AB & BC Teams showcase their Project Pitch ideas related to STEM solutions at the Project Pitch Showcase!
On Saturday, March 13th, MindFuel hosted our first Tech Futures Challenge Project Pitch Competition & Showcase online to youth teams from across AB and BC.
In total, 13 teams submitted their project pitch videos and participated in a Q&A and feedback session with the Tech Futures Challenge judges.
"Congratulations to the 13 teams who energetically presented their innovative ideas for tackling complex real-world issues at our inaugural online Project Pitch Competition. Your ideas, developed from using the design thinking process and cutting-edge science and technology, not only showcased your dedication to collaboration, innovation and community but also sustainability both here locally and globally. Keep developing your inspiring projects! We look forward to seeing your prototypes work in Part 2 of the Tech Futures Challenge, and beyond." Cassy Weber, CEO, MindFuel
MindFuel's Tech Futures Challenge encourages youth to develop an innovation mindset and 21st century skills, while working collaboratively to solve real world problems related to sustainability using STEM tools. The project pitches offered diverse, innovative STEM solutions to sustainability challenges that the teams identified within their local and global communities. Click here to learn more about all of the teams' project ideas.
At the competition, teams presented their pitch videos to a panel of STEM industry professionals & educators, and received valuable feedback and insights about their projects.
"It's so exciting to see such innvoation from the participants of the Tech Futures Challenge. The Challenge has given these kids the opportunity to explore STEM topics far beyong the scope of the classroom learning and apply them to real-world problems they are most passionate about. However, it's more than just a self-directed science project. The Tech Futures Challenge helps participants to develop their ideas into workable, scalable prototypes that could change the world. They get acess to mentors and industry experts to help them bring their ideas to the leading edge of innovation. The Challenge is an amazing opportunity for students to get started with STEM." Owen Klassen, TFC judge & mentor
After judging deliberation, awards were announced based on criteria such as impact on sustainability, project clarity & supporting data, and project plans for prototyping.
MindFuel is pleased to announce the following awards:
Best Project Pitch Beginner: The Adventioneers, Canmore
Project Pitch Runner-up Beginner: Renert High School, Calgary
Best Project Pitch Advanced: Oviita - iGEM Calgary, Calgary
Project Pitch Runner-up Advanced - ULethbridge iGEM team, Lethbridge
Congratulations to the winners and all teams that participated in the Project Pitch Competition!
Special thanks to the judges for their insights, feedback, time and contributions.
Christian Emond, Co-Founder & COO, yOIL Tech
John Whitbread, Manager, General Dynamics Canada
Kiran Sandhu, Education Specialist, MindFuel
Kirsten Wackett, Educator
Kristi Turton , MSc Candidate Biochemistry, University of Lethbridge
Nikhil Sonpal, CEO, Mobility Quotient
Owen Klassen, Co-President, AC Robotics
Patrick Wu, Life Science Marketing Consultant
Teams will now move into the Prototype stage of the Challenge, starting March 23rd. Teams will work with mentors and receive project support, such as resources, seed funding and loan program materials, as well as participate in a hard skills workshop in April to prototype and test their pitch ideas.
Teams will showcase their final prototype on May 29th at the Project Prototype Showcase & Competition.
We can't wait to share the exciting, innovate prototypes the teams create. Stay tuned!
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