#DrivingWinTech Montréal | Innovation Challenge . Défi de L’Innovation

January 19, 2019

Centech (1000 St Jacques St, Montreal)


Test drive the largest set of qualitative data on women in tech in Canada

Last year, during Driving WinTech’s research tour, tech professionals and influencers spoke up in communities spanning 30+ communities across all provinces and Yukon. And they were confident that the recommendations revealed in #DrivingWinTech Community Conversations would affect actionable change in each of their thriving regions. The time for action is now!

Join us in January 2019 at the Centech Planetarium from 9am to 6pm to activate the research in Canada’s Gender Equity Roadmap (GER)!

Rejoignez-nous en janvier 2019 au Planétarium Centech de 9h à 18h pour activer la recherche en GER!

In partnership with ProtoHack, this Innovation Challenge in Montréal will allow participants to brainstorm and build programming, tools, or both to help support and advance women in tech in Quebec. We are honoured to have Cassie L. Rhéaumelead this event! All genders welcome.

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This is an opportunity for you to:

  • learn from esteemed mentors,
  • complete a design thinking and prototyping workshop, and
  • build an innovation solution with other community members.

En partenariat avec ProtoHack, nous souhaitons rassembler des gens motivés afin de conceptualiser et construire des programmes et des outils dédiés à soutenir les femmes en Tech dans leur communauté et au pays. Des mentor.es seront sur place pour vous soutenir dans l’élaboration de vos idées. Nous sommes honorés d’avoirCassie L. Rhéaume à la tête de cet événement! Tous les genres sont les bienvenus.

About the Event: #DrivingWinTech Community Activation Montréal

In partnership with ProtoHack, this Community Activation in Montréal will put the right people in the same room to brainstorm, conceive of and build programming, tools, or both. Participants will engage with peers, learn from esteemed mentors, and test drive the largest set of qualitative data on women in tech in Canada.

Following this collaborative session:

  • The top three teams will be provided with resources to launch their initiatives in their region
    • In-kind prizes worth up to CAD$10,000 will be awarded to these top teams, and includes development work
  • In-kind prizes of up to CAD$200 will be awarded to each participant (includes extended access to prototyping tools)

With the data we’ve collected and analysed, we encourage participants to transform ideas into programming, tools, or both.

About DrivingWinTech and Women in Tech World (WiTWorld) Team

Women in Tech World (WiTWorld) is a grassroots organization that is dedicated to creating community-driven plans and educational programming to support and advance women in tech. The 100% volunteer-run nonprofit has members from leading tech companies like Microsoft, award-winning startup advisory firms like Volition Advisors, and STEM-related backgrounds like engineering and fintech. In fall 2017, WiTWorld led an initiative called Driving WinTech, a community-based research tour to collect qualitative data on the experiences of women in tech across Canada. Nine weeks, 31 Community Conversations, and 1,500+ voices later, the team has built the largest qualitative data set on women in tech in Canada to date. With this data, WiTWorld is developing Canada’s Gender Equity Roadmap and Discovery Foundation’s Driving WinTech: The Study of Women in Tech in B.C., with key recommendations to be published in fall 2018. We envision women and girls having equal opportunities within the tech industry world-wide.

Speakers & Judges

Cassie L. Rhéaume


Lighthouse Labs

Education Manager

Rukshana Hassanali

ProtoHack & QUP


Brigitte Stock




Sara Follador




Amira Dems




Golnoosh Farnadi




Anastasia Artemova

Product Mentor

Element AI

Special Projects Manager

Laurence de Villers

Product Mentor


Développeur Mobile

Erika LeBlanc

Product Mentor

Canada Learning Code

Chapter Lead

Mandeep Basi

Design Mentor


UX Researcher

Aminka Belvitt

Pitch Mentor

A new reality: Tech Summit for Girls

Digital Marketing Strategist & Keynote

Kaoru Matsushita

Workshop Host

Peerio Technologies

UX / UI Designer

Emily Keller

Workshop Host

Element AI

Senior Product Designer

Vivian Cheung

Pitch Mentor


Application Engineer


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