Queen's International Innovation Challenge

An international opportunity for students to utilize data and analytics to understand and improve urban centres around the world.

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Smarter Cities. Better Future.

The Queen’s International Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for post-secondary students currently registered in an academic program to learn how to make decisions in this era of big data and digital transformation.

Learn how smart cities ensure health and wellbeing for all. Promote inclusive and tenable economic growth. Design resilient infrastructure, inclusive industrialization and foster innovation. Make cities inclusive, safe, and sustainable for all.

Learn more about the challenge

“Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how.”

Edward T. McMahon,
Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development
Urban Land Institute

Competition Details

  • All team members must be enrolled in an academic program throughout the entire challenge
  • Submissions must be in English
  • Registration Opens: September 1, 2018
  • Launch Event: September 28, 2018
  • Submission Deadline:
    October 29, 2018 at 11:59pm EST
  • Recorded 10 minute video presentation
  • Slide deck
  • Supporting documentation including references and data sources

The top 5 teams will be invited to the finale in Toronto on November 30, 2018. Team travel bursaries are available for teams outside of Ontario.

  • 1st: $20,000 CDN
  • 2nd: $10,000 CDN
  • 3rd: $5,000 CDN
  • 4th: $3,000 CDN
  • 5th: $2,000 CDN

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Partner Sponsorship


  • One judge at finale
  • Logo prominently displayed on the competition website
  • Full page advertisement in the program
  • Opportunity to distribute swag to the student participants
  • 10 tickets to the opening on October 4, 2017
  • HR attendance (10 tickets) at finale
  • Resume book of registered competitors

Affiliate Sponsorship


  • Prominent brand exposure (screens, website, posters, Facebook)
  • 5 tickets to the launch event
  • 5 tickets to the finale event


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