Tech Futures Challenge Prototype Showcase celebrates teams achievements and projects
MindFuel’s Tech Futures Challenge 2021 program concluded with an online showcase and celebration event held on Saturday, May 29th. Funded by the Government of Canada, NSERC PromoScience and the RBC Foundation, this event was an opportunity for Tech Futures Challenge teams to present their projects, receive feedback from mentors and community members, and compete for awards and prizes.
This event included an interactive keynote session presented by Christa Hill and Renee Matsalla, co-founders at Tacit Edge. This portion of the event was designed to encourage and inspire the students in their pursuits as future STEM change makers and entrepreneurs.
Attended by a total of 40 participants including 30 students, mentors and team advisors, 6 judges and 2 keynote presenters, the event showcased seven high-school and university teams and their projects. The Adventioneers (Canmore), IntelliPark - TK Smart (Vancouver), Lethbridge High School iGEM, Renert High School (Calgary), SolaRaya (University of Calgary), United Robotics of Lacombe (Lacombe), and University of Lethbridge iGEM (Lethbridge).
The projects and presentations were evaluated by a panel of six enthusiastic volunteer judges combining a rich and diverse set of skills and expertise: Eiden Yoshida (Software Engineering), Ethan Agena (Chemical Engineering), Nimaya de Silva (Biomedical Sciences), Robert Mayall (Synthetic Biology), Sarah Rafi (Business Analysis) and Sunny Dhaliwal (Robotics). With the judges' feedback and enthusiasm and recommendations, the following awards and prizes were presented at the conclusion of the event:
Overall Best Project: The Adventioneers
Overall Best Project - Runner Up: Renert High School
Mobility Quotient Award for Best Sustainability Project: Lethbridge High School iGEM
Mobility Quotient Award for Best Prototype: The Adventioneers
Top Arduino Design: IntelliPark - TKSmart
Top Start-Up Program Candidate: Renert High School
Tech Futures Challenge Project Prototype Showcase and Competition was an energizing and exciting experience for participants, as attested by comments such as, “ I really enjoyed seeing other people's inventive and unique project ideas, there are so many exciting opportunities MindFuel helped bring about!”. Another participant said, “It made us really think about the application of our project. Great getting feedback from other teams and judges.”
As Tech Futures Challenge students and teams continue to build their real-world projects and skills over the summer and further into the future, the MindFuel team and community mentors and partners are committed and keen to provide support and be part of their learning journeys.
Thank you to everyone - students, team advisors, mentors, judges, presenters, sponsors, in-kind partners, funders and community members - for so many inspiring and engaging moments together during the Tech Futures Challenge, especially with our changeable COVID-19 year.