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Verdun project


$8M to create a network of open innovation spaces in Verdun, Montreal. Open the project overview.

Initiative started by SENSORICA in colaboration with David Lametti, MP from Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.  
David Lametti follows SENSORICA since 2013. In January 2016, after the federal election, David invited SENSORICA members to discuss about an initiative to boost the economy in his riding. The general idea was to create a network of open innovation spaces, built along the OVN SENSORICA model, where the local population can meet with entrepreneurs and local companies to generate new economic initiatives.
David asked sensoricans to gather a group of experts from our local network to facilitate the implementation of this concept.
OuiShare MTL was the first network to be included in this project. Alex Bigot, co-founder of OuiShare MTL and OuiShare global connector was invited by sensoricans at a meeting on the Parliament Hill in Ottawa, where David Lametti reaffirmed his commitment to this project.
During the Montreal edition of the World Social Forum we met with other local players and discussed the project, in order to complete the initiation and facilitation team.

Short-term goals

Create a presentation about the concept - Done
Get funding - latest in March 2017

Long-term goals

Implement the concept in Montreal
Deploy the concept throughout Canada


Phase 1 : Analyzing the needs of the local ecosystem; make the right solution emerge
» Workshops with the political local actors
» Public events organization to sensitize the local population
Phase 2 : implementation
» Spaces layouts and equipment
» Services design
» Human resources organisation
» Shared IT infrastructure
Phase 3 : working with network models and creating bridges with other territories


The funding will be distributed to all the participants in the project, based on their roles.

Tools, activities, and processes

Knowledge base verdun_project 

Skills and resources needed

Open space design, implementation and co-management
Open innovation
P2P economics
Community-based approaches and action

Contact us if you want to contribute!

Photos of potential spaces for the first phase of the project


  • This is a list of our partners. 

    If you want to become a partner in the Verdun (LE VOICE) project, you first need to send us a request by filling THIS FORM. Someone will review it and provide you access to create your profile. 
  • Grandir sans Frontieres OrganizationURL http://grandirsansfrontieres.org/Grandir sans frontières (Growing without borders) is a non-profit organisation based in Verdun (Montréal). Our goal is to reduce the digital gap by providing ...
    Posted Dec 29, 2016, 6:32 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Breathing Games Organization URL http://www.breathinggames.net Breathing Games is a commons that aims to promote respiratory health and autonomy by encouraging people to take healthcare into their own hands – that ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 9:54 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Esplanade Montréal Organization URL www.esplanademtl.org Un espace de coworking et accelerateur, a but non lucratif. L'Esplanade est un accélérateur et un espace collaboratif dédié à l'entrepreneuriat et l ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 9:56 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Bricobio Organization URL http://brico.bio A biohacking network Bricobio is a makerspace for biotechnology. Rather than depending on industry, academia or other restricted sources for learning/teaching biology, we're ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 9:43 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • Pod Pioneers Organization URL www.PODnet.is An urban agriculture online community: ~400 members, 40 active members worldwide and four core members in Montreal  PODpioneers are any individual or community that ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 10:02 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • OuiShare Quebec - facilitator and coordinator VisionOuishare MTL envisions a resilient and sustainable city in which we are all empowered through universal access to resources, production and structures.Ouishare MTL travaille à l’emergence d ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2016, 10:08 AM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
  • SENSORICA - facilitator and coordinator See more about SENSORICA open value networkSENSORICA acts in this project through its Custodian, ACES-CAKE. 
    Posted Sep 19, 2016, 6:31 PM by Tiberius Brastaviceanu
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Current presentation

Past presentations


    See the Updates doc