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Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Thought leaders gather for Waterloo Innovation Summit

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From September 13 to 15, the University of Waterloo will host “Hacking the Future,” the 2017 Waterloo Innovation Summit, which promises to be a global forum on disruptive technology. Hundreds of business, government and academic leaders from around the world will descend on Canada’s leading technology ecosystem to explore the trends that are driving global innovation.

The fifth annual Waterloo Innovation Summit is a sold-out affair.

“With technology driving change at a rapid pace, it’s becoming increasingly important for business, government and academic leaders to work together to prepare for what is coming and capitalize on our many strengths,” says President Feridun Hamdullahpur. “Whether it is AI, quantum technology or cybersecurity, summit attendees will engage with other leaders on when and how to harness these disruptive technologies.”

The co-chairs of the summit are broadcaster and author Amanda Lang and Toronto-based entrepreneur Michael Serbinis. Vancouver futurist Nikolas Badminton is the summit’s strategic coordinator.

The summit’s three days are packed with keynote talks, interactive workshops and panel discussions on:

  • Corporate disruption
  • Adaptation through reinvention
  • Robotics and artificial intelligence
  • Our rapidly shifting geopolitical climate
  • Cyber-security
  • The talent imperative

Keynote speakers include:

  • Amber Case, cyborg anthropologist and Fellow, Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society;
  • Jared Cohen, founder of Google Ideas, President of Jigsaw;
  • JB Straubel, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, Tesla, Inc.

The keynote addresses and panel discussions are being supported by a number of additional events including an innovation ecosystem tour, networking breaks, luncheons, receptions, dinners, and pitch competitions.

“Hacking the Future” focuses on forward-thinking, provocative discussions with 300 corporate, government and academic leaders from across Canada and around the world, including attendees from Japan, China, the United States, New Zealand, and Portugal.

The diverse audience will be keen to learn about disruptive trends facing the world today, adaptation strategies to succeed in these environments, and the overall innovation landscape of tomorrow.

Attendees will hear from representatives from some of the world’s most forward-thinking companies, including Tesla, Dyson, Microsoft, Jigsaw, Kik and Whitespace at luluemon athletica.

Follow along on social media with the hashtag #WINS17 and check the Waterloo Innovation Summit website for real-time updates and recaps of the signature events. You can also download the official WINS17 app from the App Store, Google Play, or from CrowdCompass.

The Waterloo Innovation Summit is presented in partnership with industry leaders from Waterloo Region and across Canada, including Communitech, the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, SAP, Blackberry, Waterloo EDC, the City of Waterloo, the City of Kitchener, the City of Cambridge, the Region of Waterloo, HATCH, and BDC.

Hacking the future at Waterloo

This is the latest post on President Feridun Hamdullahpur's blog.

The Hacking the Future Waterloo Innovation Summit logo.Waterloo is a magnet for innovators and disruptors.

So, it is no surprise that tomorrow our University will welcome a diverse group of business leaders to our Waterloo Innovation Summit.

Our fantastic speakers will lead discussions about “hacking the future,” starting with our Co-Chairs, business journalist Amanda Lang and serial entrepreneur Michael Serbinis.

The impressive line-up includes world leaders in fields like artificial intelligence, quantum, entertainment and cryptocurrency.

Thought leaders from around the world come to the Waterloo Innovation Summit because this is a place where great minds come to address problems in unconventional ways.

The theme “hacking the future” is appropriate because the Summit addresses big challenges for which there are no obvious answers.

How will humans interact with machines driven by artificial intelligence?

What will drive mass usage of cryptocurrency?

Can cybersecurity keep us safe?

These are just a few of the many issues being addressed over the next two days.

Status quo answers simply do not exist for questions like this.

This conference has an impact on the world because, like our University, it is innovative, interdisciplinary and international in scope. As people meet, they are connecting with other great minds that have different perspectives, in a way that pushes the boundaries of knowledge.

That’s our way of advancing learning.

It’s no wonder that Waterloo continually attracts innovators, disrupters and people that always strive to make a difference.

If you are reading this, I’m guessing that you are one of those people.

So I must leave you with one question.

How will you hack the future?

WIS begins with ecosystem tour, opening reception

A WIS networking reception in progress.

Today, the Waterloo Innovation Summit will orient its attendees with a guided tour that features exclusive access to world-class companies, incubators, and research hubs in Waterloo Region, including:

  • Google Canada's research & development headquarters in downtown Kitchener; 
  • the Velocity Garage — the world’s largest free startup incubator; and
  • the Communitech Hub.

Closer to campus, the tour will feature stops at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Accelerator Centre, and the Sedra Student Design Centre in Engineering 5.

The tour will also visit SAP Labs — SAP Waterloo, a key research and development center for the world’s leading enterprise application provider and home to SAP Canada’s 1st AppHaus — a creative, cross-collaboration incubator that drives greenfield co-innovations in partnership with our field, customers, and leading academic institutions.

“Innovation is vital to Canadian competitiveness,” says Cam Vidler, vice president of industry and innovation at the Business Council of Canada and summit attendee. “This signature innovation event in Canada’s start-up centre is a great way to keep track of the latest developments and meet key players.”

The tour runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The opening reception takes place at the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises located at Wilfrid Laurier University beginning at 6:00 p.m. This reception at Lazaridis Hall includes summit delegates and local dignitaries.

Tomorrow morning, delegates and presenters will convene for a breakfast in the School of Accounting and Finance atrium before heading to the Humanities Theatre for the summit's first day of events. Check the Waterloo Innovation Summit website for more information about the event agenda.

Sign up for the Further Education Boot Camp

Further Education Boot Camp poster.Mark your calendars! The Centre for Career Action (CCA) will be hosting its annual Further Education Boot Camp event on Saturday, September 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the William M. Tatham Centre (TC). This conference-style workshop day will help students and alumni decide whether a health-related career is right for them. Attendees will hear directly from professionals about:

  • Health-related careers
  • Medical School
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Rehabilitation Sciences

This is a unique chance to learn about each field. Career Advisors will also share specific advice about application requirements for health-related professional and graduate programs.

Attendees can view the full-day’s schedule and register today. Schedules are customizable and workshops are available throughout the day. Please note that attendees must register for each individual session that they plan to attend.

For more information about further education workshops or to book individual appointments, please visit the Centre for Career Action.

See you there!

Wednesday's notes

Reunion 2017 is fast approaching, and in celebration of the University's 60thAnniversary, Alumni Relations and the University of Waterloo will be hosting a 60th Anniversary Reunion Concert featuring indigenous DJ crew A Tribe Called Red at the Physical Activities Complex on Friday, September 29.

The Juno Award-winning, and Polaris Music Prize nominated electronic music trio advocates for inclusivity, empathy and acceptance amongst all races and genders. Tickets for this concert are on sale now for only $20. This is an all ages event. I.D. is required for alcohol purchase. Please purchase your tickets online or at the campus bookstore.

Employers on campus next week hosting employer information sessions include Accedo, DRW, PepsiCo Beverages, Tesla, Desjardins Insurance, Capital One – Business, Yext, Citi Canada Technology Services, Datadog, Bank of Canada, Cisco Meraki, Travelers, Goldman Sachs, Loblaw Digital (Marketing and Trading), A Thinking Ape, Cockroach Labs, Veeva Systems, IBM Canada, Sun Life Financial (Actuarial), Loblaw Digital (Technology), Economical Insurance, Amazon, Munich Re, Flipp, Capco, TransCanada, Pacific Life Re, Manulife Financial (Advanced Analytics/Data Science), GroupBy Inc., Government of Ontario: Ontario Internship Program and Revolut Ltd. Visit the employer information sessions calendar for more details.

Link of the day

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When and where

The Role of Water Technology Innovation in the Blue Economy: Elsevier's International Water Research Conference hosted by the Water Institute, Sunday, September 10 to Wednesday, September 13, Crowne Plaza, Kitchener.

Feds Welcome Week, Monday, September 11 to Friday, September 15.

AquaHacking Summit, Wednesday, September 13, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Federation Hall.

Warriors Athletics and Recreation Open House, Wednesday September 13, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SLC Great Hall.

Writing and Communication Centre presents Getting it done: Productive writing strategies for big projects, Wednesday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Résumés, Careers and Personal Branding — Day 1, Wednesday, September, 13, 2:30 p.m., TC 2218.

GTFO: Film Screening and Discussion, Wednesday, September 13, 4:00 p.m., QNC 0101.

Information Session for Graduating Students. Wednesday, September, 13, 4:00 p.m., OPT 347.

Waterloo Innovation Summit - Hacking the Future, Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15.

Understanding our brand, Thursday, September 14, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., EC5 1111.

Information Session for Graduating Students, Thursday, September, 14, 11:30 a.m., STC 0060.

Time to Crush Your Coding and Dominate Your Data, Presented by Facebook, Thursday, September 14, 5:00 p.m., DC 1350.

Deadline to submit nominations for the President's Community Impact Awards, Friday, September 15.

Knowledge Integration seminar: “How does your city make you feel? A transdisciplinary exploration into how the built environment impacts mental health”, featuring Robin Mazumder, PhD candidate in Cognitive Neuroscience, Friday, September 15, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

WaterTalk: Emerging Outcomes From a Cross-Disciplinary Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems, Friday, September 15, 2:30 p.m., DC 1302.

Doors Open Waterloo Region: Science Teaching Complex tours, lectures, and open houseSaturday, September 16, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Résumé Writing Tutorial, Saturday, September 16, 12:00 p.m.,  DWE 3522.

Doors Open: Free Talk- 60 Years at Waterloo: Perspectives of a University from a Corn Field to Architectural Traditions, Saturday, September 16, 1:00 p.m., Library Flex Lab.

Doors Open Waterloo Region Free Talk: Attractors, Saturday, September 16, 2:00 p.m., School of Pharmacy.

Science in the Square, Sunday, September 17, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Waterloo Public Square.

University Senate meeting, Monday, September 18, 3:30 p.m., NH 3407.

WatRISQ seminar featuring Masaaki Kijima, Professor, Financial Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University, “On the Market Price of Liquidity Risk and Illiquidity Index,” Monday, September 18, 4:00 p.m., DC 1304.

NEW - University Club Welcome Back Bar-B-Que, Wednesday, September 20, 11:30 a.m., University Club.

Leather Jacket Day at the Waterloo Store, Wednesday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Waterloo Store, SCH.

Noon Hour Concerts: A Journey to Romantic Vienna, Wednesday, September 20, 12:30 p.m., Conrad Grebel University College Chapel.

Working with our brand guidelines, Thursday, September 21, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Making Spaces workshop, Friday, September 22, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., NH 3318. Please register - seating is limited.

New Faculty & Family Welcome Dinner, Friday, September 22, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., University Club. Please register by September 14.

School of Planning Induction Ceremony, Saturday, September 23, reception at 9:30 a.m., EV3 atrium, ceremony at 11:00 a.m., Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages.

St. Paul’s Pow Wow in the Park, Saturday, September 23, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Waterloo Park near the bandshell.

Battle of Waterloo Warriors Football vs. Laurier, Staff and Faculty Appreciation Day, Saturday September 23, 1:00 p.m., Warrior Field.

Retirement celebration for Lorna Kropf, Tuesday, September 26, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., QNC 2101. RSVP.

NEW - 2017 Stanley Knowles Humanitarian Service Lecture featuring Patrick Meier, PhD, "Humanitarian Robots in Action," Wednesday, September 27, CIGI auditorium.

NEW - Waterloo Women's Wednesdays: Women and Violence in Kashmir, Wednesday, September 27, 4:00 p.m., MC 5479.

NEW - 2017/2018 Medieval Lecture Series featuring Karen Beck, Manager Historical and Special Collections, Harvard Law Library, "Digitizing Early Manuscripts at the Harvard Law Library," Thursday, September 28, reception at 4:30 p.m., SJ2, talk to follow, SJ2-2002.

David Sprott Distinguished Lecture featuring Susan A. Murphy, "Challenges in Developing Learning Algorithms to Personalize Treatment in Real Time", Thursday, September 28, 4:00 p.m., MC 4021.

Waterloo Arts Distinguished Lecture in Economics featuring Debraj Ray, Silver Professor, Faculty of Arts Sciences, and Professor of Economics at New York University, "Uneven growth and social conflict," Thursday, September 28, 4:30 p.m., Humanities Theatre.

Reunion 2017, Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30.

CBB Biomedical Discussion Group seminar featuring Dr. Mohammed S. Razzaque, MBBS, PhD, Department of Oral Health Policy & Epidemiology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Department of Pathology, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA, "Endocrine regulation of phosphate homeostasis,” Friday, September 29, 1:00 p.m., EC4-2101a.

Making the Most of Your Mid-career Years – for recently tenured/continuing faculty, Friday, September 29, 8:45 a.m., EIT 3142. Registration required.

NEW - Further Education Boot Camp, Saturday, September 30, 2017, William M. Tatham Centre.

Applied Health Sciences Fun Run, Saturday, September 30, 8:30 a.m., AHS Expansion Building.

Positions available

On this week's list from the human resources department, viewable on the UWaterloo Talent Acquisition System (iCIMS):

  • Job ID #2017-1880 - Account Manager – Co-operative Education and Career Action, USG 10 – 11
  • Job ID# 2017-1758 - Chief Commercialization Officer, Asia Managing Director - Office of Research, USG 15
  • Job ID# 2017-1881 - Department Secretary - Civil and Environmental Engineering, USG 4
  • Job ID# 2017-1879 - Digital Repositories Librarian – Library, USG 8 – 13
  • Job ID# 2017-1882 - Director, Centre for Mental Health Research – Psychology, USG 15
  • Job ID# 2017-1886 - Employment Relations - Student Advisor – Co-operative Education and Career Action, USG 8 - 9
  • Job ID# 2017-1884 - Graduate Studies Coordinator - School of Accounting & Finance, USG 5