Birju Patel speaks at The Hub

Ideas to Products
Birju Patel, Toronto Entrepreneur and former Senior Product Strategist for Bell Canada

You have a great idea for a new product or an idea to make an existing product even better! So now what? It doesn’t matter if you are working for large enterprise or a small startup – you are the beginning of an awesome adventure or perhaps a very painful lesson (most likely a bit of both!). Either way there are some key things to think about before you ask the CEO to fund your idea or ask your grandparents if you can have some of your inheritance earlier than originally planned. This talk will focus on some of the key steps you should take to ensure your idea is viable in order to get to a minimal viable product as soon as possible.

Tuesday, March 26th
3:00 to 4:00 pm
The Hub (IC Building)
Free food and beverage, please RSVP using the UTSC Intranet; space is limited.
All are invited to attend

About Birju Patel

Birju is a Product Strategist and Product Developer at heart.  He enjoys the process of identifying and addressing a customer need and the thrill of launching something new. He has spent over 17 years helping companies in the telecom, internet and software-as-a-service space develop new products and services to grow revenues, develop strong customer experiences and extend their brand promise. Most recently, he was helping a small software company develop mobile security products. Currently he provides consulting services to both large enterprises and startups in the areas of Product Management, Strategy, Customer Insight and Marketing.

Birju holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Vic DiCiccio speaks at The Hub

IDEA Series: The Future of an Evolving Media: Vignettes from University Research
Prof. Vic DiCiccio, University of Waterloo, Director of UWaterloo’s Institute for Computer Research

Ideas and technologies from computer science has provided the interconnected world of communication and information we enjoy today. Will social networks and an evolving new media continue their current momentum? This talk describes some efforts at universities in Canada and elsewhere. This is a must talk for anyone interested in where new media and communication technologies are going.

3:30 to 4:30 pm
Wednesday, March 20th
The Hub (IC Building)

About Prof. Vic DiCiccio
As Director of UWaterloo’s Institute for Computer Research, Vic created the Context Aware Social Media Google Focused Research Project at Waterloo. He is also the Director for Research Partnerships in GRAND NCE, a national centre of excellence bringing together 150 researchers at 25 universities to work on graphics, games, animation and new media.

AppStar mixer – Find your team!

The AppStar mixer is on March 20th at 5 pm to 6:30 pm at The Hub (IC Building). Food and beverage included. Come find your idea, come join a team.

AppStar needs students from all “walks of student life” to participate, including visionaries (idea generators), managers, programmers, media designers, etc. It could include a biology student wanting to develop an app for Park Canada’s Urban Park in the Rouge, or an IDS student who wants to develop an app for use in the field, or a drama student who wants to build an app for the UTSC drama society. Any and all are welcome to participate. This is a time to let your imagination loose, and win a prize as you do so.

The winning prize for each category is $3,000, and second place $1,500. The contest runs from now to the end of August.

For more information on how to get involved, visit or email and

Open Doors

The Hub has holding open doors in March, Monday through Thursday, 1 to 4 pm. Drop by to visit, and to learn more about The Hub and its programs and initiatives.