Sandbox – VOH

FAQs Sandbox

The Sandbox is a student-centric innovation and entrepreneurship hub at John Abbott College. Our mission is to engage students from all disciplines to solve real-world problems, develop their own projects and gain experience. The Sandbox Challenge takes place every semester.
Students who commit to the Sandbox Challenge are required to attend four workshops to help guide them through their project development. Students are also paired with a mentor and are expected meet with them regularly. At the end of the semester, the teams “Pitch” their project to a panel of judges and a winner is chosen. Those who compete during the winter semester are eligible to participate in the Student Innovation Gala, held in partnership with Gerald-Godin and Vanier Colleges.
Anyone can participate in the Sandbox! No prior entrepreneurial experience is necessary. Business and social entrepreneurship projects are welcome. Students work on their projects in teams of at least three people. It is required that each team has students from at least two different programs, in order to lend a diversity of skills and academic backgrounds to the project‘s development.
No, the Sandbox is an extra-curricular program. However, the Sandbox helps students to develop important soft-skills that will help them in their academic and professional careers. Previous Sandbox participants have testified to learning strong leadership, project development, teamwork and public speaking skills. Participants are also eligible for the Student Involvement Recognition (S.I.R.) program, which is noted on the students’ college transcript. For more information about the S.I.R. program, see