Author: Bill Bean

Code/Design to Win draws 75 students from 12 Canadian campuses

Emerging tech talents from the University of Waterloo collected all $12,000 in prizes from the expanded Code/Design to Win competition at Communitech on Saturday. First-year computer science student Yi Kuan Li won the $5,000 Code to Win first prize, while fellow first-year CS student Spencer Whitehead took home the $1,000 second prize. Fourth-year global business and digital arts student (at UW’s Stratford campus) Filip Jadczak won the Design to Win top prize of $5,000; the $1,000 second prize was won by third-year nanotechnology engineering student Angela Krone. They were among 75 coders and designers from 12 campuses — from...

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Waterloo Innovation Summit wraps up: Day 2 highlights

Photo: University of Waterloo grad and Golden State Warriors owner Chamath Palihapitiya and broadcast journalist Amanda Lang close out the 2016 Waterloo Innovation Summit. It’s not about the technology or the business acumen: the success of our economy is grounded in people. The people you hire. The people you serve. The people who want their lives to be respected and simplified. People, people, people. That was the point hammered home at the second day of the Waterloo Innovation Summit, co-hosted by the University of Waterloo and Communitech, as hundreds of entrepreneurs, academics and policy-makers gathered in Kitchener’s Tannery building...

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Waterloo Innovation Summit 2016: Day 1 highlights

Photo: Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, kicks off the Waterloo Innovation Summit 2016 at the University of Waterloo. A national partnership of citizens and governments is needed to see Canada’s innovation entrepreneurs outperform the world That was the vision offered by Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, to more than 600 entrepreneurs, policymakers, academics and invited guests at the opening of the Waterloo Innovation Summit 2016, co-hosted by the University of Waterloo and Communitech. The University’s Humanities Theatre was the venue for presentations on Thursday, September 15, that included greetings...

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Real traction: Three years in, Tulip Retail kicks into growth mode

The first goal for Ali Asaria and his Kitchener-based company, Tulip Retail, is simple: empower every sales associate in North America with mobile technology that will seamlessly connect them with their company and their customers. The next goal is to go beyond the retail market to empower every mobile worker in the world. And the hiring for both goals is ongoing at the three-year-old Tulip. The company, working out of the Tannery building in Kitchener, at a space on King and Church streets in Toronto and in an office on Broadway in New York, had a core team of...

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Chamath Palihapitiya: Silicon Valley's social conscience

The half-lives of businesses are shrinking, so companies need to have the maturity and thoughtfulness to stay on top — not just to get there. So says Chamath Palihapitiya, founder and CEO of Social Capital, whose mission it is to advance humanity by solving the world’s hardest problems – in healthcare, education, consumer enterprise and financial services. He is a former Facebook senior executive who helped the social media giant’s phenomenal growth The Sri Lankan-born, Canadian-raised Palihapitiya acts as a social conscience for Silicon Valley and the greater tech community — seeking more gender and cultural diversity in executive...

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