What’s Coming Up
Throughout the year, Synapcity hosts or collaborates in a variety of events, webinars, speaker series and experiential learning opportunities.
Synapcity hosts many in person events including our Synapcity Sessions series, civic education events and partner opportunities. Check out our calendar for upcoming events.
We hope you can join us for an event soon.
This year Synapcity is thrilled to announce the return of our marquee program, the Civics Boot Camp. The program will run from the end of January until early March. Stay tuned for more information on our Graduation Ceremony, which will be open to the public, happening Wednesday March 6th at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre in downtown Ottawa.
Earlier this year we launched the Synapcity Sessions, a series of in person events aimed to spotlight key issues in Ottawa.
In January, we gathered with supporters, partners, alumni, founders, along with former and current board members to launch our new Synapcity Sessions event series. These sessions will bring together community members alongside engaged individuals and organizations working to create change. Each session will be hosted in partnership with a key organization to help us deliver impactful, educational content while facilitating insightful dialogue that encourages positive change.
We started the launch with words for our former founder, Caroline Andrew, who sadly passed away last fall. Former founders and friends spoke passionately about the influence Caroline had over their work. Following this we introduced the sessions, outline the topics we will highlight throughout this year. To wrap up we heard from a panel of our new board members who spoke about their work in the community along with the future of Synapcity.
Our first Synapcity Session happened this past February and we were delighted with the turnout and results from this session. Close to fifty passionate and engaged individuals joined us as we delved into the important topic of Community Food Security. Our partner Just Food was on hand to help guide the conversations and we heard three excellent presentations focusing on access to land, access to food and food waste. Thanks to Dr. Sarah King of Just Food, Spencer Tittley from the Ottawa Community Food Partnership and Akil Mesiwali from The Box of Life for their excellent presentations. In case you weren’t able to join us you can watch all three presentations over at our YouTube channel and from the link below.
After the presentations we divided participants into several breakout groups where individuals were able to share ideas, stories, thoughts and opportunities. Thanks to everyone who participated.
Ottawa's Tree Canopy
Our Synapcity Session on Ottawa's Tree Canopy took place on Thursday May 11th and featured organizations such as CAFES Ottawa, Forêt Capitale Forest, Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital, Treefest Ottawa, Ecology Ottawa and more. Attendees heard about initiatives to help protect Ottawa's trees and discussed several key subtopics during breakout sessiosn after the main presentations.
Digital Equity Ottawa
Our session on Digital Equity in Ottawa took place on Thursday June 15th. We were joined by our core partner the Social Planning Council of Ottawa and also heard presentations from Connected Canadians, the National Capital FreeNet and Incubator 13 who also hosted us for the evening. After the main presentations, attendees joined several breakout groups to discuss issues such as access to the internet, digital literacy and access to devices.
We had a fantastic session on Youth Engagement this past September which included organizations such as Youth Ottawa, Youth Action Now, Youth 4 Youth Canada, CHEO YouthNet, Global Shapers Ottawa, Innostation and more. We learnt about some incredible initiatives helping young people engage across our city.