Join us on May 30 for a special edition Idea Jam dedicated to The Next Seven!
About The Next Seven
Nearly a century ago, the Group of Seven set the art world on fire with their unique interpretations of Canada's landscape. Controversial at the time, their work ultimately gained widespread recognition and forever changed the world's perceptions of Canada and Canadians.
But Canada has changed!
Today's Canadians seek a more current voice, something that reflects the landscape of their Canada. They want fresh insights and new ways of engaging with the visual arts that are more in sync with contemporary living.
The Next Seven is a nation-wide visual arts competition that aims to close this gap by posing the question, "Who will be Canada's Next Group of Seven?"
We're a small and enthusiastic team of artists, innovators, and social entrepreneurs with a big ambition to:
→ Re-assert Canada's national identity in the visual arts,
→ Build widespread public engagement with Canadian visual art
Our aim is to "hack the art world" using state of the art media and communications technologies to create an annual competition designed to give:
→ Every visual artist in Canada a chance at widespread national and international recognition,
→ Virtually every person in Canada a voice in choosing who will be "The Next Seven"
Idea Jams - Come roll up your (brain) sleeves
If you have an idea that you need help with, come pitch it at our bi-monthly events. This is no Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank! Idea Jams are informal get-togethers with just enough structure to make sure that you get something of value out of coming.
You bring your ideas (vaguely related to the Internet of Things), we provide the "secret sauce" (along with beer and snacks!)
Need some help with an idea? Together we'll figure out how to make your ideas concrete and possibly help you find the labour and resources you need. Each individual segments of the idea jam is about 50 minutes. You have 10-15 minutes to present your idea to all jammers and explain current challenges/problems. Jammers then break down into small groups and brainstorm solutions for 20 minutes, using our handy "writables" (writeable tables...). Jammers then report back to the group in the last 15 minutes. We hope to have 2 presenters at each Idea Jam event.
Need some help with an idea? Sign up to present at our next event! See our handy web form here.
Want to jam with us, brainstorm with cool people around innovative ideas and help out fellow innovators? Reserve your spot here on Eventbrite.
Intellectual Property & Collaboration Policy
By attending you agree that all ideas discussed in reference to the presenter’s project during the individual segments of the Idea Jam become the property of the presenter. This is a pay-it-forward event. If during the event you have an idea that you want to develop on your own, keep it to yourself.
The ThingTank Lab is an open, community based collaborative ideation lab. This ideation lab is a place where the exploration, experimentation, and exchange of ideas are developed towards the building of “things”. The things our lab is most interested in are those emerging through the continuing revolution of data driven goods and services, what is notionally discussed as being the “Internet of things”. The next generation of digital content products and services have distributed and diverse modes of interaction where websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user’s experience: smart meters or wearable electronics, for example, connect the real world of objects to online digital networks of data. These digitally enabled networked objects are the Internet of Things.
The lab is fundamentally an interdisciplinary facilitating community. It is the place where the next generation of ideas comes from. Its activities include academics and people from private enterprise as well as sponsoring organizations interested in alternative pre-competitive techniques of idea generation related to building things (and their networks) that address real world problems.
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