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Hacking Pain: A Skunkworks Project

November 26 @ 7:30 am - November 27 @ 12:00 pm

Registration extended for Hacking Pain: A Skunkworks Event

This isn’t your typical conference or seminar. We hope our inaugural skunkworks event will be a catalyst for innovation. There are many challenges around pain waiting to be solved, but often researchers, health care professionals, caregivers, and patients do not have a chance to collaborate and share expertise to ideate together.

Skunkworks brings multidisciplinary teams together and empowers them with mentorship and rapid problem solving tools to address challenges related to pain.

The deadline to register has been extended to Friday, October 1. This gives you more time to submit a challenge, or sign up as an innovator.

Please note that we have moved our fall skunkworks event from October 29-30, 2021 to November 26-27, 2021.

Hosted by Providence Research in partnership with St. Paul’s Foundation, this is a unique innovation event designed to tackle the challenges faced by patients and the community when dealing with pain. This event helps underscore a particular Providence tradition: putting people in the greatest need at the centre of our research priorities. Hacking Pain is held in collaboration with the Discover, Learn & Innovate for Impact Physician Advisory Committee, Providence Health Innovation, Research + Engagement, and Providence Health Care.

Here’s what else you can look forward to:
Cash and in-kind prizes totalling $70,000 available to winning teams in four different categories.
Network with influential mentors and judges from innovation and entrepreneurship who are passionate about health care.
Have fun learning, creating and team building with health care professionals, researchers, students and patients.

This event is free and no experience is necessary.



November 26 @ 7:30 am
November 27 @ 12:00 pm

From Our Community

Jeanette Forman

Northwest Quality Improvement Lead, Quality and Innovation, Northern Health

Jeanette Forman

PVN has really helped us engage with patient partners to improve health services at Northern Health.  It is more and more becoming the norm to include patients in the design, delivery and evaluation of health services.  PVN education and supports, involving patient partners, have enabled us to develop the capacity to include the patient voice to make care better and achieve better health outcomes.