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Program information and details.
TKS is the leading innovation program in North America for students age 13-17. During TKS, students are guided by world-class mentors and collaboratively explore cutting-edge topics, while developing the skillset required to create the future.
The program is designed to replicate learning environments of companies like Google and Facebook. Participants will tackle interesting and complex problems with teams, while being exposed to the most salient topics of their generation. Throughout the program, TKS students will have access to exclusive conferences and events, internship opportunities, deliver presentations, engage in debates and discussions, and build their professional portfolio, including their LinkedIn profiles, 1-pagers and slide decks.
Natalie talks about her research in aging and longevity. She's 14 years old and has become an expert in the industry by connecting with leaders across the world.
Jay was exposed to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics during TKS, and is now using his knowledge in those areas to disrupt the agriculture industry.
Prepare for the future.
The TKS program is focused on Innovation, Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship to prepare students for where the world is heading in the next 5-10 years. By being exposed to these concepts early, students can discover their interests and passion, which will help determine their university and career path.
Self-driving car technology
Enhancing industries with AI
Augmented and Virtual Reality
Evolution of transportation
Charging devices wirelessly
Reshaping the human genome
The future of computing
The evolution of currency
Automating manual processes
Building billion-dollar apps
Enhancing the human brain
Lab grown foods
Opportunities beyond earth
New methods of travel
Discovering problems in the brain
Atomic level devices
The latest innovations in cancer
Sustainable energy sources
Understanding the world of finance
Genetically modified foods
The future of smart 'things'
Solve important problems for real companies.
TKS partners with leading organizations and startups to run "challenges" that expose students to real-world problems they are facing. Students pitch their recommendations to the organizations and provide insights on strategy and execution. As a result, TKS students gain experience tackling real-world situations and a strong understanding of problems companies are facing today.
Rapidly build and design products.
Work with teams to identify a problem and build the solution. Hackathons combine strategy, design, and technology to materialize your ideas into the real world. Many hackathon projects have led to the formation of startup companies. In the past, students have designed mobile apps, virtual reality games, and websites...and it's all done in 3 hours!
Perks of being part of TKS.
During TKS, students have access to special perks and benefits to help them as they explore the future and develop a career and academic strategy for themselves.
TKS is building university partnerships that will provide various incentives to our participants. We are working with these institutions to formally recognize TKS as a credential to provide early acceptance, special consideration when applying, access to facilities, and scholarships.
We have built and are continuing to build relationships with companies who understand that TKS participants are vetted and trained. Partner companies are more willing to provide internships because TKS students have proven to add real value during a short period of time. Through internships, TKS students are able to gain relevant real-world experience and practice tangible skills far earlier in their lives.
TKS has engaged some of the best designers globally to completely rethink the environment where young people learn. We have seen first hand how important the learning environment is to development, which is why TKS has invested an exceptional amount of resources to create a world-class physical learning space for our students.
At TKS you will be given access to best-practice presentations, communication tools, websites, filming equipment (for live presentations), Harvard case studies and more to help showcase your skills and knowledge as a result of the program. Use these resources to develop your professional portfolio, which you will use for university and interviews.
TKS has built relationships with mentors from Google, Apple, Tesla, Facebook, McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, Harvard, and Stanford to name a few. We also train our participants to cultivate meaningful relationships with relevant mentors outside our network that can last a lifetime.
TKS has access to high-profile events where there are rarely any students in attendance. For example, 10 TKS participants were awarded the opportunity to attend C2 ($3,000 value), one of the world's most prestigious conferences where they met Steve Wozniack, Randi Zuckerberg, and more! Other events include: The National Business and Technology Conference (NBTC), Google Go North, and CDL Machine Learning Conference.
We spend over 100 hours selecting applicants who are the right fit for the program. You will be able to learn something from everyone else in the room and will have the opportunity to build life-long friendships with ambitious like-minded individuals who share your desire to change the world.
Building a strong community around innovation is important for collaboration and consistency. TKS has created an online community where participants can stay connected, learn, and keep track of their progress throughout the week outside TKS sessions. If you miss a session, you will still be plugged in and can access the content provided.
Grow professionally and find your passion.
TKS focuses on developing comprehensive skill sets that students can leverage in the real-world to accomplish their goals.
Successful executives have one things in common: they are great communicators. TKS students will develop their presentation skills, hone their written communication skills through slide decks and one-pagers, and become captivating speakers.
AT TKS, students explore problems that don't have solutions. The program is designed to purposely create an environment of debate and uncertainty. Students will develop the skill set to seek out and adapt to new information and 'figure it out'.
TKS helps students understand what they’re passionate about, so they can make better decisions with: university, field of study, and career path. The assets they create at TKS will differentiate them in their university applications, scholarships, and job interviews.
Network with leading organizations to identify internship opportunities and develop career experience early.
Meet like-minded individuals that you can partner with to build your next big venture, while extending your corporate network with TKS world-class mentors.
Exploring cutting-edge topics, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Genomics, will give students the insight and knowledge to lead the future. By starting early, TKS students can predict what's next, develop their expertise, and prepare to shape tomorrow's industries.
Program schedule, cost, and application process.
TKS Toronto is a 10 month program, which runs from October 2017 to July 2018. The sessions are held in-person once/week on the weekend, and are engaged remotely throughout the week in our online community. During the program, students also have the opportunity to experience off-site tours at Toronto's leading companies, organizations, and startup incubators.
The core program is hosted at McKinsey & Company in downtown Toronto:
23 Sultan Street (near Bay and Bloor)
Step 1: Submit your application.
Step 2: If your application is accepted, you will be selected for a 1-on-1 interview.
Step 3: After your 1-on-1 interview, you may be invited to a group interview.
The program directors will select 40 students to participate per cohort. Applicants will be selected on a rolling basis.
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