I was invited to be a judge at the Ryerson University ‘Social Media for Social Change Case Competition‘. The event was supported by some big names: IBM, Big Data University, and the Social Media Lab (who I was proud to be representing).

The hackathon brought about 80 people together to hack social media data for social good.

Hackathon challenge: Learn Watson Analytics, pair it with social media data, and create meaningful insight to drive awareness about the United Nation’s 13 Sustainable Development goals. I spent the day mentoring teams as we ate pizza, made sense of the data, and finally ended with the formal presentations and judging.

Introduction Talk

Social Media for Social Change Hackathon

Congrats to the Ryerson Hub for Business Analytics (RHBA) on their successful event.

Bright and early presentation

Bright and early presentation



The organizing team

The organizing team with Dr. Steven Murphy, Dean of Ted Rogers School of Management, and fellow judge, Dr. Murtaza Haider







"Animated" talk

People tell me I’m an “enthusiastic” and “animated” speaker”. Too good not to share this awkward gem

Photos by: Amanda Hunter