Toward a smart Toronto

June 25 - 26, 2019

The Globe and Mail Centre

Say “smart cities” and most people think technology—sensors, networks, big data, the Internet of things. At Stantec, we think people. We see how smart mobility, utilities, buildings, and public spaces can improve city life and believe the smartest cities are designed with community in mind.

The first Stantec Idea Hackathon is a two-day forum where smart city industry professionals can share ideas, build relationships, and deliver results that are relevant and meaningful for the citizens of Toronto. We’re inviting a diverse range of experts who can balance vision and imagination with practicality and rigor to contribute to challenging discussions on the intersection between technology and humanity in city building.

Alongside stunning views of the Toronto east side, over 70 participants will work in diverse teams of four to six individuals to address the following challenge statement:

How can we use technology to ensure Toronto is a thriving, livable, and resilient city for all?

The teams will compete for a prize package valued at $5,000, and the top three, prize-winning teams will be chosen by a panel of judges.


Josipa Petrunic

Executive Director & CEO

Abhinav Tiwari

Director – Head of Advanced Planning

Aeron Hodges


Kevin Magee

National Director, Intelligent Cloud Emerging Technologies

Gord Johnston

President & Chief Executive Officer

Erin Skimson

VP Product Management & Corporate Programs

Jesse Coleman

City of Toronto
Big Data Innovation Team Lead


Registration & Breakfast


Keynote Presentation and Q&A Session


Lightning Round Speaker 1

Lightning Round Speaker 2

Lightning Round Speaker 3

Team Formation/Confirmation

Lunch & Hacking Begins

Expert Panel

Hacking Resumes

Day 1 Ends

Venue Closes

Day 2 Kick-off

Hacking Resumes


Submission & Expo Setup

Expo Judging

Scores Tallied

Finale - Top 5 Presentations

Finale Judges Deliberation

Awards & Celebrations

Venue Closes


To submit, please follow the link below.



There are two judging phases to ensure the best solutions rise to the top. In both phases, participants will have five minutes to pitch and a three-minute Q&A with judges. Both phases will be evaluated using the same judging criteria.


The expo is the first round of judging for the teams. The expo will mimic a science fair where teams present their solutions simultaneously to a number of judges. All teams will have five minutes to pitch their solution and three minutes for Q&A with the judges. Three different judges will see each team and evaluate their pitch using a set judging criteria.


The top five teams from the expo will move on to a Dragon’s Den-style finale. The top five teams will be called up from the crowd live, to present on stage to a roundtable of judges who will decide on first, second, and third place. The winning teams will be awarded prizes valued at a combined $5,000!

Mentors & Judges


Frequently Asked Questions

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  • All applicants should have significant knowledge in design/planning, technology, real estate, development, academia or public policy to be considered as a participant.

    We encourage you to apply early to secure you place!

  • You must complete a short application here for consideration to participate in the Stantec Idea Hackathon. Accepted applicants will be notified by email.

  • If you already have team members in mind while applying to participate, you can submit their names on your application, and we will do our best to make sure you are placed on a team together. Note that all team members still need to individually apply to participate.

    If you do not already have team members in mind, there will be ample opportunity at the event to find other participants to team up with.

  • Don’t worry! We’ve set aside some time on the morning of Day 1 to allow participants to find team members.

  • Teams should have between four and six participants.

  • Bring any devices that you’ll need for brainstorming and building your proposal such as your laptop. We’ll provide wifi, electrical connection, sticky notes, whiteboards, chart paper, markers, and delicious food and drinks.

  • No, the venue will close at 6:00pm on Day 1, but don’t worry! You can still continue to work on your hackthon proposal at your team’s discretion. We suggest teams find a nearby coffee shop or pub to keep the conversation and creativity flowing!

  • The teams will compete for a prize package valued at $5,000, and the top three, prize-winning teams will be chosen by a panel of judges.

  • In the spirit of making Toronto communities stronger and more resilient we see the output of the hackathon being of value to the public for collaboration and inspiration. All submissions at the end of the hackathon will be compiled in the Stantec Idea Book – a digital catalogue publicly sharing the ideas born from the hackathon’s collective brainstorming, with credit given to the ideas’ creators. Our hope is to inspire community stakeholders to continue to build and realize participant ideas and only grow the conversation even further outside the walls of the hackathon.

  • Yes! Hackathons are a great opportunity to have fun, network and apply your skills in a new way.

Event Location

The Globe and Mail Centre

Located in the King East Design District just minutes from the downtown core, The Globe and Mail Centre offers elegant spaces with panoramic city and lake views from the top floors of the headquarters of Canada's leading news organization.