What is Beakerhead
Beakerhead is a creative action-oriented initiative that advances the understanding of art, science and engineering as part of everyday culture.
It’s more than a series of events: it’s a strategy that bridges the worlds of art and engineering to encourage collaborations, invigorate new ideas, and celebrate human potential in a manner that’s truly Calgarian: by going BIG.
Beakerhead takes shape in a number of ways: engineered art, international innovation competitions, public performances, community challenges, backyard-built contraptions, school programs and more. Beakerhead is hands-on and citywide; everyone is invited to take part!
In 2013, 62,500 people experienced a program or event during Beakerhead including scaling a 40-foot tall rocket ship, jamming with Berlin’s most famous robot band, being shocked by 1,000,000 volts of electricity during Arc Attack, eating Engineered Eats at Calgary restaurants, meeting Commander Chris Hadfield and more.
View the archived 2013 event calendar here to see what happened.
The 2nd annual Beakerhead will take place in Calgary, Canada from September 10 – 14, 2014.
New ideas and much needed solutions are born where creativity and knowledge meet. An ambitious vision and massive collaborative effort, Beakerhead is an opportunity to put talk into action, create critical connections between communities and stimulate change.
Calgary is home to more engineers per capita than any other city in Canada and rivals most cities around the world in engineering heft. Combine that with its flourishing arts and culture sector and you’ve an explosive result.
As such, Beakerhead aims to:
Inspire Tomorrow’s Workforce: every child should have the chance to integrate creativity and technical knowledge into future career choices.
Stimulate Ingenuity: Beakerhead promotes a culture of entrepreneurship and creativity that will invigorate new ideas, designs and invention across all industry sectors.
Engage the Community: Beakerhead builds authentic, strong experiences for community building that encourages children, families, artists and engineers to see, touch, do and create.Case for Support