Frequently Asked Questions

When is the program?

July 15th – 26th, 2019

The program hours will be: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:30pm.

Who can apply?

Female Canadian residents or Canadian citizens who have completed Grade 10/11 by July 2019. Completion of English 10/11, Math 10/11, and at least one 10/11th level Science course are required by the start of the program.

Is programming experience necessary?

No - all you need is a curiosity about AI and a desire to learn! Selected scholars will be asked to complete a (free) introductory Python CodeAcademy online course prior to the start of the summer programme.

What is the cost?

The actual cost for each participant is $2250 CAD, but due to the generous support of our sponsors including AI4ALL, this year the tuition cost for each participant is $350. Travel to Simon Fraser University's Burnaby campus is the responsibility of the participant and their family.

What does the tuition cost cover?

The tuition cost includes lunches, curriculum and instruction, laptop rental, field trips, project materials, and staff supervision from Monday to Friday over the 2-week program.

Is there financial aid?

Yes, bursaries are available on a competitive basis for those in financial need. There is a section in the application to indicate whether you would like to be considered for a full or partial bursary. Support for travel from remote communities is also available.

I don't live within commutable distance to SFU. Can I still participate in the program? 

Yes, we provide bursaries for students who are accepted into the program to offset costs for travel. Participants however are responsible for their own accommodation and chaperone, for instance staying with friends or family in Metro Vancouver. Additionally, up to 8 spots are available at the SFU Residence Housing (private single bedrooms, shared washrooms) for any participant and their chaperone (age 19+). Accepted participants will be given the possibility to apply for this housing at their own cost, up to the limit of availability. Note: Invent the Future is not responsible for participants outside of the program hours, Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:30pm.

How do I apply?

Head to the Apply Now! page to download our application package and find the link to the online application. All applications are electronic.