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.
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 the Community Social Innovation Fund funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada(2018-2020).
SLiDE 3.0 - COVID Edition
These are the five talented Algonquin students that continued SLiDE into year 3 during a pandemic.
Rhea is studying Advertising & Marketing Communications Management and is graduating in the spring of 2021. She cares about good health and the well-being of all, as well as protecting and restoring life on land. One thing you didn’t know about Rhea is that she loves backcountry camping and bouldering.
Ryan is studying Computer Engineering Technology and graduating in the spring of 2022. He is very passionate about quality education because he believes quality education gives the opportunity to change each person's life for the better. One thing you don’t know about Ryan is that he has won 2 world championships in Muay Thai.
SLiDE 2.0 - The sequel
These are the nine fantastic Algonquin students that continued SLiDE into year 2.
João Guilherme Tiburski Nabosne
João is studying Mobile Application Design and Development and is graduating in the spring of 2020. He cares about Peace, justice and strong institutions because it is important to reduce all forms of violence and make a better world. One thing you don’t know about João is that he is also a product designer.
Megan is studying Graphic Design and is graduating in the spring of 2020. She believes in reduced inequalities because everyone deserves to be treated equally no matter who they are, or what their background is. One thing you don’t know about Megan is that she is the human version of Spotify.
Mohamad is studying Mobile Application Design and Development and is graduating in the spring of 2020. He cares about peace, justice, and strong institutions because war, injustice and corruption are impacting our future. One thing you didn’t know about Mohamad is that he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering from Malaysia.
Sydney is studying Advertising & Marketing Communication Management and is graduating in the spring of 2020. She believes in zero hunger, as everyone should have access to fuel for their minds and bodies. One thing you don’t know about Sydney is that she’s never watched a movie without falling asleep.
Wilfred is studying Interactive Media Design and is graduating in the summer of 2020. He cares about sustainable cities and communities while also encouraging responsible consumption and production. One thing you didn’t know about Wil is that he has won an award at Hacking Health Ottawa.
SLiDE 1.0 - 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 amazing project directors, that help make SLiDE possible.
SuCheng is passionate about training talent for the workforce of 2030; she focuses on the Yellow World, where humans come first. She is a mentor to SLiDE interns enabling them to practice their skills in experience design, innovation, and community thinking to derive efficient and sustainable green solutions for the community.
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.