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Three student teams win internships at 2nd Annual Mayor's Innovation Challenge

February 11, 2019 –

After pitching innovative ideas to address challenges faced by the City of Kingston, three teams of post-secondary students were named winners of the Mayor's Innovation Challenge.  Each winning team has been awarded four-month paid summer internships to implement their ideas.

"The calibre of the pitches we saw this year was incredible, and it made the decision for our judges incredibly difficult. Now we're really looking forward to seeing the winning ideas come to life through the internships awarded," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "We have so much talent in our community and this challenge is an opportunity to harness this talent while supporting and launching the careers of young people in Kingston."

FractalKompute: Virtual Public Art, a proposal for an interactive public art installation combining photos and art from the Kingston area into a collaborative digital work, was named the winner of the City of Kingston internship. Team members Dylan Brookes, Aawista Chaudhry and Ryan Rossiter will implement their project with a $10,000 budget and support from City staff.

Another two teams won the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative internship sponsored by the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre. K-Connect, composed of team members Raed Fayad, Samuel Alton, Nathaniel Pauzé and Xavier McMaster-Hubner, presented a proposal focusing on a 3D solution to crowd source broadband cellular coverage across the city. Blackrose Technology: Smart Drones, composed of team members Erik Koning and Sadaf Usmani, proposed installing infrastructure in cities that will enable drones to fly and scan anything from oil spills from vessels in Lake Ontario, to assisting with search and rescue operations. The winning teams will receive stipends per team member for the summer and $4,000 in seed capital for their ideas.

The Mayor's Innovation Challenge was made possible through partnership and collaboration with Bell Canada and the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative.