Mayor Invites Post-Secondary Students to Take the Innovation Challenge

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Mayor's Innovation Challenge

The City of Kingston is calling out all Queen’s University, Royal Military College and St. Lawrence students who have a winning innovative solution to a community challenge.

The Mayor’s Innovation Challenge welcomes teams of current and recently graduated students from those post-secondary institutions to submit their proposals for addressing a Kingston challenge.

The winning team will receive a $10,000 implementation budget along with a four-month paid City internship for each team member to implement their idea.

Mayor Bryan Paterson
Mayor Bryan Paterson

“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,” said Mayor Bryan Paterson in a release. “I’m excited to see the fresh, innovative, collaborative ideas they will present.”

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

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

Proposals are due January 22, 2018 and teams with the top six ideas will be invited to a pitch competition on February 9, 2018.

Students can get more information about the Mayor’s Innovative Challenge at workshops scheduled for October 30 and November 8.

Visit for more eligibility and competition details, as well as to register to attend the workshops. Future news about the Challenge will be posted on social media using the hashtag #MIC18.

March 2nd, 2018 update: