Pitch & Network: Marketplace for Disruptive Ideas in Urban Sustainability

Dudoc Vancouver and the World of Walas invite you to our upcoming event on August 27th: Marketplace for disruptive ideas in urban sustainability.

Our mission at Walas is to break down barriers to innovation. This event will feature innovative business models, products and services that are actively pushing for greater sustainability in our cities.

Specifically, for the pitch session, we are selecting innovations in mobility, tech, construction, energy and urban food systems to present their market ready company to you.

The evening will feature:

  • Opportunity to learn about 10 selected innovations that will shape our cities of tomorrow
  • Voting for the most progressive innovations and help them win a 3-month Dudoc partnership package
  • Our network of innovators, urban planners, change makers, government and investors that are keen to help transform our cities with you

Pitch to us! Just click on ‘ticket’ and choose ‘Attend and submit your Pitch’ to get details about the process

Program Outline

6 Networking and refreshments

6:30 Welcoming, introductions to pitches

6:40 10 pitches, 3 – 5 minutes each

8 Q&A, feedback and voting from audience

8:20 Winner announcement

8:30 – 9 Networking

Please register as attendee, attendee +, or innovator to secure your participation.

We are looking forward to see you there!

A Global Movement for Sustainability

People around the globe celebrate Earth Charter Day on June 29th to encourage more sustainable living. This year, on the Earth Charter Day weekend, the World of Walas will explore how we can work together to better realize the Earth Charter’s intent of respecting and caring for our local communities and the planet.

About – The Earth Charter provides a road map to build more sustainable communities – socially, economically and ecologically. It was written by thousands of people worldwide and officially signed in the Netherlands in 2000. Recognizing the world’s increasing interdependence, the Charter emphasizes the need to join together to support nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace.

Why Us – Our CEO, Gerben van Straaten, got involved early on in the process. He is a strong supporter of the global Earth Charter initiative and the author of the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto. He believes that with collective and collaborative efforts around community developments in cities, we can solve many of the Earth’s problems including climate change, CO2 levels, poverty and social injustice. He has ‘radical hope’ for the future and believes that it all starts with an ethical reset. The Earth Charter is at the core of the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto and Walas programs.

Where to Celebrate!  – On July 1st, at the Canada Place Innovation Zone, we will share stories about our work, the Earth Charter and our innovation partners to encourage a healthy future for Canada and its people.

You will be able to design your personal Earth Charter ‘dream cup’ and plant a seed inside to take home!

The Walas Innovation Space is an opportunity to educate and take action together.

Come discover and join in the fun as we celebrate the Earth Charter and Canada Day this July 1 from 11 AM – 6 PM! 

What does a healthy future look like to you? On Monday July 1st, the Walas Innovation Centre is joining the celebration of our national day at Canada Place! We will educate about the latest in green technology in the Innovation Zone, where we and other groups will be showcasing the tech and innovations to shape Canada’s future

This year, our Innovation Space will highlight the following for you:

  • Earth Charter – the ethical framework for the World of Walas and has its official celebration day on June 29th every year
  • TZOA, with their air quality consumer device and life testing!
  • Sepura by Anvytech, an eco-friendly food waste disposal
  • Ricardo Peralta, who designs homes for health
  • Walas Innovation Centre, that’s us!

The afternoon is a chance for people of all ages to get inspired by technologies that enhance homes and inspire to live a little greener. You will be able to design your personal Earth Charter “dream cup” and plant a seed to take home with you.

The Walas Innovation Space is in opportunity to educate and take action together.

Come discover and join in the fun as we celebrate the Earth Charter and Canada Day this July 1 from 11 AM – 6 PM!

July 1 at Canada Place will be a full day of family-friendly entertainment – including innovation zone, free live music displays, roaming performances, engaging brand activations and food vendors, and evening fireworks spectacular – making for the largest Canada Day celebration outside of the Nation’s capital!

NOTE: Canada Day commits to conserve the oceans and diverse natural environments that make Canada so great. Thus, you are encouraged to ONLY bring compostable or reusable food containers.

Sala Grads think to the Future at SALON 19

Dudoc will be transformed May 31 – June 2 by SALON 2019, an exhibition of work from this year’s graduates at UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA).

A curated selection of the students’ Masters thesis projects will be creatively displayed throughout the Walas Innovation Centre. Recently ranked as the number one architecture school in Canada, SALA’s grad exhibit is a chance to discover some of their latest ideas and to discuss pressing issues in contemporary architecture with guest speakers, up-and-coming architects, industry reps and other interested attendees.

Everyone is welcome at these free events! Join us for the opening reception on Friday May 31 at 7pm. The exhibition and programming continues Friday and Saturday and includes a range of speakers. Stay tuned to find out times and topics!

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs

In early May, people around the world honour visionary activist and writer, Jane Jacobs. On the eve of the Vancouver Jane’s Walks weekend, the Walas Innovation Centre will be screening the award-winning documentary about Jacobs at 7 pm at 1489 Frances Street.

In the film, Citizen Jane, Jacobs takes on New York construction kingpin Robert Moses who planned to raze lower Manhattan for a highway which threatened the very soul of the communities. As her work evolved, Jane championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building and urban living.

Jane Jacobs is a significant inspiration for World of Walas projects. Passionately believing that cities are for everyone, Jacob’s activism and writing showcases how cities can work well if everybody raises their voice and is involved in creating them.

Our sister Innovations Centre in Hamburg Germany will also be screening the Citizen Jane film as people in over 50 countries embark on Jane’s Walks in their neighbourhoods.

Stay tuned for an East Vancouver Jane’s Walk and reserve your seat now for Thursday, May 2’s screening at Dudoc Vancouver.

‘The “Blaakes Bos” – A cheeky example of Rotterdam’s architectural verve’
Credit: GETTY

For the second year in a row, students from Rotterdam, one of Europe’s leading cities in urban sustainability, are coming to see the initiatives and opportunities in Vancouver and at Dudoc. On April 24th, we are welcoming the business students at our Innovation Centre to show them how, with our European partners, we move Vancouver’s sustainability in the building realm forward. In return, we get to hear the exciting projects they are working on. Here is a snapshot of the themes:

  • Sustainable Cities – comparative study between Rotterdam and Vancouver on government and business initiatives
  • Bike Economy – influence of cycling on local economies and society along with recommendations for bike manufacturers, retailers, schools and local government based on Dutch bike history and latest developments
  • Sustainable Dutch products and services – Fair Phone
  • Food Waste – problems and solutions currently implemented by companies in the Netherlands and Canada

As part of the audience, we’ve invited the Emerging Green Professionals (EGPs) from the Canadian Green Building Council. Both groups will bring valuable input to the table to stimulate ideas and benefit from this unique intercultural exchange.Connect with us if you would like to be part of this values powered exchange!

What can cardboard be used for? Or rather, what can cardboard NOT be used for?

Learn from award-winning German designer Maximilian Hansen how cardboard is transforming the building industry. His expertise: exhibitions, interior design, and drywall.

Using a technique developed by CellX, one of Dudoc’s newest partners, this ultra-light and stable cardboard is also fire retardant. With this radical new feature, cardboard may excel above many other building materials and we are excited to learn how.

Tentative schedule for the evening:

6:30 pm Greeting and mingling in the Walas Innovations Centre

7:00 pm Welcoming from Dudoc

7:10 pm Maximilian Hansen, CEO and co-founder of Nordwerk Design

7:40 pm Q & A

8:00 pm Networking

On April 2, learn the latest about proposed arterial travel routes between Strathcona and Great Northern Way and let the community panel know what you’d like. The workshop runs from 7pm – 9pm, at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 1607 East Hastings Street.

Curious about the public input from the March 5 community workshop? Find out more about this, other False Creek Flats Community Panel plans and ways to participate. https://fcfcommunitypanel.com  They have been meeting at Dudoc this winter and will be sending their recommendations to City Council later this year.


Reminder – seating is limited and requires advance sign up via Eventbrite, or by calling 778-381-9121.

2019 sees the BC TECH Summit celebrate its fourth year as western Canada’s largest technology conference. It is a platform that sparks meaningful conversations, educates and inspires business growth opportunities in every industry.

The #BCTECHSummit takes B.C.’s innovation economy and elevates it to a global scale by bringing together business and technology leaders from every corner of B.C. and around the world to exchange ideas, insights and opportunities. The BC Tech Summit attracted over 5,600 attendees last year in primarily the technology, research, industrial, and senior government industries.

Between March 11th and 13th, World of Walas will be exhibiting on the latest in European Innovations as part of a collaboration with the EU Chamber of Commerce in British Columbia.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dudoc Vancouver, Walas Innovation Centre, 1489 Frances Street, Vancouver

Registration Open: 3:30pm ǀ Welcome and Presentations: 4:00pm

Networking and Reception-style Dinner: 6pm ǀ Presentations Resume: 7pm ǀ Conclusion: 8:15pm

Is all optimization created equal? Perhaps not. While off-site construction continues to surge, prefabrication practices may provide only modest improvements in real productivity and value. Demands on construction in the 21st century are accelerating faster than at any time in the sector’s history, while expectations on costs, performance and timeliness continue to rise. With declining numbers of skilled construction workers, a transformative change is needed to meet the rising demands.

This education and networking event, which includes a stand-up reception-style dinner, brings together three experts – a manufacturer, a contractor and an architect/inventor – each of whom has delivered innovative and sustainable projects. The speakers will highlight how incorporating pre-fabricated elements can enhance speed, reduce cost and deliver improved building performance. But there’s more to prefabrication than just moving indoors, as European practitioners have discovered. This is an essential event that will elevate conventional construction knowledge and practice.

Lucas Epp, P. Eng at StructureCraft will highlight how various types of mass timber can deliver efficiencies on site. Rod Nadeau with Innovation Building will present 35 energy conservation measures for contractors which he implemented on a multi-family residential project in Whistler to deliver a high-performance building at a conventional code cost. Finally, Mikko Viljakainen, managing director at PUU Info in Finland will showcase some of the optimization practices in use in Finland to address many of the same issues we face in Canada – trade shortages, increasing costs, speed of construction and high-performance expectations.

Join us for this enlightening and informative evening with these experts who will share their experiences and vision for the construction sector and deliver practical ideas and knowledge to your design and building practice.

Who should attend: This program is designed for large and small contractors, multi-family residential homebuilders, developers, project managers and suppliers to the construction sector.

Registration Fees:

ICBA and VRCA Members — $59+gst

Regular Registration — $79+gst

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 8th
More info found online at www.wood-works.ca/bc

Events & Dialogues

Join us for networking, education programs and workshops in and around Dudoc!

Pitch & Network: Marketplace for Disruptive Ideas in Urban Sustainability

27-08-2019 | 18.00 - 21.00
Dudoc Vancouver and the World of Walas invite you to our upcoming event on August 27th: Marketplace for disruptive ideas in urban sustainability. Our mission at Walas is to break down barriers to innovation. This event will feature innovative business models, products and services that are actively pushing for greater sustainability in our cities. Specifically, for […]
Read more

Upcoming events