Two SFU student projects awarded top prizes for innovation at Vancouver City Hall
Five student projects created through CityStudio Vancouver this term were recognized at HUBBUB #11 on Friday, November 30. CityStudio Vancouver launched in 2011 in collaboration with partners City of Vancouver and Simon Fraser University.
The HUBBUB event showcased 24 innovative projects created by students together with the City of Vancouver staff to address key city goals and challenges. A panel of judges selected the top three projects and the audience voted for its favourite two. This year, two SFU student teams received top prizes.
First place was the SFU student project entitled, "The Night is Young" (SFU Semester at CityStudio), a youth-centered toolkit for designing events that are art-centric, rather than bar-centric.
Second place was the Langara College project, "Blue Box", activating underutilized spaces to cultivate community and reduce the stigma around mental health.
Third place was the SFU project, "Student Food Network (SFU Semester at CityStudio), a network of restaurants near campus offering $5 meals for students. Embark has agreed to support this project going forward.
[SFU student project, "Student Food Network (SFU Semester at CityStudio), receiving third place at annual HUBBUB.]
All projects at HUBBUB #11 were created as part of CityStudio Vancouver, a unique collaboration that matches City of Vancouver staff with students from SFU, the University of British Columbia (UBC), British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Langara College and Emily Carr University to create and launch experimental projects on the ground.
Mayor Kennedy Stewart attended the showcase portion of the event, exploring a number of projects and speaking with students; Doug Smith, the City of Vancouver’s Sustainability Director, shared a message with students about continuing to pursue change for the city despite challenges; and Chris Higgins of the City’s Sustainability Team emceed the event.
HUBBUB takes place at City Hall every spring and fall organized by CityStudio. Over 250 students, City of Vancouver staff, faculty and community members attended this year’s event.