Welcome to OSCEdays Toronto 2017!

9am to 5:30pm
Saturday June 10, 2017

Sidney Smith Hall
University of Toronto


What is OSCEdays Toronto?

In partnership with the Food Systems Lab, this was the first-ever Open Source Circular Economy Days (OSCEdays) event in Toronto. OSCEdays is an ideas hackathon for all people interested in taking hands-on action to create a shift towards a sustainable circular economy locally and globally. Using transparent, open source methods, we are collaborating as part of a global effort to exchange ideas, designs, products and prototypes for innovative solutions. The theme of this year’s one-day hackathon was Closing the Food Loop. We worked on solutions to reduce food waste and create a circular food system in the Greater Toronto Area.

Download the event report

How does it work?

Ahead of the event, we crowd-sourced food waste challenges in the Greater Toronto Area. On the day of the event, participants created teams (joining up with others at the event) to work on a challenge with support from mentors. Teams presented their projects at the end of the day with feedback from judges and prizes.

How will this be used?

Challenges and presentations are posted on the OSCEdays community event page to potential collaborators around the world. Through OSCEdays, we can unlock solutions to challenges while contributing to a global resource to help others around the world. Everything that is produced from OSCEdays is open source, meaning that you can freely use it for your project or idea (as long as you give credit appropriately).


  • First place: Cloud Database to Transfer Collected Food Waste Diversion Data
  • Second place: SmartSharing Fridges
  • Third place: Website for Affordable Food Preservation Technology
  • Impacts Award: Converting Food Waste to Aquaculture Feed Stock
  • Food Systems Lab Spirit Award: Zero Waste Toronto: Awareness and Education Campaign
  • Open Source Award:Toronto Community Food Exchange Centre


  • 9am: Doors open, registration, morning refreshments, and networking
  • 10am: Opening keynote by Brock Shepherd and challenge introductions
  • 10:30am: Break into teams to work on challenges, with support from mentors
  • 12:30pm: Lunch (teams take a break or continue to work on challenge)
  • 3:30pm: Team presentations and feedback from judges Alissa Hamilton, Robyn Shyllit and Cassandra Gentile
  • 4:00pm: Prizes and closing
  • 4:30pm: Afternoon refreshments and networking

Challenges and Presentations



Our mentors are experts in a variety of topic areas to help guide teams through ideation, design and prototyping of projects during the hackathon. Mentors will spend between 20 to 30 minutes with each team. Participants can take the opportunity to ask mentors for guidance in their area of expertise.

Nicole Dobinson
With a background in International Relations, Nicole has worked at home and abroad as a capacity builder, strategic planner and adviser for government, new business and the UN. Combining her experience with Eastern healing and contemporary Shamanic studies, Nicole weaves a global mindset together with ancient wisdom to help achieve transformational results for individuals and businesses alike. As a coach, facilitator and international trainer, she works to guide all of this into authentic and embodied change using creative problem solving, Theory U and design thinking tools and techniques. With dance close to her heart, she also calls upon her love of tango and salsa and all the Latin world has taught her about creativity and authentic expression to further help others find their own passionate ways of truly living.

Lindsay McDonald
Lindsay McDonald brings tri-sector leadership experience in the Arts, Business, and Purpose-focused organizations (not-for-profits) to her work as Principal at FreshEye Thinking. Exploring and co-designing innovative engagement and empowerment strategies for companies, government and communities, FreshEye Thinking draws many of its approaches from Creative Problem Solving, Design Thinking, Theory U, Liberating Structures, Systems Mapping and Change Management tools.
With an eye to the Quadruple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit and Purpose, FreshEye Thinking guides the process of co-creating innovative solutions and strategies, engaging boards and employees, and convening community organizations to reveal the wisdom, solutions and initiatives that are ‘in the room’.

Nancy Mayer
Nancy is a serial entrepreneur and had built and scaled many businesses in a variety of sectors including; Arts & Entertainment, Media, Non-profits, Manufacturing and most recently Software Development.
Nancy will offer a unique combination of traditional and cutting-edge business development tools and techniques. From proven concepts from MBA school to the latest ideas from the Lean and Agile communities. She is passionate about the trends that are fundamentally changing the way business gets done; Visual thinking, Design thinking and Gamification.
Nancy is committed to helping entrepreneurs drive innovation and collaboration, and facilitate strategic decision-making to ensure successful business ventures. She believes that if you add play you can power up productivity, performance and profits. “Get it Done – Have More Fun”

Anuta Skrypnychenko
Anuta Skrypnychenko is a design strategist, artist and Civic Tech Toronto organizer who uses data, design, and technology to approach community building and business challenges. Anuta is interested in tangible and intangible systems that people form to connect with each other to navigate life and work. Her passion lies in applying human-centered design methods to civic space, regional transformations, and business development.


OSCEdays Toronto is 100% volunteer-powered, thanks to our dedicated organizing committee. We acknowledge that OSCEdays Toronto is held on the territory of many generations of Indigenous peoples including the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. We gratefully thank the following sponsors for supporting this event.


Event Partners

HackerNest is a nonprofit organization and movement that builds local tech communities around the world. We believe they are the cornerstones of economic development: we want more people to get into tech so they can afford to live healthier and happier.

Food Systems Lab is a one-year pilot Social Innovation Lab working on solutions to address the issue of food waste and food insecurity in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Through this collaborative process we aim to contribute towards a resilient, sustainable and just food system in Toronto and beyond.