The City of Kingston is partnering with Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, and Royal Military College to host the 2023 Mayor’s Innovation Challenge, a unique opportunity for current or recently graduated post-secondary students to apply their knowledge to real-world issues and help shape the future of Kingston.
According to Mayor Bryan Paterson, “For the last five years that we’ve hosted the Challenge, we have been consistently impressed by the creative solutions proposed by local post-secondary students to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead. I look forward to hearing this year’s pitches for bright ideas to further enhance our city.”
Participants are invited to develop a two-to-three-minute video proposal that presents an innovative project that could be implemented in Kingston and contributes to the quality of life of residents; or that leverages emerging technologies or develops new ways to enhance the delivery of municipal services. Proposals that are shortlisted will be invited to present their ideas at the Pitch Competition on March 10 at City Hall to a panel of leaders with expertise in municipal government, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
The Mayor’s Innovation Challenge offers a valuable opportunity for students to launch their careers by tackling an issue they’re passionate about while working alongside municipal and academic leaders. The winning team members gain an invaluable opportunity to launch their careers by tackling an issue they’re passionate about while working alongside municipal and academic leaders.
Key dates for the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge include a one hour information session by the City of Kingston and Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre. The sessions take place on Thursday, Jan. 26 or Monday, Jan. 30, with registration available online or email mic@CityofKingston.ca to schedule a consultation.
Proposals must be submitted by Sunday, Feb. 26 at 11:59 p.m. Shortlisted participants will be notified by Tuesday, Feb. 28, with the pitch competition taking place on Friday, March 10.
More information about the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge can be found at CityofKingston.ca/MIC or by emailing mic@CityofKingston.ca. The city encourages any student with a big idea to make Kingston a better place to apply for this unique opportunity.