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05 Mar

The 2018 Ford+SPPG Pre-Conference

March 5, 2018

Students heard from speakers engaged with the competition’s theme of disruptive technologies.

On Friday, February 9th, 2018, the Ford+SPPG Conference Committee hosted their Pre-Conference event. With a workshop-filled afternoon, followed by an expert panel, the overall day was an opportunity for our SPPG student delegates to prepare for the upcoming case competition this month.

The Pre-Conference event began with two workshop sessions, led by SPPG’s own Professor Janet Mason and 2016/17 OPS Visiting Fellow Rhonda McMichael. In these workshops our student delegates learned the basics of how to frame a compelling case, and had the opportunity to develop and practice their presentations skills. In the expert panel that followed, delegates and the wider SPPG community heard from a set of speakers engaged with our case theme of disruptive technologies. The event was moderated by Professor Linda White, and included panelists Helen Kontozopolous (Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab), Creig Lamb (Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship), and Matthias Oschinski (MaRS). Titled What the Tech?: Unpacking the Challenges and Opportunities of Disruptive Technologies, our panelists set the stage of what to expect, both the good and the bad, as emerging innovations continue to alter our existing social structures.

Our delegates will have the opportunity to analyze and assess how to respond to these technological changes and challenges next week, as the Committee prepares to host students from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The Ford+SPPG Conference will be held in Toronto on Friday, March 9 – Saturday, March 10, 2018.