Queen’s Innovation Institute Partner to Produce
Kingston Sir John A. Walking Tour Mobile App!
The non-profit, non-partisan Commission has joined forces with student participants from the Institute who are developing a mobile App based on the popular Sir John A. Macdonald themed walking tour through downtown Kingston that sirjohna2015.ca Commissioner Arthur Milnes wrote and researched at the invitation of the City of Kingston in 2009.
“We walk in Sir John A’s footsteps on a daily basis in Kingston,” said student participant, Kurtis Hodge, a fourth year Queen’s Commerce student. “Despite this our group realized that many, even here in Kingston, know very little about the story behind the man who founded Canada in 1867. We therefore saw an opportunity to make a difference. We also realized the upcoming bicentennial of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth in 2015 presented us the perfect opportunity to launch Moja, a platform designed to connect individuals to the unique stories within their communities.”
Hodge and five other students formed a company called Moja Labs in order for them to undertake the high-tech work.
“Partnering with the Sir John A Macdonald Bicentennial Commission for the initial launch of our platform is a great opportunity for Moja Labs,” Hodge continued. “We are honored to be entrusted with sharing a pivotal moment in Canadian history and look forward to giving back to the City of Kingston and Canada with this mobile App that will bring the Sir John A. story to additional audiences in the future.”
Professor Jim McLellan, who leads the Queen’s Department of Chemical Engineering, is the faculty coordinator of the Queen’s Summer Innovation Institute.
“One of our goals is to promote entrepreneurship in the Kingston region by encouraging our students to create start-up companies and collaborate with other organizations in the region to bring economic benefit to the area,” he said. “This partnership between Moja Labs and the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission will be of great benefit to Queen’s, the students and the Kingston community.”
The Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission’s National Network Coordinator, Mary Rita Holland, said she and her colleagues are more than excited at this new partnership between sirjohna2015.ca and the Queen’s Institute.
“Through partnerships with young people like the members of Moja Labs, the Commission is reaching out to youth and involving as many of the leaders of tomorrow in the Macdonald bicentennial movement as possible,” she said. “It bodes well that Canadian students, particularly right here in Kingston, the community Sir John A. called home, are already demonstrating great interest in Sir John A. and Canadian history.”
For further information please contact Kate Burgess, the Commission’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (613) 767-8178.