Meet our Top 10!
As recent university graduates at the beginning of their careers, Team Riko deeply empathized with the challenges students face in discovering their ideal pathway. In just six short weeks, the group contacted over 400 guidance counsellors, teachers, high school and postsecondary students to develop the Riko mobile app. Riko helps students find their future through a gameified career-discovery algorithm and personalized video insights from relatable mentors. The end result is a dynamic tool that keeps students engaged outside of the classroom.
Combining user research with a comparative analysis of existing solutions, and engaging the Student Ambassadors Pave identified two key issues high school students face today when making post-secondary to career decisions: (1) lack of resources to understand how their skills and experiences may contribute to future employment (2) anxiety and stress about making the ‘decision of your life’ during high school years. Through two rounds of user testing, Pave created an interactive tool that visualizes publicly available information related to career options using a colourful interactive platform that puts users in the driver’s seat, imagining career paths that are best suited to them.
Career Deck puts millions of career pathway options in the hands of high school students. By leveraging Ontario’s Open Data directive, Career Deck lets students explore potential post-secondary programs and careers with just a few clicks.
40rty was motivated to participate in the Student Pathways Challenge for intrinsic reasons. Through data, experiential learning and job shadowing, 40rty is an innovative approach to preparing students for the future of work. By building an online community, 40rty will match high school students with mentors with inspiring career profiles.
Capstone aims to help high school students find the right education path towards their ideal careers. Their focus is on building a highly effective search engine as well as an online roadmap which students can track over time.
Altpath was motivated to join the Student Pathways Challenge because team members believe that a tool like this would help to position Canada as a leader in an innovation-based economy on the world stage. Using interactive cognitive games, students’ will discover their interests and skills and be shown different pathways available to their chosen career. Altpath uses artificial intelligence and labour market data to link students’ interests with future facing jobs.
Pathways understands the struggles and insecurities that high school students face firsthand. Motivated to empower the next generation of high school students with a tool to make decision-making easier, they decided to participate in the Student Pathways Challenge. Their tool allows users to see the various paths their careers could take, encouraging students to explore the wide range of possibilities they can choose.
Frustrated by the lack of accessible and dynamic information about different career paths and the post-secondary programs that would lead to these opportunities. The Your Journey team of three college interaction design students and one new grad interaction design professional, created the Your Journey app. Motivated to fill a gap in existing tools available to high school students, the Your Journey team created a visual timeline to show high school students a diversity of career paths and demonstrate that not all journeys are linear.
Communitechies chose to participate in the Student Pathways Challenge because team members experienced difficulties when applying to university. Struggling to find high quality, centralized information about university programs and their various academic requirements, Communitechies built their own take on a solution. Their tool offers students a clear and user-friendly way of presenting different career paths through the use of personal information - like course grades, personality traits, and interests.
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