The Ontario Makers and Mentors Innovation Conference is a student initiative supported by the University of Ottawa Faculty of Engineering and CEED, The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design. The objective of the conference is to offer an opportunity for makers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and students to meet, learn about the maker movement and its societal impact and to compete on innovative design.

The 2018 Conference

The 2018 Ontario Makers and Mentors Innovation Conference is themed “Making Globally”. This year, we are going international! We will be exploring the global scene of makers, how they are contributing to innovation and what it means for them and their communities. There will be three main streams: makers, mentors, and skill building, which will allow you to explore different aspects of the given theme. Makers will explore Making Globally through tinkering and building, while mentors will explain how this topic applies to those who educate or mentor. The skill building workshops will offer different ways to improve your knowledge.


Saturday, October 27th

Maker Session

Events Space, STEM (Room 117)

Mentor Session

Simon Nehme Design Commons, STEM (Room 102)

Workshop Session

MakerLab, STEM (Room 119)

A panel discussion will explore the benefits and challenges of STEAM TEAMS.

Panel by: Chantal Rodier


How to Build a low cost, open source assistive technology toolbox for people with disabilities.

Panel by: Bocar Ndiaye


Nicolas Onyra & Madeleine Kyne

Intro to Coding

Building Iron-based Batteries for 1.3 Billion People Living in Light Poverty.

Michael Johnson

Shining a Light in the Dark

Research on Teacher Learning, Planning and Identity

Panel by: Michelle Hagerman

Making Maker Educators

Artists David McDougall and Sasha Phipps’ collaborative workshop will focus on digital processes surrounding their artistic practice and will be held in the new Atelier CoFab Arts Makerspace.

David McDougall & Sasha Phipps

Digital Processes and the Visual Arts
CoFab Arts building:218

Come see as students from high schools and universities all across the region come and compete for the Student Innovative Design Awards.
New this year: the competition is open to the community! So while you are grabbing a bite to eat, make sure that you come check out the booths and learn all about the projects.

Competition Showcase

Location: STEM

This panel will examine the African maker movement’s efforts to foster innovation-inclusion through outreach to grassroots innovators.

Panel by: Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) network

Making and Inclusion in Africa: Research and Practice

This session will explore students’ centered approach to learning

Rola Tibshirani & Shauna Pollock

How Students Enable And Design Their Learning Through Authentic Challenges?

The workshop aims to showcase the uses of a motion tracking lab in designing prosthesis and exoskeletons through a hands-on activity.

Andrew Zavorotny

Motion Tracking in Human-Centered Design

The story of how this organization part of the true sharing economy got started

Bettina Vollmerhausen

Ottawa Tool Library: a journey in the sharing economy

Workshops and Demos

David Clarke & Alexandre Vendette

Machining workshop

Sunday, October 28th

Maker Session

Events Space, STEM (Room 117)

Mentor Session

Simon Nehme Design Commons, STEM (Room 102)

Workshop Session

Makerlab, STEM (Room 119)

Challenges and accomplishments from Sénégal maker scene

Mouhamadou Ngom & Moctar Diallo

Sénégal Maker Scene
( Fablab & HelloWorld )

Bring your laptop, and lets work together to make a VR app from scratch

Elisha Pruner

Let’s Make a VR App

A First Nation Company called The Beading Drum Jewelry Originals.

Kelly Nahwegahbow Marsolais

First Nation Traditional Bead work

Three social enterprises that are making an impact globally

Panel by: Midia Shikh Hassan

Making an Impact- Soap2Hope & Beads of Awareness

This is an introductory workshop that will teach you how to create your own virtual world. We will be using Google Cardboard (provided).


Virtual Reality 101

The Makershow will be a grand assembly of makers, tinkerers, experimenters, tech fanatics, as well as industry exhibitors. All coming together to showcase their work and talent.
Don’t miss out on this!


Location: STEM


Heewon Lee

MIT D-Lab: Designing for a more equitable world.

The Keynote will be about the recent struggle in building a makers community in Nigeria and the possibility of collaborating with the other makers across the world.

Uche Ajuonuma

The State of Makers Community in Nigeria: A Need for Knowledge Exchange Network

This one-hour activity in the Tinkering Lab will allow you to manipulate maps on an 8K video wall.


The Learning Crossroads, Library Spaces Tinkering Lab in CRX

Ralph Nevins

Art of Slit-scan: Internals and visuals

Learn the basics of designing and creating a 3D model. Master the basic steps of exporting a model and printing it on the 3D printer.

Richard L'Abbé Makerspace

Intro to 3D printing

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Sponsorship Inquiries

Speaker Inquiries

Faculty of Engineering Deans Office
Attn: OMMIC Organizing Committee
161 Louis Pasture Private
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5
Justine Boudreau
Director of Finance
Zaineb Al-Faesly
Director of Operations

Marketing Inquiries

General Inquiries

Mihir Mistry
Director of Marketing
Mohamed Elsageyer