Shift your perspective. Challenge your ideas.

A Design-Thinking Ideathon.

PIVOT is a one-day challenge on February 14th, 2018, where undergraduate students from local universities leverage digital and information technology to solve a nation-wide issue presented in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. Throughout the event, student teams collaborate and connect with industry innovation specialists, as you learn how to apply design-thinking to bring your ideas to life. Will your team become the PIVOT 2018 Champions?
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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. Explore below to see the sessions that are planned for PIVOT participants.
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PIVOT begins with a jam-packed session for participants to register, form their team, receive the official PIVOT case, and network with industry professionals.


Each industry panelist will provide their perspective on the intersection of information technology and renewable energy, within the context of the PIVOT case challenge.


Two interactive workshops led by PIVOT’s sponsor organizations–BCLC and Traction on Demand–will equip you with new tools for ideation and solution generation.


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


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


Showcase your solution to the PIVOT challenge with a captivating 3-minute presentation to a panel of industry experts, as you strive to become the PIVOT 2018 Champions!


PIVOT 2018 Theme

Renewable Energy

Presented in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

PIVOT is proud to announce that its theme for 2018 is Renewable Energy, presented in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. Student Teams will be required to use digital and information technology to solve a real-life, renewable energy-related challenge currently faced by the David Suzuki Foundation. The specific challenge won’t be released until the morning of PIVOT, but in the meantime, we encourage you to explore more about the theme!

PIVOT 2018 Workshops

Design Thinking

Led by Industry Professionals from BCLC and Traction on Demand.

Two interactive workshops led by innovation experts provide your team with the opportunity to learn the tips, tricks, and tools of design thinking—a methodology for solving complex problems! After each workshop, your team will jump full force into Ideation Sessions where you can apply this new knowledge toward solving the PIVOT challenge.

Workshop 01. Design Thinking Fundamentals

This workshop covers an overview of the purpose and tools used in the design thinking methodology. BCLC will share its approach to the ‘define’ and ‘ideate’ stages of design thinking, which includes problem and issue identification, competitive analysis, journey mapping, and ideation and alternatives development.

Workshop 02. Pitching and Presenting

Traction on Demand leads the second workshop, where insights on pitch presentations, framing and positioning and visual design will be shared. Teams will also to test their solution-pitching skills with industry professionals, and increase their awareness of body language, presentation cadence, and tone.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Design Thinking?

Design-Thinking is a methodology used to structure and solve complex problems. Design-Thinking leverages a user-centred approach that addressing real user needs, and provides the opportunity to innovate and ideate in a hands-on, inclusive environment. Learn more here or here!

What is an Ideathon?

An Ideathon is like a hackathon, but without the hacking! It’s a full day of idea generation, designed to allow you to share your perspective, collaborate, and learn from those around you–all while tackling a case challenge!

When and where is PIVOT being held?

PIVOT will be held at the SFU Segal Graduate School (500 Granville Street) on February 14th, 2018. The event schedule runs from 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Who can participate in PIVOT?

PIVOT is thrilled to welcome participants from any faculty, from any university in the Lower Mainland. If you have a passion for digital and information technology, and a desire to learn, we can’t wait to see your registration!

Please note that preference is given to students with 45+ (including the current semester). These students are able to register automatically. Students with fewer than 45 credits (and who are up to the challenge!!) are able to apply to PIVOT, with applications being accepted on a rolling basis.

How much does it cost to participate?

Early bird registration is $20 until 11:59 PM on January 21st. Regular price registration is $35 until 11:59 PM on February 4th.

How do team formations occur? What happens if I don't have a team?

All participants register for PIVOT individually. Each team will consist of up to 5 members, with diversity of undergraduate faculty and experiences being used for team selection. If there are 1-2 other individuals you would love to have on your team during PIVOT, please let us know their names in your registration form and we will do our best to accommodate this request.

What should I bring with me to PIVOT?

Bring a laptop, notebook, water bottle, as well as your enthusiasm, excitement, and biggest, wildest ideas to PIVOT!