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Mini Maker Faire Toronto

23 Nov

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An awesome weekend at Maker Faire Toronto — we got the inside scoop at the booths of just about every hacker, maker, designer, and entrepreneur, and wrapped it all up with a pitch competition this afternoon!

Congratulations to teacher, maker, and all-around pinball wizard David Hann, a teacher at the Toronto District School Board’s Donview Middle School, who won November’s grant with his plan to teach STEM skills to his students through the design and construction of educational pinball games.

Here’s some more info on David’s awesome project: http://makerfairetoronto.com/maker/2014/tdsb-donview-ms-pinball-project/

As early supporters of the #makered movement, in the spring of 2014, my colleague and I tried an innovative 3 month “integrated project” for our grade 8 class, culminating with the creation of functioning pinball machines. Along the way, students covered all the required math, science, history and language curriculum, as well as learning about project management. The main goal was to try and get students to see the relevance of their learning with a real-world task, and to present the material in an exciting and engaging way.

A big shout-out to everyone who came out and pitched today — you’re all AWESOME, and we can’t wait to see you again in future months’ submissions!

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May Winner: Hashtag Teeter-Totter!

30 May

Click on the image for a larger version of the notes!

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March Winner: F-You Forgiveness Project

29 Mar

Our winner this month is the F-You Forgiveness Project. Love. Loss. Heartbreak. Tara and Andrea gave an amazing presentation. Winner Q&A and pitch video to come soon!

January Winner Q&A

4 Feb

Here’s our Q&A with Matt Boulos, of the Teen Legal Helpline, our January 2013 Awesome Toronto winner!

1) Congratulations! What’s your project all about?

We run a service called Teen Legal Helpline (https://www.teenlegalhelpline.org). It’s a website where teens can ask their most pressing legal questions and get answers from experienced lawyers. We launched a week ago.

2) Legal help can be really complicated. Do you anticipate that some users of your site will require assistance beyond email and telephone conversations?

One of the hardest things about having a legal problem is that you don’t know what to do. That’s what we’re trying to solve for teens. As you correctly point out, some situations require more involvement than that. Our lawyers understand that referring teens to good help is as important as giving good initial advice.

3) How can people get in contact with you if they want to help out?

Shoot me a note at matt at teenlegalhelpline.org. I’d love to hear from you.

January winner: Teen Legal Helpline!

31 Jan

Congratulations to Teen Legal Helpline, who won $1,000 in a paper bag to help make Toronto more awesome for teens in trouble! Here are the notes from tonight’s pitch night. Click on the images for larger versions.

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Feel free to share these images and link back to Awesome Foundation Toronto. =)

Submit your awesome idea for a chance at $1,000 in a paper bag – deadline March 15!

November Winner: LoveCRAFT T.O.

18 Dec

The Awesome Toronto winner this month is David Carey of LoveCRAFT T.O.  Winner’s Q&A:

1) Congratulations!  What’s your project all about?
 
Thank you! It’s not everyday that someone hands you a paper bag full of money and says “go forth and make your City more awesome”. We feel really lucky to live in Toronto and can’t wait to marginally increase our collective awesomeness quotient.
LoveCRAFT T.O. is a roaming vending machine that will sell handmade art and craftwork. A vintage cigarette machine will be rescued, transformed, and filled with art. For just $5 or $10, patrons will be able to purchase unique work from local designers, artists, artisans, and craft-makers. LoveCRAFT will spend about 2 months in each location, continuing to travel around various locations in the City.
2) When do you think you’ll have the project actually selling art?  Any ideas on the initial venue?
LoveCRAFT is inspired by a similar project in Pittsburgh (the “Craft-o-tron”!), so our first step will be to connect with them for their advice. We hope to be up and running by Summer 2013. There’s still a lot of work to be done before we can consider artist submissions. First, we have to secure the machine so we know details on sizing, selection, etc. We’re also looking forward to enlisting some community partners.
The Catering & Events Manager at The Gladstone was nice enough to offer us their space for the launch of LoveCRAFT. We think that’s perfect, since that’s where our Awesome Foundation grant was awarded. After The Gladstone, we’ll likely venture outside of west end. We want to make sure that LoveCRAFT T.O. roams all throughout the City, both within arts/craft hubs and beyond.

3) I’m an artist / art lover and I’d like to be a part of your project!  Were can I follow your work, and how can I get in touch?
 
In the meantime, people can start following our new Twitter feed @LoveCRAFT_TO. Soon we’ll also have a Facebook account so people can start getting in touch then. Stay tuned!

Awesome sketchnotes: Kensington Mesh Network, Women and Tech, Lovecraft TO, 360 Screenings

29 Nov

Got an awesome idea? Every month, the Awesome Foundation Toronto trustees get together and award $1,000 in a brown paper bag to the coolest idea and team!

Here are the sketchnotes from tonight’s pitches. Click on the image for a larger version.

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Congratulations to Lovecraft TO, the cigarette vending machine turned art vending machine. Good luck with your project!

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