Michele Mastroeni

Michele has been involved with innovation research and policy over the last 10 years. As a tenure track faculty at OCAD University in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, he is pursuing a research agenda exploring innovation systems, innovation policy, and the application of design principles and evidence-based solutions to solving the challenges faced therein.

Before coming to OCAD, Michele worked with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, and the Conference Board of Canada after returning from the UK after 7 years.

OCAD U calls for design and design thinking practices to be central to Canada’s inclusive innovation agenda

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 4:00am

In response to the consultation on the Innovation Agenda, OCAD U urges the Government of Canada to make design and design thinking practices foundational elements of its inclusive innovation agenda in order to enable Canadians and Canadian companies to thrive on the world stage. As stated in the response: “Crucial to Canada’s future, design thinking must be front and centre in the federal inclusive inno­vation agenda, both in policy development and imple­mentation. Critical to experimentation as well as to the development and further enhancement of services, products and business methods, design thinking is applicable to governments, not-for-profits and busi­nesses of all types and sizes — from start-ups to blue chips”. 

DEEP 2015: Designing Enabling Economies and Policies

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 1:00pm to Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 8:45pm

Big data, little data, thick data, thin data. What does the Internet of Things mean for self-knowledge, privacy and inclusion?

The Internet of Things will cast a pervasive net to capture all the data associated with our daily lives. As a society we are in the process of determining how to add meaning to this vast new glut of information. This offers a disruptive moment in history to move beyond mass thinking and privileging the norm or majority. As individuals it offers on opportunity for self-knowledge and self-guidance, an opportunity to value our variability. As researchers we need to rethink our tools so we can navigate complexity and understand diversity rather than reducing it. As a society we have a momentous choice to either apply conventional mass tools and assumptions or seize this chance to acknowledge and respect diversity and thereby find true commonality. The choices we make have as yet unfathomable consequences for anyone at the margins or not part of the mass.

At DEEP accessibility and inclusion are not options to be argued or fought for, they are assumed and manifest so that the community gathered can focus on the challenge of how, not why. The diverse participants at DEEP are all valuable and respected contributors to the challenge. Everyone must be at the table.

This year we will explore what this disruption can mean for each of us as individuals, for research, for government, for learning, for health and for communities. We will tackle the new vulnerabilities to privacy and security this exposes. Most importantly, for communities currently excluded, we will foster informed choices and active participation in this critical inflection point.
Join us at DEEP 2015 to participate in the discussions and explore the Internet of Things and inclusion.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St, Room 190 (Auditorium)
416 977 6000 x 3967

Accessibility Innovation Showcase 2015 - Hackathon

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Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 1:00pm to Monday, August 10, 2015 - 10:00pm

OCAD University participates in the Accessibility Innovation Showcase which profiles innovative accessible technology and assistive device companies. Motivational speakers, artists and athletes will share their experiences and demonstrate how technological advancements can improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Coinciding with the 2015 Parapan American Games and in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this high profile event brings together top innovators, investors, local and international dignitaries, government and the public.


Teams of programmers will use rapid-prototyping to solve an accessibility-related challenge in just 48 hours. The winning team will receive $5,000. See the results, including 3D printed models, and learn who wins on August 9.

Tech pitch competition

Companies will compete to win $20,000 from the Ontario Centres of Excellence to help them develop their accessibility technology and business. Watch the semi-finalists pitch their ideas to a group of investors on August 9. The winner will be announced on August 10.

Inspiring speakers and entertainers

Discover how technology developed to help people with disabilities — like touch screens and gesture control — is changing the world for everyone. Learn how para-athletes train and see what it takes to become a world champion. Be inspired by talented singers and musicians.

Exhibitor showcase

See more than 50 innovative companies and their newest developments including exoskeletons and wearables, specialized apps, smart-watches and sensors, personalized robotics, and treatments and therapies delivered by smartphone. Visit the Kids Zone, Sport Zone and Start-Up Alley to enjoy live technology demonstrations and interactive exhibits.

Venue & Address: 
MaRS Discovery District (map) 101 College Street (at University) Dates:  August 7, 1 p.m. Hackathon Competition Launch August 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free Admission