Making a Difference: Brilliant Labs Speaker Series

What are the ways in which youth can focus on sensitive real-world problems and bring a positive change?

Brilliant Labs is committed to empowering youth, adults and families to fuel their passions, take creative risks and construct a sustainable future for themselves and their communities. As the global K-12 learning community is making efforts to embrace the change and adapt to new circumstances with openness and curiosity, we continue our support to catalyze change across the education ecosystem. We are exploring new opportunities for youth to cultivate innovative skills that nurture not only their thinking (cognitive) needs but also social-emotional needs.

We are hosting talks each month, inviting experts to bring new aspirations and perspectives through their stories. In the spirit of Canada's 2030 Agenda, a call to action for global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we will highlight topics including socially responsible leadership, positive computing, critical design, ethical design, empathy and well-being. The 30-45 min talks deliver experiences that amplify youth voices about issues they care about and invite them to participate in an innovation challenge submitting personal passion projects and ideas.

Please join us for our first virtual kick-off event on Thursday, October 8, at 1:30 pm ADT.

About the speakers

David Alston, Entrepreneur, Co-founder Brilliant Labs, TEDX speaker

Beth Stevens, Student Entrepreneur, Inventor Beth’s A Metre Matters Bike Light

Moderated By: Jacob Lingley, Director of Instructional Design, Brilliant Labs.

Topic: Socially Responsible and Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Format: Panel Style Discussion

Grade Level: This session is most relevant for Grade 6 and above

Ways you can participate.

  • Attend Virtually: Virtual Session is now full, but you can still join us via YouTube LIVE visit here at 1:30pm, Oct 8th. Students, Teachers and parents are encouraged to join independently or in groups.

  • Engage and Express: Interact with the panel members sharing your thoughts, comments and questions. Write to us if you would like the speakers to address a particular question or topic. We will share these in advance with the speakers.

  • Dive Deeper and Innovate: Followed by the talk, we will introduce a take it further exploration and invite the attendees for a call to action innovation challenge to evoke action and change.

We are thrilled to have David Alston, Keith McIntosh and Beth Stevens and share their entrepreneurial journey. We hope you will join us. Curious to learn about our speakers? Watch the following talks.

Speaker Series #1: Take the Sustainable Entrepreneurial Design Challenge Click here!

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