#platFORMclass at Chinatown Experiment showcases new products by students at SFU & Emily Carr


Vancouver Is Awesome is a proud sponsor of The Chinatown Experiment, a storefront dedicated to pop ups which provides anyone that has an idea and the desire to bring it to life with the opportunity to make it happen. Every time a new pop up is about to launch you’ll catch a sneak peek here on V.I.A.!


What happens when design and business students from two of the leading schools in Canada, Emily Carr and Simon Fraser University, are placed in the same classroom? The result is #platFORMclass, a six-week long collaborative product development class, meant to revamp the established model of business and entrepreneurship.


From August 15 to the 21, students will move their ideas from the safety of the classroom into the real world, pitching newly-designed products and businesses to the public at 434 Columbia St.


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This summer, students were assigned to develop products, services, and systems that address contemporary social, economic, and environmental issues with the goal of turning the projects into start-ups. The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and the Social + Interactive Media (SIM) Centre at Emily Carr recognize the role that institutionalized education can play in providing a platform for students to pursue innovative ideas and concepts. This way, rather than maintain the status quo, schools and their students can challenge the norm while offering alternatives.


Visit the next generation of future leaders by stopping by  Chinatown Experiment to see, hear, ask and discuss.


Opening night is this Friday, August 15. Register to attend opening night pitches here (free). The storefront will be open all week for “The 1 Sale”.


Hours: Fri 6pm – 10pm, Sat & Sun 11am – 9pm, Mon – Thurs 12pm – 8pm


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V.I.A. is a proud sponsor of thisopenspace.com, an online platform for booking the most unique spaces for events and pop-up shops. They’ve hosted hundreds of pop-up concepts in Vancouver neighbourhoods since September 2012. Every time a new pop-up is about to launch at thisopenspace, you’ll catch a sneak peek here on V.I.A.!