Go Studio Innovation Jam

What is an Innovation Jam? Is an Innovation Jam a Hackathon?

Go Studio Innovation Jam is the best of a hackathon, design jam and Shark Tank, all in one! Innovation Jam is a fun, fast-moving, inclusive competition where anyone can innovate and help solve a real-world problem. We are virtually bringing together tech enthusiasts, creative thinkers and business analysts from all over North America – anyone with a curious mind and the drive to solve a unique challenge in March 2021.


The Jam will take place over the course of 4 weeks, giving teams plenty of time to work together and build unique solution while still living their lives! During the Jam, you’ll work with your team to develop ideas that support older adults as they age in place using an emerging technology as your basis. Spread throughout the 4 weeks will be events where you’ll receive expert mentorship, hear from relevant speakers and presenters, connect and network in various entertaining virtual events, and check-in with mentors and event organizers. Teams can stay connected to each other (and to the organizing team) during this time through a communication tool, which they’ll receive an invitation to closer to the start of the event. At the end of the competition, your team will submit a five-minute video presentation for your idea to our panel of judges, who will carefully review each submission during the review period before announcing winners. Keep this date in mind, submissions are due on April 23rd, of course we’ll send reminders. Stay tuned for the winners announcement scheduled for May 7th.

Why would someone participate in an Innovation Jam?

There are so many awesome reasons why you should participate in Go Studio Innovation Jam. Here are just a few:

a. The challenge: Participants will be in position to develop a solution that could have real impact on the world by bettering the lives of older adults.

b. A creative outlet: A chance to thrive with a broad challenge and an encouraging environment.

c. Community collaboration: People reach greater heights together and Go Studio Innovation Jam is the perfect place to prove it.

d. Networking: Meet other talented individuals in and outside of your field and connect with sponsor organizations.

e. Learn: Direct mentorship, guest speakers and presentations provide plenty of opportunities to learn something new.

f. Entertainment, swag, and chances to win great prizes!

Who is this event for?

Well, you, for sure.

Go Studio Innovation Jam is open to anyone and everyone over the age of majority. We welcome and encourage participants from different careers and backgrounds, technical or not! You do not have to be a coder or have professional experience in the health care industry this experience is truly for those who want to innovate in a fun, collaborative environment while working to make the world a better place for older adults.

How do I register? Is there a cost to register?

We are so excited that you have decided to join us! Click on the big Join button to the right, follow the prompts, and you will be good to go!

Go Studio’s Innovation Jam is completely free for participants.

Do I have to attend all events during the Innovation Jam?

You won’t want to miss them!

But we realize you’re busy. While we encourage participants to attend all the events they’re able to during Innovation Jam, don’t sweat it if you can’t make everything. There will be lots of educational content and many fun activities, so join what you can!

Some events may require mandatory representation from each team, such as check-ins. Be sure to organize within your team to determine who will attend these events.

How are teams being formed? Do I need a team? What is the expected team size?

We recommend forming a team of between 3-5 to best tackle the virtual challenge. Teams are not required (you can participate as an individual) but are strongly recommended. The maximum size your team can be is 6.

Teams can be formed in various ways. You can bring your own pre-formed team, or participate in our Team Formation activities before the event to find a team/teammates. You can also use the registration site to find teammates through searching for skills!

What can I build? What are the submission requirements?

This challenge will accept both technical and/or design solutions. That means you can submit:

Prototype (at least one of the following):
• .source files to a locally hosted website/web app, or hosted website/web apps (must include code repository)
• Functioning mockups via InVision, XD, Sketch or Figma (must include a .zip file of source files)

All teams will also have to submit a 5-minute video of a recorded presentation outlining their solution.

The Hackworks team will schedule check-ins with each team during the Innovation Jam to answer questions and walk teams through the submission process.

Who owns the output/IP after the Innovation Jam?

You! The participants will own the submission IP that is built during the Go Studio Innovation Jam. The Go Studio team is excited to see all the great ideas we jam out on and wants the opportunity to explore how some of the best and brightest might continue working with us. While there’s no guarantees, possibilities for licensing, investments or purchasing of solutions will be exclusive to Go Studio for negotiation for 90 days following the event. Please check out the Terms & Conditions for more information.

When will the winners be announced?

The final winners will be announced, tentatively by May 7, 2021, after two judging periods.

What is the Referral Program you mentioned during registration?

To encourage collaboration, we are offering a prize to the participant who refers the most registrants for Go Studio Innovation Jam! If you refer someone, ensure that they include your full name when they are registering to count toward your total.

To qualify as the winner, you must also compete in the Innovation Jam and submit your creation at the end. The winner(s) will be announced at the end of Go Studio Innovation Jam.

Who do I contact with questions?

You can direct your questions to the event organizers at gsinnovationjam@hackworks.com!

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