The Big DiF
The Big DiF is Innovation Factory’s annual open house and house and celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation. The event not only showcases some of iF’s high-potential clients, but is also a platform to highlight iF’s successions and visions for the future, as well as award the Mark Chamberlain DiFizen of the Year to one deserving individual who is making a big difference in Hamilton’s innovation ecosystem.
To drive engagement in 2014 iF representatives asked attendees to write on a whiteboard how they were making a “Big DiF” in Hamilton, with responses ranging from “inspiring intrapreneurs to push limits”, to “providing job opportunities for young leaders.” The photos were then shared on the big screens instantly, as well as online though the #TheBigDiF.
At the event in 2015, attendees were given an “innovation passport” to document that they had spoken to all of the companies showcasing. Those who completed their passport received a small prize for their efforts.