Innoskate London: Panelists and Full Program – May 24-25, 2019

May 14, 2019

Innoskate London: Panelists and Full Program – May 24-25, 2019


The Innoskate education and outreach program is a unique and successful collaboration between the 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 large, 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.

The inaugural Innoskate festival took place in 2013 on the 10th anniversary of global Go Skateboarding Day. With a skate ramp installed on the National Museum of American History’s plaza featuring the National Mall and the Washington Monument as a dramatic backdrop, participants Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Patti McGee, Cindy Whitehead, Paul Schmitt, and others engaged the public with insights about skate history, invention, and innovation. The success of the initial Innoskate event inspired new collaborations and new festivals at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, Washington, the X Games in Austin, Texas with ESPN, at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, South Carolina, and most recently at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 Rodney Mullen and Tony Hawk


For 2019, the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center is creating its 7th Innoskate festival to be held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, England on May 24-25 to complement the professional Street League Skateboarding Olympic Qualifying event at the Copperbox Arena. Aligning the Innoskate program with the SLS event provides a powerful opportunity to enhance the connection between SLS and the skateboarding community with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park area – an emerging dynamic center of cultural and educational activity. Innoskate showcases the value of integrating an Olympic-level skateboarding competition with a cultural festival: it engages both skaters and non-skaters, of any age, in skateboarding’s innovative culture that make it so much more than just a sport.

This special Innoskate program features the collective energy and expertise of its multiple collaborators including Autodesk, University College of London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, Here East, the London Legacy Development Corporation, the Chelsea and West Ham Football Clubs, and leaders of the skate community from the United States and England. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the U.S. Embassy in London, Autodesk, and the Smithsonian to make this event possible. 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 and to appreciate invention and innovation happen every day, often in unexpected places.

Program Overview, Objectives, and Themes

Innoskate audiences will . . .

  • Be inspired to appreciate their own inherent creativity and inventive thinking and challenge traditional stereotypes of “who” can be innovative and “what” inventors look like.
  • Use skateboarding as a tool to highlight the importance of flexibility, creativity, risk-taking, failure, persistence, resilience, and collaboration to any creative and innovative enterprise.
  • Appreciate the critical importance of diversity and inclusiveness as a bedrock foundation for creativity and innovation.
  • Discover the critical relationship between skaters and the terrain they navigate. Explore how architects, environmental designers, skate park designers, skaters, and city planners create new landscapes for skateboarding and other public activities.
  • Learn how social innovators use skateboarding and other inventions as tools to effect social change worldwide.
  • Explore the impact of skateboarding’s inclusion as an Olympic sport on the Olympics, skateboarding and skateboarders worldwide.

Learn to skate!

Chris Haslam


Innoskate – London: May 24-25, 2019 at Here East

Friday, May 24 – Here East Gallery – Innoskate Evening Program

6:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Innoskate 360 – The Evolution of Skateboarding, Art, 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:


  • Miki Vuckovich, Executive Director, Tony Hawk Foundation
  • Iain Borden, Professor of Architecture, UCL
  • Pierre Fratter-Bardy, Head of Strategy and Development, Olympic Games Department, International Olympic Committee
  • Mark Camley - Executive Director of Park Operations and Venues, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Oscar Loreto, Jr., Adaptive Skateboarder, USA Skateboarding Board of Directors
  • Lucy Adams, Chair and Elected Director, Skateboard England
  • Gary Ream, Chairman, World Skateboarding Commission, World Skate; Chairman, USA Skateboarding
  • Moderators: Jeff Brodie, Deputy Director, Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and Josh Friedberg, CEO, USA Skateboarding

Saturday, May 25 – Innoskate Festival – Here East

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

10:00 a.m.
Open Skating / Innoskate Design Studio Open

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Panel 1 – 60 Years of Skateboard Innovation and Invention

  •     Paul Schmitt, Inventor, Skateboard designer / manufacturer
  •     Paul Sohi, Industrial Designer, Autodesk
  •     Ryan Clements, The Boardr (Moderator)
  •     Demonstrations by local and professional skaters

Paul Schmitt by Johathan Mannion

Paul Sohi

Ryan Clements

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Panel 2 – Skating Spaces: Skateboarding and the Evolving Conceptions of Public Space

  •     Alexis Sablone, Professional Skateboarder, Architect
  •     Stuart Maclure, Long Live South Bank (LLSB)
  •     Miki Vuckovich, Executive Director, Tony Hawk Foundation
  •     Iain Borden, Professor of Architecture, UCL (Moderator)


Alexis Sablone by Jon Coulthard

Stuart-Maclure by Reece Leung

Miki Vukovich

Iain Borden

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


  • Pierre Fratter-Bardy, Head of Strategy and Development, Olympic Games Department, International Olympic Committee
  • Emma Frost – Head of Communities and Business, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Lucy Adams, Chair and Elected Director, Skateboard England
  • Josh Friedberg, CEO, USA Skateboarding (Moderator)

Pierre Fratter Bardy

Emma Frost

Lucy Adams by Sam Roberts

Josh Friedberg

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Panel 4 – Innovation Driving Accessibility: Adaptive Skateboarding and the Road to the Paralympics

  • Dan Mancina, Adaptive Skateboarder, Blind Skateboarding Advocate
  • Oscar Loreto, Jr., Adaptive Skateboarder, USA Skateboarding Board of Directors
  • Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, WCMX Rider
  • Lily Rice, WCMX Rider
  • Moderators: Jeff Brodie, Deputy Director, Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and Robert Brink, Writer, Host, Director of Marketing

Dan-Mancina by Christian Alexander

Oscar Loreto by Anthony Acosta

Aaron Fotheringham

Lily Rice by Peter Pickford

Robert Brink

Jeff Brodie

5:20 p.m.
Best Trick Contest (open to skaters with a signed waiver)

5:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks / Innoskate Ends

Innoskate Festival – Educational Activities
All-Day - Innoskate Design Studio

For the Innoskate London festival, the Lemelson Center and its collaborating partners will present the Innoskate Invention, Design, and Creation Studio – a range of hands-on educational activities to immerse Innoskate participants in the design, art and innovation of skateboarding as they use advanced design and manufacturing tools to create skateboards and skateparks for the 21st century.  Together, these activities will engage young people in the full spectrum of the invention and creation process: idea generation, sketching and conceptual design, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing.  Collectively, the activities will offer an interconnected experience for participants to contribute their own inventions, designs and creations to skate culture. Building on the success of previous years’ Innoskate festivals, and highlighting the resources, skills, and passions of the collaborating partners, Innoskate London will invite participants to invent, design, create, engage, and, of course, skate.

Make your own fingerboard
Lead Partner: Spark!Lab

Using a provided kit, create your own fingerboard (scaled 1:6). Shape the deck out of cardboard. Orient and attach two independent trucks. Snap on the wheels. Add your own graphics.

Design skate obstacles
Lead Partner: Spark!Lab

Use cardboard and other consumable materials to create small models of skate park elements – 1:6 scale, same as fingerboards. Test each skate obstacle on its own or combine into a sequence. Get feedback from other participants, and tweak your designs.

Design a skate park
Lead partner: UCL

Using the Marshgate Terrace footprint, the future home of skateboarding in Olympic Park, create a 3D skate park layout on a large printed map. Use provided models and maquettes, along with landscape and architectural features, to design your skate park. Consider ways to create an accessible, multipurpose space for skaters and non-skaters alike.

Design a (virtual) skateboard + 3D print demo
Lead Partner: Autodesk

Use Autodesk software to design your own skateboard – and watch a nearby 3D print demo.

Notebook giveaway
Lead Partner: Autodesk

Choose your favorite skate mark and get a notebook embossed just for you. Use your notebook to sketch, draw, and write about your ideas and inventions.

Skateboard timeline + Create a skateboard
Lead Partners: Create-A-Skate / FAR Academy

See sample skateboards along an innovation timeline. Watch and participate in the multi-step process combining art, science, and craftsmanship to make actual skateboards.

Breaking the Code
Lead partners: Chelsea Football Club / Solutions, Inc. / West Ham FC

Learn basic coding skills to program robots to navigate skate ramps. Explore dynamics of navigating skate obstacles, design of skate obstacles, and robotic modeling of human skating techniques.
Skateboarding Instructional Clinic
Lead partner: FAR Academy

Learn to skate! Practice techniques and tricks and navigating skate obstacles. Learn how the board works and practice skating safety.

Graffiti Skate Art Project
Lead partner: Global Street Art - Hackney Wick