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Thinkathon 2017: Disrupt Montreal

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3459 McTavish Street

Research Commons - Room A

Montreal, QC H3A 0C9

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The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Hack McGill, and the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management are organizing Thinkathon 2017: Disrupt Montreal to get developers, designers, and non-technicals solving an issue concerning the City of Montreal. The Thinkathon is a full day, immersive experience into the the first steps to build a venture!

The whole day is going to be about identifying and solving a major issue in Montreal based on the 4 Tracks of the 2018 McGill Dobson Cup.

INNOVATION DRIVEN ENTERPRISE (IDE) TRACK - Definition

Innovation-Driven Enterprise (IDE) Track startups generally build their business upon a technology, science or idea that will give them a significant or radically disruptive advantage compared to their peers.

SMALL & MEDIUM ENTERPRISE (SME) TRACK - Definition

The Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) Track is for those startups that likely are started by an individual or group to serve a local market. A distinct feature of an SME start-up is that they mainly focus on local markets.

HEALTH SCIENCES (HS) TRACK - Definition

Startups in the Health Sciences (HS) Track build primarily on research and technology in the sciences of biology, chemistry, physics, medicine and dentistry as well as a variety of multidisciplinary fields to improve health, prevent and cure diseases, and understand how humans and animals function.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE (SE) TRACK – Definition

A Social Enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximizing profits for external shareholders.


Each team should select teammates based on the following categories:

a. Hacker - You ask the important questions: “Why?” and, “How?” the new idea or initiative can be brought into reality. Ruby, python, javascript-- you name it, these are but some of the tools at your disposal to help bring the project to life.

b. Designer - A visually appealing user experience is your raison d’etre. You ensure that the final idea is cooler than anything else that we currently use. You help ensure that people know how to use the product and will understand the idea upon first glance.

c. Hustler - You help get the idea out to the public with your unrivaled rhetoric. You are a visionary for the product and understand how it truly helps advance society. You generate sales, partnerships and important collaborations where no one else can.

d. Analyst - You understand, before anything, for an idea to get off the ground it has to have the numbers to support it: How many people will want it? How much does the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) cost? What’s the current market trend? You work with the Designer to build a cool infographic for an investor to grasp your idea quickly.

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Montreal, QC H3A 0C9

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