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Department of Computer Science - University of Victoria
CSC 485A + SENG 480A, 2022, Spring Semester

This course aims to give students the tools and skills to rapidly develop and transform innovative ideas (of their own choosing) into working projects utilizing advanced mobile, social, cloud, and web technologies. In particular, students will experience the style of development activity that is common in a new startup company. The project based course will be augmented by a series of lectures to accelerate learning with new web technologies, product design, agile development practices, user interface design, and project management. During the term, students will work in teams of 5 students. Each team will be closely mentored by several staff members (including the instructors and one or more members from industry). Students will gain valuable technical skills and experience working in small teams, while facing real-world challenges that include a tight schedule, hard deadlines, and self directed learning.

Projects will include designing and developing a live web system. Each team will also maintain a web page with project documentation and design documents.

See course requirements, student testimonials, and great resources at prior StartUp courses at UVic and Tel Aviv.

⚠️ Classes will be on Fridays 2pm-5pm and held online in the first two weeks of term (until Jan 24th). Please refer to Brightspace for the zoom link (or email me if you need it) for updated information. After that we will meet at ECS 104:

Please note this is a tentative schedule. The slides and other materials will be available in the resources section.

Date Meeting agenda
1 14 Jan, 2022 2:00-2:30 🔈 Course Overview and Mentor Introductions
2:30-3:00 🔈 Founder's Story, A Q&A with Juan Orrego (Cuboh)
3:00-3:10 🔈 Some Pointers about Intellectual Property for Projects, Aislinn Sirk (UVic)
3:10-3:20 Break
3:20-4:50 🔈 Ideation and Creativity, Dr. Claudia Smith (UVic) -📝Students will need a pen, paper, and ideally 3 dice for the session
2 21 Jan, 2022 🔈 Talk title to be confirmed, Steven Myhill-Jones (Entreprenuer & Investor)
🔈 Talk title to be confirmed, Sam Mod (FreshWorks Studio)
👥 Idea Pitch (Guests and Students), Storming Ideas, Forming Groups
3 28 Jan, 2022 🚩 Project proposal presentations
🔈 Value Proposition Canvas, Dr. Claudia Smith (Uvic)
4 4 Feb, 2022 🔈 UI/UX, Design Thinking, Dr. Margaret-Anne Storey (UVic)
🔈 Prototyping tools, Alessandra Milani-Paz (UVic)
🔈 The Tech Stack. Guest presenters: Matthew Smith and Nick Addison (Mazumago)
🔈 Talk title to be confirmed. Guest Presenter: Steve Graham (Consulting)
5 11 Feb, 2022 👥 No Course Meeting in lieu of Group Work + Extra Office Hours
6 18 Feb, 2022 🚩 Milestone 1 presentation - Proof Of Concept
7 25 Feb, 2022 ⚠️ Reading Break - No Course Meeting
8 4 Mar, 2022 🔈 Panel with Startup founders:
Nicole Smith, Founder & CEO, Flytographer
Brandon Wright, Founder & CEO, BRNKL
Humaira Ahmed, Founder & CEO, Locelle Digital Inc.
Brad van Vugt, Founder & CEO, Battlesnake
David Yarish, Founder & CEO, Tutela Technologies
9 11 Mar, 2022 🚩 Milestone 2 presentation - Release Candidate
10 18 Mar, 2022 🔈 Introduction to Intellectual Property, Aislinn Sirk (UVic)
🔈 Talk title to be confirmed, Rob Bennett (ViaTec)
11 25 Mar, 2022 👥 No Course Meeting in lieu of Group Work + Extra Office Hours
12 1 Apr, 2022 🚩 Milestone 3 presentation - Public live BETA
⚠️ (note: time and location of this meeting may change, please reserve Friday April 8th 2-5pm as an alternate time for this)
15 Apr, 2022 🏁Final submission (submission by email)
👥 No Course Meeting

Mentoring Staff:

Additional Presenters:

Alumni Mentors and Presenters from prior UVic Startup courses:

Teams and Projects:

Office Hour: By appointment and by zoom. Friday 11:00am-12:00pm over zoom (please message on Slack or send email to set an alternative meeting time)

Contact email:


This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This doesn't include the students' projects, which are hosted on separate repositories and each have their own license.

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Intellectual Property Ownership

Students are asked to consult with the project participant agreement. UVic will agree to waive its interest in such IP under the following conditions:

  1. A class list and list of associated projects (contained with the attached Project Participant Agreement) is provided to ORS (via RPKM) within 1 month of the start date of the course, and
  2. That the students make their IP developed during the course freely available to other students taking the course for learning purpose only for the duration of the course
  3. Each student participating signs the attached “Project Participation Agreement” (PPA) where they acknowledge they will not use any faculty IP/University owned IP in their project.

For projects that may wish to commercialize their projects, a different will be used (and discussed in class). More details will be posted here shortly.


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