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RBC Community Innovation Bootcamp

Apply now to be part of Huron’s first RBC Community Innovation Bootcamp, which will be held from February 26-28th, 2021.  This opportunity is designed for arts, social science and business students, to accelerate your understanding of innovation principles while re-imagining solutions to address issues faced by non-profit organizations across Southwestern Ontario.

Over the course of this three-day bootcamp, you will get hands-on exposure with foundational innovation methodologies including research, observation, ideation, prototyping and evaluation. The bootcamp will culminate in a hackathon experience where you will be placed into teams of 5 and pitch your ideas to a panel of judges, with the winning team taking away $2,500.

Each student participating in this experiential learning opportunity will receive an RBC Innovator Certificate to add to your resume, helping to set you apart from other applicants. All participants will also receive a $40 Uber Eats Gift Card/Food Delivery Gift Card to be used for team meals during the bootcamp.

EVENT TIMING

Friday, February 26   l  4pm – 8pm EST
Saturday, February 27  l  10am – 4pm EST
Sunday, February 28  l  10am – 3pm EST 

All current Huron students are eligible to apply to attend the Innovation Bootcamp, registration applications close on February 23rd at 11:59pm EST. Please note that you must be available to attend all three sessions in order to participate in the bootcamp and that you will be notified that your application has been accepted by February 24th

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Growing Chefs! Ontario

Huron’s first innovation bootcamp hackathon partner is Growing Chefs! Ontario, a London charity that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in children’s food education projects. As part of the hackathon you will work with Andrew Fleet, Founder/Executive Director of Growing Chefs! Ontario, co-creating solutions that can be implemented at Growing Chefs. The winning team will receive $2,500 to be split evenly among the 5 team members. The second and third placed teams will receive Huron Merchandise Prize Packs.

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FAQs

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BOOTCAMP?

You must be a current Huron student to apply to participate in The RBC Community Innovation Bootcamp.

I AM AN ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCE STUDENT AND I DON’T HAVE A BUSINESS BACKGROUND. SHOULD I APPLY FOR THIS WORKSHOP?

Great question! Yes absolutely, this bootcamp is designed for arts, social science and business students to bring together diverse perspectives to help local organizations. You don’t need to be a business student to benefit from business skills, and we need creative ideas that come from collaborating across disciplines in order to be able to solve pressing issues in new ways.

CAN I REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION AS A GROUP WITH MY CLASSMATES OR FRIENDS?

In order to keep the competition fair among all participants and ensure the groups have different backgrounds, you may only participate in the bootcamp as an individual. However please share the event opportunity with your friends and encourage them to register for the event as well!

I CAN ONLY ATTEND ONE DAY OF THE BOOTCAMP, CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?

To get the full experience it’s important to be there every day for the full duration of the sessions. This program will be offered twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, so if you are not able to participate fully this time then we recommend you wait until the fall.

WILL CERTIFICATES ONLY BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS WHO WIN THE COMPETITIONS?

No. All students who participate in the program will receive an official RBC Innovator Certificate that you can add to your resume, helping to set you apart from other candidates.

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