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This community is known for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship but important growth is happening in the creative sector too. Organized by the City of Waterloo, Amplify is a full day summit celebrating creativity and innovation in Waterloo Region. 

Amplify gathers researchers, artists, designers and creative industry members to showcase cutting-edge ideas that explore the fusion between art and technology. Participants will discover a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing, networking, and community building.

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  • Date: Oct. 18, 2017
  • Time: 1 to 8 p.m.
  • Location: Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo
Time Event Participants  Topic Location 
12:30 p.m. Registration       
1 p.m. Welcome      Auditorium, CIGI 
1:15 p.m. Presentation: A Sense of Wonder Dawn Matheson, interdisciplinary artist  Belonging  Auditorium, CIGI 
1:40 p.m. Presentation: Civic Engagement & Place Making in Urban Spaces
Hiba Abdallah, artist, organizer, collaborator and former Broken City Lab Research Fellow  Placemaking Auditorium, CIGI 
2:05 p.m. Presentation: Art as Innovation   Remco Volmer, Artengine Innovation  Auditorium, CIGI 
2:30 p.m. Q&A

Dawn Matheson, Hiba Abdallah, Remco Volmer


  Auditorium, CIGI 
2:50 p.m. Break        
3:10 p.m.  Peer-to-peer session: A1 - Presentation: layering the experience/captivating a multifaceted audience/decolonizing space

Shirley Madill, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Belonging Breakout space, CIGI
3:10 p.m. Peer-to-peer session: A2 - Roundtable: Call Out: Diversity in the Arts

Pamela Mulloy, Editor, Susan Scott, Lead Nonfiction Editor, and Consulting Editors Lamees Al Ethari, The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers and Writing

Belonging Breakout space, CIGI 
3:50 p.m. Peer-to-peer session: B1 - Presentation: Come SAIL Away

Tara Cooper, University of Waterloo

Placemaking Breakout space, CIGI
3:50 p.m. Peer-to-peer session: B2 - Presentation: Time Stops and Other Unexpected Neighbourhood Art Paul Roorda, artist Placemaking Breakout space, CIGI
4:30 p.m. Peer-to-peer session: C1 - Presentation: CAFKA in the Global Context  

Gordon Hatt & Victoria Kent, CAFKA

Innovation Breakout space, CIGI
4:30 p.m. Peer-to-peer session: C2 - Presentation: Beyond The Books, The Revitalization Of Libraries   Bob Egan, Kitchener Public Library Innovation Breakout space, CIGI
5:20 p.m. Unconference & Networking     Breakout space, CIGI
6:30 p.m. Dinner & Keynote: It's the people: How empathy and imagination transform public spaces  Philip Winn, Project for Public Spaces   CIGI


Reserve your spot

The public is welcome and registration is required online.