Passionate People Talking About Ideas

Ever read a great introductory article or hear a 101-level talk and wonder where it leads? Do you ever wish for someone to take you past the first steps on a new thing? We do.

So we created Forum, a small-scale speaker series. Every two months we bring in people with something to share from outside the our own world of tech for up-close and in-person discussions. It’s a kind of momentary grad school that jumps to a new field every time with a simple goal: cross-pollinate minds in a friendly, informal setting in the heart of Vancouver.

It’s not networking; it’s a time to learn something truly new.

Capacity: 10
Admission: $15
Location: 7 East 7th Ave (at Ontario). Look for the big 7 in the window, and don’t accidentally go to West 7th!
Time: Arrive 6:45-7pm; Winds up around 9pm
Premium Refreshment: Included

Past Forums

Steven Wittens

Steven discovered a world of inspiration and potential in mathematics through his early experiments with computers. The interactivity they provided keyed him into the expressive possibilties of algorithmically-created graphics, and made math make sense to him.

In the first Forum at our new studio, Steven took us through a few examples of how relatively simple math could be turned into eye-catching imagery. What’s more, that imagery can be used to explain concepts that don’t fit well, if at all, into words. Steven’s discussion went beyone mathematics and into how math is taught, and how it can be taught better.

This Forum took place on March 28, 2013.

Haig Armen

Haig Armen

There’s something special about a talented musician who can make something beautiful happen with what looks like so little effort. But behind nimble fingers and a good ear there’s a rich world of thought that touches so much more than just our ears.

Haig took us there leading a discussion about music, composition and their intersections with design. He is not only an accomplished musician but a professor of interaction design at Emily Carr and a pioneer in the interactive technology experiments from the early days of the web.

This Forum Took place on Jun 28, 2012.

Emily Smith

Emily is a true Maker of things: she’s a designer, a knitter, a crafter and a community builder. And in her community building work she’s been doing some amazing things for other Makers in Vancouver.

On April 25 she talked about her experience in building that community and what she’s come across in her travels through the world of hand-made things. Check out the follow up blog post!

This Forum took place on April 25, 2012.

David Ramslie

David Ramslie is the Senior Sustainability Programs Manager at the City of Vancouver. In that role he educates and enlightens people in Vancouver and other cities about our Greenest City program, challenges we collectively face and the kinds of changes we can look forward to.

David’s work intersects almost every aspect of city life: how our buildings are built, how we get around, and how we share resources. This Forum is a rare opportunity to talk with someone whose work will change an entire city across decades, with the complexity and contention that entails. And, if there’s any doubt about a fellow from City Hall being able to hold a room, David’s Pecha Kucha talk is online for your viewing. Give it a watch and you’ll see why we’re excited to welcome David.

This Forum took place on March 14, 2012.

John Wellwood

John Wellwood

Storytelling is an art as old as humanity, but only recently discovered by the digital world. From UX specialists to Agile developers, tech professionals are waking up to how stories can store, uncover and organize information from our everyday lives.

John Wellwood has been telling stories his whole life, and has made his career of telling other people’s stories in his work at Echo Memoirs. He’ll tell us how he goes about finding the coherence and enchantment that make stories interesting, and sharing his method for visualizing life stories.

This Forum took place on January 2, 2012.

Monique (Trottier) Sherrett

Our culture is dominated by images. Technology makes music available to our ears at any time and place. Exotic flavours delight our palates. Natural and space-age fibres protect and warm our bodies. But what about our sense of smell? Arguably the most ancient and most powerful of our senses, the nose is strangely ignored by much of creative culture.

Perfume experimenter and maker, Monique (Trottier) Sherrett, will be speaking about the power and range of scent, how it relates to memory and calling us back to a piece of the analog world that has yet to be colonized by the digital.

This Forum took place on December 2, 2011.