What is The Breakout Project?

From May 10-12, you’re invited to join thousands of innovators at Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario for Canada’s largest social innovation event.

It’s part conference and part hackathon, where you’ll listen, learn, and get hands-on with social good projects designed to improve our community, society, and planet.

How it Works
Over the course of three days, startups, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs will gather to watch and take part in kickstarting social good projects.

Working around the clock, 10 teams with social good projects will compete to raise human and financial capital and come up with a plan to move from ideation to completion in just one year. All of this, right in front of you, and you can take part in the entire process.

At the same time, renowned speakers, experts and investors will interview and mentor teams from a live main stage at the event. Attendees will hear from speakers, network, and have the opportunity to learn and work alongside industry leaders as they support their chosen teams and projects.

The Breakout Project is a world-first innovation experience that is far more than a conference for social good.

Why Attend?

  • Learn from world-class speakers and mentors how to plan, build and promote high-growth companies and organizations
  • Network with thousands of like-minded people — innovative influencers, entrepreneurs, startups, investors, business and community leaders, and brands
  • Collaborate and share ideas with top business minds, innovators, and other inspired people to learn new best practices and tools
  • Celebrate innovation with privileged access to attendee experiences, meetups, parties, and the event-closing concert in downtown Kingston

This is a showcase of innovation — a new way for the world to see the inner workings of innovative teams and watch, learn and, most importantly, actively participate.

Attendees include:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Social innovators
  • Industry experts
  • Designers
  • Programmers / Developers
  • Investors
  • YOU

An Experience of a Lifetime

The Breakout Project is a world first innovation experience. It is a new way for the world to see the inner workings of innovative teams as we collectively propel world-changing projects from concept to reality over 48 epic hours.

Be there for the first Breakout Project as we remove the barriers to innovation allowing attendees to participate, collaborate, celebrate and learn unlike ever before at our nation’s biggest social innovation gathering on Canada’s 150th anniversary.


From the main stage, more than 20 world-renowned speakers will teach, share and inspire.

Panels will discuss ways to propel innovative projects forward, how technology can be harnessed to accelerate growth, how partnerships can be forged to multiply impact, and how diverse teams can be fostered to amplify strengths.

You’ll also learn from your peers, from team leaders, and through high-impact experiences as you bring your energy, know-how and talent to bear.


You’ll be working and learning alongside amazing people throughout the event.

You choose how you want to engage: you can work on projects, share stories, light up social media, present new ideas, or just actively observe as teams and attendees move projects forward at lightning speed.

You may not know how you are going to work with teams before you arrive. Fear not! It’s the job of each team to call on attendees, to inspire us to act, and find creative ways to use our skills, knowledge, connections and energy.


Attendees have a full-access pass to main stage activities, to engage with teams, to interact with VIPs, to participate in audience-only experiences, and celebrate in evening events and concerts.

Just wait for the audience challenges we have lined up for you. Don’t be surprised to find yourself exploring the Kingston Penitentiary, solving innovative puzzles in Kingston’s amazing race, and enjoying our designed tour of Kingston’s pub scene. Kingston has a lot of surprises up its sleeves: and we’re going to give you an experience like you’ve never had before.


It’s Canada’s 150th birthday. And it’s Canada’s time to lead the world with innovative solutions to the toughest challenges we collectively face. In true north style, we will be celebrating the launch of The Breakout Project and the world-changing projects that we are all making possible.

Fort Henry will be pumping throughout the event, but so will be the downtown pub scene with a special experience on May 11th. Then, in the same location where so many gathered to celebrate Kingston’s own Tragically Hip last summer, The Breakout Project will close with an epic concert in Springer Market Square.

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