The question of how Canada can become an economic leader in the digital world is the subject of PricewaterhouseCoopers‘ competition Canada’s Digital Compass which is entering it’s final phase. With over 1,000 people participating in the contest in some respect, the field has been narrowed down from 70 to 25 and now it’s up to panel and community voting to decide who wins. The final twenty-five entrants will be judged on economic potential, how well their ideas fit Canada’s capabilities and how well they reflects Canada’s values.
The contest was initially broken down into five sections focusing on technology, education, media production, connectivity and policy development. The finalists’ ideas are wide ranging from Brian Alkerton’s idea to make all government funded art open to Creative Commons Licensing to Techvibes’ blogger Sarah Blue’s call for increased funding for research and development to support Canadian wireless innovation.
Tracey Riley, partner and national leader of the Technology, Information, Communication and Entertainment (TICE) practice of PwC said, “We are thrilled with the turnout for Canada’s Digital Compass and are amazed by the quality of the submissions. This program helps demonstrate the passion and optimism many Canadians have in our nation’s ability to drive the digital industry in the future.”
The Canada’s Digital Compass competition is an experiment in crowdsourcing public policy, and the 25 finalists are the result of that crowdsourcing. Public input is still be taken in the form of voting for the winner of the competition, with voting now open until May 4th. If you’re interested in voting, or even in taking a look at the ideas being presented, head over to the competition’s website. Unfortunately the site requires registration even to browse the suggestions, an odd choice, but there are some ideas well worth your vote.