Conference Aims to Convert Tech Haters into Tech Lovers

The 13th Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference promises to make an impact in 2013 with a theme that is a little different than other conferences.

Technology conferences usually have a theme to set the tone, a way to bring the multitude of presentations back to one pertinent point. The next CUTC theme is “Infect.” While this sounds fairly strange, or maybe even a little gross, the idea is a good one: have students compete to see how many non-techies they can convert into tech lovers.

The idea is dynamic. How do you convert someone who doesn’t love technology?  Education and usefulness are a given, but technology also has to be easy and fun.  In fact, the judging criteria will include thoughtfulness, creativity, engagement and support.

The top 20 ideas will win mentorship and coaching to develop the idea, as well as round trip tickets to CUTC 13, VIP passes, and tours of a number of local technology startups.  The Grand Prize winner will also get to sit down for a mentorship lunch with Canadian Space Agency engineer Stephen Lake.

The Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference is a technology conference run solely by undergraduate students and will be held concurrently in three different Canadian cities. The conference is designed to get students excited about technology, learn the current state of the industry, and connect students with potential employers in Canada’s technology sector.

Originally based at the University of Waterloo, CUTC has been running for 12 years, hosting more than 250 speakers, including Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian, RIM co-founder Mike Lazaridis, and Mike Shaver, a founding member of the Mozilla Organization.

The contest is open until September 12, at which point the judging starts. So submit your ideas here and hope for success.