Mayor’s Innovation Challenge: Want a job? Read this blog!

Calling all Queen’s students! Do you have an innovative idea to reduce carbon emissions? How about a way to make Kingston smarter and more livable? Now, how would you like to get paid to implement your idea?

This year marks the second year of the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge, a unique pitch competition, which calls for Queen’s students to solve real problems facing the City of Kingston, in an Innovative way! The Mayor’s Innovation Challenge is an annual pitch competition where teams of post-secondary students design an innovative solution to a challenge facing the city.

The challenge will be split into two unique streams: The Dunin-Deshpande Smart Cities Stream, calling for creative minds to enhance and improve the delivery of Municipal services. And the Public Sector Innovation Stream, offering three unique challenges focusing on reducing carbon emissions, revitalizing public spaces, and engaging residents in long-term care.

The winning team of the Dunin-Deshpande Smart Cities Stream will receive a four-month paid internship with the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre. As part of this experience, they will also be granted $4,000 in seed capital, along with access to the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI 2019) program to accelerate their innovation.

Winners from of the Public Sector Innovation Stream will receive a four-month paid internship with a municipal department with the City of Kingston. This winning team will be awarded an operating budget of $10,000 to implement their idea, and gain access to a full slate of resources and mentorship from City staff.

Think of the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge like a pitch competition, but one where the prize isn’t just money or an honour, but an opportunity to be paid to implement your idea. Do you have what it takes?

If you’re interested in this opportunity, join us at our upcoming November 13th workshop from 5:30-7:30 in 153 Goodes Hall. Dinner will be provided FREE of charge! You can register at:

Proposals are due on Jan. 23, 2019 and shortlisted teams will be invited to pitch their idea in the Council Chambers of City Hall on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019.

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