#DrivingWinTech Community Activation Saskatoon

October 27, 2018

Co.Labs (229-116 Research Drive )


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 influential leaders 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!

On October 3, Women in Tech World will proudly release the findings from our Driving WinTech research tour. You shared your stories and recommendations in safe spaces, joining over 1,500+ voices nationwide, now is your chance to design programming and tools that will impact women in tech in your community. Using the data, experiences, and voices from Canada’s Gender Equity Roadmap, it’s time to work together to be the change for women in tech across the nation.

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About the Event: #DrivingWinTech Community Activation Saskatoon

In partnership with ProtoHack, this Community Activation in Saskatoon 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.

9:00 AM Sign-in + Breakfast
9:15 AM ProtoHack Welcome
9:30 AM Teaming Up
10:00 AM Design Thinking
11:30 AM Prototyping Workshop
12:00 PM Lunch + Talk (ZU)
1:00 PM Mentorship Sessions
4:30 PM Pitch Submission
5:00 PM Final Pitches
5:30 PM Winner Announcements

Speakers & Judges

Cloe Ye



Program Coordinator

Tony Zuck



CFO & President

Jean Parchewsky



People Operations

Ryan Lejbak




Jacqueline Cook



Chief Strategy Officer

Stephanie Yong


Edwards School of Business (UofS)


Bryan Larson

Workshop Host


VP Design

Ali York

Product Mentor


Product Manager

Jen Korney

Product Mentor


Product Owner

Anna Tavares

Pitch Mentor


Manager Strategic Initiatives

Heather Abbey

Pitch Mentor

Indig Inc.


Stephanie Unruh

Design Mentor


UX Designer

Aigerim T

Design Mentor

Canadian Business Resource Group

UX Designer


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