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More about the #inForum2015 Design Jam

The design jam is a critical bridge event that follows the conference and leads into the hackathon the following week. inForum initiative believes in embracing the spirit of entrepreneurship and using technological tools to create social change. This one-day event is the glue that will enable the inspiration of the conference to be translated into the solutions of the hackathon.

May 24 | Morning

  • 9:00am - 10:00am Registration & Breakfast

    Sign up and power up for the day.

  • 10:00am - 10:20am Talk: "The Importance of Design Thinking"

    A thought leader in Design Thinking will be presenting on the importance of the topic as it relates to the activities of the day.

  • 10:20am - 10:30am Breakdown of the Day

    Organizers will give a high level overview of how the day will unfold.

  • 10:30am - 11:15am Pitches

    Based upon the summary of the design jam, attendees are invited to give a 60 second pitch on a project that they'd like to work on. You will be cut off if you exceed the 60 second limit.

  • 11:15am - 11:45am Team Formation

    Did you like a pitch that you heard? Join that person's team - see if you can collaborate for the rest of the event.

May 24 | Afternoon

  • 11:45am - 12:30pm Lunch

    Get fed.

  • 12:30pm - 4:30pm Jam Away!

    Work with your team and make something happen!

  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm Team Presentations

    10 minutes will be allotted per team, in total, for both the presentations and the Q&A with the audience/judges

  • 5:30pm - 6:00pm Judge Feedback

    Get insight from industry leaders on how to better implement your projects for genuine impact.

  • 6:00pm - 6:30pm Closing Words & Next Steps for Hackathon

    Shout-outs to everyone who helped make this happen. Explanation of how the design jam projects will help inform the upcoming hackathon.



Meghan Hellstern

Meghan is dedicated to reimagining the relationship between citizens and their government. Some of her latest projects include organizing Canada's first Civic Design Camp, a policy design jam at CodeFest 2014 and leading Ottawa GovJam, the only Canadian site of the 2014 Global GovJam. After graduating from the University of Ottawa in 2011, she joined the Government of Canada, where she helped government organizations harness the power and promise of design, communication and technology.


Jim Wielgosz

Jim Wielgosz is currently enrolled in the Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Management post-graduate certificate program at Ryerson University. He previously served as a senior policy and political advisor in the federal government for seven years, working in ministries such as the Privy Council Office, Treasury Board, and the Departments of Finance and Aboriginal Affairs. In each role, Jim was part of a small team of political advisors that worked closely with senior public servants to develop, analyse and advance government initiatives.

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Venue sponsored by MaRS

MaRS is a non-profit innovation centre connecting and fostering collaboration among the communities of business, capital, and technology and social entrepreneurs. This happens physically through location of research labs, companies of all sizes, business advisors, investors and professional services within the MaRS Centre and more broadly through hands-on advisory services, entrepreneurial programming, their structured networks and expanding electronic community.

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