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Students to pitch ideas to win Mayor's Innovation Challenge

February 6, 2019 –

When: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8
Where:Council Chambers, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
Who: Nine teams of post-secondary students, Mayor Bryan Paterson and City staff
What: Mayor's Innovation Challenge pitch completion

The student teams will pitch their solutions to set challenges to a panel of judges including the Mayor, acting CAO Lanie Hurdle, and community leaders.  The pitches will be followed by a catered reception from noon – 1 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

The winners will be announced between 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. 

This year's Mayor's Innovation Challenge asked teams of students to submit proposals to address one these challenges in two streams:

  • The Dunin-Deshpande Smart Cities Stream challenged students to use the City's open data portal, Open Data Kingston, to develop innovations to enhance the delivery of municipal services.
  • The Public Sector Innovation Stream challenged students to take on one of three specific challenges: engaging residents in long-term care, revitalizing public spaces and reducing carbon emissions.

Find out more about the Mayor's Innovation Challenge, including the prizes associated with each challenge stream, at www.CityofKingston.ca/MIC.

Find Open Data Kingston at OpenDataKingston.CityofKingston.ca