Young People: Toronto's Public Spaces Are Yours To Improve

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The 2014 NXT City Prize is now open for entries. The competition is open to anyone under the age of 30 from across the Province of Ontario, Canada. The NXT City Prize seeks ideas from new and young voices to show the city how public space can better meet the need of our connected and social generation. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2014.

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, April 30, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) A new urban ideas competition is inviting young people to share in the shaping of Toronto's future. Hosted by Distl, in partnership with the City of Toronto, the 2014 NXT City Prize asks young people to submit creative and innovative new ideas to improve public spaces across the city.

Winning entries will receive $5,000 cash and additional funding towards implementation of their winning idea. Two runner-up prizes of $2,500 each will also be awarded.
“The goal of this competition is to encourage young people to think critically about how we’re using public spaces and move away from conventional thinking about those spaces,” said Distl co-founder, Mackenzie Keast. “It’s their future and their opportunity to shape the city in which they live.”

The competition reaches out to people under 30 and asks them to submit innovative ways to improve a particular public space in the City of Toronto. Winning entries will be judged on how well the idea contributes to the local community and to the city as a whole. Submissions can be done individually, or in teams of up to four.

“The NXT City Prize is an ideal platform for youth to take ownership over their city and to apply their creative talents to solve everyday challenges with Toronto's urban spaces," said Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, “This is a chance for young, creative minds to offer new ideas and see them realized.”
A well-known lineup of judges, led by Jennifer Keesmaat, will select one grand prize winner based on a variety of criteria including originality and innovation, feasibility, impact and clarity. The winner will also have the opportunity to work with a team of experts to help realize their vision. This working group, comprised of partners at the City of Toronto and other business leaders, will provide professional support, help to build connections and empower the winner to lead the project through to implementation.

The competition runs from April 30 to July 31, 2014, with winners to be announced on August 14, 2014.
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