The Ryerson Social xCHANGE is a collaborative event aimed at inspiring social innovation and social enterprise across Ryerson and the community at large. This event will provide opportunities and space for students, alumni and community members to explore, initiate and develop their ideas for change. It’s about purpose and passion.

The theme for 2017 is ‘ Reimagining Canada: the Next 150’ to honour the sesquicentennial. Students and participants will be asked “What is Canada’s greatest challenge or opportunity of your generation?” and to imagine what Canada could look like in the next 150 years. Participants will be encouraged to design solutions and businesses to help address the challenges and issues, creating a legacy for coming generations. An emphasis will be placed on youth engagement, diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and environmental stewardship.

The event will take place over one weekend – January 28th and 29th, 2017. The unique format allows students who may want to dip into social innovation to learn more while giving others who may want to dive into social enterprise an avenue to do so through a social challenge. The summit consists of a mix of inspirational keynote speakers, workshops/case studies with community leaders, and an intense social hack around the theme of ‘Canada in the Next 150’.

Based on a hack-a-thon format, the xCHANGE challenge is an exploratory, time-sensitive event that encourages teams to develop solutions and actions collaboratively to address youth engagement, diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and environmental stewardship. At the end of the weekend, teams will pitch their social enterprise or planned prototype to to a panel of judges. Pitches will be judged based on their viability, social potential, feasability, and innovation to create social change.