Social Innovation Lab
Located in the DARE District at Algonquin College is the new Social Innovation Lab (find us here). The Lab is a key element of Algonquin College’s response to a 2017 report published by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s RECODE initiative and Simon Fraser University entitled: Maximizing the capacities of advanced education institutions to build social infrastructure for Canadian communities.(read it here)
The foundation of the work of Social Innovation Lab revolves around the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The lab provides opportunities to the Algonquin College community including students, staff and faculty to broadly engage in social innovation practices toward the global goals.
SLiDE's favourite Sustainable
- 1 No poverty
- 2 Zero hunger
- 3 Good health and well-being
- 4 Good education
- 6 Clean water and sanitation
- 11 Sustainable cities and communities
- 14 Life below water
The inaugural program of the Social Innovation Lab is SLiDE (Service Learning in Design & Engineering) and is intended to harness the talents of Algonquin College students from the Schools of Media and Design and Advanced Technology. SLiDE provides support to community-based organizations (service agencies, charities, non-profits, social enterprise, etc.) in the area of digital technology.
The SLiDE program partners include representatives from IBM Centre for Advanced Studies, Impact Hub Ottawa, Centre for Social Enterprise Development(CSED), Ottawa Community Foundation, Carleton University and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. The SLiDE program was established in part through a grant from the College and Community Social Innovation Fund funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada(2018-2020).
Meet the founding team
These are the seven amazing students at Algonquin College who came together to create the SLiDE.
Allen is studying Computer Programming and graduating in the spring of 2019. He is very passionate about life below water because he believes in the importance of a sustainable ecosystem for current and future food resources. One thing you don’t know about Allen is that his real name is Byeongyun.
Ambrosia is studying Public Relations and graduating in the spring of 2019. She cares much about zero hunger because she believes that everyone should have access to food to survive no matter what the circumstance. One thing you don’t know about Ambrosia is that she’s always wanted to learn how to play the violin.
Cesar is studying Mobile Application Design and Development and graduating in the spring of 2019. He is passionate about sustainable cities and communities. One thing you don’t know about Cesar is that he would like to upload his consciousness to a machine when the technology becomes available.
Raquel is studying Graphic Design and graduating in the spring of 2019. She is very passionate about zero hunger and clean water because she believes everyone should have easy access to food and water to survive. One thing you don’t know about Raquel is that she is also known as Kelli.
Our project directors
Here are the two amazing project directors, that helped make SLiDE possible.
Special thanks to our amazing partners
for making all of this possible
(including our friends at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies)
This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanity Research Council of Canada.