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NSCC students tackle Premier's social innovation challenge

November 22, 2017 – Media Release

Halifax, NS – More than 200 students across eight NSCC campuses will participate in Challenge Nova Scotia this Friday. The annual, 12-hour event calls on students to come up with innovative solutions to real issues affecting Nova Scotia.

"There is an entrepreneurial spirit in each of us that, given motivation and inspiration, can influence culture and ignite community prosperity," says NSCC President Don Bureaux. "Through this competition, our students are being given an opportunity to make a real impact in the incredible province we call home."

Challenge NS will be held at NSCC's Annapolis Valley, Burridge, Cumberland, IT, Ivany, Kingstec, Lunenburg and Pictou Campuses. The event invites students to tackle a social problem facing Nova Scotia by spending 12 consecutive hours, working in teams and using online collaboration tools, to create a 90-second video outlining their proposed solution.

As in previous years, the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, will deliver the challenge question to participants via a pre-recorded message.

"Each year I am impressed by the curiosity, creativity and excellence shown by the students who take part in Challenge NS," says Premier McNeil. "We want to nurture this entrepreneurial spirit in our future leaders so they can go on to be successful in their careers and make our province stronger."

Team submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges. This year's judges are: Carly Campbell, Account Manager, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; Ed Leach, Director of Education, Centre for Entrepreneurship Education Development; Erinn Smith, ‎Executive Director, Nova Scotia Association of Community Business Development Corporations; and Lisa Lowthers, Southwest Region Social Enterprise Developer, Common Goods Solutions.

In addition to cash prizes, the top three teams will also have their videos presented to Premier McNeil for consideration.

Event: Challenge NS

Date: Friday, November 24, 2017 (10 am to 10 pm)

Locations: Annapolis Valley, Burridge, Cumberland, IT, Ivany, Kingstec, Lunenburg and Pictou Campuses.

Note to Media: Media are welcome to attend at any time throughout the event, but are asked to contact Communications prior to arrival.

About NSCC

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 120 plus programs in five academic schools — Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services, and Trades & Technology — reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. In an annual survey of its graduates, the College has found 87% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 92% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

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Niki Toomey
NSCC Communications Advisor