OpenED Vancouver: Innovating for Education

March 24, 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, March 23, 2018

  • 5-6pm: Happy Hour

Saturday, March 24, 2018

  • 9am: Sign-in + Refreshments
  • 9:15am: ProtoHack Welcome
  • 10:30am: Design Thinking Workshop
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 1pm-3pm: Mentor Lounge
  • 7:30pm: Prototype Submission
  • 8pm: Final Pitches
  • 8:30pm: Deliberation & Announcements


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

Dr. Simon Ford


Simon Fraser University

Visiting Associate Professor

Elena Yugai


Helder Ventures

Investment Manager

Leah Bae

Pitch Mentor


Digital Strategist

Melanie Ewan

Pitch Mentor

Volition Advisors

Managing Partner

Steve Petterson

Pitch Mentor

10th Avenue Impact Fund

Executive Director

Vanessa Lew

Design Mentor


UX Designer

Sarah Gillis

Design Mentor


Product Designer


International Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Community Sponsors

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