Are you ready to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by innovation? This fall, our 2014 Community Summit will take place October 19 to 24 in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey and includes a diverse range of activities and events. We’ll ask what innovation means for some of the most important social, environmental and economic issues facing communities in BC, Canada, and beyond. Join us for an evening at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre with Ray Kurzweil, Richard Florida and Amanda Lang, an ideas competition addressing sea level rise, a young innovators crawl, a national forum on innovations in undergraduate learning and a roundtable on health technology and patient care. We invite you to get involved, experience, and share your thoughts on Innovation: The Shock of the Possible.
RISE: an ideas competition addressing sea level rise | 19 October
Help Metro Vancouver find ways to adapt and thrive as we face a 1metre rise in sea level. Register a team, visit our public exhibition, and vote online for the best ideas.
Zero Waste: Innovations to Drive the Circular Economy | 20 October
SFU has begun to explore systems for going beyond diversion that tackle sources of waste before they need to be managed. Join us at this event where experts will lead a dialogue on how to foster a climate for zero waste innovation in Metro Vancouver.
Breaking the Mould: Innovations in Undergraduate Learning | 22 October
A dynamic, one-day conference bringing together leading academics, policy-makers, and innovative educators. Interactive by design, with demonstrations, workshops, activities and a unique learning festival space.
Business Innovation in the Local Economy | 23 October
Join us for thought-provoking insights from Michael Shuman on the Power of the Local Economy; get practical tips through peer-to-peer presentations on Growing your Business by taking a values-based approach; and roll-up your sleeves at interactive how-to sessions that promise no trade-offs when you Build your Bottom Line while Building your Community and the Local Economy.
City Conversations Special Edition | 23 October
Can Vancouver create a new neighbourhood that is beautiful, interesting and joyful— and which also creates its own energy, uses its own water, and produces no waste? Join us for a lunch time conversation on what could become of the Jericho Lands.
Young Innovators Crawl | 19 October
Join in the fun at Vancouver's first, lively and interactive Crawl showcasing the brightest and best innovators, aged 30 and under, from across the Lower Mainland! Find out more about the crawl, including how to get yourself on the young innovators map.
Innovations in Patient Care: Improving Connectivity | 21 October
Innovations in Patient Care: Improving Connectivity will bring together a small group of thought leaders, practitioners and health industry innovators to address emerging issues related to technology, big data and social connectivity, and their impact on patient health in BC.
Will Innovation Save Us? | 22 October
An evening of provocative discussion at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre with Ray Kurzweil and Richard Florida, moderated by CBC's Amanda Lang. Buy tickets online and join us as we explore the opportunities and challenges of innovation.
Open Textbooks: New Models in Textbook Production | 23 October
In celebrating Open Access Week, SFU Library is delighted to bring together a range of perspectives on open textbooks. Join us for an interactive session featuring three speakers actively engaged in the production, adoption, and use of open textbooks.
Community Summit Premier Sponsors
SFU Public Square Founding Council Member
Stephen A. Jarislowsky