Design Thinking is a solutions-focused methodology used by designers in business to solve complex problems. The Activation Hub at SB’18 Vancouver is where it will come to life.
Create a strategy for your business that drives innovation
The Activation Hub is not your average Expo – it’s a dynamic and collaborative space that will help you find tools and solutions to meet your business goals. It’s where you’ll find inspiration, ideas, and companies who are already committed to developing business models and methods for delivering business growth based on a healthy and relevant vision of the Good Life. Discover how to use Design Thinking in the Activation Hub to enable product and service innovation.
Set aside your own assumptions and gain insight into user needs.
Define the problems or opportunities that motivate us to search for solutions.
Divergent and convergent thinking helps us look beyond the usual methods of solving problems.
Speed the innovation process to quickly test ideas.
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As a primary source of inspiration, Good Pavilions are the heartbeat of the Activation Hub. Organized around industry or initiative, they allow for co-creative conversation around specific content sectors. Industry leaders are anchored around each pavilion. Learn more about each one below.
Tap the collective knowledge and wisdom of nearly 3,000 sustainability professionals through a facilitated and moderated Design Thinking process. Multidisciplinary professionals will bring varying perspectives to the groups while convergent thinking allows the conversation to progress and focus on the right solutions.
The best ideas will turn into rapid prototypes with the support of design teams assigned to each Lab. It may feel chaotic at times, but over the course of the 2 days in these Innovation Labs, participants will walk away seeing a design process that makes sense and achieves results.
Another source of inspiration, Activation Hub programming is where companies will share insights and trends, best practice case studies, and feature educational panels and product demonstrations.
This program schedule is currently under construction. Sponsors with confirmed presence in the Activation Hub are encouraged to apply for programming slots. Please contact the SB team for information on how your company can participate in this exclusive programming.
The SB Innovation Open catalyzes the progress and impact of the next generation of better brands. Given the right support and exposure, these start-ups can contribute to an economically, socially and environmentally flourishing future.
These mission-driven entrepreneurs are poised to challenge the status quo of business. Learn more about their business models and innovative product and service ideas during their pitch presentations on the Activation Hub program stage.
Learn how Good Life Principles are being incorporated into our ever-evolving food systems. Explore the shifting tides of our food systems and find innovative products and services that are helping the food industry become more sustainable. Discover how brands are catering to changing consumer preferences, while ensuring a sustainable food supply for growing populations.
Learn how to navigate the delicate balance of a growing a brand while promoting responsible consumerism. Can large, growing brands still act as a force for good? Can brands inspire and promote responsible consumerism while still growing their business? Find out how visionary companies are balancing growth and sustainability, and how you can too.
Visit the Good Retail Pavilion to see how retail brands are solving the big questions facing the retail industry of tomorrow. Discover how we can upgrade the retail experience to better match values consistent with The Good Life. Learn the best way to optimize sourcing and navigate emerging issues in the retail industry.
Good Materials / Packaging
In the Good Materials and Packaging Pavilion, learn how businesses are using new, innovative materials and biomaterials to seamlessly replace outdated, carbon intensive ones. Discover how several brands, from industry giants to startups, are reducing packaging and incorporating circular principles in everyday products.
In the Good Fashion pavilion, explore how innovative brands are using new technology, materials and processes to make, source and consume the fashion of the future. These companies are not only reducing the harmful impact that the traditional methods of creating clothing have on people and the planet, but actively promoting the principles of the Good Life in the process.
Visit the Good Technology Pavilion to learn how brands are navigating the rapidly-evolving world of technology, in a way that promotes Good Life principles. Discover how new technologies such as AI, IoT and blockchain, among others, can steer customers toward new behaviors and anticipate potential unintended consequences.
Visit the Good Finance Pavilion to discover how the world of finance is rapidly transforming to accommodate consumers’ preferences for triple-bottom-line values and Good Life principles. How are companies breaking the traditional mold of finance and actually improving their processes while meeting consumers’ needs?
Good Leisure / Travel
Good Supply Chain
In the Good Supply Chain Pavilion, you’ll find a plethora of brands and solutions providers that are improving transparency and accountability in the value chain. Discover how to implement circular principles while overcoming barriers to improve sustainability practices with suppliers.
The research is clear. A new generation of workers is turning down traditionally sought-after jobs and seeking work that gives them a sense of meaning. Discover how brands are attracting, and retaining, top talent by innovating their company from the inside out.
New research is revealing the incredible damage that plastics and microplastics have caused in our oceans. How are brands helping to clean up our oceans and reduce the negative impact that everyday products have on the world’s oceans, natural resources, marine life, and people?