ProtoHack Vancouver

October 28, 2017, 09:00

RED Academy (1490 W Broadway)


ProtoHack exists to show aspiring innovators 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 4) 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!)

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

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

Speakers & Judges

Karen Lirenman


Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning

Apple Distinguished Educator

Brittany Whitmore

Pitch Mentor


Founder & Executive Director

Janis Vetsch

Design Mentor

RED Academy

UI/UX Teaching Assistant

Jothish John

Product Mentor

In-House Agency™

Creative Lead

Francesca McDowell

Pitch Mentor

BC Tech

Community Engagement

Michael Misko

Product Mentor

Science World British Columbia

Chair of Millennial Advisory Board

Rukshana Hassanali



Vice President

Nick Facey


Finger Foods Studio

Director of Business Strategy & Innovation

Justin Watt

Product Mentor


Operations & Resourcing Manager

Jo Vinayagam

Design Mentor


UX Design Specialist

Shelley Chen

Design Mentor


Cofounder & CDO

Leah Huyghe

Design Mentor


UX Designer

William Johnson

Pitch Mentor

Innovate BC

Director of Marketing & Communications


International Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Community Sponsors

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