Max's Big Ride - Social Innovation Project

Max's Big Ride. A group of students collaborating on a project.

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Max's Big Ride began in 2015 with a father and son 600-km cargo bike ride from Ottawa to Hamilton. Since then, they have expanded their fundraising efforts and each summer hold three events — Max's Big RideThe Ice Cream Ride and Max's Big Climb. The organization has two goals - to increase awareness about Duchenne muscular dystrophy and to raise money for research into a cure. 

Learn more about Max's Big Ride here!

The Challenge(s)

Project Title: Max’s Big Ride - Hackathon

Challenge: Our main aims are to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This year has been complicated by the pandemic and has forced us to rethink the way we operate to achieve these goals.

Project Description: We plan to hold a Duchenne Hackathon in the first quarter of 2021 — either in person or virtually. The hackathon will bring together interdisciplinary teams of students and professionals to collaborate, brainstorm and build solutions to move the community closer to a cure for Duchenne. At the conclusion of the hackathon, these teams will pitch their ideas to win a cash bursary to help put their research proposal into action. We hope to have a team of UTM students working on planning the event starting in late October. These students will assist with event planning and gathering research to help determine the focus for the hackathon. Included in this student team we hope to have one or more videographers who will help to document this process for a short documentary we will be creating about the event. 

Additional Skills:  All students! Hope to have some in the group with videography/editing skills

The Project

Starting with the mandatory Social Innovation Project Kick-Off Day on Saturday, Oct. 24, we are looking for a team of UTM students to work through these issues and come up with an innovative project plan and budget with this organization based on the challenge(s) they are facing. The Centre for Student Engagement will fund part or all of the project(s) based on the proposal(s).

Over the next 16 weeks, can a group of our UTM students come up with an innovative solution working with this organization? 

Registration is now open!

1.    Log into CLNx at

2.    Click on 'UTORid Login.'

3.    From the navigation menu, go to 'Experiential Learning':

4.    To enroll in the program, select one of the following two options (either a or b):                                                                                                                                    

a. New Student the Experiential Learning Module (i.e. first time participating in an experiential learning program): Click on the 'View Available Programs/Courses' button.

b.   Students previously enrolled in any Experiential Program can access the program by clicking on the 'View' button” (located in the 'Current Experiences' tile), or by clicking directly on the respective tile located to the right of your screen.

5.    In the 'Current Experiences' catalogue, select 'Social Innovation Project.'

6.    Follow the program instructions on CLNx to officially register and select your project!


For all questions and feedback regarding Social Innovation Projects, please contact:

Michelle Atkinson
Community Engagement Coordinator

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