What is iDeaWORKS?
iDeaWORKS is Mohawk College’s research and innovation department. We help Canadian and international businesses, non-profits, governments and other organizations grow and innovate through applied research and innovation projects.
An acronym for innovation, design thinking, entrepreneurship, and applied research, iDeaWORKS collaborates closely with industry to commercialize ideas and improve business productivity by providing access to knowledge, staff, state-of-the-art labs and research capacity.
iDeaWORKS is under the leadership of Ted Scott, Dean, Applied Research and Chief Innovation Officer.
Mohawk College is recognized as one of Canada's top 50 Research Colleges (opens PDF, 1.4mb).
iDeaWORKS activities and services include:
- Research, design, develop, prototype, test and commercialize new products, processes and technologies
- Training and mentorship opportunities
- Teaming services
- Access to Mohawk’s facilities and equipment
- Access to funding programs
- Events and networking opportunities
How does iDeaWORKS work?
Mohawk faculty, staff and students collaborate with industry partners to complete real-world projects, which are often funded by provincial and federal agencies. These projects aim to address specific industry needs and to provide small businesses and other organizations with access to the resources they require to become more productive, innovative and competitive.
Areas of Specialization
At iDeaWORKS, we have three main areas of focus: eHealth/mHealth, Energy and Additive Manufacturing. iDeaWORKS can also partner on projects that don't fit within the expertise available in our research centres but are linked to Mohawk's other areas of knowledge. Our research centres are supported by specialized facilities that provide our partners with access to leading-edge equipment, technical know-how and training opportunities.
mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC)
A modern collaboration space and state-of-the-art cloud computing equipment helps researchers, businesses and healthcare organizations to design, develop, test and evaluate mobile health applications and electronic health record systems.
Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre (AMRC)
This metal and plastic 3D printing facility can collaborate with start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and larger organizations from almost any sector to create prototypes, test materials, and evaluate production and parts design.
Mohawk Energy Resource Centre (MERC)
Mohawk staff and students work with industry on research projects related to smart grids, industrial networking, power quality and energy storage systems.