Meet Megan Whitehead-Douglas, Assistant Manager, Employer Relations & Career Development at the University of Toronto...
As a Cookhouse Labs’ member, you can have the exclusive opportunity to team up with a group of young talents to solve a challenge specific to your organization under the guidance of our expert team.
Students are the future of our industry! We understand the importance of attracting young talent to the industry and as result have close partnerships with universities around the globe, giving you access to highly motivated students. We provide the opportunity to work exclusively with a dedicated team that works exclusively with your organization or you can team up with other insurers and collaborate with a group of assigned students.
The goal of each project is to define and provide deep insights about the actual challenge, develop solutions, ideas, as well as design and test a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that you can take back to formalize and incorporate in your business model or offerings.
Tackle challenges and test solutions efficiently
Collaboration with young talent
Meet & attract young talent to your organization
Up to 200hrs of research, design and development on your own challenge
Training opportunity for internal staff on mentorship
Collaboration with professionals
Receive support and mentorship
Practice design thinking
Showcase skills to exciting organization
Build relationships with organizations to increase internship opportunities
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Our partnership with FHWS in Bavaria, Germany began in 2017 with 12 students innovating over one semester remotely and spending one week with our insurance organization members in our lab in Toronto. Every year since then, we have been connecting e-commerce and IT student teams from FHWS with our member organizations to work on individual challenges.
Each project is lectured by Prof. Dr. Michael Muessig from the Faculty of Computer Science & Business Information Systems of FHWS and Sven Roehl, Co-founder of Cookhouse Labs and guest lecturer of FHWS. The students working on individual projects receive credits as part of their program curriculum for this seminar ‘International Innovation Management’.
Lecturer, Faculty of Computer Science & Business Information Systems at FHWS
Meet Megan Whitehead-Douglas, Assistant Manager, Employer Relations & Career Development at the University of Toronto...
Since 2019, Cookhouse has been working closely with the University of Toronto to connect students with our member organizations for mentorship and internship opportunities, to guide the students and provide real-world perspectives.
We’re happy to build a bridge with young talent through our partnership with Humber College’s Insurance Management certification program.
Through guest lectures and participation in our ongoing innovation initiatives (such as SummerHack), we are delighted to connect talented post-grad students to our community of insurance innovators!
We are delighted to run our annual Summer Bootcamp in collaboration with the University of Toronto, Dept. Statistical Sciences. Over the course of 2-days, students apply the principles of Design Thinking to support our member organizations in finding a solution to an existing challenge they currently face in their organization.
We’re back with 2 unforgettable days of innovation and a final presentation this August 2022, exclusively for our member organizations to tackle internal challenges with a fresh, young perspective!
We invite students from the Dept. Statistical Sciences to join us to innovate with your peers and learn how to apply a new methodology that can be part of your resume for the rest of your career!
The students working together with our members on their specific challenges are facilitated and supported by Cookhouse Labs’ innovation coaches, UX/UI-designers and IT experts using our Design Thinking Methodology towards the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).
Here’s a taster of past challenges that student teams have worked on and the outputs presented, which our member participants can take back to their organizations to implement or further develop
Keeping innovators connected as virtual collaborations become the ‘new normal’.
A self-driving video conferencing robot with Socializing Box.
Create a fully customer-centric approach to claims notification and management.
A digital solution that keeps customers informed at key stages of their claims process.
Create new IoT-based services.
Predict and prevent power outages at greenhouse farms through education.
Create new community insurance service offerings.
New community-based pet liability insurance. As a result, a startup offering student pet walking and community services for pet owners called ‘Patzo’ was founded after the project with an active operation in Germany and proof of concepts in China.
How to get from coverage of an item to coverage of a person.
Damage and liability insurance including transportation for movers who get help from their family & friends with their moving logistics.
CAA, Gore Mutual, Munich Re, Jauntin
Team 1 - AI-based challenges for loyalty & reward programs
Team 2 - e-commerce activities to attract experts to crowdsourcing
Team 3 - Risk perception of Millennials and how they deal with risks
The teams enhanced the capabilities of our community-led innovation platform, Tastemakers, which brings together insurance industry experts to co-create and collaborate to tackle challenges in the insurance industry.
The Co-operators, Munich Re, Besurance Corporation, Jauntin, Sovereign Insurance
Drone fliers do not have options to protect themselves or their drones when they fly.
- A community App to provide a digital social experience for pilots to meet, learn and gamify their flights with others.
- Launch an introductory stand-alone insurance product, with one-size-fits-all pricing that targets the ‘prosumer’ class
The Co-operators, Munch Re, RSA
How can an automated AI chatbot be used to simplify claims submission process, remaining easy and intuitive to use?
Automated AI chatbot – AiiA (Artificially Intelligent Insurance Assistant).
If you are interested to have a group of highly motivated young talent work exclusively on a specific challenge tailored to your organization’s needs, get in touch with our team to find out how.
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