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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 Social Innovation Lab's work revolves around the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The lab provides opportunities to the Algonquin College community to engage in social innovation practices that work toward the global goals. Check out this video made by a team of 4th year Nursing students as they discuss the SDGs at Agonquin College

Student Voices - SDGs At Algonquin College

SLiDE's favourite Sustainable
Development Goals

  • 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

SLiDE initiative

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 the Community Social Innovation Fund funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada(2018-2020).

Special thanks to the organizations that have supported the
Social Innovation Lab hiring students at a living wage

CICAN logo
ICTC logo
Thistledown logo
IBM logo
SSHRC logo
NSERC logo
CICan Impact logo
Career Launcher logo
Algonquin College logo
Ecampus logo
OHRI logo
Garbarino Girard Centre logo
mHealth Research Fund logo

Special thanks to our amazing partners for making all of this possible
(including our friends at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies)

ottawa foundation logo
csed logo
impact hub logo
carleton university logo
ottawa hospital logo