In this three part blog series, we’ll showcase some of the highlights from the upcoming Intersect project launching in the startup community in Cape Breton in 2016. This three-year collaborative effort will identify opportunities for the digital sector to work with traditional sectors in order to bring about change and create new relationships to strengthen the economy of Cape Breton. Sounds fun, right? It is going to be awesome!

In this part of the blog series, we’ll talk about the idea for Intersect and how it is unfolding in preparation to launch. You have probably heard about the Sea++ competition Louisbourg Seafoods Ltd. that launched in January 2016? Well, it was a super successful community event where Louisbourg Seafoods Ltd. asked members of the community to try and solve some of their internal operating, budget and harvesting problems. Now imagine if other sectors, such as forestry, arts and culture, engineering and tourism, joined forces with community members to solve their problems? Enter Intersect: we’re going to bring these people together!

Based in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Intersect would be coordinated through UIT, in conjunction with The Prosperity Framework, ACOA and Cape Breton University, as well as other Cape Breton based organizations. Twelve sectors have been identified that UIT will work with to coordinate community competitions bringing digital and traditional organizations together.

And there will be prize money. “What’s that you say? I can help solve a problem in my community and I can win money for my ideas?” You bet! We’re working on sourcing some prize funds to be able to give out some great prizes and help people kickstart their ideas into overdrive!

Intersect is set to launch in the fall of 2016 and it’s shaping up to be a pretty big deal. Cape Breton today… the world tomorrow!

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