This blog shares news, ideas, and stories about PeaceTech, an initiative of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement.

Mark your calendar

DarwinAI poster

As we turn another page in the 2019 calendar, the days are getting colder and shorter. But there is no shortage of local PeaceTech-related events in the month ahead!

Who is interested in responsible innovation and technology?

Mark Zuckerberg on Capitol Hill

The short answer to this questions is: Lots of people! One of the points of this blog is to highlight various news items and events that demonstrate the growing interest in reflecting critically on technology, and in applying technology to peacebuilding.

Technology is all over

Women Talk Tech Logo

It is striking to see how widespread critical reflections on technology have become.

Our innovation ecosystem is buzzing!

Poster for Hult Prize Kickoff at UWaterloo

Looking for extra-curricular opportunities for students to create tech for good at Waterloo? Join the launch celebration for Concept on Thursday, October 10 from 1:00-3:00 PM in the Student Life Centre.

The time to act is now

Men pose with robot for Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

We missed talking with Branka Marijan from Project Ploughshares in my Engineering and Peace class last week, but you can see her thoughts on emerging technologies of warfare in this recent blog post on “New Technologies and Conflict Escalation”.

What is the PeaceTech Living-Learning Community?

PeaceTech Living-Learning Community Group Picture 2019

Hi there! We’re Hannah and Grace, this term’s PeaceTech Living-Learning Community (LLC) peer leaders. We are very excited for what we have planned this Fall and to share reflections from our community with you throughout the term.

Peace Week 2019 is here!

Catalyzing Collaboration

Kris Braun, VP of Engineering at Bonfire, was a guest speaker in my Engineering and Peace class last week, and shared the inspiring story of how they hired a Syrian refugee named Mohammed Hakmi through a new program called Talent Beyond Borders. You can watch the video of Kris’s talk at Communitech’s True North conference last summer here.

This week’s happenings

Peace Week 2019 Poster

There is never a shortage of PeaceTech-related events to attend, either on our campus or in our wider community.

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Let's have more PeaceTech!

CPA Dove

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement is excited to be supporting the newly launched PeaceTech Living-Learning Community at Conrad Grebel University College. For the past several years we have connected with Grebel students enrolled in a range of academic programs who are eager to reflect critically on the impact of technology on our world, and are yearning to apply their creativity to advance peace.