Global Engineering Week – University of Toronto
March 9 @ 6:30 pm - March 15 @ 9:00 pm
Global Engineering Week (GE Week) University of Toronto (U of T) is a week-long initiative occurring March 9th – 15th, 2020 that will expose over 6500 engineering students from all disciplines to global issues and multidisciplinary thinking through 5 main initiatives: Course Partnerships, Global Engineering Fair, a Networking Gala, a speaker panel, and a national social impact hackathon. The AI and Big Data: The Future of Global DeveloPMent Speaker Panel will be the flagship event at U of T, where four international thought leaders in tech, policy, academia, and consulting will discuss their perspectives on the role that big data & AI will play in engineering and global develoPMent. The audience, primarily aimed towards students, faculty members, and local Toronto NGOs and nonprofits, will get a chance to listen to the panel live, participate in Q&A, and connect with the speakers over refreshments. The event will be live-streAMed, and the full panel, as well as an abridged highlight video, will be shared to enable participants who were unable to attend in-person to partake in the discussion. Through this panel discussion, we also hope to highlight how the private sector, public sector, and government institutions can cooperate to implement the most innovative and sustainable social good solutions to tackle the world’s most complex and interconnected challenges.
In addition to the speaker panel, GE Week has four other initiatives running throughout the week to create a condensed and impactful atmosphere centred around global engineering at U of T’s community. GE Week has partnered with over 35 U of T engineering courses, with a combined total of ~5500 students, to incorporate global develoPMent case studies into lectures to expose students to the global applications of their courses. The interactive Global Engineering Fair is a day of engaging activities aimed at raising awareness about sustainability in engineering though gAMes, and hosted in collaboration with four other major engineering student organizations on cAMpus. GE Week is partnering with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and the Sustainability Engineering Association (SEA) to host a networking session with over 40 attending industry professionals and 100+ students to discuss how their experience outside of academics has helped shaped their careers, and how the engineering discipline works with other industries to tackle global challenges. The week culminates in the GE Week hackathon, Hack the Globe, where over 150 engineering students across the country will tackle numerous problems including: improving education, global health, crisis response, urban infrastructure, and economic opportunities through innovative technology, under the guidance of mentors from NGOs and the tech industry.