RELEASE — This year’s QHacks event – a student-led weekend-long hackathon at Queen’s University – is taking on the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge.
This year’s QHacks participants will have an opportunity to develop an innovative solution to one of the outlined Mayor’s Innovation Challenge streams. Two teams of ‘hackers’ will be invited to present their proposals at the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge Pitch event on Friday, Feb. 8.
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“I’m excited to announce that the City will be partnering with QHacks to build the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge into the QHacks Hackathon event,” says Mayor Paterson. “The Mayor’s Innovation Challenge continues to grow thanks to strategic community partnerships. I think we’re doing something pretty unique with this challenge, so it’s a great opportunity to be a part of this incredible innovation event that brings together some of North America’s brightest students.”
A hackathon is an intensive sprint event where teams collaborate to develop an idea into a finished product. QHacks 2019 will take place in Grant Hall and Kingston Hall on Queen’s campus from Feb. 1 to 3, and features speakers from top global tech companies including Google, Microsoft, Shopify and Snap. More than 500 students from all over North America attended last year’s QHacks event.
About the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge
Kingston faces a series of complex challenges as we work toward our vision of becoming a smart, livable, 21st century city and is seeking solutions from student innovators. The Mayor’s Innovation Challenge is a competition calling on teams of students from Kingston’s major post-secondary institutions to develop innovative proposals to address an identified challenge faced by the City of Kingston.
The creators of the top submissions, selected by the Mayor and senior staff, will be invited to present their proposals at the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge Pitch event on Friday, February 8. The two winning teams will receive paid internships with the City of Kingston or DDQIC. This initiative is made possible thanks to sponsorship from Bell and partnerships with DDQIC & QHacks.
Find out more and see this year’s challenge streams and categories at CityofKingston.ca/MIC.