Using Technology to Actively Mitigate Risk

Technology enabled loss prevention will shift the business model of insurers. Gone are the days where insurers were just waiting for a claim to happen. IoT sensors, phones, or wearables are collecting data 24/7 which allows us to define an individual’s norm. As a result, we can assess any deviation in real time and act accordingly. 

What is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon, in general, combines the words hacking and marathon. In Cookhouse Lab’s Hackathon, participants will spend a short period of time ideating and prototyping a product. Teams will start from scratch and work through an entire product development cycle in just 24 hours. Cookhouse Lab Hackathon teams will consist of programmers, designers, developers, project/product managers and insurance experts.



What to Expect

By participating in Cookhouse Lab’s Hackathon, you’ll work with your organization to create an MVP (Minimal Viable Product) that will enable our industry to move from passive risk takers to active risk managers. 

Each team will create and pitch an innovative use case to move from passive risk takers to active risk managers. 

Participation Options

Option 1:

Participate in our Hackathon, experience 2 full days and help "Make insurance better". Register as an individual or as a team with up to 5 people. 

Option 2:

Unable to participate? Be a sponsor and an official partner of this event. Send us an email to receive more information at:

Option 3: 

Know someone who can participate? We'd love to have them join us! Send us an email at:

 Things You Need to Know

Dates: August 2-3, 2018

Location: Toronto, Ontario (Cookhouse Lab – 60 Adelaide Street East, suite 1200)

Cost: Free of Charge

Exclusive to members and partners of Cookhouse Lab

Register by: July 27, 2018

Register and Secure a Spot

 Schedule of Events

Day 1 (August 2nd, 2018)

Starts at 9:00 a.m.



Introduction to Challenge

Optional Break-Out Sessions (UX Design, User Testing, Team Coaching, Design Thinking ... )



Project Start


Day 2 (August 3rd, 2018)

Ends at 6:00 p.m. + BBQ





Final Presentation (5 - 6 p.m.)

Announcement of Winner

After-party BBQ

Frequently Asked Questions

[fa icon="plus-square"] What will Cookhouse Lab provide?

You’ll work in Cookhouse Lab’s innovation workspace which includes wi-fi connection, innovation chefs and an environment that facilitates collaboration, co-creation and creative thinking. You’ll also be accompanied by a group of students from Germany who will work with your teams during the hackathon to provide expertise in ecommerce, computer science and business information systems.

[fa icon="plus-square"] How many people can we send to the Hackathon?

You can send up to 5 people to participate on a team together. If you send individuals, they will be teamed up with German students. You’ll spend the morning of Day 1 with team building activities to give you an opportunity to network and get to know the other participants. 

[fa icon="plus-square"] What will I learn?
You’ll learn how to innovate, rapidly iterate and apply design thinking to create an MVP that solves an industry problem. Cookhouse Lab will also provide background information on the Hackathon’s focus: from passive risk takers to active risk managers.
[fa icon="plus-square"] What should I bring?
Chargers and any tools that you need to make your idea come to life.