What is an Innovation Hub? Most of us know what Innovation means, a new method, idea or product.
What does a hub mean?
Your probably thinking a center of activity or network, which is exactly what a hub is.
Therefore, an innovation hub “is a shared work spaces specifically designed to promote collaboration and innovation. It’s a global community of people from every profession, background and culture working at ‘new frontiers’. Hub founders decided to create places with all the tools and trimmings needed to grow and develop new ventures; places to access experience, knowledge, finance and markets. Above all, places for making connections” (Da Silva)
Toronto Reference Library, located minutes away from Ryerson University host a couple of Digital Innovation Hubs to the community. These hubs are also located in Fort York and Scarborough Civic Center.
These workspaces offer free access to technology and training to classes such as:
3D Design & Printing:
The hub offers 3D printers, 3D scanners and design softwares. All 3D printing classes are free but online registration is required due to high volumes of use. To print on the 3D printer, a certification is needed, which is offered several times a month.
Digital Design Workstations
This Hub offers Windows and Mac workstations with specialized hardware and software. These are available as a first come, first serve bases for a maximum of 2 hours/day.
Classes such as photoshop, web design, Arduino (micro-controller) are all free with online registration.
Use of any of the following equipment is available with a library card!: Tablets, laptops, programming, smart pens, photography equipment
This is a quiet environment for users to work on audio and visual projects such as: filming movies, videos recording songs or podcasts. The hub includes a green wall, speakers, lighting kit, cameras, studio mics, and much more! Find out what else you can use here!
Programs & Classes
Classes for children and teens are offered to help build technology skills and creativity! Some of the few classes are, maker clubs, Virtual Reality Experience, iMovie, 3Doodler etc!
The Digital Innovation fosters a lot of education by allowing users to gain knowledge through classes and by hands on use of equipment!