Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

StFX, NSCC students team together in Social Innovation Challenge

February 2nd, 2018

Students from StFX and the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Strait Area campus teamed together on Jan. 26 for a unique challenge that had them looking to develop solutions to a local issue.

In all, over 40 students from business faculty Dr. Monica Lent (StFX) and Karen Case (NSCC) courses pooled their skills at a Social Innovation Challenge hosted at StFX.

The event was organized by Paula Brophy of StFX Extension’s Innovation and Enterprise Centre and Jordan Landry, NSCC entrepreneurial relations manager.

The students, divided into teams, were challenged to work on a local issue, how to fill the stands for the Special Olympics Summer Games to be held in Antigonish this year.

Students were given a description of the event and asked to come up with a plan on how to draw people in to watch the event.

The teams had two hours to brainstorm before presenting their idea to a panel of three judges, Ken Kingston, one of the local Special Olympics organizers, Shannon Bouchie of NOBL; and Chris Goyetche, Academic Chair, NSCC Strait Area Campus.

The first place team of Owen Vouri (StFX), Brendan Wilkinson (StFX), Tracy Goodwin (NSCC) and Karen Atkins (NSCC) received $600, while the second place team, which consisted of Angel Espat (StFX), Garrett Nielsen (StFX), Brittany Smith (NSCC), and Laura MacAulay (StFX) took home $400.


The first place team of Owen Vouri (StFX), Brendan Wilkinson (StFX), Tracy Goodwin (NSCC) and Karen Atkins (NSCC) 

Second place team Angel Espat (StFX), Garrett Nielsen (StFX), Brittany Smith (NSCC), and Laura MacAulay (StFX) 

Ms. Brophy says this partnership began after she and Ms. Landry met in the summer looking for ideas of something they could do together.

“We wanted to enhance the student learning experience by providing them with an opportunity to work together in diverse teams to find innovative and meaningful solutions to the problem at hand,” Mr. Brophy says. 

She says students enjoyed seeing how they can use their different backgrounds and different perspectives to pool resources and see what they can come up with. 

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