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Rainforest Connector – Alberta Technology to Improve Social Well-being

January 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Topic: Alberta Technology to Improve Social Well-being

Speaker: Kurt Kinnear, Calgary Entrepreneur (www.hubudub.com) and Community Builder (Top 40 Under 40)

Kurt is dedicated to creating healthy communities through leadership and innovation – turning around the UofC Outdoor Centre, initiating the Outdoor Council of Canada, and forming Active Living.

Realizing people were spending more and more time online, and less time utilizing the services offered to improve their well-being – Kurt created a funnel (Hubudub) to easily add and display all campus events for the students, then added points and rewards for attendance. As a result Active Living saw 90,000 more students a year in their facilities and a 20% increase in attendance at participating events. The students provided feedback, many stating that they were lonely and disengaged and this program gave them the nudge to show up. They were able to connect with the resources and teams trying to help them. Kurt started working on a new, improved platform that has launched with YMCA Calgary, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Winsport, Canadian Blood Services, and recently Mount Royal University. This includes rewards partners, like Montana’s, who are dedicated to improving our communities. Hubudub provides the right tools for community partners to help people show up and change lives.

Rainforest Alberta – Connector is an informal get-together for Edmonton entrepreneurs at all stages (from ideation to exiting), small business owners, possible employees, and ecosystem champions looking to encourage and promote collisions between people and create connections that will help drive the success of entrepreneurs in Alberta’s innovation system.

Join us to meet like-minded people, celebrate successes and learn from failures, and build a community that supports and promotes entrepreneurship across the Province.

While in the room, we practice the values expressed in the Rainforest Social Contract.


  • 3:45 PM Check-In
  • 4:00 PM Welcome & Introduction of the Rainforest
  • 4:15 PM Presentation
  • 5:15 PM Discussion/Networking
  • 6:00 PM End

You should come prepared to discuss who you are, what interested you in the Rainforest, what you are working on, and how you can help others in the room.

Learn more about Rainforest Edmonton Events

What is the Rainforest?

Rainforest Alberta is an informal initiative to support Alberta’s innovation ecosystems. The traditional way of doing things simply doesn’t work anymore, and we want Albertan’s to know that they won’t have to move away to invent, prosper, or build an innovative business.

Learn more about Rainforest Alberta – yeg.


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