Our organization challenges the fundamentally communal structure of shelters and low cost accommodation by providing safe, secure & private sleeping pods to the transient community. Because at MapleKey, we believe that everyone needs their own space.
At MapleKey, we wanted to create an innovative solution to solve this problem, by developing onsite infrastructure to enable a positive sleeping environment. We do this with pods! Individual, self contained sleeping cabins that provide the ideal space for an undisturbed, peaceful sleep. Already used widely throughout Asia in places like airports & hospitals, MapleKey will be the first organization to bring this technology to Canada.
Julia Hiscock is a second year student at the University of Waterloo, studying Psychology and pursuing specializations in entrepreneurship.
A local to the Kitchener-Waterloo Region, she has spent 5 years researching & and experiencing current issues with transient accommodation, and 2 years developing MapleKey to create an innovative solution to solve this problem, by developing onsite infrastructure to enable a positive sleeping environment.
"The Big Ideas Challenge is a social venture competition, with winners receiving GreenHouse Fellowships during the summer months. This year, five social enterprises received Fellowships totalling $9,500..."
"As [Julia] began to examine this issue, she realized that homeless shelters offer warmth but deprive people of privacy, security and dignity..."
University of Waterloo Entrepreneurs address issues like homelessness, racialization and gender disparity.
"With many homeless shelters lacking resources, more and more homeless people find themselves on the streets. MapleKey is a University of Waterloo social enterprise that is dedicated to creating a safe, secure, and private sleeping environment for the homeless community."
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