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2022 Innovation Challenge

The innovation challenge is a cornerstone of the TYSIC. The subject is different each year, but the outline for the 2022 event was as follows:

Toronto is a city home to over 2 million people and is one of the fastest-growing cities in North America. With over 15,000 new condos having been built in 2021 alone and over  1.86 million people commuting to Toronto every day for work, questions arise about what the future of Toronto will look like and whether this rapid growth and expansion is truly sustainable?

In order to promote sustainable growth, the United Nations has created 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be completed by 2030. Considering the levels of growth occurring in Toronto, SDG 11 is of particular interest. SDG 11 focuses on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.


Looking towards Goals 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), and 11, propose a solution or plan to help Toronto’s growth continue in a sustainable manner.


Your innovation should focus on improving a form of sustainability, whether that be economic, environmental, or something else. Present your proposal in a 5 minute presentation.

Make sure you introduce the problem and connection to SDGs, discuss your innovation in detail, and address the feasibility and implementation plan for your innovation.


Good luck and remember that your creativity is the only limit!

Goal 11:
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.



(for reference)



By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums


By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons


By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries


Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage


By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations


By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management


By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities


Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, per-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning


By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels


Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local materials

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