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Post-secondary students invited to take Mayor's Innovation Challenge

October 2, 2017 -

Attention all Queen's University, Royal Military College and St. Lawrence students: if you have a winning innovative solution to a community challenge, the City will pay you to implement it!

"We have Canada's best and brightest young minds here and this is a great way to have them apply their talents to benefit Kingston and launch their careers. I'm excited to see the fresh, innovative, collaborative ideas they will present," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

The Mayor's Innovation Challenge invites teams of current and recently graduated students from these post-secondary institutions to submit proposals to address a Kingston challenge. The winning team gets a $10,000 implementation budget and each team member gets a four-month paid City internship to make it happen. Proposals are due Jan. 22, 2018. The teams with the top six ideas will be invited to a pitch competition on Feb. 9, 2018.

Teams of up to four members are encouraged to submit proposals in one of these three categories:

  1. Cultivating creative public spaces
  2. Strengthening municipal service delivery
  3. Enhancing local attraction for youth

Come to a Workshop

Students can learn more about the Mayor's Innovative Challenge at upcoming workshops scheduled for Oct. 30 and Nov. 8. Go to www.CityofKingston.ca/MIC for more eligibility and competition details, and to register to attend the workshops.

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

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

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