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Join us for Startup Weekend Toronto EDU: Library Edition, March 28 – 30 at Mozilla Toronto.

Spend the Weekend Solving Issues Facing the World’s Libraries

For the first time ever, we’re bringing together library professionals, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to create dynamic solutions to issues facing libraries today.

You can change the library world in one weekend, in one room, with one idea. What are you waiting for? Join us and change the library world for the better.

Space is limited! To get updates about the event, sign up via email, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (#SWTOLib).

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Mar 28
  • Registration & dinner
  • Welcome
  • Pitches start (1-minute!)
  • Teams form
  • Teams get to work!
  • Venue change, move to Learning Labs (483 Queen W. 3rd floor)
  • Venue closes


Mar 29
  • Venue opens (366 Adelaide St. W.), breakfast
  • Mentors work with teams
  • Lunch
  • Mentors work with teams
  • Dinner
  • Venue change, move to Learning Lab (483 Queen W. 3rd floor)
  • Venue closes


Mar 30
  • Venue opens (366 Adelaide St. W.), breakfast
  • Pitch coaching & teams work
  • Lunch
  • Tech check
  • Final presentations (5-mins. + Q&A)
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • After party

David Weinberger

Senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Co-director of Harvard's Library Innovation Lab   |  

David Weinberger, Ph.D., writes about the effect of the Internet on ideas. He is a senior researcher  at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and is co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. His latest book, "Too Big to Know" (2012), looks at the networking of knowledge and expertise. He is a co-author of "The Cluetrain Manifesto" and is the author of "Small Pieces Loosely Joined" and "Everything Is Miscellaneous."   He has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Toronto.

Candace Faktor

General Manager, Wattpad   |  

Candice Faktor is a disruptive innovator with a passion for growing consumer internet businesses. Candice is currently the GM of Toronto based Wattpad, a new form of entertainment that combines social, mobile and reading. With 4.3Bn minutes spent per month on the platform, it is the world’s largest community for readers and writers to discover and share stories. Wattpad’s investors include Khosla Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Golden Venture Partners, Version One Ventures, Jerry Yang and OMERS.

Prior to joining Wattpad, Candice was co-founder of Torstar Digital, one of Canada's leading digital portfolios where she helped acquire and launch over 15 digital businesses. Before Torstar Digital, Candice worked for Monitor Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm. Candice is a frequent speaker on innovation and tech. Outside of work, Candice loves going on travel, art and food adventures with her two little boys and husband.

Chris Eben

Partner, The Working Group   |  

Chris Eben’s stellar reputation within the Toronto tech scene is well deserved. As a mentor, investor and tech event organizer, and as Partner at The Working Group, he is a tireless advocate for all things entrepreneurial.

Chris brings to the table more than 15 years of product management experience across web and mobile. He’s worked for startups and with large organisations, including Longview Solutions and Actuate Corporation, and has helped to build teams in Silicon Valley, London and his hometown of Toronto. At TWG, he leads a growing a team that works with innovators in both the startup and traditional business worlds to design and deliver success through software every day.

Chris is deeply involved in tech and startup communities of Toronto and throughout North America. He helped to bring Startup Weekend to Canada and is a co-organizer of Lean Coffee Toronto and #nerdlearn. Chris and TWG partner with Canada’s leading startup accelerators in Extreme Startups, FounderFuel and Jolt, helping to mentor and support the startups accepted into these programs. TWG also actively supports and contributes to other local initiatives such as TEDxToronto, Mobile Monday, Lean Startup Machine and many more.

Michelle McBane

Director, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund   |  

Michelle is passionate about working with amazing entrepreneurs in Ontario. As Director at the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (twitter: @MaRSIAF), she leads investments in early-stage digital media and technology companies.

Michelle is a skilled business professional with over 23 years of combined operational and venture capital experience. Her background includes 12 years of venture capital investing early-stage companies, managerial and product development experience as well as sales and marketing roles in both engineering and scientific industries.

Michelle holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from McMaster University and Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. Michelle is currently an Observer on the Board of Directors of several companies including Atomic Reach, Better the World (Flipgive) CreativeD, gShift Labs, Horizon Studios and Locationary.

Beth Jefferson

CEO, Bibliocommons   |  

With a background that includes strategy consulting, non-profit management, marketing, analytics and software development, Beth is the Co-Founder and CEO of BiblioCommons Inc. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. 


Graham McCarthy

Co-Founder & CTO of SoapBox Innovations Inc.   |  

Graham McCarthy is the Co-Founder and CTO of SoapBox Innovations Inc. He has many years experience designing, developing and implementing information systems and has spent the last 4 years in the startup space. He holds an Honours B.A. in Information Technology from York University and a master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Toronto.

Joseph Wilson

Senior Strategist, Education, MaRS Discovery District   |  

Joseph is a Senior Strategist in the Education Practice at the MaRS Discovery, a cluster of over 170 education entrepreneurs in Toronto, Ontario. He gives advice on customer development, structuring pilots, securing funding and researching learning outcomes in order to allow high potential startups to scale.

He taught high school level physics, math and credit recovery for 5 years, and was nominated for the Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009. He won the T. Eta Award of Excellence in 2002 for his work teaching with University of Toronto’s Science Outreach and has worked in exhibit and curriculum design for the Ontario Science Centre, The Royal Ontario Museum and the American Museum of Natural History.

David Wolever

CTO, Akindi & Director, PyCon Canada   |  

David is a software developer who has spent his entire professional career either developing on, or working with, open source. During the day he works with startups — most recently as the CTO at Akindi— and by night he is a director of PyCon Canada Canada's regional Python conference. He can be found on Github at

Graham Lavender

Graham is a librarian who has recently made the jump to web development. After working at McGill University and Seneca College with a special interest in library technology, he completed the Bitmaker Labs program, where he learned Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, and more. When not saving the world through code, Graham enjoys cycling around Toronto, drinking fine Darjeeling tea, taking photos of the people and landscapes around him, and spending time with his wonderful librarian wife, Amanda, and their occasionally affectionate cat, Cleo.

Amie Sergas

Director, Business Acceleration Program, MaRS Discovery District   |   LinkedIn

Amie is the Director of the Business Acceleration Program at MaRS, and has been developing support programs for Ontario’s startup entrepreneurs since 2007. Prior to that, Amie worked in entrepreneurial companies that spanned the biotech, telecom and cleantech sectors, taking on marketing and business development roles.

Amie has an Honours BSc. in Biotechnology and Chemistry from Brock University and an MBA from Queen’s University with a focus on New Venture Management and Marketing.

John Lee

Principal User Experience Engineer, Genesys   |   LinkedIn

John has been a User Experience Professional for the last decade setting the standard for compelling User interfaces that are both simplistic and universal. Through his user research and various standardization activities, he has been able to gain a wealth of knowledge in various interaction models across different form factors.

Throughout StartUpWeekend, John can provide some insights into Design language, User Interface Standards, Intellectual Property Strategies, User testing and validation, and Interaction models.

Graeme Moffat

Chief Scientist, Sciencescape   |  

Graeme is Chief Scientist at Sciencescape, a discovery platform for biomedical research. He previously served as managing editor at Frontiers, the largest publisher in the field of neuroscience and the fastest growing Open Access journal series (recently acquired by Nature Publishing Group), and co-founded Frontiers for Young Minds, the first peer-reviewed open access science journal for kids. Graeme completed his PhD in neuroscience at CNRS / Université Aix-Marseille.

Jeremy Berman

Co-Founder & CEO, Dream See Do   |   LinkedIn

Jeremy is a seasoned technologist and creative strategist, with 15 years of cross-industry entrepreneurial, non-profit and corporate leadership experience. Jeremy is a founding faculty member at General Assembly and mentor to many Educational and other Hackathons.

Recently, Jeremy held a leadership position at the Queens Library system to advance their lifelong and connected learning modalities, leveraging his expertise, passion and inventive lens. Currently, Jeremy consults with both the Westchester and Hartford library systems on digital literacy training and leading the launch of a YOUmedia center, respectively.

Jeremy is the founder and CEO of Dream See Do, an EdTech company in the social good sector, that enables people to explore a range of educational, career and life possibilities. With a simple yet robust three step process, Dream See Do allows users to Dream, by entering their favourite things to do in the Dream Matrix

Elizabeth Cayley

VP Product Management, Firmex   |  

Elizabeth was born with a book in her hand, and is fascinated by how great ideas can become great products. After 15 years in software, she's still learning, designing & building products, and helping companies innovate. Deeply involved in Canada’s startup community, she has founded and organized several events including C100’s AccelerateTO, and has been a judge and mentor at previous StartUp Weekends and Hackathons.

Elizabeth is currently VP Product at Firmex, and has held executive roles at global software companies such as Microsoft & Hummingbird. Elizabeth has MBAs from University of Toronto & University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and is currently pursuing her doctorate at Henley in the U.K., studying startups and entrepreneurship.

Sidra Mahmood

UX/UI Designer @tailoredUX   |  

A winner of last summer’s Startup Weekend EDU, Sidra is a start-up enthusiast with nearly a decade’s worth of building accessible and intuitive user experiences across the 4 Cs - critical, civic, clinical and creative domains. She’s currently completing a Public Health degree at U of T, and is partial to space, bluegrass, and medical sociology. Sidra leads design efforts @tailoredUX, specializing in the healthcare space.

Marty Tarle

VP Engineering, BiblioCommons   |   LinkedIn

Marty is the Vice President of Engineering at BiblioCommons and is responsible for delivering the social discovery platform to the world's largest public libraries. He spends his time leading the engineering team and building large-scale web applications using open source technologies.

With over 10 years experience in leadership roles at Toronto startups, Marty was previously the Director of Development at Tira Wireless, an early leader in mobile application development. Marty holds a BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

Chris Wu

Project Manager, BiblioCommons   |  

Chris is currently a Product Manager with great interest in education and public good. He is currently working on data-related initiatives at Bibliocommons helping to create a more engaging library experience for patrons. He has previously worked on similar projects at Wave Apps and Rogers Digital.

Chris' background is in development having working on desktop mapping applications, analytics, visualization, web application and even a Windows 8 app! He holds a B.Sc. from McGill as well as a M.Sc. from the Courant Institute at NYU.

Mustafa Al-Mosawi

Product Marketing Manager, BiblioCommons   |   LinkedIn

Mustafa graduated from the University of Waterloo with B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering. For the past 7 years Mustafa has worked as a Product Manager in several industries, most recently at Bibliocommons. Using a user-centric approach that focuses on validating Market needs, Mustafa has consistently built products that delight customers and shareholders.

He has 10 years experience in user-experience, design, development, commissioning, testing and troubleshooting software products. He is a member of Toastmasters International and is a passionate and award-winning public speaker.

Iain Lowe

Product Manager & UX Lead, BiblioCommons   |  

Iain Lowe is a Product Manager and the UX Lead at Bibliocommons, which provides software as a service to public libraries in North America, Australia and New Zealand. Iain has spent two decades building software and web applications and has settled comfortably into agile software product design. Iain believes that public libraries continue to be a vital component of a healthy society, and is keen to help them remain so.

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