The City of Toronto and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University are inviting skilled and passionate citizens to participate in the Vision Zero Challenge, which will be launched on May 31. 

The eight-week Vision Zero Challenge asks participating teams (individuals or groups) to develop data-driven solutions to help identify where policy-makers should prioritize transportation safety improvements in the immediate, medium and long term. 

“We’re inviting civic innovators, data analysts, designers, planners, academics and advocates to participate in the challenge,” said Mayor John Tory. “We want to know how data, design and technology can be used to make all road users in Toronto, especially seniors and school children, safer immediately.” 

Each team will be given access to research and policy materials, data sets and capacity building tools to advance their ideas. Throughout the Challenge, mentors will help teams refine their ideas and build robust solutions. 

Solutions will be evaluated in two phases using standardized judging criteria. Winning teams will be announced in September and awarded $7,000 for first prize and $3,000 for the runner-up. Both teams will have the option of entering into Civic Hall Toronto to take part in a six-month coaching and training program to further refine and build out their solution, working closely with City staff. 

“The safety of Toronto’s streets remains a top priority for the City,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “The Challenge is an opportunity to create actionable, data-based solutions to improve safety for all road users.” 

For more information or to register as a participant, visit visionzerotochallenge.ca