+ Students
+ Learning Needs
+ Teachers
+ Developers
+ 1 Weekend

+ Hacked Apps


Supported by the MaRS Discovery District (MaRS DD), #EdAppHack is a 2-day Education-focused Hackathon that aims to unite Students, Teachers and Community App Developers through the theme of STEM. As an experiential and inquiry-based learning opportunity based on the Hackathon Model, the goal of the weekend event is to empower Student Voice in the creation of original Apps that support learning needs identified by Student participants. Teachers and App Developers will support each other and collaborate in teams with Students as they imagine, prototype, build and pitch their App ideas!

Saturday, October 25, 2014 &
Sunday, October 26, 2014

9:00AM - 5:00PM

MaRS Discovery District

101 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1L7


#EdAppHack is driven by the vision of 2 Teacher-Leaders, Joseph Romano, OCT and Brandon Zoras, OCT, supported by MaRS DD Senior Education Technology Strategist Joseph Wilson. Together as Facilitators, Joseph Romano and Brandon Zoras have designed the #EdAppHack event to centre around and support the learning needs of Students, fuelled by technology-rich and STEM-focused pedagogy.

For more information and details, please feel free to connect with the Facilitators via email, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Joseph Romano

#EdAppHack Co-Facilitator

Brandon Zoras

#EdAppHack Co-Facilitator

Joseph Wilson

MaRS Discovery District Senior Strategist,
Educational Technology

Keynote Speaker

Robleh Jama is the founder of Tiny Hearts, an award-winning app studio based in Toronto. Some of their apps include Quick Fit, a fitness app featured in an Apple commercial, Pocket Zoo, a #1 Education app, and Wake, a beautiful and intuitive alarm for iPhone. Robleh also makes things for people who make things at Busy Building Things.

Robleh Jama

Tiny Hearts


Peter Singh

Chief Technology Officer
Toronto District School Board

Bringing 20+ years of K-12 sector experience to his CTO portfolio, Peter has been described as both a practical minded and visionary leader. On the one hand, he has his feet firmly planted on the ground and is pragmatic and realistic in his approach; on the other hand, he also has a clear, exciting and meaningful vision for the future of TDSB IT Services. Peter’s vision includes adopting modern IT technologies to make the technology foundation more adaptable, flexible and efficient to support the ever growing technology needs of the organization, improving IT processes and governance to support a smooth running IT environment, and ensuring that a dynamic environment of innovation is in place to improve technologies and service delivery well into the future at TDSB. Perhaps one of the most important things to understand about Peter is that he has a strong awareness of the technology needs of students and educators and is deeply committed and dedicated to supporting those needs. He’s a practitioner of emotional intelligence who is spearheading the TDSB “Information Technology Services” team from a digital era to Quantum Age of Information Technology.

Heather Lowry

Associate Dean
School of Media Studies & Information Technology
Humber College

Heather Lowry is an Associate Dean in the School of Media Studies & Information Technology at Humber College in Toronto. Her portfolio of programs includes Visual Arts, Web Design, Multimedia, Game and Computer Programming, and Web Development -- in short, it is her job to find ways to support faculty and students who work to develop innovative and relevant skills to build the function and functionality of what we all take for granted on both sides of the many screens in our daily lives. With a background in Graphic Design, Semiotics, Typography, Communications and Education, Heather taught college students for 15 years prior to her current administrative role and actively supports Toronto's at risk youth through her involvement in the establishment and support of an after school martial arts program in Muay Thai in the downtown core. Heather believes that technology and culture are interwoven in intricate and dynamic ways, and that we are presently in the midst of a great shift in the opportunities available to each and every one of us today. She is excited to be in a position to work with others to develop relevant, agile, and engaging ways for people to find their own place in the current and emerging areas of interest, and to explore not just what we study, but how we learn.

Darin Graham

President & CEO

Darin Graham is the President and CEO of the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION), a non-profit providing an ultra- high speed fibre optic network and cloud services to Ontario’s research, education and innovation centres. An international technology and innovation leader, Dr. Graham was most recently Director of NZi3, New Zealand’s ICT Innovation Institute at the University of Canterbury at Christchurch, where he established the institute as an innovation centre and global ‘hothouse’ of strategic information communications technology research. Prior to this role, Dr. Graham was President and CEO of the former Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO) – one of the original Ontario Centres of Excellence. Dr. Graham holds a Ph.D. and a Masters of Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.