The University of Victoria is set to throw open its doors for Ideafest (March 7-12), the annual festival showcasing campus research, art and innovation. It’s not just for academics; the public is welcome at all 50 events on this year’s roster. And get this: They’re. All. Free.
Before you think ho-hum microscopes and petri dishes, hang on: from sessions on the global refugee crisis and residential schools, to a “pop-up idea arcade” and an urban restoration walking tour, we mean it when we say there’s something for everyone. Take a look at the full program and our highlight reel.
Three Minute Thesis
March 10, 7-8:30 p.m. UVic | Bob Wright Centre B150
How do you sum up 80,000 words in three minutes? Exactly. The Three Minute Thesis competition challenges grad students to present their research in just one slide and only 180 seconds. The feat alone makes for a hilarious ride that draws a crowd. Bonus? The host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, Bob McDonald, is one of the judges. Chances are you’ll learn something from a guy who uses beach balls and coffee cups to explain the solar system.
Games Without Frontiers 2.0: The Social Power of Video (And Other) Games
March 12, noon-5 p.m. UVic | MacLaurin A-Wing Foyer
Faculty and guest experts talk digital games, design and real-world applications. Give virtual games and augmented reality a whirl, then stick around for a hackathon that considers how interactive media can help to address the challenges of integrating new refugees into the community.
Quuquuatsa: Speaking Our Own Language
March 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Royal BC Museum Registration required | limited seating
Hosted at the Royal BC Museum’s “Our Living Languages” exhibition, this event explores UVic’s Indigenous Language Mentorship course that connects language learners with fluent-speaking Elders. Linguistic learners and activists will share insights about language revitalization.
Retro Computing in the Library
March 10, 1-4 p.m. UVic | McPherson Library (129)
Have a chuckle at the golden “olden days” of tech and get hands on with throwback consoles, games and ’80’s computer graphics. This drop-in exhibit invites you to pull out your old 5.25” and 3.5” floppy disks (some of you won’t know what we’re talking about) and let a digital forensics team have a go at recovering your data. Just think what you might find.
Brave New Wordsmiths: Meet the Future of Canadian Literature
March 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Copper Owl (1900 Douglas Street)
Check out the latest crop of “literary stars” to emerge from UVic’s Department of Writing. Graduating MFA students read from their final projects (and future books) in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and drama.
Much, much more
From here, you may be as curious as we are about sessions like these: “Magical Mushrooms! Composers to Decomposers,” “All the Rage: Art in Conflict Zones,” and “How We Changed the World…in Five Minutes.”
Can’t decide? Throw a dart at the printable event program (make sure your loves are out of the way first) and take a chance. After all, learning feels good…and you might have the edge at the next trivia night.
> Be sure to check individual event details for any ticketing or registration requirements.
Image via UVic Fine Arts (credit: Banksy)