected to receive additional funding to further develop a minimum viable product (MVP) or enter into a commercial contract.

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Smart Port Challenge

Smart ports are emerging in the transportation sector and BC Ferries needs AI, machine learning and data analytics solutions to help make their ports more sustainable, economically efficient and capable of handling increased port traffic.

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Mode Split Challenge

Mode Split Challenge

The City of Vancouver is exploring how big data, AI, and machine learning can help achieve their efforts to tackle climate change.

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Multi-Modal Transportation Challenge

The City of Burnaby is looking for big data and AI solutions to help them focus and prioritize these over capital upgrades based on population growth, preferred modes of transportation and other factors.

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Agritech Challenge

Agritech Challenge

The Ministry of Agriculture, in partnership with Innovate BC, is seeking technology solutions that serve the needs of the Province’s agriculture and seafood industries.

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AI Justice Challenge

Innovate BC, the Ministry of Citizens' Services and the Ministry of Attorney General have partnered to host BC's first-ever AI Justice Challenge.

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#BCTECH Summit 2019 Innovation Challenges

From cleantech, to smart communities and digital government, 14 Innovation A new method, idea or product. Challenges were announced at the 2019 #BCTECHSummit that need innovative solutions.

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IoT Challenge

Innovate BC partnered with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to run the Internet of Things Challenge. The challenge consisted of five unique challenges, with the overall goal being to better utilize the latest IoT technologies to develop a next generation IoT platform that can directly benefit residents and businesses in British Columbia

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Agritech Innovation Challenge

Agritech Innovation Challenge

Innovate BC partnered with the BC Ministry of Agriculture to run the Agritech Innovation Challenge, bringing together farmers, industry, innovators, investors, and government. The overall goal was to support the next generation of technology development in order to enhance the competitiveness and resiliency of BC’s agrifood sector.

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Data Vizualization Challenge

Innovate BC partnered with BC Stats and the BC Developers’ Exchange to run the Data Visualization Challenge. The overall goal was to help the BC Government improve its data visualization capacity, making the data more useful, meaningful, and accessible to BC residents.

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Ongoing Challenges

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