• Finance Fundamentals starts in a week!

All the information you should need is below – please sign up today (or by Friday 4p at the latest)!

Our first course (Starting Lean: Value Proposition) has been going super well and helping to create the foundations for a strong business. But even if you weren’t in this first course, you can sign up for Finance, just make sure you do the pre-work!

Sign-up for Finance Fundamentals here: – Dec 1, 8 & 14, 2015 (12:30-4:30p) – Finance Fundamentals

Sign up using the “ONE Client Deposit” option.  They will take a $50 deposit (fully-refundable) on your credit card.  Once you’ve attend the course and completed the post-course survey, your deposit will be refunded so there’s ultimately no-charge to you. 


You can also sign up for January’s course now!: – Jan 5 & 12, 2015 – Pitching to Investors


  1. Can you tell me more about this course?  Here’s the weblink: Key deliverable will be a cash flow forecast for your business. This is particularly useful if you plan to pitch for the Imagination Fund in January as providing a cash flow view is one of the required pieces in your pitch!
  2. Who can attend?  You or anyone in your teams. Note this email has only gone out to the the ICAT Founder’s List, if you’d like for your staff to have a chance to attend, please forward this email to them directly.  We will give ICATs first opportunity to attend, then open it up to others in OCADU’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as well (just with the requirement that they be actively working on a specific start up business).
  3. Why do we have to pay a deposit up front when the sessions are free to us?  The intent of the deposit is to avoid no-shows. MaRS runs these courses and finds that having a deposit is their preferred way for ensuring attendance.  Normally the deposit is $100 but we have made an arrangement to have it lowered to $50 for all our modules.
  4. How does the deposit work and when can I get it back? The deposit of $50 is paid upfront for a specific module (i.e. only one $50 deposit is required for the Value Proposition sessions even though there are two separate sessions Nov 17&24).  Once you’ve attended the course and completed the post-course survey you will have your deposit credited back to you.
  5. I not going to be able to attend one of the sessions – should I still sign-up?  Yes! Yes! Just let us know me which session you can attend.  You will be given reading to help you make up for the session you missed.  As long as you attend one session and complete the post-course survey you will have your deposit credited back to you.
  6. Do mentors need to have a business idea and to register with the deposit? No, you don’t have to have a business idea – you might find taking the course helps you in your ability to provide coaching. That said, if you do have a business you’d like to model through these sessions, please do! It is most helpful if you still register through the EventBrite link using the ONE Client deposit. You’ll get your deposit refunded similarly to other participants
  7. Who’s is leading  this course?  Angela Tancock will be teaching this course. I’ll send a bio as soon as I get one.


  • Points of Departure: A Workshop Series for Graduate Students

*Please note that if you have already indicated that you would like to take part in the Windsensing-Storytelling workshop that you do not need to respond to this post. Only new attendees should contact to indicate their interest in attending with the subject line: Points of Departure: Windsensing-Storytelling Workshop.

An interactive locative experience reconnecting journeys of the past with globalised stories of the present.

Hello, we are the Patching Zone a trans-disciplinary media lab based in the Netherlands and are coming to create a project with you in January 2015.

We want to make projects with you using real-time wind data.

WHEN: The workshop will take place over days between Friday 16th –  Sunday 18th January 2015

The workshop

In this time we will support you in developing a project / installation that uses real-time wind data. You will work collaboratively in groups developing projects that you submit through this open call.  Successful projects will be developed as part of the workshop, Friday through Sunday, with a testing / presentation of your project on the Sunday afternoon.


Points of Departure is a networked interactive experience based in Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The experience is built around a series of installations that convey feelings of distance, migration and a sense of longing. The port of Wilhelminanpier was the departure point for thousands of migrants leaving Europe to make a new life in America during the 19th century. We are drawing upon this rich emotional history and using environmental sensors to navigate through contemporary audio stories that address migration, travel and distance.


Using real-time wind data from a wind sensor that we will install in Toronto you can make projects that respond to wind data and connect two distant cities to explore the subject of migration & distance. We are currently recording and mapping audio interviews according to geo-location and using the wind sensor to navigate the listener to hear stories based upon the direction and speed of the wind. We are also using the wind data in video installations that connect different locations and moments in history.

We will install a wind sensor in Toronto and are interested in developing projects that use the sensor to engage with distance and location. It’s up to you how you creatively work with this real-time data to produce engaging prototypes that respond to the sensory experience of the wind.


These projects will form part of the Points of Departure project and we are interested in developing prototypes that engage with the themes of distance and location using mobile technology. OCADU is participating in Live Transmission an international partnership between The Patching Zone (NL), Blast Theory (UK), & Translocal (FI). This partnership explores how networked and mobile technology can produce creative projects based on collaborative working models.


The workshop is suited to all technical abilities and we will offer you support in developing your project in the most suitable way. This project is suitable for artists, designers, hackers or anyone with an interest in Trans-media storytelling. Open to all skill levels but having someone with basic notions of the programming language Processing will help. We are very open to innovative projects that create new experiences based on real-time wind data.

Currently a wind sensor (anemometer and wind vane) is connected to a Raspberry Pi that accesses wind data (direction and speed) using a Python script. This script communicates with a node.js code that acts as a server.  Our Android mobile app (an open-source app coded with Processing) connects to the server to access the real-time data from the wind sensor.

Similar projects that we like

Send us a project idea!

Please send us a brief project plan, (max 500 words) that describes your concept and how you would use the wind data to create a unique experience.

Projects that are chosen will be prototyped by a team over the weekend workshop.  Also note any requirements or specific training you will need in order to create this prototype during the workshop. Please send project ideas to emails below by December 14rd 2014.

If you have any questions you can talk to Paula or Sebastien


  • Polymers in Action: Art Making with Plastic Waste Workshops

Please see the below invitation to students to participate in workshops using waste plastic materials, to be held at OCAD U on the 14th and 17th of January 2015. 

The workshops— “Polymers in Action: Art Making with Waste Plastic” are an integral part of my graduate research project on the creative and art-making and community building possibilities that can be achieved when using recyclable plastic materials as the primary medium. I would like to invite all students and faculty to attend these workshops, with the intention of engaging with important environmental issues regarding waste plastics and ethical disposal methods.

A presentation and critical discussion about environmental stewardship through art-making will allow participants to learn about similar existing artistic practices that can then be adapted into the practical workshop section. Feedback and idea sharing will be extremely valuable to this platform and both are encouraged to enrich the experience for all involved.

All artists and makers who attend these sessions may be invited to interview prior to and following the events.

An online community of socially and environmentally conscious art-makers will be established with interested attendees, and all work produced during this investigation will be exhibited on a website, to be launched in March 2015.

You can sign up to attend using the following links—

Polymers in Action: Art Making with Waste Plastic, Wednesday 14th January 2015


Polymers in Action: Art Making with Waste Plastic, Saturday 17th January 2015

Spaces are limited to 25 per session.