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Hundreds of NSCC students to tackle Premier's challenge in annual innovation event

November 21, 2018 – Media Release

Halifax, NS – This Friday, more than 400 Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) students will spend 12, consecutive hours developing solutions to a challenge issued to them by Premier Stephen McNeil.

The students are participating in NSCC's 5th Annual Challenge Nova Scotia Competition – a pan-provincial event that asks students across all disciplines to develop innovative solutions to a social problem facing the province.

"Since Challenge NS began, I have been impressed by the creativity, teamwork and entrepreneurial spirit of the participating students, and I expect this year will be no different," says Premier McNeil. "The competition is an excellent opportunity for innovation and collaboration – two things we know are essential to Nova Scotia’s growth."

At the beginning of the event, Premier McNeil and NSCC President Don Bureaux will address participants via pre-recorded video and reveal the challenge question. Teams of three to five students will then develop their solutions and create 90-second explainer videos.

"Each year, students have met the Premier's challenge and shown their commitment to building a vibrant future for Nova Scotia," says Don Bureaux. "They've shown that by working together – partners in education, industry and government – we can spark outcomes that simply wouldn’t be possible if we worked on our own."

In the days following the event, video submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges – representing the College's industry and community partners – who will award cash prizes to the top three teams. In addition, the top three solutions will be presented to Premier McNeil for consideration.

Event: Challenge NS

Date: Friday, November 23, 2018 (10 AM to 10 PM)

Locations: Akerley Campus, Annapolis Valley Campus, Burridge Campus, Cumberland Campus, Institute of Technology Campus, Ivany Campus, Kingstec Campus, Lunenburg Campus, Marconi Campus, Pictou Campus, Strait Area Campus and Truro Campus

Note to Media: Media are welcome to attend at any time throughout the event and 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, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 130 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 93% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

For more information

Niki Toomey, NSCC
Communications Advisor