We love the work that NXT City Prize does and seeing what great ideas come out of their annual event. They work hard to find new and innovative ideas that will help to better Toronto. From urban design to public spaces, they are key to making Toronto an even better place to live. They recently started doing quarterly NXT City Talks to supplement their annual prize. At these talks, they gather some key Toronto thinkers and have a panel discussion around a certain topic.
This time around was the second edition of the NXT City Talks. It took place at BuzzBuzzHome and featured Josh Matlow (Toronto City Councillor), Marisa Bernstein (Co-Founder of Projexity), Dorothy Eng (Co-Founder of Civic Tech Toronto), Sonja Miokovic (Co-Founder & Global Advisor of YouthfulCities). The event was moderated by Matthew Slutsky, the founder and president of BuzzBuzzHome.
This second edition of the event asked the question, will tech disrupt public spaces? There was talk of what each panelist liked to see in public spaces, with wifi coming up as a common answer. The use of apps to help connect people in public spaces is another key thing. While wifi should be available, Josh Matlow made a great point that people should have the option to either connect or disconnect while in public spaces. Panelists discussed their excitement for the proposed Rail Deck Park and what they’d like to see there and also projects in other cities that creatively used tech in public spaces. For example, the musical swings in Montreal.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next edition of NXT City Talks and the shortlist for the NXT City Prize on October 31!