Mentorship @ 6 Social Toronto, February 13 & 14  

Participant and additional details:

Location: The Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street, Toronto, 2nd floor, Conservatory Theatre.  Go to Participant page for parking, directions, etc.  

Brief Schedule for the Weekend:

Saturday, February 13, 2016 930 to 6 pm:

Registration at 9:30, kick off with panel, ideation, brainstorming, Ask Me Anything Panels and Pitch Karaoke.

1 pm featured Social Media Speaker and then afternoon is hands on breakout sessions with mentorship.  End the day we end off with a special guests focused on launching your idea! 

Saturday, February 14, 2016 900 to 1 pm:

Sunday registration & breakfast begins at 9 am leading with interactive hands on learning & working on their pitches (mentorship opportunities). Participants are asked to pitch their ideas to solve a problem they care about using technology. 

11 am will be the live pitches & prizing, ending the day at 1 pm. 

Best mentorship opportunities:

Saturday 130 - 430 pm

Sunday 9 - 11 am

Goal for participants:

  • Ideation & design thinking
  • Experiential learning: how to take risks, build teams, validate ideas, problem solve, and have fun!
  • Think about how they use technology and social media to solve a problem they care about
  • Meet & network work people in a new environment
  • Establish and build community

Goal for mentors:

  • Guide teams to focus their attention on their big-picture goals for the weekend of pitching an idea that solves a problem they care about using social and technology tools.
  • Be a cheerleader and encouraging ideas and collaboration
  • Push teams outside of their comfort zones and to keep work intensity high
  • Help ensure that teams assume nothing. Identify assumptions being made and force them to either tackle those assumptions or at least identify what they are sure they do not know yet. 
  • When in doubt, use the “5 Why” principle. (Ask why 5 times until they are confident in their answers)

Not the goal for coaches/mentors:

  • Be the decision maker for the teams
  • Tell them right vs. wrong
  • Do the work for them

Technology featured:

We are showcasing a variety of tools, the point is not that they will create something in a day with the tools.  The goal is for exposure to the tools, give them hands on learning on how to create content so they can use the tools and get them excited to want to build something or solve a problem they care about.  This weekend is all about ideas.

Some of the technology that will be featured is:

  • Slack - you will receive an invite shortly to download SLACK.  We are using SLACK as a way for youth to communicate with one another during and after the event. There will be channels focused on technology and topics that they identify during the beginning of the event. 
  • PencilCase - you can build an iOS app without needing to know code! We will also be giving away FREE 1 year subscriptions! 
  • Fundrazr - a crowdfunding platform
  • Squarespace -  easy to use website builder. 
  • Freewheeler music app
  • Podcasting, Video & Live Streaming 
  • And many more! Participants can create ideas with ANY tech tool, we are highlighting a few and encourage group sharing and discussions.

Suggested questions mentors can ask teams: 

  • What is the problem they are trying to solve?
  • How have they validated there is a significant problem that many face?
  • What is their solution?
  • Who is their target customer/user?
  • How are customers currently solving this problem? Be able to tell me a story of how they actually behave when trying to solve this problem. 
  • How is your solution significantly different than the current way your target customers are solving this problem? (Look into competitors)
  • Will people use your solution or engage with you?
  • Are you clear on the judging criteria?

Judging Criteria
Although we don't like the word judge, there is a criteria we are looking for when handing out prizes.  

  • Most Creative
  • Most Innovative        
  • Most Likely To Succeed    
  • Big Business Idea            
  • Most Thoughtful
  • Most Creative Pitch

Thank you for giving your time! This is a grassroots event, organized by many in the community.  We look forward to launching the first ever 6 Social in Toronto and many cities to come! 

If you have any questions, please contact us.  When you arrive, please sign in at registration.  Thank you, 

6 Social Planning Committee