SFU, Langara students awarded top prizes at HUBBUB #11

Vancouver, BC – Five student projects created through CityStudio Vancouver this term were recognized at HUBBUB #11 on Friday, November 30. The event, held at City Hall, showcased twenty-four experimental projects created by students together with City of Vancouver staff to address key city goals and challenges.

A panel of judges selected the top three projects:

  1. The Night is Young (SFU Semester at CityStudio)
    A youth-centered toolkit for designing events that are art-centric rather than bar-centric.
  2. Blue Box (Langara ENVS 2100)
    Activating underutilized spaces to cultivate community and reduce the stigma around mental health.

  3. Student Food Network (SFU Semester at CityStudio)
    A network of restaurants near campus offering $5 meals for students. Embark has agreed to support this project going forward.

Two projects were also selected by the audience to win People’s Choice Awards:

  • Tell-a-Friend Initiative Pt 2 & 3 (Langara NURS 4163 + MARK 4820)
    Research for the Tell-a-Friend initiative connecting newcomers to settlement services and a marketing campaign to recruit volunteer community navigators. The initiative is in collaboration with the Vancouver Immigration Partnership.

  • Seniors Safely Cycling (Langara ENVS 2100)
    Assessing Vancouver bike routes for a seniors’ assisted-cycling program. The project is in collaboration with the Victoria, BC chapter of Cycling Without Age.

All projects at HUBBUB #11 were created as part of CityStudio Vancouver, a unique collaboration that matches City of Vancouver staff with students from SFU, UBC, BCIT, Langara College and Emily Carr University to create and launch experimental projects on the ground.

Mayor Kennedy Stewart attended the showcase portion of the event, exploring a number of projects and speaking with students; Doug Smith, the City of Vancouver’s Sustainability Director, shared a message with students about continuing to pursue change in the city despite challenges; and Chris Higgins of the City’s Sustainability Team emceed the event.

HUBBUB takes place at City Hall every spring and fall organized by CityStudio. Over 250 students, City of Vancouver staff, faculty and community members attended this year’s event. HUBBUB #12 will take place on April 5, 2019.