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Three student teams win internships at Inaugural Mayor's Innovation Challenge

March 6, 2018 -

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

"We saw wonderfully creative and innovative ideas come forward through this inaugural Mayor's Innovation Challenge and I am 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 I am proud this challenge has allowed us to showcase and harness this talent to address challenges we face while supporting and launching the careers of youth in Kingston." 

A proposal for a pilot project to develop a multi-seasonal cycling network and advance active transportation was named the winner of the City of Kingston internship. The student team will implement its project with a $10,000 budget and support from City staff.

Two proposals, focused on enhancing local attractions for youth through web-based event/activity applications, tied to win the Queen's Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) internship sponsored by the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre. The two winning teams (one from Queen's and one from St. Lawrence College) were invited to join forces based on their synergistic ideas and complementary skillsets, with each team member receiving $7,000 stipends for the summer and $4,000 in seed capital for their ideas through participation in the QICSI and summer accelerator programs.

The Mayor's Innovation Challenge was made possible through partnership and collaboration with Bell Canada, Queen's Centre for Advanced Computing, the Queen's Centre for Social Impact, Royal Military College, and St. Lawrence College.

About the City of Kingston

Kingston's vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston's high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

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