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Explore problems in a Discovery Lab

Discovery Labs is a new initiative where students, community members and a host organization identify problems and opportunity spaces based on a different theme.  

GreenHouse holds one to two Discovery Labs per term with a different workplace partner. During the Discovery Lab, you identify opportunities for innovation based on the theme for the lab and we teach you skills in ethical design to address them. 

Previous Discovery Labs themes include: 

  • In partnership with KidsAbility, the youth accessibility lab focused on pressing issues with assistive devices and accessibility for youth with cognitive or physical special needs. 
  • In partnership with the Waterloo-Wellington Canadian Mental Health Association and the Local Health Integration Network, the mental wellness lab focused on finding opportunities for innovation to improve mental wellness in our community. 
  • Hack4Health, a collaboration between many partners which focused on finding new ways to improve quality of life for those living with MS and dementia. 
  • In partnership with St. Paul's University College Residence Life, the Campus Mental Wellness Discovery Lab focuses on finding new improvements and innovations in the campus mental wellness system. 

Upcoming Labs

On May 24th and 25th, GreenHouse and the Geographies of Health in Place Lab will be hosting the Waterlupus Hack, a hackathon focused on improving economic quality of life for those living with lupus. At the lab, you'll have opportunities to share your ideas, collaborate with others interested in the issue, and brainstorm an innovative solution to address the working lives of those living with lupus. 

Register here



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