Impact Design Challenge


 Impact Design Challenge for Girls Powered by Protohack is an innovation challenge in the form of a prototyping hackathon, a “protohack”. Through a protohack challenge, participants will take part in a learning experience built on a curriculum of design thinking, critical problem solving, and applied creativity. There is no coding or programming required. This is open to all female students in grades 9, 10 & 11, within our school board. It will provide the opportunity for students to participate in a social innovation challenge to “hack” solutions.

A protohack provides a venue for self-expression, creative thinking, and problem-solving which in turn will instill an innovator’s mindset . The workshop will take you through 4 stages of launching an idea, combining design thinking and entrepreneurial skills to develop a prototype. In the process of your prototype development, you will learn different prototyping tools, experiment with design thinking and theories, as well as practice their communication and critical thinking and collaboration skills.  You will be provided with guidance, frameworks, and expectations through the entire process by their business and community mentors.

Schedule for the Day – St. Augustine C.H.S. Library
8:00 am –   8:30 am     
Arrival and Sign-in
8:30 am –   9:00 am     ProtoHack Welcome + Team Formation
9:00 am – 10:00 am     Keynote by Bailey Parnell: Chasing Ikigai: My                                                               Entrepreneurship Journey
10:00 am – 10:30 am   Design Thinking Workshop with Farwa Kazmi award-winning UX and Product Design Leader
10:30 am – 12:00 pm   Prototyping Period
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm   LUNCH [provided]
12:29 pm – 12:30 pm   Mindful Minute
12:30 pm  – 1:15 pm     Design/Product Lounge with Business and                                                                       Community Mentors
 1:45 pm –   2:30 pm    Pitch Practice with Business and Community Mentors
3:00 pm –   3:45 pm   Final Pitches & Judging by Business and Community                                                  Members
3:45 pm –   4:00 pm   Prize Presentation & Wrap-up

***Throughout the day, teams have an open schedule to work on their project
If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please see Ms. Brizzi in room 120 or Ms. Cairns in the library before May 8th.
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