Welcome to the Office of University Innovation!
You have found yourself at the University’s hub for imaginative thinking. We hope some of our information here will help you envision how you can participate in advancing innovation at Concordia University-Portland, and beyond.
The role of innovation at Concordia is a little different than within industry and at some other universities, as our goals tie directly to our University mission of preparing future leaders to transform society. To that end, innovation at Concordia is an “open creative process which finds and incubates inventive ideas to facilitate the positive transformation of society.” Learn more about the formation and evolution of this office.
By an open creative process, we mean that any member of the Concordia community can participate, as well as our many university community partners. We run events for students, particularly our Student Innovation Award winners, but also for staff, faculty and community partners, in order to help ideate new concepts that may help solve the world’s biggest problems. Consider us an incubator, in the sense that we believe in harnessing creativity and supporting it with people and processes that turn it into something actionable. And, ultimately, while we can appreciate all forms of innovation, our highest goal is improving the lives and conditions of people in the world around us, so we prioritize those projects that will help create the greatest good for our communities.
We invite the campus community to participate in the Center for Imaginative and Future Thinking (CIFT) and even apply to be “Innovation Fellows.” We hope you can attend some of our many upcoming events, trainings, and workshops.
For students, we run design thinking workshops, hackathons, and Ignite/TED competitions. Join us!
The Office of University Innovation is always interested in interfacing with the greater Portland community. If you believe you have an opportunity that would leverage the talents of our team, please feel free to contact our office by the means noted below, and we will be in touch.
Thank you for your coming to our site. I look forward to partnering and ideating with you in the very near future.