City of Richmond hosting Smart Cities Ideas Fair at KPU

The fair is taking place at KPU till 6 p.m.

The City of Richmond's Smart Cities Ideas Fair is being held in Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) this afternoon, which aims to showcase collaboration between businesses, governments and academia on connected technology.

This connected technology is at the heart of Richmond’s Smart Cities vision, where the city is vying for one of two $10 million prizes in a national competition to use data and technology to improve residents’ lives. Richmond is one of 10 finalists in its category.

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The Smart Cities Ideas Fair features displays, demonstrations, presentations and hands-on activities at KPU’s Richmond campus – all with a focus on the city’s bid to create an “Intelligent Operations Hub” through the Smart Cities challenge.

“Richmond has long been home to some of the world’s leading technology companies and many of our local government agencies and academic institutions are leading the way in embracing Smart Cities thinking,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“The Smart Cities Ideas Fair is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the exciting advances being made right here in Richmond and our province.”

During the fair, KPU also highlights programs that support the Smart Cities vision, such as a video demonstration of a self-driving vehicle project and wearable technology.

“KPU is proud to partner with City of Richmond on the Smart Cities initiative, which aligns completely with our polytechnic university mandate,” said Alan Davis, KPU president.

“Participating in the Smart Cities Challenge will provide our students with the opportunity to explore learning beyond the classroom, in settings that will allow them to participate in a real way in the creation of an Intelligent Operations Hub.”

The Smart Cities Ideas Fair takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 at KPU’s Richmond campus, 8771 Lansdowne Road.

--WIth files from Alyse Kotyk

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