Vancouver's Urban Action Pitch-Off


FCB Vancouver Projects

April 8, 2019:

Kelly Davies and Stephanie Koenig, MCs & FCB Vancouver City Leads

On the day of the final event, the cohort came in a bit early to get settled and practice their pitches with their team one last time before their public pitch.

FCB Vancouver participants enjoying some food from SFU/Lazy Gourmet Catering

The evening was generously hosted by SFU's Centre For Dialogue at their convenient downtown venue.


Starting at 7pm, the MCs for the evening, Kelly & Steph (FCB Vancouver City Leads) introduced the Future City Builders program and we were welcomed by a local elder.


Then, special guest, Deputy Mayor Councillor Christine Boyle, said some inspiring words about Vancouver's current realities, hope for the future, resilience and change making.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Christine Boyle, City of Vancouver

Next, Robert Barnard introduced YouthfulCities, the Future City Builders Program, and then invited Angela Han from Evergreen BC to the stage. Angela spoke about Evergreen BC’s mission and support for the Future City Builders Program.

Angela Han, Evergreen BC

Before the first pitch, Steph and Kelly, introduced the panel of judges. We had four incredible judges for the evening, Paola Qualizza, Angela Han, Carly Benson, and Veronika Bylicki.

FCB Vancouver panel of judges. Paola, Angela, Carly, & Veronika. (Left to right)

Paola Qualizza, is Managing Director and Co-founder of Groundswell, a non-profit in the heart of Vancouver supporting the creation of fulfilling employment and social businesses, non-profits and cooperatives by providing space for young ideas and ventures to grow, connect and flourish. Mastering the art and science of weaving ideas and people into social ecosystems that are greater than the sum of their parts, Paola brings her interests in new economic models, permaculture, and community planning to building the Groundswell community.


Angela Han is the BC Program Manager for Evergreen - a national non-profit organization with a Mission to help enable flourishing cities. In addition to overseeing programming and operations for Evergreen's Vancouver office, Angela's current work with Evergreen is focused on the impact of climate hazards such as extreme heat, as well as poor air quality from wildfire smoke on vulnerable populations (such as DTES residents and seniors), and creating equitable, community-grounded responses to climate change that builds local resiliency.


Carly Benson works for the City of Vancouver’s Office of Emergency Management. Her work involves organising the Community Resilience team within the Office of Emergency Management. She oversees the planning for the City’s emergency preparedness public education events, including Emergency Preparedness Week and ShakeOut. She is also involved with the emergency volunteer programs, public education, and community resilience initiatives.


Veronika Bylicki, is co-founder and co-director of CityHive. She is an engagement innovator, community builder and sustainability strategist. A lifelong Vancouverite, she is passionate about creating more sustainable, liveable cities and amplifying the meaningful engagement of citizens, particularly youth, in addressing urban challenges. Veronika is currently a Commissioner on the Vancouver City Planning Commission and Board Member for CityStudio Vancouver.


After learning about our judges, the MCs introduced the first project team.


Disaster Games had the honour of the first pitch of the evening and what an exciting entrance they had! This team had sound effects that simulated the effects of an earthquake. Their disaster-themed obstacle course immediately sparked interest from the audience.

Team Disaster Games

Second team up was Prepare Your Palate. Their innovative idea is to bring climate change related stories to the dinner table/menu in partnership with a local plant-based & locally sourced restaurant. They aim to make the topic of emergency preparedness & climate-related risks more digestible. Looking forward to trying a Seismic Strawberry Kombucha this summer!

Team Prepare Your Palate

Next up, Future Air pitched a public art installation that brings awareness to the poor air quality issues that we’ve been experiencing in Vancouver for the last few years in August due to all the forest fires.

Team Future Air

After a quick break, team Freak Out Festival brought a party to life with some disco lights and music. They pitched a two-day festival in October, for new & existing emergency preparedness initiatives and organizations to reach a younger audience with fun & engaging activities, such as Danger Disco & asset mapping!

Team Freak Out Festival

Then, on a bit of a more serious note, project team Shakespeare pitched their idea to bring augmented reality to small business owners in an effort to show them the effects/scale of damages that could occur during/after a big earthquake.

Team Skakesphere

Last but most certainly not least, Push Pin pitched their amazing idea to install emergency balloons at each disaster support hub! They will have public installation to enhance existing wayfinding. In the case of an earthquake, the emergency balloons will be released into the air, so that people in the area can find the nearest disaster support hub more easily.

Team Push Pin

Each team pitched their ideas really well and had some great responses to the questions posed by the judges. After the final pitch and Q&A, Kristina, Program Manager at YouthfulCities explained how the voting worked. While the judges deliberated on the six pitches, the audience also had a chance to vote for their favourite pitches.

Kristina, YouthfulCities, explaining how the voting works.

Just before announcing the winners, we selected our social media prize winner. Congratulations to Kimberly Ng - winner of a 2-person Deluxe 72hr Emergency Kit from 72hrs First Aid & Survival!


Then, finally the moment we were all waiting for…


First place price of $5000 went to Push Pin!

& Second place price of $1500 went to Disaster Games!

Huge congratulations to all the teams for all their time and effort in coming up with such innovative projects!

FCB Vancouver group photo

Special thanks to all our partners and sponsors for helping to bring the 30Lab to life!




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