Innovation Week 2016: There’s an app for that

Tech and entrepreneurship events

Published on May 4, 2016

Provincial Innovation Week 2016 is set for May 9-13.

This year, the week will have a dedicated — and free — app to keep anyone interested up to date on scheduled events, as developed by the College of the North Atlantic. It is available for iOS and Android (search “IWNL” in the app store). 



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Innovation Week 2016

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The app is meant to help people follow and tap into the many activities, presentations and panel discussions on offer, as arranged by 16 partner organizations.

A complete schedule of events is also available online.

The schedule touches on topics tied to information technology, ocean technology, manufacturing and clean tech.

Visiting guest speakers include vice-president of the National Research Council Ian Potter, former “Dragons’ Den” adviser Sean Wise, director of research for Deloitte Canada Duncan Stewart and futurist Jim Bottomley.

The week will open with an address from provincial Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development Chris Mitchelmore and a “Let’s Talk Exports” day-long conference, hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industries Association.

Bob McDonald from CBC’s Quirks and Quarks will be featured at a Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Newfoundland and Labrador event on Tuesday, May 10.

Overall, Innovation Week will directly address diversification and concerns of start-ups.

That will be at the centre of sessions during the daylong Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI) technology summit, on May 11.

“We’ve planned a week of exciting and diverse activities focused on innovation that brings people together,” said NATI CEO Ron Taylor, in a statement.

The week as a whole carries the theme “Accelerating Innovation.”

This is the third, annual Innovation Week and is supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, with a roughly $38,300 contribution for this year’s events.

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