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NSCC students tackle provincial social innovation challenge

November 20, 2019 – Media Release

Halifax, NS – More than 400 students from Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) campuses across the province will participate in Challenge Nova Scotia this Friday. The annual 12-hour event calls on students to come up with innovative solutions to issues affecting Nova Scotia. 

Challenge NS will be held at NSCC’s Annapolis Valley, Burridge, Marconi, Cumberland, IT, Ivany, Akerley, Shelburne, Truro, 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. 

“Through this competition, our students are given an opportunity to offer solutions that could make a real impact,” says NSCC President Don Bureaux. “Just like the citizens of our province were challenged through the One Nova Scotia report – we know that when we work together and pull our resources and expertise together, we can ignite positive change.”

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil will deliver the challenge question to participants via a pre-recorded message. 
“Each year, this challenge generates fresh perspectives and ideas on important issues facing Nova Scotia,” Premier McNeil says. “This event fosters innovation and collaboration, two things that are essential to our province’s growth.” 

Team submissions will be reviewed by an external panel of judges. In addition to the three cash prizes of $2,000, $1500 and $1000, the top three teams will also have their videos presented to Premier McNeil for consideration.

Event: Challenge Nova Scotia

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019

Time:10 am to 10 pm

NB: Media are welcome to attend at any time throughout the event but are asked to please 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. 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 88% are employed one year after graduation, most in their field of study, with 92% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia. 

For more information

Niki Toomey, Communications Advisor, NSCC

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