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FLL Ontario Innovation Celebration

February 25 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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FIRST Robotics Canada, in partnership with ventureLAB is hosting the 2nd annual Ontario Innovation Celebration on February 25th 2017.The focus of this event will be to bring 18 of the most innovative solutions to this year’s Animal Allies theme together in one location, to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.  The judges will then select the two most innovative solutions to represent Ontario in the Global Innovation Award competition, the winner of which will receive $20,000 to make their innovation a reality!

Meet the teams attending THIS year!!

Leading up to our Ontario event on February 25th, teams will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching from industry experts in innovation, will be trained in how to make a professional sales pitch, and then will share their ideas in their official pitch to the judges.

Teams for the event will be selected for this event from three sources:

  • 7 teams from the East Ontario Championships, ranked by the judges in the Innovation portion of the project rubric – Congratulations to Teams listed in the chart below
  • 7 teams from the West Ontario Championships, ranked by the judges in the Innovation portion of the project rubric
  • 4 teams (representing “wild cards”) from the FLL Qualifying system.  These 4 teams will be selected after being nominated by their qualifying tournament judges, submitting the form below, and being selected by a panel of judges to be one of the four “wild card” spots for the event on February 25th.


Invited teams may register here.

SCHEDULE (2016 schedule):

8:30 registration
9:00 Opening Ceremonies
9:30 – 12:30 Judging, Pit Visits, and Training Workshops
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 Updates from the Classy Cyborgs and the Avengers (former OIC winners who have continued to develop their product)
1:30- 2:45 Afternoon Exhibits OR Hands-on Workshops
3:00 – 4:00 Closing Ceremonies and Awards Party

IBM Canada Head Office
3600 Steeles Avenue East
Markham, Ontario L3R 9Z7



This experience will be slightly different than a typical FIRST LEGO League event.  We have prepared the following Presentation Guidelines for you to help you prepare/augment/adjust your FIRST LEGO League Project skit as needed. Remember, the rubric will be driving the assessment of your team so focus on those areas.



January 13: Deadline for “wild card teams” to submit their online form for consideration

January 14: East Provincial Championships (7 teams selected to attend the OIC)

January 17: Training webinar: Customer Discovery (Download the webinar recording)

January 19: Training webinar: Value Proposition (Download the webinar recording)

January 24: Training webinar: Storytelling (Download the webinar recording)

January 25: Training webinar: Protecting Your Bright Ideas and Inventions: An Introduction to Patents (Download the webinar recording)

January 27: Wild Card teams notified of acceptance to the Ontario Innovation Celebration event (4 teams selected for OIC)

February: West Provincial Championships (7 teams selected to attend the OIC)

February 25th:  Ontario Innovation Celebration

February 3, 2016, 7-8:30 p.m.: Webinar (Part 1) (Topic: “Business Model Canvas” – full outline)

February 10, 2016, 7-8:30 p.m.: Webinar (Part 2) (Topic: “Innovation Pitch” – full outline)

February 23, 2016, 7-8:00 p.m.: Coaches’ Meeting (Topic: Final logistics, schedules, and your chance to ask questions)

Note: these sessions will be recorded and sent to you afterwards but it is always best to be on the call live if you can so that you can ask for clarifications in real time.

FIRST LEGO League Ontario Innovation Celebration Teams 2016-17
Source Team #: Team Name City
Teams from East Provincials (in numerical order) 458 Pawsitive Proportionists Toronto
3128 SCS Penguins Toronto
3981 Robo Raccoons Aurora
5831 Ctrl-Z Bayview Glen Toronto
7852 UTS FOREV3R Toronto
11410 R.E.D. Toronto
23608 ROC Markham
Wild Card Teams (Announced on January 27th) 1274  Groupibots  Guelph
3434  The ElimiNEIGHtors  Oakville
23784 Cutie Pi  Chatham
27989  Silverthorn FLL  Mississauga
Teams from West Provincials (Announced on February 4th) TBD


Please see our FAQ page to see the answers to some of the common questions around this event.


Archived Communication:

If you received an email invite to submit your proposal for consideration as a qualifying tournament wild card team, please click HERE to submit (the password was sent to you in an email).  The deadline for submission as a wild card team is Friday, January 13th at midnight and teams will be notified by Friday, January 27th if they have been accepted as a wild card team.

January 13, 2017: Submission deadline for wild card teams.

January 27, 2017: Notification of acceptance for event as a wild card team.


February 25
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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IBM Canada Head Office
3600 Steeles Avenue East
Markham, Ontario L3R 9Z7 Canada
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