OpenED Toronto: Innovating for Education

January 27, 2018, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM



Have an idea that’s going to revolutionize the future of work and learning?

OpenEd Hacks is an innovation challenge dedicated to innovating solutions to reinvent tomorrow’s learning experience through prototyping and design thinking. This represents an opportunity for every educator to improve the education system and every student to challenge the status quo.

Participants are encouraged to tackle challenges at the intersection of education and technology, including but not limited to:

  • Access to anywhere-anytime learning that builds creative, computational and collaborative skills
  • Developing 21st century competencies i.e. coding, empathy and design principles
  • Applying gamification to engage and motivate students in the classroom
  • Utilizing data analytics to customize learning
  • Using social networking to enhance collaboration




Friday, January 26, 2018

  • 5:00pm: Sign-in + Refreshments
  • 5:45pm: Protohack Welcome
  • 5:55pm: BrainStation Overview
  • 6:10pm: NEXT Canada Overview
  • 6:15pm: Hired Workshop
  • 6:45pm: Networking
  • 7:00pm: Design Thinking Workshop
  • 7:30pm: Team Formation
  • 9:00pm: Departure


Saturday, January 27, 2018

  • 9:00am: Sign-in + Breakfast
  • 9:15am: Setting Expectations
  • 10:00am: Keynote
  • 12:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm: Mentor Lounge
  • 6:00pm: Prototype Submission
  • 6:30pm: Demos
  • 8:00pm: Final Pitches
  • 8:30pm: Deliberation & Announcements
  • 9:00pm: Afterparty


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


About ProtoHack

ProtoHack exists to show entrepreneurs that they can create something amazing from nothing without having to write a single line of code. We empower and enable the non-technical community with the tools, knowledge, and know-how that will help bring their idea to life and visually communicate it through prototyping.

ProtoHack requires no coding. 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. Competitors will work in teams (up to 5) or solo.

ProtoHack is a 12-hour experience where you will build a prototype that communicates an idea visually. During ProtoHack 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 $300-400 value!)

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


Speakers & Judges

Mark Orlan


Schulich School of Business

Executive Director IT

Klaudia Watts


Foundation for Environmental Stewardship

Managing Director

Michael Furdyk



Co-Founder & Director of Innovation

Farwa Kazmi



Founder & CEO

Jake Hirsch-Allen


LinkedIn Canada

Higher Education Lead

Ainsleigh Burelle


NEXT Canada

Marketing Associate

Pansy Lee

Design Mentor


Principal Designer

Dimitry Galamiyev

Design Mentor

Freelance Product Designer

Julia Singer

Design Mentor


Instructional Designer

Olivia Truong

Design Mentor


Product Designer

Alex Hong

Product Mentor

Robot Playtime


Andrea Corey

Product Mentor

VP Product Development

Nathan Bugden

Product Mentor

TELUS Digital

Senior Digital Analytics & Insights Consultant

Ali El-Shayeb

Product Mentor


Product Lead, Consumer Ecosystems

Jaxson Khan

Demo Judge

Head of Marketing

Aamna Contractor

Demo Judge

TELUS Digital

People Operations

John Kyeremeh

Demo Judge

Head of Growth

Erin Smith

Demo Judge


VP of Marketing

Shawn Wu

Demo Judge

Bain & Company

Associate Consultant

Doina Oncel

Demo Judge


Founder & CEO

Shaed Hashim

Demo Judge

Scotiabank Digital Factory

Innovation Specialist

Nouhaila Chelkhaoui

Demo Judge


Startup Services Lead

Ismaëll-Antoine Gaumond

Demo Judge


Customer Success Manager

Michele Cairns

Demo Judge

York Catholic School Board

Library Media Specialist


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