Toronto needs big ideas. And young people need a platform. The NXT City Prize is a way to get fresh new public space ideas – big or small – in front of people that can help make it happen.
What counts as a public space?
We tend to think of a public space as just parks and plazas, but our public realm is actually any space that is open and accessible to the public without general restrictions. Think marketplaces, beaches, sidewalks and even roads and laneways can be considered public spaces.
How feasible does the idea need to be?
This is an ideas competition, so we do not expect you to submit budgets or final technical drawings. All ideas have potential for implementation with the right project team in place to support them. However, it is important to consider the scope of your project. For example, if a proposal requires major changes to infrastructure or needs utility service connections, it may score lower on feasibility by the jury.
What are the age requirements?
The 2016 NXT City Prize accepts submissions from individuals 35 years of age or younger. If you are submitting as part of a team, all team members must be 35 years of age or younger as of the closing date for submissions.
What type of mentorship is available if I win?
Should your submission win the 2016 NXT City Prize, you will have opportunity to work with a project team established to support and roll out the project, depending on feasibility.
How are the winning submissions selected?
The jury will deliberate and select up to ten submissions to be shortlisted for the 2016 NXT City Prize. Proposals will be scored on how original and creative it is, how feasible it is to implement, how clearly the idea is presented and how effectively it might improve a public space.
Do submissions need to be about a specific public space?
Many types of submissions, including mobile apps and event ideas, do not relate to one public space in particular. However, the more specific your idea is suited to one space, the more clearly the idea, benefits and feasibility can be articulated to the jury.
Can I submit more than one entry?
Only one entry per individual is permitted. If you have already submitted as part of a team, you may not submit an additional individual entry.