Future City Builders Hamilton launched in January 2019 with a diverse cohort of youth, eager to tackle Water as the resilience topic for the lab. Our cohort spent time unpacking the issue of water in the city from a youth perspective through our Welcome Session and Water Survey. During our Current Reality Session, our group dove deep on the breadth of water topics in the city, from conservation, water systems and management, public spaces and utilizing the waterfront of the city. From there, our cohort worked to brainstorm hundreds of ideas to address water in the City of Hamilton (check out all the post-it notes!) before synthesizing ideas into five projects for development. Our cohort worked at lightning speed to push their idea to a full concept, with feedback from mentors in the social innovation space in the city in Session 4. Our five groups pitched their ideas at our Urban Action Pitch-Off, where RainHaven was announced as the grand prize winner of $5000 seed funding. Explore our cohort and projects below.

Future City Builders is presented in partnership by YouthfulCities and Evergreen, championed by RBC Future Launch. The Future City Builder program is an initiative of Future Cities Canada, a national collaborative platform accelerating innovation to transform cities.

The 30Lab Experience

The Cohort

The City Leads

The Projects


About: A community initiative to map rain gardens in the City of Hamilton and to pilot one rain garden in the City that is targeted as a space for engagement for youth.

Contact: rainhavenhamont@gmail.com


About: A navigation app to engage youth in Hamilton to access its over 100 waterfalls in the city. 

Wave Station

About: A sustainable and educational water tower, designed to bring water to temporary situation such as festivals, community events or public spaces.

Watermark Certification

About: A certification program to reduce water consumption, geared at youth-oriented businesses in the city. 


About: A public art installation, consisting of a mural and light projection of waterfalls in downtown Hamilton, designed to engage citizens with nature.



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