Here East to Host Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center Innoskate Festival in Conjunction with First Street League Skateboarding Olympic Qualifier in London

May 03, 2019

Here East to Host Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center Innoskate Festival in Conjunction with First Street League Skateboarding Olympic Qualifier in London

Here East to Host Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center Innoskate Festival in Conjunction with First Street League Skateboarding Olympic Qualifier in London

Innoskate Integrates Free Skateboarding Cultural Festival with Olympic-Level Skateboarding Event May 24-25 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Orange County, Calif. (May 2, 2019) — From May 24-25 the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation is creating its seventh Innoskate festival to be held at Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, England - complementing the Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Olympic Qualifying event at the Copper Box Arena. Aligning the Innoskate program with the SLS event provides an important opportunity to enhance the connection between skateboarding and the East London community surrounding Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – an emerging dynamic center of cultural and educational activity.

Innoskate public festivals bring skateboarders and non-skate audiences together to appreciate that creativity, invention, and innovation are all around us and found in unexpected places. Through informal panel discussions, hands-on educational activities, learn-to-skate clinics, open public skating, food and drink vendors, and a best-trick contest, Innoskate participants use skateboarding as an interdisciplinary lens for exploring the intersection of history, invention, and innovation with science, technology, engineering, art, music, and culture. This year's Innoskate program will feature the collective energy and expertise of its multiple collaborators: Autodesk, Inc., The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, Here East, the London Legacy Development Corporation, Chelsea Football Club, West Ham United Football Club, Solutions, Inc., FAR Academy, Create-A-Skate, and leaders of the skate community from the United States and England. The Innoskate team is excited to inspire young audiences with a particular emphasis on engaging the youth of East London to be active contributors to their society driven by technological change, invention, and innovation. Innoskate is made possible through the generous support of Autodesk, Inc., who will also provide 3D design software and tools to introduce attendees to sketching, designing and manufacturing skateboards, and the U.S. Embassy London.

Themes and featured speakers for the Innoskate London program will focus on four critical elements of skate culture: 1) the history of skateboarding and the evolution of skateboard technologies; 2) the relationship between skaters, the terrain they navigate, and architects, designers, city planners, and policymakers; 3) the critical role of diversity, adaptability, and inclusion in skate culture; and 4) the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in East London and the worldwide impact of skateboarding's inclusion as an Olympic sport. Featured presenters include Miki Vuckovich, Executive Director of the Tony Hawk Foundation; Alexis Sablone, Professional Skateboarder, Architect; Josh Friedberg, CEO, USA Skateboarding; Stuart Maclure, Long Live Southbank; Lucy Adams, Chair and Elected Director Skateboard England; Pierre Fratter-Bardy, Head of Strategy, Olympic Games Department, International Olympic Committee; Adaptive skateboarders Dan Mancina and Oscar Loreto, Jr; WCMX rider Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham; skateboard inventor and designer Paul Schmitt; Jeffrey Brodie, Deputy Director, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation; Paul Sohi, Technology Evangelist, Autodesk; Ryan Clements, Founder, The Boardr; Catherine Holloway, Academic Director, UCL, Global Disability Innovation Hub; and Iain Borden, Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at The Bartlett, UCL.



Schedule for May 24-25, 2019:

Friday, May 24 – UCL at Here East – Innoskate Evening Program

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Innoskate 360 – The Evolution of Skateboarding, Sport, and Culture

An evening featuring skate community leaders, policy makers, urban designers, and sport industry executives exploring the distinct ethos and culture of skateboarding as it prepares for its Olympic debut and introduction to new global audiences.

Space is limited for Friday evening; free registration is required:

Saturday, May 25 – Here East – Innoskate Festival

Open to the public – come skate, invent, eat, drink, and have fun!

10:00 a.m.

Open Skating / Innoskate Education Design Studio Open

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Panel 1: 60 Years of Skateboard Innovation and Invention

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Panel 2: Skating Spaces: Skateboarding and Evolving Conceptions of Public Space

12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Open Skating / Innoskate Education Design Studio / Beginner Skateboarding Instruction

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Panel 3: When Culture Meets Sport: Skateboarding and the Olympic Movement

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Panel 4: Innovation Driving Accessibility: Adaptive Skateboarding and the Road to the Paralympics

5:20 p.m.

Best Trick Contest (open to skaters with a signed waiver)

5:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks / Innoskate Ends



About Innoskate

The Innoskate education and outreach program is a unique and successful collaboration between the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, leaders of the skateboard community, and museum and university partners committed to inspiring diverse audiences to unleash their inherent creativity and inventive thinking. At the core of this dynamic education program are significant, public Innoskate festivals that celebrate skateboarding's history and culture to spark the imaginations of young people. Key elements include presentations and discussions with legendary skaters, inventors, scientists, engineers, and artists on topics ranging from neuroscience to street art; family-friendly hands-on invention and STEAM activities; art education projects; learn-to-skate clinics and skate demonstrations; acquisition of skate artifacts for museum collections; and of course, a live best-trick contest. Innoskate is also part of an effort to establish a permanent Smithsonian Institution presence in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, working in partnership with the V&A to co-curate exhibitions on global issues, as part of the forthcoming East Bank cultural and education district.

About the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

The Lemelson Center has led the study of invention and innovation at the Smithsonian since 1995. The center's activities advance scholarship on the history of invention, share stories about inventors and their work and nurture creativity in young people. The center is supported by The Lemelson Foundation and located in the National Museum of American History. For more information, visit

About USA Skateboarding

As the recognized governing body for skateboarding in the United States, USA Skateboarding (USAS) is responsible for the selection, training, and fielding of national teams along with the support of all American skateboarders competing in the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, and other sanctioned team events. USAS is also responsible for the development of youth skateboarding initiatives that support grassroots programs, education, licensing, and safety while respecting and enhancing the existing culture of skateboarding in the United States. USAS is dedicated to promoting and supporting the sport of Skateboarding while striving to guarantee that Skateboarding continues to provide the unique characteristics relevant to the sport's participants, and maintaining the integrity and authenticity of Skateboarding as a sport, a passion, and a lifestyle. For more information, visit

About East Bank

East Bank is a new £1.1 billion powerhouse of culture, education, innovation and growth being built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. East Bank will be spread across three sites – UCL East (UCL’s new campus), Stratford Waterfront (BBC, the V&A including a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, Sadler’s Wells and UAL’s London College of Fashion) and Here East (the V&A's new Collection and Research Centre, and an existing space for UCL).


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