You will work with a team to build solutions to some of the most pressing accessibility challenges facing the province, with mentors and facilitators from business, government, and community organizations. If you have a background in business, coding, design, or policy, this event is for you. There are many ways to contribute and learn if you’re interested in collaborating with others. You and your team will have two weeks from the Launch event to the Final Pitches to re-hash, build out, and strengthen your idea.

Yes, there is $9000 in prize money, plus other in-kind prizes. The prize money will be distributed as follows: $5000 for 1st prize, $3000 for 2nd prize and $1000 for 3rd prize.

Yes, you can pre-register as a team. During registration, you’ll be asked for the name of your team. Use a name that you’ve all agreed on (example: Team Awesome). This is important, as we’ll use the team name to determine team members for the actual event.

Yes, you can register as an individual.  You’ll be assigned a table at the actual event, and the participants at that table will form your team for the Challenge.

RPIP consulted with the Ontario Government to identify the topic of this challenge event. Ontario Government staff are expected to participate in the event as panelists, participants, facilitators, and mentors. There will be significant interest in the challenge results.

Yes, the event is open to Ryerson students, alumni, students from other universities, members of the community of people living with disabilities, business representatives and government representatives.

No, we encourage any student with an interest in this challenge to participate. It is not necessary for students to have a background or understanding of accessibility issues or policy development. The event will be structured to provide participants with the necessary context to effectively participate in the event. What we want is students with ideas and innovative thinking no matter what their background or skill level.

The October 23 full-day event along with the November 6th pitch session are required. We strongly recommend that participant representatives from each team will attend the workshops on October 26 and November 2, since it will help them develop a better solution. However, they are optional.

Yes, the event is open to Ryerson students, alumni, students from other universities, members of the community of people living with disabilities, business representatives and government representatives.

Yes, we encourage all students with an interest in accessibility to participate. There are no minimum requirements for registration. There are, however, a limited number of spaces, so register early to avoid disappointment.

We strive to provide a fully accessible environment and will have ASL interpreters and real-time captioning on-site.. The venues are wheelchair accessible and accessible washrooms will be available. Have a different accommodation request? Let us know at policyinnovation@ryerson.ca and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

On November 6, teams will be provided with an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of distinguished judges. The judges will determine the winners based on a set of criteria which will be shared with teams during the event.