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NSCC students to tackle Premier's challenge during virtual innovation event

November 17, 2020 – Media Release

This Friday, more than 300 Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) students will participate in the 7th Annual Challenge Nova Scotia Competition – a pan-provincial event that calls on NSCC students to develop innovative solutions to a social challenge issued to them by Premier Stephen McNeil.

“This event benefits both the students participating and our province,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Each year, the Challenge generates new ideas on important issues facing us, while fostering the innovation and collaboration that are essential to our province’s growth.”
 
At the beginning of the fully-online event, Premier McNeil and NSCC President Don Bureaux will address participants via pre-recorded video and reveal this year’s secret challenge question. Teams of three to five students will then develop their solutions and create 90-second explainer videos using online collaboration tools.

“Over the last several months, our province has faced many unique challenges that continue to impact families, the economy and people’s livelihoods,” says Don Bureaux. “This year’s event will be shaped by the realities of today — both in regards to moving the event fully online as well as directly influencing the challenge we will present to students.”

In the days following the event, the student team’s explainer videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges – representing the College's industry and community partners. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams and their video solutions will be presented to Premier McNeil for consideration.

Event:

Challenge Nova Scotia

Date:

Friday, November 20, 2020 (10 AM to 10 PM)

Location:

Virtual

More information:

Challenge Nova Scotia event page

Note to media: 

There will be no on-site presence for Challenge Nova Scotia.

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. NSCC offers more than 130 career-oriented programs throughout the province at our 14 campuses, including our online eCampus. Programs are offered through five academic schools – Access, Education and Language; Business and Creative Industries; Health and Human Services, Technology and Environment; Trades and Transportation – and reflect the labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. An annual survey of College graduates shows that 91% are employed one year after graduation, most in their field of study, with 90% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.  

For more information

Niki Toomey, NSCC Communications Advisor
902-476-1004,