Inclusive Design Hackathon

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 4:00am to Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4:00am

Want to Play around? The Inclusive Play Design Hacakthon runs at DEEP from Oct. 12- Oct. 13. We will showcase the inclusively designed projects at the DEEP Reception on Oct. 13.

All results will also be shown at Canada’s Design & Architecture Show:  IIDEX 2016


Venue & Address: 
Room 104, 49 McCaul St
416 977 6000 x 3967

Design Hack Call for Participation

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

In collaboration with Sara Nickleson (former DX curator) and Castor Design, we are please to announce an exciting outside opportunity for OCAD design students, to create and exhibit new work. Please see the attached Design Hack Call for Participation and consider attending the upcoming info session happening January 25th, 11:30am in rm. 530. This one-day 'Design Hack' event, happening February 6th, is ideally suited for upper year ID, ED and MAAD students but everyone is encouraged to show up, learn more and take part.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street Room 530 - Material Innovation Centre
CASTOR/OCAD DESIGN HACK EVENT with event info and photograph of 3D sculptures

Hackathon: FinTech

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Friday, October 16, 2015 - 10:00pm to Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 9:00pm

This event pairs MBAs, computer science students, OCAD U designers, and engineers to launch a startup. Teams will be formed around an idea (FinTech), products developed, and team’s creation will be pitched by the end of the weekend. 

Who: Anyone with a passion for entreprenuership! Participation by OCAD U entrepreneurial incubator The Grind

Prizes: Winning team will receive a $1000 cash prize, bragging rights, and a sit down with one of the venture capitalist judges to further develop the idea.


Entrepreneurs are a special breed of person. It takes courage, insight and vision to turn an idea into an innovative company that touches that changes the lives of million. If you are interested in launching your own venture, becoming an innovator in an existing company or working in the venture capital industry please join us this year as we continue to build the Rotman network of entrepreneurs.

Venue & Address: 
Rotman School of Management  105 Saint George Street

Accessibility Innovation Showcase 2015 - Hackathon

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Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 1:00pm to Monday, August 10, 2015 - 10:00pm

OCAD University participates in the Accessibility Innovation Showcase which profiles innovative accessible technology and assistive device companies. Motivational speakers, artists and athletes will share their experiences and demonstrate how technological advancements can improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Coinciding with the 2015 Parapan American Games and in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this high profile event brings together top innovators, investors, local and international dignitaries, government and the public.


Teams of programmers will use rapid-prototyping to solve an accessibility-related challenge in just 48 hours. The winning team will receive $5,000. See the results, including 3D printed models, and learn who wins on August 9.

Tech pitch competition

Companies will compete to win $20,000 from the Ontario Centres of Excellence to help them develop their accessibility technology and business. Watch the semi-finalists pitch their ideas to a group of investors on August 9. The winner will be announced on August 10.

Inspiring speakers and entertainers

Discover how technology developed to help people with disabilities — like touch screens and gesture control — is changing the world for everyone. Learn how para-athletes train and see what it takes to become a world champion. Be inspired by talented singers and musicians.

Exhibitor showcase

See more than 50 innovative companies and their newest developments including exoskeletons and wearables, specialized apps, smart-watches and sensors, personalized robotics, and treatments and therapies delivered by smartphone. Visit the Kids Zone, Sport Zone and Start-Up Alley to enjoy live technology demonstrations and interactive exhibits.

Venue & Address: 
MaRS Discovery District (map) 101 College Street (at University) Dates:  August 7, 1 p.m. Hackathon Competition Launch August 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free Admission