Bend the arc of technology
Become a Tech Steward.
18hrs | Online | Free
Summer Registration closes May 6, 2022
Now more than ever, those of us involved in the creation and application of technology need to consider the social, ethical and environmental impacts of our work. Join a growing movement of tech stewards who believe better is possible.
This program is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled at a Canadian post-secondary institution, and is particularly relevant for those in fields associated with the creation and application of technology (i.e. engineering, computer science, architecture, business, etc...)
A series of simple reflective exercises designed to overlay your technical work and innovation efforts during your experiential or work integrated learning opportunities, such as co-op, internships, practicum, capstone projects, or design teams.
FOUNDATION - Introduction to core concepts.
Estimated 6hrs to be completed before June 3, 2022.
PRACTICE - Integrate Tech Stewardship into your work.
Estimated 1hr per week between early June and late July, 2022.
CAREER MANAGEMENT - Build career skills that incorporate Tech Stewardship and generate possibilities. Throughout.
COMPLETION - Final reflection and collect micro credential.
Estimated 4hrs to be completed before August 19, 2022.
“Today’s students are highly attuned to the challenges ahead – addressing climate change, energy transitions, food security, social inequity, and more. They are looking to engineering studies as a toolkit to navigate these complex problems. Tech Stewardship adds a critical lens by which to understand their multi-dimensional nature and build a supportive network so we can meet these challenges together.”Marcia Friesen, Dean, University of Manitoba Engineering
“The creators and designers of technology have the right to interrogate the ethics of what they are developing. But our ethics only extend as far as our lines of inquiry. More responsible technology starts when we grant ourselves and each other the permission to inquire.”Martin Ryan, Strategy & Stewardship, ServiceNow
“Diversity and inclusion is critical to both the means and ends of tech stewardship. To start we must combat the ‘myth of rationality’ in engineering and tech fields that has for too long created a headwind against substantive change.”Marisa Sterling, P.Eng. – Past President, Professional Engineers Ontario
“To find regenerative paths forward, there is an opportunity to dance with different ways of knowing. Instead of choosing sides, we can enter a reflective space that welcomes a third presence where we combine insights from both.””Melanie Goodchild – Co-Founder, Turtle Island Institute
Free to all current undergraduate students in a Canadian post secondary institution thanks to generous support from the Government of Canada and RBC Future Launch through the Business & Higher Education Roundtable.
Interested in future student or professional programs? See FAQ below.
Registration closes May 6, 2022
You can pre-register for summer program now! Access to the program materials will begin on May 6 .
The program is free, online, and approximately 18 hours over 16 weeks. It is designed as a light and flexible overlay to the existing experiential and work integrated learning opportunities offered by your school. Your practice will consist of a series of reflections, intention setting, and micro behavioural stretches. Although it is possible to complete most of these reflections individually, you will be encouraged and supported to connect with others at each step.
The program consists of a series of reflective questions that don't have right or wrong answers. Therefore, there won't be any tests. Instead we'll simply be checking that you've taken the reflection process seriously.
The micro credential is being offered by the Tech Stewardship Network in partnership with your school. While it does not count as credit towards your academic studies, it is designed to serve as a complement to your studies, setting you apart with leading employers.
A microcredential (according to the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario HEQCO) is a representation of learning, awarded for completion of a short program that is focused on a discrete set of competencies (i.e., skills, knowledge, attributes), and is sometimes related to other credentials. Read more here .
Recognizing that COVID is making it harder than ever to find work opportunities, we have included an option for you to complete a series of two interviews with practicing Tech Stewards so that you can learn through their experience in lieu of integrating tech stewardship into your own work opportunity. So please feel free to go ahead and register if you're interested.
Starting in 2015, a coalition of diverse engineers, technologists and creators began meeting around the question: how can we ensure technology is beneficial for all? So far, over 350 leaders from 150 organizations have contribute deeply to shaping tech stewardship as a response, and thousands more have contributed. This program is a next step in that journey, and is being offered by the Facilitation and Academic partners who's logos are listed above.
No, the program is open to all undergraduate students in Canadian post secondary institutions. However, it has been designed with a focus on those in fields associated with the creation and application of technology (i.e. engineering, business, architecture, computer science, etc...)
The program is not only about digital technology. It is to support anyone who's involved in the creation and application of all technology (physical, digital, biological). This includes in traditional sectors (i.e. mining) and emerging fields (i.e. crypto in finance).
Not yet - but we're working on it! This is a pilot program and our goal is to have a full French version as soon as possible. Please let us know if you're waiting for a French version and we'll let you know as soon as it's ready.
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If you are a student and want to learn more, please contact the TSP Program Manager here
If you are faculty/instructor or staff at a post-secondary institution and want to learn more, please contact the Executive Director of Engineering Change Lab, Mark Abbott here .