We are in the process of making all of our student learning content open source in order to allow more schools to benefit from the upGen Program. We invite you to visit this page over the following months to get access to new toolkits, slides and lesson plans that correspond to the different phases of the Program.

We believe in sharing our expertise. All these resources are free.


Get started with our three upGen foundations workshops

The upGen workshops immerse students in design and technology-enabled social innovation through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). This year's program curriculum was built in collaboration with leaders in healthcare, retail, cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence. 

Discover how Design Thinking can help us come up with human-centric and meaningful solutions

Frame social challenges using the UN SDGs model

Empathise with and understand challenges experienced by other individuals in society

Apply Design Thinking to challenges in retail, healthcare and cybersecurity

Have an understanding of what AI is and how it manifests itself in our daily lives

Understand how to leverage technology for social good


Equip students with a repeatable formula for kick-starting their social innovations

The "Guide to Building the Future" is a tool that students use during our weekend-long upGen Bootcamp. The Guide is a condensed version the Bootcamp experience. It contains the steps that a young person needs to take in order to come up with an innovative idea and to share it with the world. 

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Professional development for schools that are ready to implement the full upGen Program

You do not have to wait for UpstartED to come to your school to benefit from the upGen Program. We have designed a two day training that helps educators understand the components necessary to make such a program a success, and how to implement upGen as part of the curriculum. In addition to the resources on this page, educators also get trained on how to use the following tools:

The upGen Program Design Card Deck

The upGen Critical Path


UpstartED is a Canadian nonprofit whose mission is to empower all Canadian middle and high school students to thrive in a complex world as positive change makers.

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