UCalgary enables the innovation cycle from discovery to deployed solutions by promoting a culture of innovation within our community. Innovation is part of the broad spectrum of research and application activity at UCalgary, and links discovery, creativity, invention and entrepreneurship to solve societal challenges. The program includes the Hunter Hub, Innovate Calgary, Ward of the 21st Century and Creative Destruction Lab Rockies. The University Innovation Quarter provides an interface between the university and community entrepreneurs and industry.
City Building Design Lab
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape actively engages in community-based, industry-focused projects in its City Building Design Lab, often operating at the centre of interdisciplinary teams from across UCalgary. Innovative projects include integrative infrastructure for sustainable cities, healthy neighbourhoods, high-performance building envelopes, co-creation, green infrastructure, digital fabrication for the circular economy, outdoor playscapes in urban environments, affordable housing, walkable cities, aging in place and more.
Teaching, learning and student experience
Law school launches new internship program in innovation
The Innovation Internship Training Program connects current law students with forward-thinking employers in the legal profession to help companies and law firms address and overcome key business challenges. The program allows students to gain hands-on experience in identifying, developing and implementing solutions to industry issues, including process mapping, stakeholder needs identification, project management and communication. Students will also develop a broad understanding of data analytics and legal technology solutions.
Hunter Hub Launchpad
Run by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, in partnership with the Schulich School of Engineering, this is a transformative interdisciplinary experience designed to expose undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral scholars from all faculties to entrepreneurial opportunities. Launchpad has helped student teams develop a health-monitoring toilet, create a speedy battery-recharging concept and explore ways to help the flower industry abandon toxic foam stem holders by developing a safer and more sustainable option.