Mississauga is taking up the smart cities challenge and wants residents and businesses to help lead the way in getting it done.

In February, the city is hosting a series of meetings and online events to get input on how technology, data and innovation can improve life in Mississauga. The results will help formulate Mississauga’s Smart City Master Plan.

The venture is also part of a Government of Canada initiative asking municipalities across the country for their smart city approaches. Ottawa will reward the best approaches with funding to implement the proposals. According to the federal government, a smart city is one that achieves positive outcomes for residents through the use of data and connected technology. Up for grabs: a $50 million first prize to the winning community to get their smart idea up and running.

In Mississauga, the meetings will focus on such topics as enhancing access to service, furthering connectivity to social services, facilitating culture, heritage and education, improving the environment, promoting public safety and all issues surrounding transportation.

The public sessions will be held at city hall on Feb. 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 6:30 p.m. The business sessions will be held Feb. 20 and 26 at 2 p.m., also at city hall.

Participation can also be held online at yoursay.mississauga.ca/smart-cities-challenge.