YCDSB Impact Design Challenge

June 1, 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

St. Augustine Catholic High School (Markham, Ontario)


Impact Design Challenge for Girls is an innovation challenge where participants will take part in a learning experience built on a curriculum of design thinking, critical problem solving, and applied creativity. There is no coding or programming required. This is open to all female students in grades 9, 10 & 11 within the York Catholic District School Board. It will provide the opportunity for students to participate in a social innovation challenge to “hack” solutions.

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!)



  • 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Arrival + Sign-in
  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM | Team Formation
  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Keynote Speech
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Design Thinking Workshop
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Prototyping Period
  • 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM | Lunch
  • 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM | Design/Product Lounge
  • 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM | Pitch Practice
  • 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM | Pitches + Judging
  • 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM | Prize Presentation

Over the course of 8 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

Nadia Cerelli


Plan B Promotions

President & CEO

Elvira Caira


Award Winning Radio & TV Broadcaster

Ganesh Thavarajah


York Region Arts Council

Programs Manager

Annee Ngo



Co-Founder, President

Bailey Parnell



Founder & CEO

Farwa Kazmi



Founder & CEO

Kristen Altomare-Ciallella

Design Mentor


Visual Designer

Mohamed Fouda

Design Mentor


Co-Founder & CEO

Francesca Garcea

Pitch Mentor

Bell Media

Project Manager, Brand Partnerships

Beatrice Shang

Pitch Mentor


Marketing Manager

Lyn Chen

Pitch Mentor

Candy Cutlery

Co-Founder & CEO

Priya Kaur Kesh

Pitch Mentor

Our Wave Hub


Godfrey Ho

Pitch Mentor

MaRS Discovery District

Events Associate


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