2022 Innovation Training Program

2022 Innovation Training program

The cutting-edge curriculum and expert advice will help to find new solutions for retaining youth talent in Calgary.

The City of Calgary is one of 13 international cities selected for the 2022 Innovation Training program by the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at John Hopkins University.

The no-cost, year-long program helps each city find solutions to a challenge impacting its community. Working alongside a design coach, participants use case studies, lectures and hands-on training to learn innovative techniques and skills that can be turned into real world solutions.

We have chosen to focus our training program on new ways to keep youth talent in Calgary. Retaining talent serves as an economic driver for our community and supports the Youth and Community Spirit pillar of the Economic Resilience Task Force.

As part of this work, participants are engaging with community members to help inform the actions and solutions. Current engagement opportunities include interviews and co-design sessions.

This program is powered by The City of Calgary's Innovation Lab.

Engagement opportunities


Current opportunities

Youth (16-30) Innovation Workshops

Join us to brainstorm ways to improve our city! In partnership with the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation, we are looking for youth ages 16-30 to participate in brainstorming sessions to improve make Calgary a more vibrant place for youth. The feedback received will help inform solutions to improve the lives of youth in Calgary.

Reactivating Downtown Spaces with Art

The City is trying out ideas we heard from youth that we hope will bring more young people downtown.

WHEN: October 28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Old Calgary Economic Development space Next to Centre Street C-Train station, 731 1 St SE.

WHAT: Free art show and conversation with The City

  • Youth artists displaying their work, refreshments, music, and more
  • Meet new people and help The City test new ways to build vibrancy downtown

Please register in advance via email: youthstrategy@calgary.ca.

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