Summits & Labs

Summits bring together great people and spark dialogue around important issues. They provide unique opportunities for networking and connection. Youthful Cities’ summits are more than just a conference; they incorporate our Think + Do Lab model to generate ideas and foster change. Hackathons are a condensed version of the lab model that can be delivered virtually.

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Urban Work Summit Vancouver 2024

Discover the energy and innovation of the Vancouver Urban Work Summit, hosted by Youthful Cities! This sizzle reel captures the highlights of this dynamic event, where young leaders, entrepreneurs, and city-builders came together to reimagine the future of work in urban centers. We gathered 60 passionate young leaders from across Canada where they explored solutions to make our cities more inclusive, sustainable, and dynamic places to work in. Vancouver marks the inaugural city among the four hosting these summits. 

The Youthful Cities Urban Work Summit is a nationwide project that unites young leaders and innovators from all over Canada to address the challenges and opportunities related to the future of work for youth. The summit commenced with a national gathering in Vancouver, where delegates from different cities across Canada came together to establish connections, enhance skills, and create action plans.

Following the Vancouver summit, local summits took place in Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto, enabling youths to collaborate on tailored solutions for their cities. These gatherings empowered young participants to present their ideas and suggest strategies to enhance the work environment for their peers. Outstanding concepts received micro-grants, allowing the winners to turn their ideas into tangible projects.

In order to support the delegates’ initiatives, Youthful Cities offered a 6-week skill-up program, providing mentorship and guidance to assist in bringing their ideas to life. This comprehensive approach not only encouraged innovation but also equipped young individuals with essential skills and resources to instigate positive transformations in their communities.

Running a Think + Do Lab

A youth writing on a sticky note

Step 1

Choose a city and a theme based on an urgent need in that city

Step 2

Recruit urban influencers ages 15-29

Youths working together on a project for Future City Builders.

Step 3

Take youth through the process of understanding the current reality in their city and co-create ideas for those issues. (See the ABCD Model)

A youth presenting at a pitch-off event in Hamilton.

Step 4

Launch solutions with local partners

The ABCD Model

A

WHERE ARE WE AT? What is our understanding of the problem that we are trying to solve?

B

WHERE DO WE WANT TO BE? What is the desirable vision of the future that we want to see?

C

WHAT DO WE NEED TO CREATE? How do we get that desirable future?

D

HOW DO WE DELIVER IT? How can we develop a launch plan that everyone takes ownership in?

All Summits

Urban Work Summit 2024 | Vancouver

Urban Work Summit 2024 | Vancouver About The Youthful Cities Urban Work Summit is a nationwide project that unites young leaders and innovators from all over Canada to address the challenges and opportunities related to the future of work for youth. The summit commenced with a national gathering in Vancouver, where delegates from different cities [...]

Future of Urban Work Summit 2019

Meet the delegates of the Future of Urban Work 2019 Summit. These youths come from across Canada, each with a unique perspective.

30Lab Case Studies

The 30Lab is a pop-up innovation lab for 30 local young urban influencers to come together over a series of four workshops to create innovative solutions on resilient city systems. Through the workshops, youth unpack the city issue at hand with mentorship from community experts and ideate new solutions for their city. Participants launch their ideas at a public event, where participants have the opportunity to secure up to $5000 in seed funding to bring their project to life in their city.

Virtual Hackathon Case Studies

Virtual hackathons incoporate our think + do lab model in a condensed format.