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The Winners

The 2017 Game Changer winning teams are:


First Place ($10,000)
& People's Choice ($500)

Team: Hour Off

Kira Pearson (University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business), Piesebel Berlane Pasco (University of Manitoba, Faculty of Science), Indigo Adam-Grant (University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business)

Solution: Create a societal movement to encourage people to be “screen free” for one hour a day to make a daily incremental change.


Second Place ($5,000)

Team: Just a Warm Sleep

Dell Dyck (University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law), Haley Hickey (University of Winnipeg, Human Rights), Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud

Solution: Provide a mental health care services to Winnipeg’s street population at homeless shelters in Manitoba.


Third Place ($2,500)

Team: Degreezy

Sanjay Abraham (University of Manitoba, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering), Nina Lam (University of Manitoba, Faculty of Arts), Rylan Ramnarace (University of Manitoba, Global Political Economy, Faculty of Arts)

Solution: ElderBuddy is a non-profit social enterprise that uses a distributed network to connect seniors with volunteer caregivers, Volunteer caregivers serve as a companion to their buddy and assist them with day-to-day needs, providing them with emotional and social support.


Read the story on UM Today ›

 

About the Contest

Game Changer: Manitoba’s Idea Competition is an exciting contest that gives all Manitobans an opportunity to identify global problems and work in teams to devise innovative game-changing solutions. With a $10,000 grand prize up for grabs, the teams will present to a panel of judges vying for the top prize, second prize of $5,000, third prize of $2,500 and an additional award of $500 goes to the People’s Choice.

Judges

Nicole Fontaine, Liaison Officer, World Trade Centre
Joelle Foster, Director, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the North, Futurpreneur
Aman Goyal, Venture Leader, Creative Destruction Lab

Finalists

Seven finalist teams were chosen to move forward to present their solutions at the Grand Finale Event of the Game Changer Competition on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The solution entries were scored based on novelty of solution; clear and concise (no scientific jargon); feasibility and ease of implementation; scalability; entrepreneurial spirit; cross discipline members; sustainability; and innovation.

The teams tackling them were:

Team: Due North Systems

James Warren (Red River College, Business Information Technology, ACE), Denys Fiialko (Red River College, Business Information Technology, ACE), Jared Kozak (University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business)

Team: Health on Hand

Quynh Doan (Red River College, International Business), Xuan Nguyen (Red River College, International Business), Fernando Karamm (Red River College, International Business), James Warren (Red River College, Business Information Technology)

Team: Degreezy

Sanjay Abraham (University of Manitoba, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering), Nina Lam (University of Manitoba, Faculty of Arts), Rylan Ramnarace (University of Manitoba, Global Political Economy, Faculty of Arts)

Team: Software Trainers

Beom-Jin Park (University of Manitoba, Computer Science, Faculty of Science), Rochelle Morris (Red River College, Computer Aided Drafting, Science), Anton Sitnikov (University of Manitoba, Agricultural Business, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences) Nhat Thanh Vu (University of Manitoba, Faculty of Science), Daniel Heslop (University of Manitoba, Physics, Faculty of Science)

Team: We Teach

Aisha Haji-Hussein (University of Winnipeg, Faculty of Science; Faculty of Business and Economics), Ebun Olorundare (University of Winnipeg, Faculty of Applied Computer Science; Faculty of Business and Economics), Marii Balcha (University of Winnipeg, Faculty of Kinesiology)

Team: Just a Warm Sleep

Dell Dyck (University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law), Haley Hickey (University of Winnipeg, Human Rights), Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud

Team: Hour Off

Kira Pearson (University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business), Piesebel Berlane Pasco (University of Manitoba, Faculty of Science), Indigo Adam-Grant (University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business)

Watch the Phase Two Video

Rules and Eligibility

The competition is open to all Manitoba residents over the age of 16.

Anyone can participate in either one or both Phases of the competition, e.g. you can submit a problem in Phase 1 but you are not obligated to participate in Phase 2 if you do not wish. You can also participate in Phase 2 without having submitted a problem in Phase 1.

In Phase 2

Teams can submit solutions to any one of the problems. Individuals are allowed to be on a maximum of two teams.

Teams must consist of:

  • No less than three team members
  • No more than five team members
  • At least two members of each team need to be from a Manitoba Post-secondary institution and be from different faculties / schools / degree programs
    (for example business and engineering)
  • Cross institution is encouraged but not required

Multiple teams can form around any of the winning “problems.”

Solutions must be one to two pages of written content, with up to 10 pages of optional supporting material/appendices (e.g. charts, budgets, photos, figures, market research, etc.). A suggested template for important content will be provided.

Submitted solutions that are considered active businesses will not be considered.

Solutions remain the property of the submitters and if appropriate, intellectual property protection should be sought prior to disclosing the solution at the public event.

Teams are required to submit their solution online on the Game Changer website by Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM CT. Up to 10 finalist teams will be chosen and notified if they have been selected for the Grand Finale.

Advisor(s)

Industry partners or mentors are encouraged (but not required) to act as an Advisor. If a team needs assistance in locating an industry advisor please contact gamechanger@umanitoba.ca and the committee will do their utmost best to find an appropriate Advisor, however it is not guaranteed. Advisors will not be allowed to compete at the final event and are not considered a member of the team, nor will they be formally recognized.

Grand Finale

Finalists are required to prepare a five-minute oral presentation (can include PowerPoint and other necessary props and material) for the Game Changer Grand Finale on November 14, 2017 – EITC Atrium, U of M Fort Garry Campus, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (subject to change).

Prize Structure

Phase 1: $500 cash prize, per problem

Phase 2:

  • 1st - $10,000
  • 2nd - $5,000
  • 3rd - $2,500
  • People’s Choice - $500
  • Remaining Finalists - $500

Guidelines on how solution entries will be scored:

  • Novelty of solution
  • Clear and concise (avoid scientific jargon)
  • Feasibility and ease of implementation
  • Scalability
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Cross discipline areas are evident
  • Sustainability
  • Innovative