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From Yahoo! to Shopify, TKS Students Present in Front of Leading Industry Professionals at 2022 Showcases

Kevin Zhang, TKS student, presents his startup company, Asoshi, at the Vancouver showcase. 

When you first applied for your place at The Knowledge Society, you likely didn’t know what to expect. As you now know, we do things differently here. We break convention. You don’t see many teenagers using breakthrough technologies to change the world. 

That’s why this year’s global showcases were some of the best and biggest yet. Gathering together in June–whether virtual or in-person–to recognize the tremendous progress our students made, we showcased some of the best projects from Focus, Moonshot Companies, and Global Challenges to highlight the fantastic work they’ve been up to.

From consulting with IKEA, Walmart, and the United Nations, to building on the blockchain, creating with CRISPR, and innovating with AI, they’ve firmly grasped their ticket to the moon, and learned how to build the rocket. 

Shunxin Pang, co-founder & CEO of Matterverse, speaks on stage at the TKS Vancouver showcase. 


At the Vancouver showcase, TKS students were proud to present the vast and varied range of projects they’ve been working on this year. Steven Ten Holder, the Director of TKS Vancouver, was delighted by what TKS students had been up to throughout the year:

​​The Vancouver showcase was a surprisingly exceptional TKS event that brought together TKS innovators, startup founders, investors, and top company executives. I was delighted and proud to see the substantial growth of TKS Vancouver students demonstrated so clearly in their ideas, pitches, communication, and confidence.

Those attending the showcase were thrilled to hear from guest speakers including Simon Beyer (Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Aspect Biosystems), Scott Schiller (Technical and Creative of Slack, Yahoo!, and Flickr), and Darien Schettler (Machine Learning Engineer of VMware).

Damian Matheson, TKS Ottawa Director, speaks on stage at the Ottawa showcase.


Celebrating TKS’s third year in town, the Ottawa showcase highlighted the exciting achievements of TKS students and the overwhelming success of the program thus far.

Taking place at Hub350, TKS Ottawa’s new home for 2022-23, the gateway to Canada’s largest technology hub where community members collaborate in an endeavour to innovate, grow, disrupt, and network, the Ottawa showcase was filled with student presentations, mindset discussions, and an exclusive fireside chat with Shopify’s Product Marketing Lead, Desirae Odjick.

Fatimah Rahman, TKS Toronto student, introduces herself on stage at the Toronto showcase. 


At the Toronto showcase hosted at the new Microsoft HQ, TKS students proudly presented their projects and, in doing so, highlighted their learnings on using emerging technology, developing foundational mindsets, and overcoming obstacles. 

Students at the Toronto showcase wowed us and our partners by exhibiting how they’ve worked tirelessly throughout the year to build 21st-century skills that can tackle some of our world’s biggest problems through projects with Walmart, IKEA, and more. Huge thanks to Kevin Peesker for the beautiful space to present in.


Unlike their in-person counterparts, students in the Global program met virtually through Gather, an online platform to host events and interact via video chatting. Students were able to present their work to friends, family members, and industry professionals and interact as though they were in-person. Kat Cole, the President and COO of Athletic Greens, was the keynote speaker and provided attendees with valuable insight into the world of business. 

Kim Parnell, TKS Toronto Director, sits on a panel with TKS students at the Toronto showcase.

To infinity and beyond

If the 2022 showcases have proved anything, it’s that the sky is the limit for TKS students. While the virtually-held showcases may have celebrated the end of the TKS year, this year is just the start of these students’ journeys that lay ahead.

Working with emerging tech and pitching breakthrough ideas comes naturally to them, and we’re super excited to see the inventions and innovations that emerge from the bright sparks of creativity we witnessed throughout the global showcases.

Soar high, TKS students, as you shake up the status quo and embrace your innovative spirit. We can’t wait to see where your journey takes you and we can’t wait to welcome over 600 new students to our 2022-23 Innovate program! Does this sound interesting to you? Keep an eye out for the 2023-24 application and we hope to see you in the future!