20 Events Planned for Innovation Week

Innovation Week is next week!  19 different partner organizations have put together what may the best Innovation Week yet. New events have been added to the schedule and we can definitely say that the week offers something for everyone. Registration is open for all events at www.innovationweek.ca/schedule.

Here’s the scoop on the latest events:

The news conference to kick off the week will be on Monday, May 8 at 10 a.m. at Common Ground.  Then stick around Common Ground for two events happening that day. The Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship and Start-up Canada will bring the ecosystem together for an “Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Workshop.”

Do you dream of creating technology that helps people in remote locations? Head over to MUN to meet Dr. Julielynn Wong, a Harvard-educated physician-scientist, innovator, and educator whose solutions are used in outer space! She will be bringing her experience as a social innovator to St. John’s to inspire and guide budding innovators.

Tuesday, May 9 keeps the conversation and collaboration going. There’s a workshop geared for MUN students by Richard Spence and Renee Tavares with Startup Canada. If you’re interested in creating a thriving entrepreneurial environment at Memorial, this workshop is for you!

How do we practice innovation? Can we learn it? Explore the answers to these questions over a light lunch at Common Ground with Ryan Murphy at Common Ground starting at Noon.

On Wednesday, May 10, NATI has a full day of inspiration and innovation planned. It’s NATI’s Knowledge Summit where some of the key players and decision makers in the province’s technology community gather to learn from experts and share ideas. There’s a stellar line-up of speakers this year. Newfoundlander Catherine Courage, VP with Google; Ken Singer, Managing Director of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of California; Duncan Stewart with Deloitte Canada; and digital marketing expert Lyle Wetsch from Memorial University are all on the speaker slate.

Also at the Sheraton Hotel that day, the Manning Innovation Awards will introduce their Atlantic Canada nominees at 4 p.m. Kris McNeil, founder of Solace Power, is a nominee. Good luck Kris!

Back at MUN, Cambridge University’s Social Ventures: Learning from the UK Experience, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Suncor Energy Hall at the School of Music. Dr. Neil Stott and Professor Paul Tracey will give an interactive presentation about how to support social enterprise development based on their experience in rural areas in the U.K.

Thursday, May 11 is another full day. Hop on the bus at 8:30 a.m. and go on an R&D tour of the some of the most innovative companies in the province. RDC has a great morning in store.  Grab some lunch and make your way to the Marine Institute at 1 p.m. for a demo of world-leading “smart” technology. You’ll see 3D Printed Crab Processing Robotics.

That evening, John Risley and Brendan Paddick will be taking the stage at the Bruneau Centre at MUN for Yarns and Networking at 7 p.m. This is a rare opportunity to meet these entrepreneurial giants.

On Friday, May 12, the St. John’s Board of Trade will host “Ideas with Impact” with Shelli Baltman at Deloitte’s beautiful office. That evening, the Social Innovation Challenge starts at 5 p.m. at the Johnson GeoCentre.

Saturday, May 13 caps off the week with three incredible events!

It’s ‘National Girls Learning Code’ Day. A coding workshop will take place at NOCLand Office for girls aged 8-13.  A Science Rendez-Vous is open to all ages atthe Science building at MUN.

And finally, the show we have all been waiting for. “UN/SETTLED” by TEDxYouth@StJohns starts at 6 p.m. at the D.F. Cook Recital Hall on campus.

Check out the complete schedule at www.innovationweek.ca/schedule.

Get the Innovation Week App!

Built by the College of the North Atlantic, an app is available for Innovation Week to keep everyone up-to-date on all the news and events taking place. The free app is available on iOS and Android in the App Store as IWNL.