May 2018

British Columbia Shows Real Intelligence in AI Innovation

May 31, 2018
British Columbia’s artificial intelligence (AI) industry has applications in the sectors of ICT and wireless, film and digital effects, and data analysis. While some B.C. companies focus on developing these applications, others are addressing ethical concerns of implementing the new technology, or tracking the pros and cons of AI. Vancouver’s burgeoning AI industry has attracted a lot of female engineers and company leaders. The city’s chapter of Women Who Code, a global non-profit organization supporting women in technology, has over 1,600 members. Vancouver AI companies include Sanctuary AI, a recent spinoff ... continue reading
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Mining and Clean Tech in British Columbia

May 24, 2018
The demand for clean energy and technology is booming, and British Columbian entrepreneurs are rising to the occasion. Solar and wind power, electric vehicles and digital devices are all gaining popularity as consumers – and investors – seek to support eco-friendly products. One outcome of green consumerism is an increase in mining activity. Electric and hybrid cars require up to four times more copper than conventional vehicles, and B.C. is the largest copper producer in the country. Alternative energy sources like wind and solar rely heavily on batteries, and have driven the demand for lithium up by 10% each year s... continue reading
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Fruitful Tech Hub in B.C.’s Okanagan Region

May 16, 2018
British Columbia’s Okanagan region is best known for delicious fruit, world-class wines and eco-adventure tourism. Those qualities are now contributing to employee attraction and retention for tech industry giants like Disney Interactive and numerous startups. People from across the province have been flocking to the area for affordable infrastructure, attractive quality of life and now, for opportunities in the tech sector. Kelowna in particular is rapidly becoming a high-tech hub. From local startups to new offices of established companies, the Okanagan Lake city is growing a significant tech community. Since 2016, the t... continue reading
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ICT and Wireless in British Columbia

May 10, 2018
British Columbia has a robust Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry with over 2,650 companies and more than 20,500 jobs spanning the fields of software as a service (SaaS) and enterprise-level solutions, the internet of things (IoT) and mobile technologies, cloud computing, big data and machine learning, e-commerce, and fintech and security clusters.  British Columbia is also home to Innovate BC (BCIC), a Crown agency of the Province, which encourages the development and application of technologies to meet the needs of local industry. It collaborates with business accelerators and partners across Bri... continue reading
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Unearthing Great Potential: Virtual Reality and Mining Worlds Converge

May 2, 2018
Who would have thought that augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) would one day be the future of the mining industry? It is true and what is happening is fascinating. VR is the future of the mining industry, where users wearing VR headsets can get an accurate representation of an area’s geography. This enables them to navigate future facilities and infrastructure and view things that they would not be able to see in person. B.C.’s Llamazoo Interactive can build mines digitally before ground is ever broken. This Victoria- based company can take data from mining companies and visualize it in 3D; this is just ... continue reading
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