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Mayor's Innovation Challenge seeks winning ideas from post-secondary students

November 5, 2018 –

Attention all Queen's University, Royal Military College and St. Lawrence students: if you have an exciting and innovative idea for Kingston, pitch it to the City and win a summer job to implement it!

"We're gearing up for the second annual Mayor's Innovation Challenge and I couldn't be more thrilled," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "We have so much talent in our community and this challenge is a great way to showcase and harness some of the world-class ideas and solutions our post-secondary students are developing."

This year's competition will include two separate challenge streams with four individual challenges. Current and recently graduated post-secondary students, in teams of up to three, are eligible to submit proposals for one of the following:

Dunin-Deshpande Smart Cities Stream

  • Smart Cities Challenge

Public Sector Innovation Stream

  • Engaging Residents in Long-Term Care
  • Revitalizing Public Spaces
  • Reducing Carbon Emissions

Proposals are due on Jan. 23, 2019 and shortlisted teams will be invited to pitch their idea in the Council Chambers of City Hall on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

The winning team of the Dunin-Deshpande Smart Cities Stream will receive a four-month paid internship with the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre. As part of this experience, they will also be granted $4,000 in seed capital, along with access to the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI 2019) program to accelerate their innovation.

Winners from of the Public Sector Innovation Stream will receive a four-month paid internship with a municipal department with the City of Kingston. This winning team will be awarded an operating budget of $10,000 to implement their idea, and gain access to a full slate of resources and mentorship from City staff.

Come to a Workshop: Nov. 13 and 14

Students can learn more about the Mayor's Innovative Challenge at upcoming workshops scheduled Nov. 13 and 14. Go to www.CityofKingston.ca/MIC for more details and to register to attend the workshops.

Follow news of the Mayor's Innovation Challenge on social media using #MIC18.