How to hack science in five easy steps

In September, I participated in Hack the North with my Suncayr co-founders, Derek Jouppi and Andrew Martinko, and our classmate Dave Badami. Hack the North is Canada's largest international hackathon, where students come together for 36 hours to collaboratively code a unique solution to a problem from scratch. For those familiar with Suncayr’s technology (a marker ink that tells you when to reapply sunscreen), you may be wondering what on earth we were doing at a hackathon. For us, it was all about networking. We found out that Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator, was going to be there, so we knew that we had to go too.

The summer I became an entrepreneur

As an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo, when I wanted to explore entrepreneurship as a potential career path this summer, I decided to live in the Velocity Residence and take the Conrad Centre's BET 300: Foundations of Venture Creation course.

My most memorable moment was our trip to Montreal for the International Startup FestivalBET 300 provides student entrepreneurs with opportunities to attend events that help them develop their venture ideas.

Reflecting on MBET: The 2014 class and our final social event

Most final social events of a graduating class are bittersweet, but this was not the case with the MBET class of 2014! The year-end social for the 2014 cohort of the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program, held at Bingemans, was quite an event. It was not just one event but many rolled into one!

Youth marketing and stories: Takeaways from New York

If there’s one word that defined my short two-day adventure to New York, and the state of millennial marketing in the current day and age, it's "hustle."

I got into New York the day before the Youth Marketing Strategy conference and started doing some sightseeingI made my way down to the Centre for Social Innovation in Chelsea, where I introduced myself as a student entrepreneur from Toronto!

Alaska and the Twitterverse: talking innovation in education

What does disruptive innovation look like in the higher education space?

How are we going to assess and measure learning outcomes in times of blended and online learning, big data and flipped classrooms?

These and similar questions brought me to Anchorage, Alaska to attend the Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL) conference with my colleague Doug Sparkes and one of our BETS students, Emma Reesor. We were invited to present a paper on our experience of developing the virtual incubation program (VIP).

From MBET to Montreal for an international tech conference

Our journey to Montreal to present our paper, "Providing Access to Education in Sub-Saharan Countries through Content-Oriented Technology" at the first IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference was an adventure to say the very least.

​From left to right: MBET students Angelica Kiboro, Mrinay Nair, Alex Dwhytie, Tomison Salam, and Sheena Bailey at the conference.

How do you recruit entrepreneurs? Think like one yourself!

As the Marketing and Recruitment Manager at the Conrad Centre I’m always looking for ways to meet budding entrepreneurs to tell them about the amazing opportunities for them at the University of Waterloo.

When I started in this role in 2012 I was overwhelmed by the vast entrepreneurship ecosystem both in Waterloo and across the country. I quickly began researching events, clubs, programs, and conferences, talking to the people in these spaces for their advice, and sorting out the best places to meet and engage with would-be entrepreneurs.

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Perspectives on innovation: An MBET's takeaways from OCE Discovery

The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery event was a true eye opener. I was proud to attend the event as a representative of the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program, the Conrad Centre and my practicum project, ULLO.

MBET students Tara Scanlan and Zoe Share talk to an OCE Discovery delegate about their startup, ULLO, at an exhibitor booth in the Waterloo pavilion.

Building Waterloo's creative media community

The first time I visited Waterloo I was struck by the energy and support that came freely from the participatory startup community.

It was a dreary February evening and I was in town on a last minute decision to promote the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) as a sponsor of Start Up Camp Waterloo. However, the energy and excitement inside the Accelerator Centre (AC) was palpable and in striking contrast to the weather outside. I was smitten and knew, at that moment, that this startup community was one that I needed to be a part of.

Competing in Startup Weekend Waterloo Region

There are many entrepreneurial events in Waterloo Region, but it wasn't until I started the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program in September 2013 that I was really exposed to them.

I decided to take time off from working in Waterloo's technology sector to pursue an MBET degree and the business idea that I came into the program with, Jük. The September 2013 Startup Weekend seemed like a great way to expedite the process of vetting my business idea and potentially gain a team of designers and developers. Because of the positive experience I had, I also attended the April 2014 Startup Weekend.

From left to right: MBET students Ayad Kamal, Odeyemi Adaran, and Mahmoud Salama at Startup Weekend Waterloo Region Community Edition in April 2014.

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