Judges + Awards

What can I win?

Here are the available prizes for our top three (3) teams! And of course, bragging rights!

First Place Prize – $30,000
Second Place Prize - $13,000
Third Place Prize - $7,000
= $50,000 total prize pool!

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Meet our judges!

Ayana Webb

Process Designer and Program Developer

Ayana Webb believes that complex problems can be addressed with the right tools, processes, and engagements. She has gained an array of participatory co-design tools through a variety of work with stakeholders to develop programs, initiatives and engagements that address complex social issues. Through her work, Ayana engages people of all ages, with a special focus on youth and post-secondary populations. Ayana is an awarded innovator, a trained facilitator, and a certified suicide intervention specialist. Ayana holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and a Certificate of Human Resources from Ryerson University. She is in the process of completing a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation from OCAD University.

Ben Smith

Grade 12 student at St. Brother Andre Catholic High School in Markham, Ontario; Senior Student Trustee at the York Catholic District School Board

As a member of the Board of Trustees, Ben Smith represents and advocates on behalf of the 55,000 students of York Catholic. He also represents Ontario's 600,000 students in Catholic education as the President of the Catholic Board Council of the Ontario Student Trustees Association.

Ben is a broadcaster with Rogers TV and the Canadian Women's Hockey League. He also writes with Vox Media, Metroland Media and Hockey Now Magazine. Ben has a developed and executed fully integrated campaigns and communications strategies, while successfully securing column inches and segments in some of Canada’s largest television, radio and digital properties.

Emilie Cushman

Co-founder and CEO of Kira Talent

Emilie Cushman is the co-founder and CEO of Kira Talent, a Toronto-based start-up that provides organizations with video interviewing screening solutions to help streamline their interviewing processes. She is an alumna of The Next 36: Canada’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative, a program that provides young entrepreneurs with venture capital and access to CEO mentors. Emilie and co-founder, CTO Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski, founded Kira Talent in March 2012 and won Most Outstanding Venture within the 2012 cohort of The Next 36.

Emilie has been named the HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow and in 2012, the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) announced Emilie Cushman as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women due to her accomplishments with social activism with SIFE Windsor and as CEO of Kira Talent.

Hillary Hartley

Deputy Minister Responsible for Digital Government, Chief Digital Officer

Hillary Hartley was appointed Chief Digital Officer for the province of Ontario in April 2017. As the Deputy Minister for Digital Government, Hillary leads the Ontario Digital Service, a team of designers, developers, and product specialists tasked with making government digital services easy to use for the people of Ontario.

Previously, Hillary was the Deputy Executive Director of 18F, the U.S. government's digital office, and a former Presidential Innovation Fellow. She was also the Director of Integrated Marketing at NIC Inc., an organization which helps state and local governments embrace new internet-based technologies necessary for modernization.

Hillary has extensive expertise in technology, digital strategy, design thinking, and public engagement. As Ontario's Chief Digital Officer, she will partner with government ministries and help accelerate transformation across government by setting new service standards for digital products, attracting and empowering digital talent and aligning partners around delivering high-quality customer experience.

James Chan

Programming Lead at Impact Hub Ottawa

James Chan helps steward creative and entrepreneurial communities that connect, support, and enable engaged citizens and purpose-driven organizations to collaborate towards social change and civic participation. He is a co-founder and co-organizer of Ottawa Civic Tech and serves on Code for Canada's Board of Directors.

Kelly Bergeron

Executive Director of the Cornwall Innovation Centre

Kelly is the Executive Director of the Cornwall Innovation Centre, Founder of the Code Heroes program, and the Cornwall Chapter Lead for Canada Learning Code. Her goal is to teach all youth in SD&G about digital literacy through hands-on workshops like coding, game development, graphic design, circuitry, and more and help bring innovative thinking to the community to help build opportunities in tech. With over 15 years of experience in website development, design, digital marketing and strategies, Kelly's last position was working for Salesforce in San Francisco and Toronto as a Digital Experience Manager. She has spent most of her career working with charities like Make-A-Wish Canada and government agencies such as the RCMP and Department of National Defense. She has also continuously spent time upgrading her education at institutions such as Stanford University, Berkeley, and Queen's University and is a graduate of the Computer Programmer/Analyst diploma program at St. Lawrence College.