Pop up City Contest

Integrating Energy, Water and Waste Management Systems For Deployed Camps


Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program.

Contest: Pop Up City!

The Challenge: design and build a temporary camp prototype for the Canadian Armed Forces to operate in temperate conditions and that integrates management systems for… energy, water, waste.

The solution must also be: capable of supporting Canadian Armed Forces operations, effective in allowing our Forces to respond quickly in remote areas, scalable for up to 1,500 personnel, designed to be transportable.

Solutions can be new and innovative ideas, and/or modifications to existing systems.

Funding will be provided in various forms:

Round 1 – Up to 10 prizes of $10K for the best proposal for each technical domain

Round 2 – Up to 10 prizes of $50K for the best integrated proposal

Round 3 – The IDEaS program will provide funding to help build innovative prototypes

Round 4 – A grand prize of $2M for the winning prototype

Visit Canada.ca/Defence-IDEaS for more info or to submit a proposal.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) must be ready to deploy on short notice, in any climate and for prolonged periods. The CAF presently relies on Relocatable Temporary Camps (RTCs) for its deployments that sustain personnel through demanding operational and environmental conditions.

The Department of National Defence’s (DND) Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program is calling innovators on to propose and develop solutions that provide integrated energy, water and waste management systems for the CAF’s RTCs deployed in national and international operations.

The “Pop up City” Contest is a multi-phased contest for innovators to propose and develop reliable, energy efficient, integrated and scalable energy, water and waste management systems for RTCs. Contests are a competitive means of finding innovative solutions and awarding prizes to the best solutions derived from the innovation community. Specifically, this Contest is seeking solutions designed to manage the energy, water and waste needs of a 150 to 1,500-person RTC, operating in a temperate climate zone.

To standardize the required performance capacity for system designs, contestants will be supplied with per capita data for energy and water consumption, and waste production, along with representative annual climate data, including wind and solar patterns. Contestants will be asked to provide scalable solutions that can supply the requirements of RTCs over a 12-month period in this climate zone. System designs which would also allow for the occasional deployment to extreme hot and/or frigid climatic zones are strongly encouraged.


How it works

    The Contest consists of four competitive rounds that contestants will pass through for a chance to win a grand prize of $2.0 million. Each round is designed to progress towards the development of a functioning and testable prototype integrated solution, capable of delivering the desired outcomes of the Contest.

    Prizes will be awarded in each Round of the Contest. Awards for Rounds 1, 2, and 4 will be in the form of a grant. In Round 3, finalists will receive funding in the form of a contribution agreement.

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      Round 1 Individual solutions

      • Submission of proposals for each technical domain
      • Contestant eligibility established
      • Expert evaluation
      • Up to 10 Contestants for each technical domain to receive a $10,000 grant to continue to Round 2

      Round 2 Integrated Solutions

      • Grant recipients from Round 1 continue
      • Partnering event
      • Submission of integrated solutions
      • Expert evaluation
      • Up to 10 Semi-finalist teams to receive a $50,000 grant to continue to Round 3

      Round 3 PITCH & Prototype Development

      • Grant recipients from Round 2 continue
      • Pitch event
      • Expert evaluation
      • Up to 3 finalist teams eligible for a contribution of up to $1,500,000 for the development of a prototype and to continue to Round 4

      Round 4 PROTOTYPE Testing

      • Contribution recipients from Round 3 continue
      • Testing of prototypes
      • Technical evaluation
      • Selection of grand prize winner
      • Grand prize of $2,000,000
Who is eligible?

    To be eligible contestants must be a legal entity duly incorporated and validly existing in Canada, including:

    a.       Canadian post-secondary institutions;

    b.      Incorporated Canadian not-for-profit organizations or associations;

    c.       Provincial/territorial, municipal government organizations;

    d.      Incorporated Canadian for-profit companies, organizations or associations;

    e.       Any group, cluster or consortium composed of eligible recipients.

    Federal government departments/agencies and federal and provincial Crown Corporations and their employees are not eligible for participation in this Contest.

    The IDEaS Program will request a contestant to demonstrate its eligibility. Contestants who fail to demonstrate eligibility will not be considered in the From the Ground Up Contest

    Conditions of eligibility

How do I apply?
What is the deadline to apply?

    To be considered, contestants must submit a Contest Application Form (Round 1) and a signed Declaration form, and any supporting documentation or information to demonstrate eligibility as required, via the contestant’s Canada Post connect account no later than December 13, 2019.

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