Congratulations to the winners of the OCAD U 3MT competition!

OCAD U 3MT finalists & Dean Graduate Studies: L to R - Alana Boltwood, Afrooz Samaei, Teresa Lee, Dr. Ashok Mathur

OCAD U 3MT finalists & Dean Graduate Studies: L to R – Alana Boltwood, Afrooz Samaei, Teresa Lee, Dr. Ashok Mathur

On March 6th 2018, eleven OCAD U Graduate students presented their research in three minutes or less, competing for the top prize in this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. After long and thoughtful deliberation, our panel of guest judges declared the winners. The judges found the top two contenders to be in a virtual tie for first place. To acknowledge this, Graduate Studies allocated $750 to each of the top two presenters.

1st Place: Afrooz Samaei, DF: “Learning Abstract Symbolic Mathematics through Digital Games.”

1st Place runner-up: Theresa Lee, INCD: “Bridging 2 Worlds: Creating a hybrid makerspace for teens with autism.”

2nd Place: Alana Boltwood, SFI: “Causation Model.”

Peoples Choice: Teresa Lee, INC: “Bridging 2 Worlds: Creating a hybrid makerspace for teens with autism.”

Afrooz Samaei will go on to represent OCAD U at the 2018 Provincial Finals 3MT Competition at York University on Thursday, April 19th, 2018. Afrooz will receive $750, presentation coaching from Dr. David Bateman, and travel support to attend the provincial finals.

Honorable mentions go to all OCAD U 3MT presenters:

Salman Abedin, SFI: “Graduate Design Programs as Weavers of Change”

Sergio De Lara, SFI: “How could autonomous vehicles shape the way cities are designed and built?”

Mudit Ganguly, DF: “Phonopticon: An Era of Mobile Surveillance”

Yawen Guo, DF: “ImprovChat: An AI- enabled Dialogue Assistant Chatbot for English Language Learners (ELL)”

Mahsa Karimi, DF: SENSUM – “An Ambient Environment For Mental Self Support Practices”

Felipe Sarmiento, INCD: “Inclusive Design a Source of Innovation: Edge Case Study on Soccer Spectatorship”

Jen Serdetchnaia, INCD: “Designing the uniquely Canadian enterprise”

Zheyu Wang, INCD: “Facilitating Full-stack Accessibility of Technologies in Education: An Inclusively Designed Toolkit for Monitoring Technology Accessibility”

Thank you to our panel of judges:

  • Adam Tindale, Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and SIS, OCAD U
  • Alia Weston, Assistant Professor, Strategic Foresight and Innovation, OCAD U
  • Glen Lowry, Associate Dean, Faculty of Art, OCAD U

Thank you Dr. Ashok Mathur for your warm 3MT welcome and for your support of the OCAD U 3MT competition. Thank you Dr. David Bateman for providing a comprehensive critique and coaching session for our presenters and audience members!

Additional thanks to Sayeda Akbari, Josh Paglione, Brian Desrosiers-Tam, Anne Ahrens- Embleton, Indra Budiyanto and Bert Shire for helping with the event!

Stay tuned for more information about the OCAD U 3MT presenters and competition. Photos and videos of the event will be posted shortly.

-Graduate Studies