Kurtis Berg

Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, 2015

Kurt's path to the Next 36 began by winning the Next 36 Hackathon at Google Canada, by creating a wearable technology interface with his team to combat drunk driving by detecting and analyzing alpha wave levels in the brain. He discovered entrepreneurship in the summer before 3rd year, and immediately started multiple projects. Most notable of these are creating and selling an online course to teach the Ontario Traffic Manual, starting an LED lighting company, and generating approximately $100k in tenant revenue from his student house to pay for school, rent, and avoid leaving university with debt. He graduated from Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University, where he worked on projects such as building a driverless mining robot to increase autonomy and safety in mining operations. He has a wide variety of interests and experiences, from working on the technical team at a Nuclear Reactor, to earning grade 8 guitar certification with distinction, to being elected President of the First Year Council at McMaster. Kurt's passions include entrepreneurship, music, fitness, and engineering, and he is determined to create a massive, global impact.