Friday, March 13, 2020

When social innovation meets COVID-19

Darwin AI team and COVID-Net photo

Group photo of the DarwinAI team, alongside example chest radiography images of COVID-19 cases from two different patients and their associated critical factors (highlighted in red) as identified by the Darwin COVID-Net platform.

In what can be a disorienting and frightening time, it is encouraging to see glimmers of hope and positive action. Indeed, along with all the cancelations and changes in plans, the world needs creative and constructive responses. With the Canadian-coined term “caremongering” emerging, unprecedented levels of open data sharing, and the development of hackathons to design COVID-19-fighting technologies, there is lots going on. Indeed, the Centre for Peace Advancement has come across over thirty examples of innovative efforts to improve public health and contribute to the common good.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Centre start-up GeoMate taps into innovation ecosystem

Nastaran Pitching at the Velocity Final

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement is embedded in Waterloo Region’s dynamic social innovation ecosystem, and participants in our Epp Peace Incubator program have the opportunity to leverage resources and support from this supportive community. One case in point occurred on February 27, when Nastaran Saberi found herself on a stage at Catalyst 137 in Kitchener pitching for a $50,000 investment at the Velocity Fund Pitch Competition.