Innovation Week

Join the City of New Westminster for Innovation Week in #newwest, featuring a number of exciting events.

Follow along at @innovatenw

For more information, please contact at 604-515-3821.

  • Brink: Opening Reception

    February 24, 2017 7:30 - 10:00 pm New Media Gallery

    New Media Gallery announces the opening reception of BRINK, a unique exhibition of international robotic, electronic and video art.  New Media Gallery has an international reputation and works with the most significant artists from leading galleries and collections worldwide. Featuring: Miguel Angel Rios (Argentina), David Bowen (USA), Nelmarie du Preez (South Africa), Stefan Tiefengraber (Austria), Jacob Tonski (USA). Reception from 7:30 - 10:00 pm, with an Artist Talk 7:00 - 7:30 pm.

    The exhibition BRINK runs from February 25 - April 30 and brings together a group of electronic media and robotic sculptural works as well as multi-screen video installations that explore notions of democracy and balance while suggesting a fragile equilibrium. In the works we recognize tensions between freedom of choice and causality or cause & effect as a cyclical and continuous process. The exhibition looks at game-playing and a search for both internal and external control and balance, with a focus on power struggles and symbiotic relationships. The works expose various attractions, aggressions, collisions and possible destructions.

  • Hack Our City

    February 25 & 26, 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm New Westminster City Hall

    Join us February 25 and February 26 as we take over City Hall and Hack Our City. Sponsored by Amazon, this two-day Hack-a-thon features events for everyone and is inclusive of all skill levels and ages.

    Drop-in Events

    Both days:

    • A place to work on your own coding and projects with access to mentors and experts – bring your own device
    • Information about BridgeNet, New Westminster’s fibre optic network currently under construction


    • Lego Robotics – build and destroy Lego robots
    • A tech bar staffed by New Westminster Public Library staff – bring your own devices and your questions!
    • Come and build a cardboard building for our cardboard city with Hive City!


    Free Workshops for All Ages

    Register for the following free workshops, limited spaces available.

    Open Data Hacking!

    Did you know the City has more than 80 datasets available for you on its open data website? Grab a few friends and form a team of up to four people and hack in Council Chambers Saturday from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

    At 2:00 pm, we’ll have a presentation of completed projects, judging, and awarding of prizes for most ingenious use of the open data. Tech credits from Amazon Web Services can be available upon request. Registration required ($25 for a team of up to four) as space is limited. Register here.

    Projects will be assessed by a panel comprised of Mayor Jonathan Coté, New Westminster School Board Chair Kelly Slade-Kerr, Joe Flasher (Amazon Canada) and Jeff Tisdale (Landcor Data Corporation) on execution, impact, and usage of tech and data.



  • Innovation Week at the Library

    February 25 10:00 am - 4:00 pm New Westminster Public Library, Main Branch

    10:00 am Discover the world: National Geographic Archive

    11:00 am Learn new languages: Rocket Languages

    12:00 pm Develop new skills:

    1:00 pm Make informed decisions: Consumer Reports

    2:00 pm Enjoy ebooks and audiobooks 24/7: Library2go, Freading, OneClickdigital

    3:00 pm Read digital newspapers and magazines: PressDisplay, Zinio

    4:00 pm Stream movies: InstantFlix

  • New West PechaKucha - SOLD OUT

    February 25, 2017 7:00 - 10:00 pm Anvil Centre Tower 14th Floor

    Predictably GOOD FUN.

    Started in Tokyo in 2003 by Klein Dytham Architecture firm, PechaKucha Night began as a fun and unique night of local culture and entertainment.

    Ten presenters from a range of fields share their interesting projects, inspirations and passions. There's only one catch - presenters get 20 images, 20 seconds each, making for a 6 minute and 40 second shot of ideas and inspiration.

    Volume 14 takes place February 25, and features speakers with an Innovative twist – all speakers are innovating in some way.

    Join us for drinks starting at 7:00 pm in the penthouse of the Anvil Centre Tower and enjoy local craft beer, wine and relaxed sounds from DJ Mutes Ito.

    At 8:00 pm the fun starts with our ten PechaKucha talks and a short intermission mid-way.

    Tickets: SOLD OUT!

    Prepare to be engaged, entertained and inspired.


  • New West Business and Tech Meetup - Wait List Only

    February 27, 2017 6:30 - 8:30 pm Network Hub, River Market

    This Meetup group with 650+ members will be exploring the topic of “How to pitch your startup”. 

    Click here for more information and to RSVP.

  • Innovation Forum - Registration Full

    February 28, 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Anvil Centre

    Please join us for the free 2017 Innovation Forum. This event will showcase various government and private support programs that are available to Canadian companies in the R&D and innovation space.

    The 2017 Innovation Forum is hosted by Public Services and Procurement Canada and the City of New Westminster, and supported by Vancity. The day will feature presentations and discussions with support programs and experts.


    9:00 am – 9:30 am: Welcome

    9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Presentations and discussions

    • Build in Canada Innovation Program
    • Scientific Research & Experimental Development
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
    • Concierge Service
    • Global Affairs Canada
    • Mitacs

    12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch and speakers

    Moderated by Mark Allison, Manager Strategic Initiatives and Sustainability

    • Mayor Jonathan Coté, City of New Westminster
    • Mike Walkinshaw, CEO of TIMIA Capital
    • Jill Earthy, Chief Growth Officer, FrontFundr
    • William Azaroff, ‎VP of Community Investment at Vancity + Board Chair at Modo Co-op

    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Selling to government

    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Post event stand up reception

    This event is a great choice for anyone in the tech industries and research and development, such as business owners, knowledge-based workers, funders, or just people with an interest.

    It is a great way to understand the relationship between emerging technologies and our economy.

    The Anvil Centre is conveniently located just across the street from New Westminster SkyTrain station, and there is reasonable on-site parking.

    Registration is full. Your free registration includes refreshments and a light lunch.

    The City of New Westminster gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship from Vancity to help expand the 2017 Innovation Forum.

    The 2017 Innovation Forum is part of the City of New Westminster’s Innovation Week. Check out the other events, such as Hack Our City, New West PechaKucha, and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Leadership Dinner.

    Follow along on Twitter at @innovatenw.

  • VANTEC Pitch Circuit is a pitch practice forum and competition, where an esteemed feedback panel and audience view up to fifteen 90-second pitch presentations by entrepreneurs on their businesses.

    Promising early-stage companies are invited to pitch and at the event. The top 3 peer voted pitcher/company will receive the opportunity to pitch to a 90s preview at the VANTEC Angel Network in front of angel investors and investing groups on following week, March 7.

    Pitchers will be given feedback on their presentations by a panel of judges: New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Coté, City of New Westminster CAO Lisa Spitale, Hussein Hallak (Launch Academy), Jim Mcintosh (Adperfect), and Mark Betteridge (Mark Betteridge Inc).

    This event is free thanks to our community sponsors and if you would like to sign up to pitch, please click here.

    Want to watch the pitches? Join us in the Anvil Centre Theatre. Register here for a free ticket to come and watch. A cash bar and networking opportunities will be available. 

    If you are interested in knowing more about VANTEC and its other events, please click here.

  • Leadership Dinner

    March 2, 2017 5:30 - 9:00 pm Anvil Centre

    Partnering with the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, this event is not to be missed. Featuring some of our region’s most influential mayors for a panel discussion on innovation in our urban communities and an incredible dining experience, the Chamber’s Leadership Dinner series offers incredible networking potential and a memorable experience.

    Confirmed so far:

    • New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Coté
    • Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan
    • Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore
    • Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart
    • Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read
    • Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay
    • Dr. Peter Payne, President & CEO, Health Tech Innovation Foundation: Innovation Boulevard Corp, Surrey

    Moderator: Mark Betteridge, former CEO of Discovery Parks Realty Corp, investor in start-up technology and advisor/mentor for technology start-ups.

    With thanks to Fortis BC, Douglas College, and Landcor Data Corporation for their sponsorship!

    Tickets will be available through the Chamber ($75 for Chamber members and $90 for non-members).
  • Digital Days

    March 4, 2017 Anvil Centre

    The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE 669), IATSE 891 Motion Picture Technicians, and the Directors Guild of Canada BC are offering Digital Days 2017: The Future Is Now, an industry conference and trade show March 4 at Anvil Centre. Digital Days offers the BC film community and aspiring filmmakers a rare opportunity to come together and explore, learn and network around creative, technical and business issues arising with new digital technologies, and the impact on script to screen. Buy your conference tickets here.

  • Digital Engagement
  • Environmental Focus