Hosted by Providence Research in partnership with St. Paul’s Foundation, this is a unique innovation event designed to tackle the challenges faced by patients and the community when dealing with pain.

This event helps underscore a particular Providence tradition: putting people in the greatest need at the centre of our research priorities.

Hacking Pain is held in collaboration with the Discover, Learn & Innovate for Impact Physician Advisory Committee, Providence Health Innovation, Research + Engagement, and Providence Health Care.

What does skunkworks mean?
The term originated in the 1940s. Skunk Works was an alias for an American engineering lab that worked on top-secret and innovative programs at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.

Today, the word “skunkworks” describes a project developed by a loosely structured group of people who identify issues and pilot creative solutions.


This isn’t your typical conference or seminar. We hope our inaugural skunkworks event will be a catalyst for innovation.

There are many challenges around pain waiting to be solved, but often researchers, health care professionals, caregivers, and patients do not have a chance to collaborate and share expertise to ideate together.

Skunkworks brings multidisciplinary teams together and empowers them with mentorship and rapid problem solving tools to address challenges related to pain.

This event is free, but space is limited. Register by Friday, Oct 1 to secure your spot.

Click here for more information and to register.