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Building the next generation of young entrepreneurs at TRU.

Building the next generation of young entrepreneurs at TRU.

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Protohack is a 12-hour hackathon focused on empowering the non-technical community with the tools, knowledge, mentorship, and connections to bring their ideas to life. This hackathon, that required no coding, brought together TRU and highschool students together to learn how to prototype and pitch their ideas.

The group learned about:

  • Building products without a technical background with Justin Jackson – ProtoHack keynote speaker, entrepreneur, maker
  • Lean Startup methodologies with Jonathan Bowers – ProtoHack mentor, entrepreneur, and developer
  • How to pitch with John Zubak – Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Kamloops Innovation & TRU Generator

At the end of the 12 hour day, teams pitched to a panel of judges with backgrounds in academics, accounting, communications, and technology. The judges were impressed with what the teams could accomplish in a short amount of time and how well they delivered their ideas both in a pitch and visually through their prototypes.

The winning teams were:

1st Place: Nolan Chapman, Keenan Sillence
WASHME is a mobile app that provides carwashes on the go to wherever a customer is located.

2nd Place: Blake Mills, Albert Park, Mason Tarwin, Jacob Branch
Sync City is an app that synchronizes all phones to play the same music, at the same time.

3rd Place: Milap Dadlani, Brandon Dallamore, Giriraj Ojha,
Digital Works, a digital space for students to find freelancing jobs while still in school and gain experience.

Rogers Entrepreneur Spirit Awards: Wanjiru Nganga, Malika Sharma
Pendo, an e-commerce business that offers traditional Kenya inspired modern clothing handcrafted by local tailors in Kenya.

“Kamloops Innovation’s ProtoHack was excellent. Starting with some networking and a great speaker, then splitting into groups with ideas and seeking help from mentors, all the way to the presentation. It was an excellent day, and I’d recommend it to anyone.” – ProtoHack participant.

We’re looking forward to next year’s ProtoHack! Stay tuned for Startup Weekend this summer.

Shoutout to our sponsors who made ProtoHack possible:

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