Bell Partners with City for Inaugural Mayor’s Innovation Challenge

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Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Teams of post-secondary students will be competing to win the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge on Friday by pitching ideas to address one of three municipal challenges faced by the City of Kingston.

UPDATE: The winners have been announced! See embedded Twitter posts below

The pitches consist of a 10-minute presentation followed by a question and answer session. They will take place between 9:30am and 1pm at City Hall’s Council Chambers with the winners announced at 12:45pm.

“I am excited to hear the fresh and innovative ideas that our post-secondary students have come up with. This competition is about bringing more innovation into the municipal sphere and helping our students develop the skills and experience to launch them into their careers,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson in a release. “I’m proud that, with the help of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, we have been able to include an additional prize, allowing two teams of students to team take action on their ideas to improve Kingston. I’m also grateful for Bell’s support, which allowed us to get this exciting project off the ground.”

Members of the public are invited to attend the pitch competition on Friday, March 2 beginning at 9:30am or follow the action on social media at #MIC18.

Register to attend the pitch competition here

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Each winning team will be given a four-month paid internship with the City of Kingston to implement their project with a $10,000 budget and support from City mentors. An additional team of post-secondary students will also have an opportunity, sponsored by the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, to receive a $7,000 stipend per team member for the summer, $4,000 in seed capital for the idea and access to summer programming at the Queen’s Innovation Summer Initiative.

Along with Bell, Mayor’s Innovation Challenge partners also include Queen’s Centre for Advanced Computing, Queen’s Centre for Social Impact, and St. Lawrence College.

March 2nd, 2018 update: