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FLL Ontario Innovation Celebration

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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!

See the 18 teams that attended LAST 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.

REGISTRATION:

Invited teams may register here.

SCHEDULE (tentative):

8:30 registration
9:00 Opening Ceremonies
9:30 – 12:30 Judging
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 4:30 Afternoon Workshops
4:30 – 5:00 Closing Ceremonies

LOCATION

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

PRESENTATION GUIDELINES:

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 into more of a business pitch (think Dragon’s Den).

KEY DATES:

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.

TEAMS WHO ATTENDED LAST YEAR:

FIRST LEGO League Ontario Innovation Celebration Teams
Source Team #: Team Name City
Teams from East Provincials
1118 Brain Freeze North Bay
1567 Team Sharky Toronto
1948 Comet Warriors Kingston
5831 Ctrl-Z Bayview Glen Toronto
7852 UTS FOREV3R Toronto
17320 Richland Huskies Richmond Hill
20063 Hydrogen 1 Ottawa
Wild Card Teams
3111 The Avengers Russell
3981 Mecha Monsters Aurora
4539 L.U.’s Legonauts Sudbury
11410 Robotics Elite Designers Toronto
Teams from West Provincials
3434 The Dissipators Oakville
3436 24/7 Oakville
3765 The Micro Managers Oakville
4137 Cleanup Crew Kincardine
7452 Clean Queens Mississauga
12322 Holy Cross Robo Huskies LaSalle
20383 Element of Surprise Essex

 

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 15th at midnight and teams will be notified by Friday, January 23rd if they have been accepted as a wild card team.

January 15, 2016: Submission deadline for wild card teams.

January 23, 2016: Notification of acceptance for event as a wild card team.


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