Year 4 EngSci student travels the worlds as Sidewalk Fellow

Aug. 27, 2018

EngSci student Paul Seufert, second from left, pictured with fellow Sidewalk Fellows, from left to right, Keisha St. Louis-McBurnie, Carol Yeung and Sharly Chan (photo by Romi Levine)

Paul Seufert (Year 4) is one of four U of T students who spent this summer on a global fact finding mission as part of a fellowship program that could have a lasting impact on urban policy.

The program was organized by Sidewalk Toronto, a private-public partnership that aims to use advanced technology to improve life in the city.  The twelve students in the program were selected from over 650 applicants and are tasked with helping to inform what a new waterfront neighbourhood in Toronto might look like.  The city’s proposed Quayside community is a joint project between government and Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Alphabet (which also owns Google).

The students visited cities across North America and Europe to gather creative ideas for effective solutions to urban issues.  Stops included Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Boston, New York and Vancouver.

Read more about Paul’s experiences and the Sidewalk Fellows’ work.