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ProtoHack Spotlight Experience: Aidan Scott

Mental health is a topic that deserves conversation. Each of us has been touched by, or have personally experienced, the struggles of mental health. It’s something that is vital to our development and directly correlates to our feelings of joy and fulfillment. Even though the conversation around mental health has opened up a lot over […]

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MO’Hacks: MO’ than your Ordinary Innovation Challenge.

MO’Hacks is about passionate people from Vancouver and Toronto who innovated solutions for the Movember Foundation using design-thinking principles and prototyping. On November 18th, over 100 moustache-supporting men and women gathered for MO’Hacks, the first ever dual-city Innovation Challenge held in partnership with the Movember Foundation. The events were held coast-to-coast in both Vancouver and […]

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ProtoHack Spotlight Experience: Dorothy Ng

Dorothy Ng This week, we had the opportunity to sit down with Dorothy Ng, a previous ProtoHack Vancouver winner. Dorothy studies Political Science and Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University. She’s in her final year of study and recently completed an 8-month internship at BlackBerry. Dorothy oversaw the development, definition and delivery of multiple application […]

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Ideas coming to life, an energetic experience.

Ideation: The process of forming ideas or images. An hour into the event and I’m working together with four strangers on ideas we’ve literally just created. There’s a flurry of creative energy. The game plan: come up with an educational app, pitch it to the panel of judges and try to win $5,000 (towards the […]

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Why ProtoHack Dubai? – Written by Adrian Jonklaas

Original Medium post available here. “But why do you want to build an accessibility tool to evaluate websites and then provide a fix?” I asked the entrepreneur sitting in front of me. “Existing web accessibility tools, treat the visually impaired like they are mentally handicapped,” the recent immigrant shares with a thick accent. His team […]

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Prototype First, Code Second

A look into the importance of prototyping over coding.  Prototyping has become more popular in the recent years as non-technical entrepreneurs are rising up out of the shadows and starting to understand that they have the ability to have ideas and create functioning prototypes without having to code a single line. As a non-technical entrepreneur […]

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The Importance of Mentorship & How to Obtain Your First One

As we’ve been interviewing successful founders of startups, I keep noticing a recurring theme. Mentors. They all have mentors, and they attribute much of their success to them. Mentors are an elusive species in the nature of life, love, and the pursuit of entrepreneurship. Seriously, though – most people don’t know they need a mentor […]

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Top 50 Non-Technical Founders in Technology

Regardless of a recent Gallup Poll suggesting that American entrepreneurship is dead, I believe quite the opposite. Yes, we rank 12th in the world for entrepreneurship, and more businesses are closing than opening, but that doesn’t mean the spirit of entrepreneurship is dead by any means. At the end of 2013 entrepreneurship increased by 14% in […]

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