In 2008, Simon Fraser University (SFU), the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation, and University of the Fraser Valley brought together academics, entrepreneurs, NGOs, funders, social innovators and technology experts in a 1.5-day Symposium and iiDevLab to incubate ideas to address issues of local and global concerns and fuel further innovation in support of partnerships for sustainable development (SDG 17).
The 1.5-day event was attended by 130+ participants and comprised of panel presentations and discussions on the following four themes:
- Collaborations & Partnerships Across Sectors
- Engaging the Private Sector
- Big Data & Information Technology
- Project Delivery
The June 2018 event included team formations and collaborations for cultivating innovative ideas and developing project proposals. The teams and project ideas that emerged on day 1 were then pitched to a panel of international development practitioners, technology experts and social innovators. The Clean Energy Research Group (CERG) emerged from Symposium and iiDevLab event.
The Clean Energy Research Group (CERG) emerged from Symposium and iiDevLab event.