Where will your ideas take you?

The Ideathon of a Lifetime

PIVOT is an event on February 20, 2019, where undergraduate students from local universities leverage digital and information technology to solve a community-wide issue that impacts our everyday lives. Throughout the event, students are assembled into teams to collaborate and connect with industry innovation specialists, as they learn how to apply themselves to spark life-changing ideas. Will your team become the next PIVOT 2019 Champions?

An Action-Packed Day

To Foster Collaboration

& Build Connections

PIVOT’s schedule is carefully crafted to provide a wide range of learning opportunities that will assist your team in developing a solution, while also building meaningful connections with industry professionals. Find out below about all the exciting sessions we have planned this year for PIVOT participants.


This year, our case is being created in collaboration with the PIVOT 2019 Case Sponsor: David Suzuki Foundation. Adding a new twist, participants will be briefly introduced to the case 24 hours before PIVOT 2019 officially begins.

Panel Discussion

We are so excited to introduce our panelists who are here to offer their perspective on PIVOT’s 2019 theme: City Transportation. This year our panel will include representatives from both our case sponsor, David Suzuki Foundation, and our theme sponsor, TransLink.


Traction on Demand will be leading an exciting workshop: “Consulting Skills: Building Trust and Understanding Customer Needs.”


Ideation Sessions provide a platform for participants to collaborate with their diverse team members, Industry TechMentors, and Workshop Facilitators, as they build their solution to the PIVOT challenge.


During lunch, participants are presented with the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking conversations, mingle with local tech enthusiasts, and interact with the latest technology and gadgetry in AR, VR, and more!


PIVOT ends with a bang as participants get a chance to showcase their solutions to the PIVOT challenge with a captivating lightning pitch to a panel of industry experts, as they strive to become the PIVOT 2019 Champions!

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW can I register for PIVOT?

You can find the registration form on our website. Students with more than 45 credits will be granted automatic acceptance upon submission of a registration form and payment. Students under 45 credits will be required to fill out the registration form but will only submit payment once their application has been processed and approved. With this being said PIVOT only has a limited number of spots! So sign up while you still can!

What is the registration fee?

Tickets are $25 during early bird and $35 regular. Early bird ticket sales run from January 16-23 and regular sales continue from January 23 – February 10

Do I need a team?

PIVOT is a team event but participants register individually. On the registration form, students are able to list up to two participants they would like to work with. The PIVOT OC will then form the groups and reveal teams the day of the event!

When will I get to see the case?

The case will be revealed 24 hours prior to the competition day. Take this advantage if you wish!


  1. Connect with industry professionals who are looking to meet local talent and recruit the next generation of innovators
  2. Interact with Millenials from Vancouver and build your professional network, while developing long-lasting friendships
  3. Develop tangible skills in areas such as pitching, prototyping and design-thinking and many more!

WHO can join PIVOT?

Open to all local undergraduate students in all programs and faculties.

What is the theme this year?

This year, we would like to welcome back the David Suzuki Foundation as our Case Sponsor and welcome our new Theme Sponsor, TransLink. The theme is focused on private and public transportation systems for everyday Canadians with the goal of creating cleaner, cost effective, and healthier transportation systems that promote community well-being, and reduce overall carbon emissions.