Cookhouse x Humber College — “Insurance, Innovation & Design Thinking” Lecture [Oct 3]

We hosted the fantastic Insurance Management post-grad students from Humber College at our downtown Toronto Lab space. Our Program Director, Ibeth Ramos Ayala, provided a tour of the Lab to our young guests and delivered an engaging session on “Insurance, Innovation, and Design Thinking”. 
 
A big thank-you to our student innovators and Humber College Program Coordinator, John A.F. McNeil, M.Ed, CIP, for joining us — we can’t wait to see you co-create at our upcoming WinterHack 2022: College & University Design Thinking Ideathon this November! 

WinterHack 2022: Q&A session [Sep 28]

Interested in joining this year’s WinterHack 2022 — a friendly innovation competition between colleges and universities?

Join our upcoming Q&A session to learn more about the event format, expected outcome, and exciting prizes!

DATE: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
TIME: 12:30 – 1 PM EDT
LOCATION: Virtual

Event Format  

  • 2 day virtual global event + 3 hour final pitch  
  • Facilitated ideathon following Design Thinking methodology in breakout sessions   
  • Ideathon period: Wednesday, November 16th and Thursday, November 17th, 2022  
  • The 2-day ideathon period will be held from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM EST.  
  • Final Pitch Event: Friday, November 18th at 11 AM EST  

Questions? 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Insiya Meherally, our Community Manager, at insiya.meherally@cookhouselabs.com

WinterHack 2022: Final Pitch Event [Nov 18]

Cookhouse Labs is delighted to announce the return of WinterHack, this time with a brand-new ideathon format focused on young talent!  

This year’s ideathon aims to provide a space for students and university/college insurance programs to show their talent, knowledge and skills related to Creativity, Innovation and passion to #MakeInsuranceBetter. This is a friendly competition between universities and colleges – are you ready to represent your organization? 

In partnership with the Insurance Institute of Canada and Humber College, WinterHack 2022 is open to North American universities and colleges as an opportunity to showcase their innovative young minds and for students and staff members to learn/apply the principles of Design Thinking to real-world business challenges.  

This year’s theme is #MakeInsuranceBetter, and we can’t wait to see what our teams come up with! 

Each institution can register 1 team to represent them — with limited spots, be sure to secure your team’s spot as soon as possible! 


 

WinterHack 2022: Global Design Thinking Ideathon [Nov 16-17]

Cookhouse Labs is delighted to announce the return of WinterHack, this time with a brand-new ideathon format focused on young talent!  

This year’s ideathon aims to provide a space for students and university/college insurance programs to show their talent, knowledge and skills related to Creativity, Innovation and passion to #MakeInsuranceBetter. This is a friendly competition between universities and colleges – are you ready to represent your organization? 

In partnership with the Insurance Institute of Canada and Humber College, WinterHack 2022 is open to North American universities and colleges as an opportunity to showcase their innovative young minds and for students and staff members to learn/apply the principles of Design Thinking to real-world business challenges.  

This year’s theme is #MakeInsuranceBetter, and we can’t wait to see what our teams come up with! 

Each institution can register 1 team to represent them — with limited spots, be sure to secure your team’s spot as soon as possible! 

Event Format  

  • 2 day virtual global event + 3 hour final pitch  
  • Facilitated ideathon following Design Thinking methodology in breakout sessions   
  • Ideathon period: Wednesday, November 16th and Thursday, November 17th, 2022  
  • The 2-day ideathon period will be held from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM EST.  
  • Final Pitch Event: Friday, November 18th at 11 AM EST  

Questions? 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Insiya Meherally, our Community Manager, at insiya.meherally@cookhouselabs.com

SummerHack 2022: Meet Your Team! [May 6]

Our gift to you in these challenging times: Open and Free for Insurers, Reinsurers, Brokers, Insurance-Related Startups and Vendors, and Students.

Are you interested in joining the upcoming SummerHack 2022 global competition? Our team will be hosting a 30-minute live Q&A virtual session to answer all the questions you might have, such as: – How does the competition work? – What is the time commitment? – How do I form a team? – What are the prizes? – And more!

SummerHack 2022: Global Q&A Live Event [Apr 27]

Our gift to you in these challenging times: Open and Free for Insurers, Reinsurers, Brokers, Insurance-Related Startups and Vendors, and Students.

Are you interested in joining the upcoming SummerHack 2022 global competition? Our team will be hosting a 30-minute live Q&A virtual session to answer all the questions you might have, such as: – How does the competition work? – What is the time commitment? – How do I form a team? – What are the prizes? – And more!

SummerHack 2022: Final Pitch Event [May 12]

Our gift to you in these challenging times: Open and Free for Insurers, Reinsurers, Brokers, Insurance-Related Startups and Vendors, and Students.

After the success of last year’s event, Cookhouse Labs is proud to present SummerHack 2022: Global Design Thinking Ideathon! Join some of the world’s best insurance organizations, startups, and student innovators for 2 days of exciting insurance innovation, ideation, and competition!  
 

SummerHack 2022: Global Design Thinking Ideathon [May 10-11]

Our gift to you in these challenging times: Open and Free for Insurers, Reinsurers, Brokers, Insurance-Related Startups and Vendors, and Students.

After the success of last year’s event, Cookhouse Labs is proud to present SummerHack 2022: Global Design Thinking Ideathon! Join some of the world’s best insurance organizations, startups, and student innovators for 2 days of exciting insurance innovation, ideation, and competition!  
 

Why should I join?  

  • Re/insurers and Brokers: This is your chance to connect with your internal teams and global talent to put your agility and creativity to work while creating real business solutions to digitize insurance  
  • Startups and Vendors: Take this opportunity to network and work alongside insurance organizations looking for fresh ideas and new business connections  
  • Students: Show current and future business leaders why you should be their #1 pick for a career in InsurTech!    
      

Event Format  

  • 2 day virtual global event + 3 hour final pitch  
  • Facilitated ideathon following Design Thinking methodology in breakout sessions   
  • Ideathon period: Tuesday, May 10th and Wednesday, May 11th, 2022  
  • The 2-day ideathon period will be held in 3 different time zones — Eastern Standard Time, Central European Time, and Singapore Time — from 9 AM to 5 PM EST  
  • Final Pitch Event: Thursday, May 12th at 8 AM EST  
      

How does it work?  

  • During the matching process, Re/insurance organizations can invite startups, vendors, and student innovators to join their corporate teams to provide ideas, expertise, and skills, such as UX/UI Design  
  • Guided hackathon — our innovation experts will provide the right guidance on methodologies and tools to achieve best results following the Design Thinking Methodology  
  • We will provide prep material, including Design Thinking Masterclasses and a guide on how to structure your time according to the stages defined in the methodology  

Challenges  

  • 4 different challenges related to the theme Artificial Intelligence, covering commercial and personal lines, health/life, and P&C insurance   
  • Challenge statements will be released during the kickoff event  

Language  

  • Event language is English, including facilitation, support, and final pitch (including submission documentation)   
  • Teams can work in their preferred language  

Questions? 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Insiya Meherally, our Community Manager, at insiya.meherally@cookhouselabs.com

How do I join?  

  • Enter your email address below to join our mailing list — we will send you updates on our upcoming events and how to join the excitement! 

This Ideathon is the perfect platform to connect with experienced innovators, both local and international. As you show your skills and impress our judges with your team’s extraordinary results, don’t forget to network and have fun! 

Introduction to Design Tools [Oct 11]

Intro Design Tools
Innovation is about more than having unique ideas — it’s about successfully conveying those ideas to potential customers and sponsors. A great mockup can help secure useful feedback and valuable buy-in, enabling you to turn your idea into a real business solution.
 
However, how can you create this mockup and most importantly, which tool should you use? There are 7 key factors to consider. 
 
Join us for a free 45-minute Introduction to Design Tools session! Our Senior UX/UI Designer shares the top 7 tips to help you find the right design tool for you.
 
Location

Online, virtual