Save the Date for Dal Innovation Week - Sept. 16-21, 2024! [Learn More](https://dalinnovates.ca/innovation-week/)
Save the Date for Dal Innovation Week - Sept. 16-21, 2024! [Learn More](https://dalinnovates.ca/innovation-week/)

Save the Date – Dal Innovation Week 

Dal Innovation Week September 16-21

Get an inside look at the leading-edge innovations being developed right now by students, faculty, and researchers at Dalhousie University this September.   

Join us for the first annual Dal Innovation Week September 16 – 21, 2024. 

Led by the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation and Dal Innovates, Dal Innovation Week will showcase ventures and innovations springing up across campus and the dynamic network of programming and support offered in the university entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem.  

Over the course of a week-long celebration, students, faculty, industry, government, and our alumni community are invited to engage with Dalhousie entrepreneurs and innovators and learn how to get involved as program participants, mentors, employers, supporters, and collaborators.  

Innovation Week includes core programming along with engaging workshops and experiences throughout the week, including entrepreneurial pitch competitions, a student fair, workshops, and networking opportunities. 

Events Include:

Tuesday, September 17:

  • Falling Walls – Through captivating presentations, keynote speeches, and interactive sessions, on September 17 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Falling Walls will showcase groundbreaking research, disruptive technologies, and transformative ideas across various disciplines. In 2023, with his presentation, “Breaking the Wall of Alternative Plastics”, Joe Bedard, Ph.D. candidate in Dal’s Department of Chemistry, took home the top prize in the Falling Walls Lab Pitch competition in Berlin, Germany, beating out 100 regional winners from 78 countries.  
  • Women Leading in Building Peace and Security – To help commemorate this year’s International Day of Peace, the Dallaire Institute is hosting a one-day workshop and an evening plenary session (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.), open to the public, that will focus on the essential role of women in addressing peace and security in our fractured world.

Wednesday, September 18:

Open Street Innovation – Open Innovation Street is set to ignite the Studley Quad on Wednesday, September 18th, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Come along as we bring together over 15 organizations, offering you the unique opportunity to connect with innovation partners at booths and activations located across campus.

Thursday, September 19:

  • Dal Demo Day – Get ready to witness the culmination of innovation and entrepreneurship at Dal Demo Day. Join us on September 19 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., as we showcase the incredible journey of 17 teams who have participated in Collide & Lab2Market Launch summer startup accelerator program, and 10 teams who have spent the last 10-months building physical products through the ideaBUILD program.
  • Young Innovators Dinner – A celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation at Dalhousie and across Atlantic Canada from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 19. Experience an evening of creativity, inspiration, and innovation at the Young Innovator’s Dinner! This exclusive event celebrates the bright minds and groundbreaking ideas of tomorrow’s leaders. 
  • Discover Agricultural Innovation – Join us for an exciting afternoon event at the Demonstration Garden where we’ll showcase the latest and coolest innovations happening on Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture Campus. The event will include a research row, drone demonstrations, a farm stand, alumni businesses, and a chance to meet Cultv8’s intern team.
  • Symposium on Black Methods in Science, Technology, and Innovation Research in Canada and Beyond – The second installation of the Symposium on Black Methods in Science, Technology, and Innovation Research in Canada and Beyond brings together scholars, researchers, practitioners, engineers, technicians, social entrepreneurs, students, community members, and change agents over September 19 and 20 to share their innovative methodologies in STEMM that engage with and centre Black Studies.

Friday, September 20:

  • Student Hackathon – Brace yourselves for an unforgettable experience over two action-packed days from September 20 to 21. Join us for an immersive hackathon, where teams will dive deep into solving real-world challenges head-on.
  • Symposium on Black Methods in Science, Technology, and Innovation Research in Canada and Beyond – The second installation of the Symposium on Black Methods in Science, Technology, and Innovation Research in Canada and Beyond brings together scholars, researchers, practitioners, engineers, technicians, social entrepreneurs, students, community members, and change agents over September 19 and 20 to share their innovative methodologies in STEMM that engage with and centre Black Studies.

Saturday September 21:

  • Student Hackathon – Brace yourselves for an unforgettable experience over two action-packed days from September 20 to 21. Join us for an immersive hackathon, where teams will dive deep into solving real-world challenges head-on.

Ongoing:

Innovation Showcase – Taking place in the Goldberg Computer Science Building, the Innovation Showcase shows off all the most innovative and exciting initiatives in the Faculty of Computer Science, from students and faculty alike!

And more coming soon!

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We welcome students, faculty, and alumni across Dalhousie University to engage in creating Dal Innovation Week with us. If you have an idea, are interested in getting involved in the planning, or in hosting an event, please email Innovation Week Co-Chairs Emily Neil, and Jessie Furze.

Partnership opportunities are available. For information about sponsorship and donation please reach out to Advancement Officer, Andrew Dart.

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About Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of the university’s 20,000-plus students coming from outside the province. Dal’s 6,000 faculty and staff foster a diverse, purpose-driven community, one that spans 13 faculties and conducts more than $194 million in research annually. Part of a cluster identifi ed as one of the world’s top international centres in ocean research, the university proudly celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2018.