1UPToronto 2018: Youth City Building Conference

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Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management

55 Dundas St W

TRSM Commons: Room 1-148

Toronto, ON M5G 2C3


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Plan For Good.

1UPToronto brings together high school students to shape a better future for Toronto. Our conference will explore real-world urban issues in Toronto, and present innovative solutions through civic tech, public art, urban design and environmental sustainability. Our very first cohort of 1UP School Chapters will also share how their projects and ideas are creating change in their local communities. Come and meet new friends, learn how to get involved, and kickstart your journey to become a young city builder!

What's happening

  • Design Jam team case competition + pitch
  • Lightning Talks from Toronto's innovative leaders
  • Youth Power school chapter student demos
  • Network with city building professionals
  • Lunch + Snacks provided

What you'll leave with:

  • Creative ideas and confidence to make your own mark
  • Design Thinking process + problem solving tools for any project
  • Opportunities to get involved in addressing real-world challenges
  • Connections to Toronto's innovative leaders

Who is this conference for?

High school students aspiring to become city builders and community changemakers. If you're curious about innovation, leadership, community, urban planning, architecture, civc tech, sustainability, art & design, or just want to get more involved outside of school, you're in the right place!

What do I need to know or bring?

Just an open mind to learn and create! No experience required. We'll be providing lunch, snacks, and conference gear. Invite your friends (please have them register here too), but don't worry about getting a team together for the Design Jam - we'll be organizing everyone into teams at the conference.

Conference Schedule

9:30 am Registration

10:00 am Welcome from Urban Minds and RU A Planner

10:10 am Opening Keynote: Leadership

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

10:30 am 1UP Program + RU A Planner Overview

10:35 am 1UP Student Demos

Learn what students across the GTA are doing to address local issues such as underused public spaces, road safety, and mental health among youth.

1UP School Chapters

11:05 am Lightning Talks:

Civic Tech, Urban Design, Public Art, Sustainability

Lightning Talks Speakers

11:25 am Design Jam Briefing

Design Jam Briefing

11:45 am Lunch

12:15 pm Design Jam Competition!

The 1UP Design Jam is a fast-paced case competition where student teams will brainstorm, design and prototype solutions for real urban development projects in Toronto. Winning teams will bring home cash prizes, food vouchers, and more!

Each team will work on one of two case studies: (Please be prepared to select one upon checkout.)


As Scadding Court Community Centre (SCCC) at Dundas and Bathurst grows beyond its capacity, the facility is planned to be torn down and rebuilt. Its lobby area needs to be redesigned to accommodate families, youth, newcomers and people who are experiencing housing vulnerability.
How might we create a welcoming experience at the SCCC lobby for all visitors?


Capital Developments is building a new mixed-use community around a school near Bloor and Dufferin. They hope to create a retail street and public spaces that are family and youth-friendly.
How might we create an exciting experience for youth along the new main street?

3:15 pm Closing Keynote: Youth Leadership

Riley Peterson

3:25pm Q&A + Networking

4:00pm Conference Ends

Conference Organizers

Urban Minds + RU A Planner

Urban Minds is a youth-led organization based in Toronto with a mission to educate and empower youth in the citybuilding process.

RU A Planner is an outreach program where Ryerson University planning students educate high school students on the field of urban planning.

Follow us on Instagram @urbanmindsto & @ruaplanner to see what we're up to!

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55 Dundas St W

TRSM Commons: Room 1-148

Toronto, ON M5G 2C3


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