1UP Toronto is a youth conference that brings together secondary school students across the Greater Toronto Area to celebrate and incubate city-building ideas. The 2023 conference theme is Reconnect:
How does it feel to finally drop off from a Zoom call and reconnect with the spaces and people around you? Reconnect is a dialogue between youth and city builders about how we renew our relationships with the land, transform existing spaces, and reimagine our transportation systems for a world that is entirely different from what we knew before. We will explore whether the changes we see in our towns and cities today are just a blip on the radar or the beginning of something more permanent. We will navigate what youth’s role as citizens is now and can be in this new future.
Co-hosted by Urban Minds and Plan Bold, the conference will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 10 AM to 5 PM.
As part of the conference, the Design Jam is a four-hour student design competition for a real-life urban challenge related to the conference theme. Students are assigned into teams to develop a creative solution for a case challenge provided by our Design Jam Partner.
We are inviting municipalities, architecture/design/planning firms, non-profits and other civic organizations to submit a project that our team can use as a case challenge for our students.
The application period has closed.