Living Labs Presents ADB3 2018

Discovery Foundation Art, Design, Business Speaker Series

This fall, hear the stories of six entrepreneurs, designers and tech pioneers who’ve put together wildly successful startups, worked with top companies, and developed new and incredible products and business models. This series of guest lectures brings together a phenomenal breadth of experience in entrepreneurship practices, with a focus on the creative sector.

Room C4245, 520 East 1st Ave.
Select Mondays at 4:30 pm – All Welcome!

These lectures are free; a limited number of seats are open to current students, industry practitioners and alumni. No registration is needed. The speaker series is produced in partnership with the Discovery Foundation through the Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship.

Haig Armen, Creative Director, LiFT Studios: Value Proposition Design
4:30 pm, September 17, 2018

Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber, Executive Director, League of Innovators: Business Model Canvas
4:30 pm, October 1, 2018

Ian Bell, Founder & CEO, Rosterbot: Pitching
4:30 pm, October 15, 2018

Amanda Downs, Director of Communications, 1QBit: Brand Storytelling
4:30 pm, November 5, 2018

Hussein HallakFounder & CEO, Next Decentrum: Validation
4:30 pm, November 26, 2018

Paulina Cameron, Director, Futurpreneur: Funding
4:30 pm, December 3, 2018

ADB3 (Art, Design, Business) is part of Living Labs’ newly established Discovery Foundation Mentorship Program. The program engages experts in business,technology, interaction design, industrial design, and materials-based research in order to transfer knowledge to emerging entrepreneurs who demonstrate the desire and capability to establish technology companies in BC, particularly in the connected devices space between hardware and software. By bringing experts from different backgrounds to the University, the program will build relationships and networks that can support students as they create, refine, and launch the next generation of technology-driven businesses and products.


The Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship

A new model for entrepreneurship and economic development that is centered in art and design and conducive to collaboration across art, design, social innovation, media, business and technology.

The Shumka Centre fosters the movement of creative people into systems and situations where their work and ideas have the most impact. The Shumka Centre is a project of Living Labs.

Living Labs launches first-ever Entrepreneur in Residence

Living Labs is launching the first-ever Discovery Foundation Entrepreneur in Residence at Emily Carr!

The ECU community can now get direct advice about how to create, refine and launch the businesses, products, projects, platforms or initiatives you might be thinking about or planning.


From September 28 to December 14, technology entrepreneur Ian Bell will be available to students and faculty who would like input on their ideas from a technology, startup, product, financial or digital strategy perspective. Ian is a co-creator of RingCentral and the founder of start-ups RosterBot and Tingle.

Meet Ian:
4th Floor, Room C4218
Fridays 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
or by appointment
Lunch & Launch with Ian Bell

Talk: Confessions of a Pathological Product Manager

The residency enhances Living Labs’ partnership with the Discovery Foundation, which has supported the Art, Design, Business Speaker Series since 2016. It is part of Living Labs’ newly-established Discovery Foundation Mentorship Program, which will also encompass the speaker series. The residency is embedded in the Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship, an ongoing project of Living Labs to support the development and launch of creative projects.

Ian Andrew Bell is a co-creator of RingCentral (NYSE:RNG), the world’s most popular cloud telephony platform. He also founded and launched RosterBot, the world’s first online team management platform; and Tingle, the first dating app for the iPhone. He has worked with more than a dozen early-stage ventures and helped several of them from conception to fundraising to successful exits. Early in his career he was a Product Manager at Telus and Cisco Systems, and was an Apple Research Fellow. He co-authored a book on web design & development in 1996, and is a graduate of SFU’s School of Communication.

UBC Family Medicine Partnership

The Health Design Lab is very pleased to announce a new partnership with the Department of Family Practice at UBC on an exciting new project aimed at providing software support tools for family doctors in their clinical practice.

Advancements in HFR, S3D, UltraHD and the immersive experience

The S3D Centre is a national centre of excellence dedicated to advancing the art and technology of stereo 3D, advanced imaging and immersive media topics through applied research, skills development and event outreach.



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