The City of Mississauga co-hosted its’ first Idea Jam, Code and The City in partnership with Sheridan College and I-CUBE (University of Toronto Mississauga) today. The sold out event welcomed over 80 developers, designers, mappers and information analysts to share ideas on how Mississauga could gain greater awareness and engagement with the community in a digital environment. Continue reading Mississauga’s Code and the City Open Data Idea Jam – A Success!
Mississauga is a winter playground full of fun and exciting things to do and see. Experience the season to the fullest and explore all that the city offers – even if Jack Frost is nippin’ at your nose. Dress for the weather and get ready to have some fun!
Lacing up Your Skates
This winter season, sharpen your skates, remove your skate guards and enjoy a few laps around one of the city’s many skating rinks. Whether you’re looking to warm up on an indoor rink or leisurely skate under stars outdoors, you’re sure to find a rink that meets your needs. Visit: mississauga.ca/portal/residents/Arenas.
Exploring City Parks and Trails
Mississauga has over 480 parks, which means that you can explore one park every day of the year and still have more to see! The city has an impressive 300km of trails (which is equivalent to driving from Mississauga to Niagara Falls and back). Strap on your hiking shoes, fill a backpack with your favourite snacks and explore some of the prettiest parks and forests in the GTA. Visit: mississauga.ca/parks.
Cheering for Your Local Favourites
Mississauga has a number of amazing local sport teams, so grab a few friends and head over to the Mississauga Hershey Centre to cheer them on. Grab some pom pom’s, drinks and snacks and get ready to cheer your heart out as you take in a Mississauga Steelheads hockey game or watch the Raptor’s 905 sink some hoops at a basketball game. Visit:hersheycentre.com.
Cozying up with a Live Performance
On those cold winter days, warm up with a dose of live music or an engaging theatrical performance. Meadowvale Theatre and Living Arts Centre offer live shows from dance, sing-a-longs, open mic performances and more. Sit back and enjoy some laughs and music and forget that the cold ever bothered you anyways. Visit: culture.mississauga.ca/meadowvale-theatre and livingartscentre.ca.
A Maple Syrup Kind of Mood
It’s that time of year, when Maple trees all over the GTA are being tapped for maple syrup. Canadians love their maple syrup and there is no better time to learn about this sticky and sweet Canuck staple than heading over to the Bradley Museum for the annual Maple Magic maple syrup festival (March 14 to 19). Enjoy demonstrations, guided tours, activities and the sweet taste of maple syrup poured over warm, fluffy pancakes. Visit: culture.mississauga.ca/event/maple-magic.
The City of Mississauga is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Civic Awards of Recognition Program. The awards are open to Mississauga groups and individuals who have volunteered in the community for more than 10 years. Continue reading City of Mississauga Civic Awards of Recognition Nominations Now Open
Have a family? Are you a new resident, student or older adult? The City of Mississauga has a variety of exciting spring and summer programs and activities for you to explore. If you’re looking to register for a program, buy a membership, develop a skill or are interested in trying something new, there is something for everyone no matter your age, interest or ability.
On February 10, residents can visit activemississauga.ca to browse a wide variety of spring and summer programs like swimming, group exercise classes, health and wellness, sports activities, leagues and creative classes. Starting February 20, residents can register for programs online. Activemississauga.ca is easy to use, mobile-friendly and provides simple search, bookmark and registration features. In addition to the website, residents will continue to have access to in-person customer service support from knowledgeable staff at all local community centres and the Recreation customer service centre.
Many of the City’s 18 libraries are located with or near community centres. They are an excellent place to find a cozy spot to read the newest novel from your favourite author, catch up on some work or spend time between programs. Library patrons can participate in a variety of programs like story times, Maker Mississauga, 3-D printing, reading clubs, crafts, shows, films and much more. City libraries also provide new and innovative ways to connect with digital resources and online services available in Mississauga. To see what’s happening at your local library, visit: mississauga.ca/library.
In addition to the visual art classes currently offered, the City recently introduced a new series of digital art classes. Explore the world through the lens of a digital camera and make a virtual mess with digital paint. Find a class that’s right for you based on your age and skill level. Classes are affordable and use free open source software for app & web design, graphic design, animation and more. For more information, visit: mississauga.ca/culture.
For more information about City programs, activities and services, visit mississauga.ca.
Code and the City
The City of Mississauga will co-host “Code and The City”, an idea jam, in partnership with Sheridan College and I-CUBE (University of Toronto Mississauga) to mark International Open Data Day on March 5, 2016.
As an early adopter of open data in 2010, the City of Mississauga was one of the first 12 public sector agencies in Canada to publish open data, on the City’s website. The website describes the purpose of open data and provides accessible data sets.
“We are inviting the best and the brightest – students and seasoned professionals – to participate in our inaugural Code and the City Mississauga event,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said. “Participants will mine through mountains of open data and it is our aim that this greater access to information will empower participants to use City data sets for software and website development. Participants will help ignite new applications that have the potential to deliver smarter, effective and more efficient community services,” Mayor Crombie added. “With open data, our next big idea is in the hands of Mississaugans.”
“The City of Mississauga is a digital innovator. Code and the City is one of many initiatives to advance our community through digital,” said Shawn Slack Director of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. This event will create a greater awareness of Mississauga’s open data sets and educate the community on how the City’s information and services can be accessed through the use of technology.”
At Code and the City, 75 developers, designers, mappers and information analysts will gather to share, discuss, network and collaborate on ideas through the use of open data. Participants will have the opportunity to attend open workshops led by industry professionals and instructors.
All teams will present their submissions to fellow participants and judges. The event aims to create actionable solutions for improving how Mississauga can gain greater awareness and engagement with the community in a digital environment.
The winning solutions can earn up to $6,000 in cash and prizes.