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ProtoHack: Kamloops

February 4, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
Barber Center - Thompson Rivers University
900 McGill Rd
Kamloops, BC V2C 6N6

ProtoHack exists to show non-coders that they can create something amazing from nothing.

We empower and enable the non-technical community with the tools, knowledge and connections that will help bring their idea to life and visually communicate it through prototyping.

ProtoHack requires no coding. Instead you’ll be using prototyping tools, drag and drop editors, mockups, wireframes and anything else you think of to visually demo your idea on stage. Competitors will work in teams (up to 4) or solo. You have 9 hours to prototype your idea and then you’ll present on stage.

ProtoHack will be a 12 hour experience where you will build a prototype that communicates an idea visually. During ProtoHack you’ll learn how to use the best prototyping tools in the industry, network with like-minded people with various backgrounds, become a better product person, and get exclusive access to over $500 worth of tools and goodies for registering!

*It is not required for you to have a business idea to register – participants will be in teams to together build the prototype and be able to communicate it in a pitch at the end of the day. All backgrounds & skills are necessary!



Location: Barber Center – House of Learning Building, TRU

8:30AM – Arrive and check-in

9:00AM – Idea pitches

9:30AM – ProtoHack Announcements

9:45AM – Keynote

10:15AM – Breakout Session #1: Lean Startup

10:45AM – Breakout Session #2: How to Pitch

11:15AM – And, GO!

12:30PM – Lunch

5:00PM – Dinner

7:00PM – Pitch Presentations

8:00PM – Awards Ceremony & Wrap Up!

Keynote Speaker: Justin Jackson

justin-squareI’m the former Product Manager at Sprintly, and have consulted on marketing & growth for startups in London, San Francisco, Boulder, and Portland.

In January 2016, after the initial release of Marketing for Developers, I quit consulting to focus on my own projects. This past year I wrote Jolt, started MegaMaker and re-launched Marketing for Devs as a course.

My work has been featured on Lifehacker, Fast Company, CBC Radio, Inc., Entrepreneur, and 99u.

I host the MegaMaker podcast, and was also behind Build & Launch and Product People.

When I’m not at a computer, I’m chasing my 4 kids and spending time with my wife in Vernon, BC.




JonathanJonathan Bowers
Jonathan Bowers has 10 years of experience in software development and entrepreneurship from a product and user point of view. Formerly Head of Product Development at FreshGrade Education (a Kelowna based education technology startup recently closed $4+ million in seed funding), Jonathan has extensive experience with modern technology startups, agile development practices, and user interaction design.


Zubak HS1John Zubak
John is a self-starter with over 20 years of small business development and ownership. He was also the founder of a chain of retail stores in the Interior of British Columbia. His strengths include sales training, marketing, communication, and strategic planning. He is passionate about finding non-conventional solutions to business challenges.
bernie warrenBernie Warren
Bernie is the MBA Coordinator and Faculty Member at Thompson Rivers University’s School of Business and Economics. He has an extensive background in decision modelling, entrepreneurship, strategy, financial planning, and supply chain.
jordanJordan Rinke
Technically inclined executive with 7 years of team leadership and startup growth experience:
Leading teams from 4 to 20 people in size on highly technical tactical and responsive issues. Managing the teams that have helped a number of startups secure funding from $50k to $1.5MM+ and effectively utilizing that investment to grow a sustainable energetic culture and product portfolio.
nickNick Zinger
I’ve been working in the industry for more than 10 years in both small and large agencies. Working with clients from large national brands to mom and pop shops. This gives me a very wide perspective when considering your business goals. I am fortunate to work in the Kamloops Innovation Centre, a community of start-ups, talented programmers and other businesses. In addition to my own client work, I also work as a Senior Design Consultant for Lightship Works. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. I now live in Kamloops B.C. with my beautiful wife, and a little pug. And I’ve probably broken more bones than you.
13697029_10153609283435685_2915261826691571864_nCaitlin McKinlay
Freelance designer, social media manager and community builder, Caitlin graduated from TRU with a Digital Art and Design Degree and is currently making waves in the digital marketing industry with RTOWN. As a designer, Caitlin has had the opportunity to work with clients all around the world including Shanghai, Ottawa & London.
ME (1)Christopher Seguin
Christopher is the Vice-President of Advancement at Thompson Rivers University. Since founding the Advancement Office, Christopher has lead teams to acquire funding for the Brown Family House of Learning, the TRU Law School and has doubled the student assistance endowments at TRU. He has been heavily involved in Rotary, founding the Child Hunger Initiative, and is an avid outdoorsman and sub-par triathlete. This has all taken a back seat to a young family and all of the joys this entails.
KarlaKarcioglu_headshotKarla Karcioglu
Karla Karcioglu is a dynamically skilled and strategically focused marketing professional. She has significant experience in both traditional and digital marketing, web development, graphic design, sales, project management, and business development. Her time working within the Kamloops Innovation Centre ignited her entrepreneurial spirit and she recently launched herself as a consultant under the brand, Karla’s mission in life is to share her skills and abilities to help those who need it!


jessica wallaceJessica Wallace
Jessica Wallace is a reporter for Kamloops This Week. While she works in print media, she has a background in online journalism. She hails from Kamloops and graduated from Thompson Rivers University’s journalism program in 2012. She is serving her second year as a member of the TRU Alumni Board.
Tom_DickinsonTom Dickinson
Tom Dickinson is Thompson Rivers University’s Dean of Science.
Throughout his academic training Tom has been interested in the behaviour and ecology of animals, principally birds. He is most well known for his research in animal communication, especially the evolution and function of vocalizations. Since being hired, Tom has taught a broad diversity of courses ranging from general biology at the first year level to senior courses in conservation biology and evolution.
lincoln-profile-photoLincoln Smith
Lincoln is an experienced academic and industrial researcher with a broad scientific and business background. He uses experience and connections to coach and mentor local technology entrepreneurs in our region. Lincoln splits his time between Executive Director of Kamloops Innovation, and Director Research Partnerships and Enterprise Creation at Thompson Rivers University. This unique position gives him the ability to provide leadership and direction to the Startup Community being created in Kamloops.
kbathKuldeep Bath
Kuldeep Bath is a seasoned IT professional with over 30 years of experience delivering technology solutions based on business needs. He works with executives, senior management and staff to analyze the strategic and tactical needs of the business, designing, acquiring and implementing solutions for today and tomorrow.

He was previously an IT Executive at the BC Lottery Corporation and in 2013, co-founded a technology company in Kamloops that provides B2B solutions in the regulated Gaming Industry.

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 2.12.50 PMLaura Jean Kreissl
Laura Jean Kreissl, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Thompson Rivers University. Having worked in industry for a number of years, Laura Jean brings her ‘hands on” knowledge into her managerial accounting courses. Her interests in a variety of topics have led her to author and co-author multiple papers that address management, taxation, education, public interest, audit, environmental and accounting history issues.

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Prizes & Swag

  • 3 months *free* Venture Acceleration Program and Coworking from Kamloops Innovation (Value $900+).
  • Samsung Sports Band
  • Kamloops Innovation swag – tshirts, glass waterbottles
  • Credit towards your first ride on Pop Rideshare
  • Credit to use the new car share on campus: Zipcar!
  • Red Beard Gift Certificates and Apparel
  • Access to the prototyping tools after ProtoHack is over ($300+ value)
  • and more to be announced!

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