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Annual Report 2021-2022 – May 18, 2022

And that brings us to the close of year two! The UBC Smart City team is excited to present our accomplishments of the past year. Read our annual report at the link below.

First Place at National ASCE Blue Sky Innovation Contest – October 21, 2021

We are excited to announce that our transportation team won first place 2021 National ASCE Blue Sky Innovation Contest! Our solution was presented at the ASCE Convention in October 2021.

Once again, congratulations to our team members Joshua, Aliya, Mohit, Valentina, Michelle, Thien, Ben, and Parsa!

End of Year Report 2020-2021 – May 23, 2021

Our team has just wrapped the year and is proud to present our year in review. Please find the report embedded below. You may also find the report in our archives, and on social media!

First Place at Regional ASCE Blue Sky Innovation Contest – April 10, 2022

We are pleased to announce that our Transportation team has won first place at the ASCE’s Regional Blue Sky Innovation Contest hosted by Brigham Young University (BYU) at the Rocky Mountain Conference. Our team will be competing nationally in the United States at the ASCE Convention in October. Congratulations to our team members Joshua, Aliya, Mohit, Valentina, Michelle, Thien, Ben, and Parsa!

A special thank you to BYU for allowing our team to compete in their conference. Since the Blue Sky competition was not held in the Pacific Northwest region this year, they let us compete in the Rocky Mountain region.

Additionally, here is the merch we received from the event, as well as our 1st place plaque. The plaque will be going up in CEME so be sure to check it out when we get back to campus! Additionally, we would like to extend a great thanks to Max Barnes at BYU for helping organize the conference, and for getting the swag kits out to us even though we were competing all the way from Canada!

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2021-2022 Executive Team Recruitment – March 21, 2021

As our inaugural year as a student team winds down, we are looking towards the future and preparing for our sophomore year. This begins with recruitment for our 2021-2022 Executive Team. Do you want to apply information technology to urban design projects and attend some awesome competitions? Or do you want to help bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and civil engineering? If these are things you are interested in and want to be a part of, we would love to hear from you!

Guest Speaker – March 14, 2021

Happy March everyone! This Sunday UBC Smart City was pleased to have Mr. Chris Sainsbury National Lead for Smart Cities at KPMG Canada come in and give us a wonderful presentation on smart cities in practice. Chris gave us multiple mini presentations on a range of ‘smart’ technologies that are transforming how we live and work and gave us many insights on current and future trends, and guidance on some of the most pressing challenges that are yet to be solved.

Although the presentation was held in a close-knit environment to facilitate dialogue, Mr. Sainsbury has been kind enough to allow us to share his presentation slides for others who are interested in the topic. A big thanks to our speaker for coming out to meet the team and for sharing the slides!

Happy New Year & Contest Updates – January 24, 2021

Happy New Year!

We at UBC Smart City would like to wish all a happy and wonderful 2021. With a new year comes new challenges and we are excited to provide an update on the two contests that we are currently participating in.

The first contest is the World’s Challenge Challenge, hosted by the UBC Global Lounge, and is a competition that seeks to engage students on international issues and how they can be catalysts for sparking social change. We are fortunate to have two teams participating:

Sophie Varabioff & Hamed Barkh, who will be focusing on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) #3 – Good Health and Well-Being, as well as SDG #12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
Jasleen Kaur & Fayaz Damani, who will be focusing on SDG #3 – Good Health and Well-Being.

More details and information on the contest can be found here.


The second contest that we participating in is the Blue Sky Innovation Contest event held at the ASCE Rocky Mountain Student Conference and we are grateful that they have allowed us to join this competition remotely this year. The competition aims to identify visionary innovations to address infrastructure challenges around the world and to have the potential to reshape the way our infrastructure is built and used. Since this contest is only in its third year and still remains a pilot competition, jumping on this opportunity gives us a first mover advantage when this competition becomes a part of every ASCE Student Conference. We are excited for this unique opportunity and look forward to presenting our ideas while meeting other schools at this contest! For more information, the full contest details can be found here.


Also check out this cool video by ASCE on mega cities!

Panelists at the Future of Infrastructure Conference – December 15, 2020

Our team is pleased to have sent Parsa Shani and Ben Corbett as panelists to Infraday Pacific Northwest’s Future of Infrastructure conference where they sat down with local, regional, and national leaders in infrastructure to discuss emerging opportunities in both the public and private realms of infrastructure project delivery. Parsa and Ben were the most junior members in the conference and provided a much needed student perspective to practitioners in both the public and private sectors. We are pleased to have been invited by Infraday, and honoured to sit on a panel with senior engineers and planners. It was a great opportunity to give perspective, learn from others, and build stronger networks for our team members. You can find details of the conference and information on Infraday on LinkedIn or on their website. Be sure to check us out in their video archives!

Results from MIT EnergyHack – November 21, 2020

We are excited to announce that our Energy Team has won the “Most Out Of the Box” theme challenge and placing as the runner up in the ChargePoint challenge statement! They were 1 of 10 teams that competed in this specific challenge and the results can be found here. Our team competed between November 6 to 8 and were tasked to find new ways to use EV charging station data for ChargePoint. Our team presented a framework to reduce life cycle GHG emissions from highways by leveraging EV charging station data to inform pavement rehabilitation. The idea was to combine existing traffic count data, charging station data, and route matching algorithms to predict the percent of truck traffic on each interstate highway that is electric. In doing so, highways with a higher % of gasoline or diesel trucks can be identified and prioritized for roadway resurfacing to achieve the largest reduction in GHG emissions.

Take a look at our presentation!

Congratulations to our Energy Team for doing so well at their first ever hackathon despite the tough competition from teams around the world. A super big thank you to MIT EnergyHack for hosting such an amazing, enjoyable, and well-coordinated event. We hope to be back next year!

Energy Team Selected To Compete in MIT EnergyHack – October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween!

Our Energy Team has applied and have been selected as one of the teams competing in MIT EnergyHack this year! The team, compromising of Fayaz Damani (Lead), Parsa Shani, Sophie Varabioff, and Mustafa Adil, will participate in the main hackathon event happening between November 6 to 8 where they will work to address problem statements set forth by industry sponsors. The themes for this year’s contest are “Reliable and Sustainable Energy, Efficient and Sustainable Cities”, with four challenge statement categories (Business, Planning, Energy Storage, and Data Driven). On top of this, teams admitted will also get 5 days of networking events and professional development. Part of UBC Smart City’s mission is to help our members build industry connections and we are excited that they will get this opportunity and experience as well. We wish our team the best of luck and look forward to seeing the results!

Warm Welcome to Our New Members! – October 8, 2020

Join us in welcoming our final new members to UBC Smart City!

We have officially concluded recruitment for our inaugural year and are excited what is to come! The second round was just as competitive as the first, which made the selection process just as difficult, so we would like to thank all the applicants who had applied. We are now hard at work tackling our new and current projects and cannot wait to share what we are working on!

Join us in giving a warm welcome to…

Energy: Sophie Varabioff
Transportation: Joshua Chong & Thien Tong

Check out our new members over on the Our Team tab!

Translink Open Call for Innovation Submission – September 24, 2020

Despite plummeting public transit ridership due to the global pandemic, transit continues to be an essential public service and is key for efficient movement of people and goods in cities around the world. However, low ridership is threatening the viability of this system, and solutions are needed fast. To restore public trust (and with it, ridership) in public transit, TransLink sent out a request for help from the public through their 2020 Open Call for Innovation. UBC Smart City responded to the Call, by proposing our Touchless Transit Experience App. This solution reduces touchpoints on transit vehicles and gives provides riders with useful information to take their safety into their own hands. Read our proposal to find out how we can provide a more accessible and enjoyable transit experience, and contribute towards a sustainable post-pandemic recovery.

Recruitment Update – September 20, 2020

We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who has shown interest in applying to be a part of the inaugural UBC Smart City team. Applications are now closed. The executives are now hard at work in reviewing the prospective candidates so be sure to keep an eye out for a decision in your inboxes soon!

Recruitment II & Treasurer Applications – September 1, 2020

Can you already believe we are in September and that the new academic year will start next week?

We are super excited to announce that our second round of recruitment for UBC Smart City is now live and that we are now accepting applications! We are still looking for more members to fill out our sub teams, as well as a treasurer. If you have questions regarding the team, feel free to check out our Prospectus document via the Team Description link on the main page.

New Members – August 10, 2020

Join us in welcoming our new members to UBC Smart City!

We completed the interview process last week and were amazed by the dynamic range of candidates that had applied, which made the selection process very difficult as there were many qualified candidates. If you were not offered a spot, do not worry as we will be having our second and final round of hiring in early September so keep an eye out for that!

Without further ado…

Energy: Jasleen Kaur, Mustafa Adil
Transportation: Aliya Zhang, Michelle Li, Mohit Motwani, Valentina Farias

Check out our new members over on the Our Team tab!

We’re Live! – July 26, 2020

Welcome to UBC Smart City!

We recently closed our first round of recruitment and are in the midst of interviewing candidates to add to our early-starters squad for the rest of summer. We were pleasantly surprised by both the volume and quality of applicants. We will be having another hiring round when the academic year starts in September to round out the team with students from various departments. Check back on this site or follow us on social media to stay up-to-date with what we are doing!