Ryerson University is inviting students to come together for social innovation.
The Social Innovation Summit, being held on Feb. 7 and 8, focuses on encouraging youth to advocate social change with creative and inventive solutions.
The main events of the summit include a keynote by Marc Kielburger co-founder of charity Me to We, and a hack-a-thon competition. Though this is the first time the Social Innovation Summit is being held, 150 people are expected to attend.
Activities are divided into two categories, the dip and dive stream. The dip stream is for participants newer to social innovation and includes lectures and workshops. The dive stream includes the hack-a-thon for participants more familiar with social innovation.
The social hack-a-thon will take place over both days. Participants will form teams and be given a social problems on the themes of youth inclusion and civic engagement to solve with the help of experts and coaches. All teams will then present their idea to a panel of judges and prizes will be awarded to the best teams. First prize wins a trip to the University of Maryland to attend the Ashoka U Exchange, another social innovation convention, and $1,500.
Planning the summit started in early fall of last year and was led by Linh Nguyen, a finance student and Jessica Machado, a biology student. Both students are part of RU a Changemaker, the university’s social venture group.
“One of the goals was that in the fall we’d have a monthly workshop series leading up to a conference in the winter semester where students can apply these skills and social ingenuity in change making.” Machado said.