Georgian students and alumni submit pioneering ideas to William G. Davis Innovation Fund
June 20, 2017

Colleges Ontario's 50th anniversary logo: the start of something amazingFive Georgian College students and alumni are among the 83 applicants from graduates and current students of Ontario’s 24 colleges for the William G. Davis Innovation Fund.

The Hon. William G. Davis was minister of education from 1962 to 1971 and a visionary who played a vital role in creating Ontario’s college system.

The fund was created to honour Davis’ legacy and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s colleges. The fund supports innovative thinking and initiatives from aspiring visionaries, artists, humanitarians and entrepreneurs who want to leverage their college education and start something amazing.

The applications are now open for voting by the public. Preliminary online voting ends July 31 and finalists will be announced on Aug. 15.

You may vote for as many proposals as you wish, but only once per proposal. Voting results will be part of the criteria used by a panel of judges selected by Colleges Ontario to determine the finalists.

The first-place winner will receive $15,000 to help fund the initiative, while the second-place finisher will receive $5,000.

Log into the Innovation Fund website to cast your vote!

Read the brief synopsis of the Georgian submissions below.

Tandempark volunteer community

Tandempark is engaging and empowering the volunteer sector to make the world a better place with a digital platform built around a powerful volunteer management tool that helps non-profit organizations build strong, vibrant communities and a global village.

– submitted by Event Management grad Liam Squires

Growing Georgian

Growing Georgian is a food procurement initiative that promotes sustainable and nutritious food alternatives, conscious consumption, ethical growing practices, and the resurgence of the local food economy.

– submitted by Environmental Engineering Technology student Avery Konda


StudyInc is working to help low-income families around the world and those hindered by medical conditions or work and family obligations access education through pre-loaded devices that don’t require internet connectivity to work.

– submitted by Human Resources Management grad Tomisin Salam


GetWyred is a social discovery app that will act as a social city guide for community events and suggest locations for you and your friends to meet up based on your preferences. Photos and video can be shared in real time.

– submitted by Environmental Engineering Technology student Avery Konda

Smart Home System

Smart Home System is an app that features a few tricks that help make life a little easier, such as the automatic folding of clothes.

– submitted by Electrical Technician grad Dandan Liu