Spurred by recent advances in technology, the Sharing Economy is an emerging marketplace that enables individuals and groups to use innovative ways to obtain and exchange services and goods in innovative ways. New businesses and business models are popping up to serve the growing appetite of people who are discovering the benefits of sharing goods and services. While most of the well-known sharing economy applications so far have been aimed at facilitating private enterprise, it’s clear that this opportunity extends to organizations with social missions as well.

Imagine what could happen if we harnessed the power of the sharing economy to alleviate some of the biggest social challenges facing Ontario homes and communities by finding new and innovative ways of putting underutilized assets or services to work! On November 3rd and 4th, 2017 the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University invites you to rise to the challenge through ShareON Design Jam: Harnessing the Power of the Sharing Economy to Drive Social Innovation in Ontario.

Topic areas to be explored at the jam will be: Food security &  Food waste

This exciting event is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG). It will be facilitated by Eliane Tozman, Head of Design for Innovation, IBM Canada Research and Development Centre.

Participants will be invited to explore the following challenge question in one of the topic areas outlined above:

How might we harness the power of the sharing economy to solve food insecurity and food waste in Ontario homes and communities?

The goal of the event is to emerge with new and sustainable ideas for sharing economy applications that get at reducing or eliminating challenges in the topic areas.

At the end of the jam, teams will pitch their ideas to a distinguished panel of ShareON judges, and prizes will be awarded.


Who Should Get Involved?

Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Aside from this, we invite participation from individuals with a diverse range of skillsets. No prior experience with design thinking is required!

We welcome:

  • Students across all disciplines
  • Individuals and teams
  • Existing social enterprises
  • Budding social entrepreneurs or those with an interest in social entrepreneurship
  • Sharing economy entrepreneurs, or those with an interest in it
  • App designers
  • Techies and coders
  • Creative, bold and innovative thinkers
  • People of all ages over 18



Our event space is fully accessible. To request a specific accommodation feel free to reach out to us at shareondesignjam@gmail.com! We’re listening.

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