Calling all innovators and entrepreneurs!

Christchurch from space - reuse allowedAre you an innovator, entrepreneur, or young person eager to know more about what your future holds?

Then we have an opportunity for you!

The UC Centre for Entrepreneurship has just launched its first ever course for credit — Enterprise in Practice — where you can undertake a project for a startup, local business, social enterprise or relevant student club.

To top it all off, we are offering 20 students the opportunity to also attend the Singularity University NZ Summit for free!

As a part of the course, you will attend the Summit from the 14th to 16th of November and then undertake a project based on what you learn.

By attending the Summit you will hear from world experts in exponential technologies from Silicon Valley and beyond, and discover the cutting edge of technological progress taking place right in our backyard.

To find out more about this opportunity and to apply, head to the course page.

For more information about the SingularityU NZ Summit, check out their website.

UC Eco Week coming up (19-24 September)

ENGS5715_Eco_Week_WordPress_BNRIt is almost spring, which means UC Eco Week is coming up too! Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. And this year it runs from 19 – 24 September. Here is the low-down as to what is happening that week…

On Monday, the Eco Week launch is all about fair trade: Come and enjoy free fair trade All Good banana ice creams and free shots of fair trade Jail Breaker coffee in the Undercroft, 12 noon – 1.30pm.

Jpeg posterTuesday is about Food Waste. Food Waste is a massive issue, which is getting more traction in Christchurch too. There will be a short food waste get-together with speakers (Cultivate Waste and Love Food Hate Waste) and nibbles, followed by a screening of the award-winning doco ‘Just Eat It’ – 6pm to 8pm (C Block). It’s free and non-UC folk are welcome too!

On Thursday you can tour two Tiny Houses built by UC alumni! Tiny houses are hailed as one of the solutions to the housing crisis and as a way to live more sustainably. The Tour leaves at 1.30 (meet Katie at Science Road Car Park), back at 4pm. Booking is essential though, so email asap if you are keen!

On Friday,  you can learn about where to find free food on UC campus when you join the Edible Campus Tour! Did you know there are lemons, olives, walnuts, figs and more growing all over campus and that it’s all free to eat? Find out where and finish at UC’s very own Okeover Community Gardens. Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp.

In the late afternoon, come celebrate student and staff achievements in sustainability at the 2016 Sustainability Awards ceremony! The Sustainability Awards recognise the efforts of our university community to improve the world around us.  They will be held at Undercroft 101 – 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Nominations still open til 31 August. Download the nomination here.

13668877_1129345150440692_2944166230395402891_oAnd finally, on Saturday, UC’s very first Sustaina-ball!! This is presented by the UC Eco Club Network, and the theme is Garden Party. Visit here for more information. The ball will be held at Bentley’s (UCSA events centre) from 7.30pm to late.

All good bananasDuring Eco Week some UCSA clubs will also be holding events: for instance, VCUC will screen Cowspiracy on Monday,  GEOSOC is planning a Quiznight on Wednesday and the UCSA will run an eco mug scheme at cafe 1894. To keep in touch with all events, subscribe to events on the UC Sustainability Office Facebook page. (Click Events and click Subscribe 🙂 Easy), or check out the events section on the UC Eco Club Facebook page.

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Looking for students to get involved with PARK(ing) day!

Photo credit Freya SatherleyWe are UC students Anna, Monica and Serena and we are involved    with Gap Filler’s PARK(ing) day project.

On the 16th of September (10am – 2 pm) we will be taking over some parking spaces in the Foundry carpark at the University of Canterbury and transforming them into fun, innovative spaces for UC students to enjoy. We are keen to get the student community involved with this event, whether you create your own space or simply come along to see the spaces we create. We are doing this project through our Management course MGMT208 which involves service learning, this means that we apply theory learnt in class to carry out our practical community based project.

PARK(ing) day

Parking day photo credit Freya SatherleyPARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. We are working with the Christchurch-based community organisation Gap Filler to do this project. With PARK(ing) day Gap Filler aims to promote awareness about the way public spaces are used and bring the community together. Gap Filler came about after the Christchurch earthquakes with the purpose to regenerate the city and allow people in the community to have a voice.

PARK(ing) day was invented by the Rebar group in 2005 where they converted a metered parking spot into a temporary public space in San Francisco. The Rebar group sets out to imagine opportunities to redefine and re-imagine the world around us and our relationships with our fellow human beings. Our project involves participating with other organisations involved in the international (PARK)ing day event.

Getting students involved!

We are hoping that this project will get students to think about becoming involved in the community and the use of public spaces in Christchurch. We are excited to be creating a fun event for people to enjoy, whilst also raising awareness about Gap Filler and all the great work they do in the community. We are keen to get students involved with this event, through creating their own spaces at the University Campus or elsewhere in Christchurch, or by simply coming along to see the spaces we create.

If you are interested in getting involved or have some superb ideas please contact us for more information and assistance. Email us at Parking day 2 photo credit Freya SatherleyMore information

Check out the Park(ing) Day Christchurch Facebook page for more details as well as the PARK(ing) day rules and regulations. OPSOC will also be joining us in creating a fun public space for you to enjoy. We would love to see you at Park(ing) Day on Friday the 16th of September between 10am-2pm at the Foundry Carpark.

Photos by Freya Satherley