Next 36 Startup Sprint 2018: Toronto

September 28, 2018, 2:00 PM

NEXT Canada, 175 Bloor Street East, Suite 200, North Building

Overview

From September 28-29, NEXT Canada and ProtoHack are inviting up to 100 bright, entrepreneurial minds to build, hack, design, and prototype solutions to solve global problems. The winning team will receive a spot at the Next 36 National Selection Weekend (for eligible team members) in December 2018, and there are plenty of other awesome prizes to be won.

At the Next 36 Startup Sprint, you will build a prototype that communicates an idea visually. You’ll learn how to use the best prototyping tools in the industry, network with like-minded people with various backgrounds, become a better product person, and receive access to prototype tools, learning communities, and other prizes just for attending (up to $15,000 in value!)

Attending requires no coding background. Instead, you’ll be using prototyping tools, drag and drop editors, mockups, wireframes and anything else you think of to visually demo your idea on stage. Participants will work in teams (up to 5) or solo.

ABOUT NEXT 36

Next 36 is a NEXT Canada program that delivers a world-class founder development program to Canada’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The program provides a select group of undergraduate students and recent grads with a unique combination of education, mentorship and up to $80,000 in seed investment to launch a new business. We believe that by fast-tracking the development of Canada’s most talented young innovators, we will help create industry-changing businesses and grow Canada’s long-term prosperity.

SCHEDULE

Friday, September 28, 2018

  • 2:00pm – 2:30pm: Registration & Refreshments
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm: Opening Remarks
  • 3:00pm – 3:30pm: Prototyping Workshop
  • 3:30pm – 4:00pm: Lightning Talk: Education
  • 4:00pm – 4:30pm: Networking Break
  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm: Lightning Talk: CleanTech
  • 5:00pm – 5:30pm: Lightning Talk: Agriculture
  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Networking & Dinner
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm: Keynote
  • 7:30pm – 8:00pm: Facilitated Team-Building
  • 8:00pm – 12:00am: Prototyping Begins!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

  • 8:00am – 8:30am: Sign-in + Breakfast
  • 8:30am – 8:45am: Setting Expectations
  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm: Mentor Lounge
  • 6:30pm: Prototyping Ends!
  • 6:45pm – 7:30pm: Demos
  • 8:00pm – 8:30pm: Final Pitches
  • 8:30pm – 8:45pm: Deliberation & Announcements
  • 9:00pm: Afterparty

Still not convinced? Check out our FAQ, read more about how it works, or contact us.

HOW IT WORKS

Over the course of 12 hours:

1) Form a team: network and collaborate with like-minded people who will help you bring the idea to life
2) Ideate and brainstorm: think up every crazy idea possible, collaborate, and narrow it down
3) Prepare a business plan: identify the problem you’re solving, who your customer is, and how to monetize
4) Design a prototype: visually communicate your solution through a working prototype using some of the best tools in the industry
5) Get mentorship: meet with industry experts to help you with your pitch, business model, and design
6) Prepare a presentation: you’ll have up to 10 slides and 90 seconds to showcase the work you’ve done in the last 12 hours
7) Pitch to a panel of judges: notable founders who can help validate your idea

FAQ

I’m not from Toronto. Are there travel accommodations?
We’re happy to provide complementary tickets to anyone outside of Toronto. Please notify us at mariam@protohack.com and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
Can I bring an existing project to the event?
No.  You cannot work on pre-existing projects. All work must be done on-site, during ProtoHack.
What if I already have an idea?
You can still bring that idea to ProtoHack, but you cannot work on it prior to ProtoHack.
Can I come alone, or do I need a team?
You can participate in our team formation session to meet your team members.
What if I already have a team?
You can attend with your team, but you cannot start working prior to ProtoHack.
Can I code?
You won’t need to code. We’ll teach you to use prototyping tools.
What do we need to produce?
A 90-sec pitch, 10-slide presentation, and 3 screenshots of your prototype (included in 10 slides) is required.
Can we have appendix slides?
No. All content must be covered in 10 slides.
Can we present a demo?
A demo of your website or app is optional, but not required. This can only be presented in the 3-5 minute Q&A session.

Speakers & Judges

Veronica Malinski

Judge

Aerialytic

Co-Founder & CMO

Qasim Mohammad

Judge

Repshift

Founder

Marie Chevrier

Judge

Sampler

CEO & Founder

Kiel Olver

Judge

Propel

Co-Founder

Yoav Schwartz

Keynote Speaker

Uberflip

Co-Founder & CEO

Farwa Kazmi

Speaker

Explorux

Founder & CEO

Mike Silagadze

Speaker

Top Hat

Founder & CEO

Ketan Kaushish

Speaker

Ukko Agro

Co-Founder & CEO

Hari Suthan Subramaniam

Speaker

Opus One Solutions

Chief Strategic Growth and Policy Officer

Muriel Schvartzman

Design Mentor

TWG

Product Designer

Adelya Suleymanova

Design Mentor

The Blue Creative

UX Consultant

Lisanne Binhammer

Design Mentor

Connected

Product Designer

Jitesh Vyas

Product Mentor

Tulip Retail

Product Manager

Lyana Su

Product Mentor

Manulife

Product Manager

Abbas Alidina

Product Mentor

Crowdbabble

Founder & CEO

Yana Antov

Product Mentor

TD Bank

Product Manager

Darrell Etherington

Demo Judge

Shopify

Senior Lead, Communications

Milana Micanovic

Demo Judge

Deloitte Digital

Senior Consultant

Sobhan Etemadi

Demo Judge

Sobie Systems

Founder

Tricia Jose

Demo Judge

Arrive

Co-Founder

Essam El Sahwi

Demo Judge

Aquova

CEO

Farbod Mansorian

Demo Judge

Unilingo

Founder & CEO

Allister Geonanga

Demo Judge

edNEST

Product Manager

Ardalan Benam

Demo Judge

Cleeck

Cofounder & CEO

Erin Smith

Pitch Mentor

Xello

VP of Marketing

Manisha Narula

Pitch Mentor

League of Innovators

Director of Community

Felipe Soares

Pitch Mentor

League of Innovators

Market Manager - Ontario

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