Our High River announces the launch of an innovative community engagement app... and a mysterious team scavenger hunt for High River residents to try it out.
High River, AB: The local Our High River (OHR) community group is proud to announce the launch of a new mobile app to promote economic prosperity, encourage town involvement, and enhance community capacity in the Town of High River.
The OHR app will be put to good use during the upcoming Mystery on Mainstreet scavenger hunt scheduled for November 5th in downtown High River.
The OHR app is a smartphone-based communication system that will provide updates on town events, community projects, and critical information for specific and dispersed groups. OHR is aiming to support resilience in both everyday and emergency situations by better equipping its volunteer members.
“Our team is striving to promote the town as a leader in community development,” said Our High River representative Caitland Asmundson. “With the recent announcement of High River being ranked the fifth best place to do business in Canada, alongside the launch of our new mobile app, we know we can succeed!”
To test and promote the new OHR app, Field Innovation Team (FIT), the organization behind last fall’s popular mock-disaster meteorite strike workshop, has produced a new town-wide event: Mystery on Mainstreet.
Mystery on Mainstreet is an interactive community caper to light up the holiday season and challenge residents on their knowledge of High River – landmarks, history, and trivia.
Join neighbours, the mayor, and surprise celebrity guests downtown on Saturday, November 5th to innovate in real-time and solve a curious and unpredictable series of random riddles and teamwork tasks. The fun begins at 8:45 am at Centennial Stage in George Lane Park. The quest will wrap up around noon hour.
Participants are encouraged to download the app in advance, bring a donation for the Food Bank on event day, and stay downtown afterwards to see the Christmas lights and shop for gifts.
This innovation was made possible by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), through the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP). BCIP is an initiative to promote Canada’s economic growth and to bolster innovation in Canada’s business sector. PWGSC in agreement with the app developer, RallyEngine, have been working together to make a community engagement piece available for the residents of High River, tailoring it for the community’s needs, and encouraging community prosperity all while working alongside OHR.
Official October 24, 2016 media release from the Town of High River.
About Our High River
Our High River (OHR) is a community group in the Town of High River. OHR fosters community engagement by connecting citizens with one another, providing spaces for citizens to work on projects, supplying resources and tools to help move ideas to action, and encouraging new innovations. Citizens building community, community building citizens.
Calgary-based RallyEngine is a nimble platform for alerting groups, rallying teams, and informing communities. It’s technology powers the campus safety apps for the University of Calgary and Olds College, as well as the Missing Children Society of Canada’s groundbreaking mobile rapid-response network CodeSearch.
About Field Innovation Team
Field Innovation Team (FIT) is a non-profit organization with a focus on innovating in real-time and experienced in creating workshops for improving emergency response techniques. FIT is based in Utah and led by the former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA.
About Public Works and Government Services Canada
Public Works and Government Services Canada is a department of the Government of Canada committed to promoting Canada’s economic growth and responsible for internal servicing, procurement and property administration of all crown buildings.