Welcome everyone to the IDEaS Pop Up City contest pitch event.
Things are heating up!
On March 23rd, innovators from across Canada vied for a chance at $1.5 million dollars in Round 3 of the IDEaS Pop Up City contest.
This contest is helping us find ways to make our troops’ temporary camps more efficient.
But it’s also a great example of the innovative approach our own IDEaS team takes to get Canadian innovators involved in solving defence challenges.
The first round saw 40 winners receive $10,000 for their promising ideas to improve our water, waste or energy management systems.
Round 2’s unique partnering event helped those winners form teams to integrate their three systems. 10 semi-finalists received $50,000 for their collaborative solutions.
In Round 3, six remaining teams pitched their proposals — Dragon’s Den style — to a panel of discerning judges.
They presented exciting technologies and solutions that may have potential far beyond improving the efficiency of our deployed camps.
Up to three finalists will be awarded $1.5 million dollars to build a working prototype for testing in a real world environment.
Round 3 winners will be announced in June 2021.
Stay tuned to find out who will move on to the final round for a chance to win the grand prize of $2 million dollars!