Making A Difference Speaker Series

What The Making A Difference Speaker Series?

Our Making A Difference Speaker Series features global speakers from diverse backgrounds to spark conversations on technological innovation, humanity-centred design, ethics, creativity, and leadership. We host virtual talks each month, inviting experts to bring new aspirations and perspectives through their stories. These FREE 30-45 min talks deliver experiences that amplify youth voices about issues they care about and invite them to participate in our exciting innovation challenges.

Who Can Attend?

The Making A Difference Speaker Series is open students (grades 6+), teachers and parents. You may register independently or in groups. If you have a device and a reliable internet connection you’re ready to register and join the discussion!

When Are The Talks?

Join us every month to awaken your creativity, learning from experts with meaningful conversations. This year we look forward to exploring new topics, including fashion tech, musical machines, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and more.

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. We explore fun ways to introduce novel technologies to catalyze positive social and ecological change within communities.

If you have questions about this speaker series or would like to propose a topic or guest speaker, please connect with us!

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Making A Difference Speakers: 2022-2023

Making a Difference Speaker Series: Designing with Biomaterials - with Fiona Bell

Are you interested in learning about cooking sustainable clothing? Join us for another exciting talk to explore ways to collaborate with living materials, including SCOBY, symbiotic cultures of bacteria, and Dinoflagellates, to create biodegradable interfaces.

We are thrilled to welcome Fiona Bell, an interdisciplinary engineer researching interfaces and interactions with biomaterials. Fiona cares deeply about sustainability and in her doctoral research is currently exploring ways to reduce waste through encouraging intimate relationships between designers, the materials they use and the artifacts they develop.

This talk will focus on more-than-human design, biomaterials, biological human-computer interaction, and bio-wearables. Fiona will also highlight the importance of care, patience, and understanding when designing with living materials.

Please join us on Thursday, Dec 8, at 1:30 p.m AST. Students, Teachers and parents are encouraged to join independently or in groups.

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More About Our Guest

Fiona’s research happens at the intersection of material science, biodesign, and human-computer interaction at Prof. Mirela Alistar’s Living Matter Lab. With a B.S. in mechanical engineering (2019), she uses her technical knowledge of materials as a foundation for her current, more biologically-oriented work. As a PhD candidate, she seeks to create technologically innovative and ecologically sustainable interfaces while exemplifying how humans can interact with non-humans in more reciprocal and caring ways. Accordingly, her primary research goal is to challenge current materials and making practices in light of the Anthropocene by designing for more-than-human futures.

Check out Fiona’s website here: https://www.fionaabell.com/ Follow Living Matter Lab via Twitter (https://twitter.com/cu_lml) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/livingmatterlab/)

If you have any questions about the Making a Difference BL Speaker Series, please contact alisha@brilliantlabs.ca

JOIN HOST Alisha Collins as she welcomes global speakers from diverse backgrounds to spark conversations on technological innovation, humanity-centred design, ethics, creativity, and leadership. We host talks each month, inviting experts to bring new aspirations and perspectives through their stories.

ABOUT Alisha grew up in India & studied at MIT MEdia Lab Cambridge, MA U.S. and Sristi Institute of Art Design and Technology, Bengalura, India. Learn more about Alisha in Brilliant Labs Magazine: Digital Hope.

Let’s get talking about sustainability.

The Brilliant Labs’ Speakers Series got my students asking tough questions about the future, but also engaged them to think about what they can do to make a difference. They’re still talking about mycelium!

M. Thomas, Grade 11-12 Physics Teacher

We are here to help teachers, youth, and communities innovate and develop a sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurial spirit.

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