Ryerson Innovation Challenge: Make Your Space

THE CHALLENGE:  Jarvis Street Residence Maker Space

Do you have entrepreneurial mind? Do you feel like you have an innovative idea that can make a lasting impact on the Ryerson community? This is your opportunity to make a mark and connect ideas to create something new, and be rewarded with a $2000 cash prize and mentorship from Ryerson University and MPI Group, Inc.

Your challenge, as a member of a self-selected or random group, is to propose the creation of an innovative solution to the maker space in the new Jarvis Street Residence, set to open in 2018. The maker space is approximately 220 net square feet (16’-6” by 12’) and can be used for whatever purpose(s) your group determines as a need for future residence students. Proposals will imagine the types of activities that will take place, and the equipment and furniture required to support those activities.

Note: The Jarvis Street Residence will deliver a residence experience that is new to Ryerson. Residence units are set in apartment style settings with 2-4 bedrooms. Each unit includes washroom(s), full kitchen and living space. The residence also has a number of shared amenity spaces geared to community-building, such as a demonstration kitchen, fitness room, yoga studio and common lounge and gathering spaces.

The ideal team will be comprised of students collaborating from different faculties and areas of expertise. The solutions will be evaluated based on creativity, feasibility, scalability, sustainability and its entrepreneurial approach to creating this space.


  • November 26: Deadline for team registration;
  • December 7 – January 8: Teams develop plans;
  • January 18: Advisors/subject matter experts available for feedback (virtually or in-person);
  • January 11-22: Teams refine and complete plans and submissions;
  • January 22 at 9:00am: Deadline for submissions;
  • January 29: Short List of entrants announced and invited to present proposals to jury;
  • Week of Feb 15 (Reading Week): Final group work, proposal presentations, feedback and final award;


Participants will have access to identified advisors or subject matter experts, and short listed projects will receive feedback from jury. If you have any questions, please contact ryersonbuilds@ryerson.ca.


Please review full Make Your Space Challenge contest rules here.


The following rubric outlines the evaluation process:

Ryerson Residence Innovation Challenge - Scoring Rubric


Submissions must include:

  • 3 minute description of the maker space use, intended audience, opportunities to build a sense of community in residence; communicated in any creative format: pitch presentation, video, drawing, art, etc.
  • 1-2 page description of your team’s process to arrive at the proposed use, how the space will support students’ academic and / or creative aspiration


The application period has passed.