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Innovation Studio Taps Community WisdomOctober 10, 2018

Twenty-eight volunteers representing a range of community partners from across the Greater Hamilton Region participated in a special session of Innovation Studio held earlier this week at the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University.

Dubbed “Community Wisdom,” this two-hour session provided an opportunity for small groups of graduate students to interact with skilled individuals working in a variety of fields, including energy, health and wellbeing, and advanced manufacturing. It enabled students to dive deeper into engineering-related challenges they are exploring in Innovation Studio, our school’s one-of-a-kind educational experience for the development of professional competencies required to identify needs, generate solutions and create value.

For students, Community Wisdom offers a dynamic setting to test their present assumptions and gain new insights grounded in real world practice — a major step toward delivering a project essential for graduation. And for community partners, the session is a way to connect with next generation talent, share workplace experiences, and advance a relationship with our school. In some cases, interactions translate into specific engineering projects and other growth opportunities.

This year’s iteration of Innovation Studio is led with Dr. David K. Potter, an Associate Professor with the W Booth School specializing in leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. He is assisted by other faculty and guest presenters from the wider community. Innovation Studio is a mandatory, non-credit course that continues to evolve to meet stakeholder needs.

Organizations represented at the October 2018 Community Wisdom session were the City of Hamilton (economic development | health | water), Empowerment Squared, Endress+Hauser, Hamilton Port Authority, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Kenaidan Contracting Ltd., McMaster University, (Office of Sustainability), Municipality of Port Hope, St. Joseph’s Health Care Hamilton, Stackpole Ltd., United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, Unitralis, and Westpro Media. Thank you to all our contributors — it’s appreciated.

The next Innovation Studio event is our Community Showcase scheduled for early December 2018 (date TBD).

Above Image: Vince Williams, Powder Metal Process Manager with Stackpole Ltd., participates in the Community Wisdom session of Innovation Studio at the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology, McMaster University, October 2018.