Author: Samantha Clark

New federal program will fund jobs for post-secondary tech students

Just in time for the new school year, the Government of Canada has announced it will provide work opportunities for post-secondary students seeking jobs at tech companies. Bardish Chagger, federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism and MP for Waterloo, was in Kitchener today at D2L to announce the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Career Ready Program. The new program aims to create quality work-integrated learning opportunities and focusses on high-demand occupations in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business fields. ITAC will be responsible for matching students with small-to-medium sized tech companies. The students must be from...

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Alaunus Unveils Bloom

New Platform Puts Ontario Patients and Families in the Driver’s Seat When Accessing Home Healthcare Services April 10, 2017 (WATERLOO, ON) — Alaunus, an emerging leader in technology-enabled care solutions today launches Bloom, a new technology platform to directly connect Ontario patients and families with caregivers, accelerating access to high quality home-based care. Targeting the 1.46 million people, mostly seniors, in Ontario today who receive community support such as meals, transportation and caregiver services in their homes, Bloom gives patients and family members more choice, using modern technology to connect and match patients to high quality, fully vetted caregivers. The platform streamlines the existing home health care delivery system, empowers full patient-choice, enhances accountability, and elevates the quality of accessible caregivers, all while strengthening the voices of patients and families in their own healthcare planning. In Ontario today, 93% of eligible home care patients receive their first nursing visit within five days of being approved and 84% of home care patients with complex needs receive a visit from a personal support worker (PSW) within the five day target[1].  The ultimate goal of the Bloom platform is to narrow that time window even further, says Andrew Ringer, CEO of Alaunus, Bloom’s creator. “With the home health care market expected to grow internationally to reach $400 billion by 2021, our healthcare system can expect to see more cost constraints, more hospital...

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Nuco to power the Terepac Blockchain: a revolutionary IOT-specific blockchain

August 16, 2016- Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and Toronto, Ontario, Canada– Terepac Corporation and Nuco Inc today announced the formation of a joint development partnership to bring blockchain capabilities to the Internet of Things through the launch of the Terepac Blockchain. “Small changes can have large effects. Large changes can have exponential effects. We believe that blockchain technology represents that large change, an inflection point in technology evolution,” said Terepac CEO Ric Asselstine. “Terepac is ideally positioned to lever that technology as we instrument and connect objects of all descriptions. From fire hydrants to newly-voiced conveyor belts, as an extension and complement to our existing IoT Platform architecture, Terepac now offers enterprise clients blockchain capabilities.” “Nuco is proud to power the Terepac Blockchain, a cutting edge IOT platform advancing Terepac’s vision of a connected and voiced world,” said Matt Spoke, Nuco CEO. “Blockchain technology is a fundamental milestone in unlocking the full promise of IOT. No other architecture is able to effectively administer the network scale unleashed by allowing every device its own voice.” Immediate benefits:  The Terepac Blockchain generates an immutable, tamper proof, record of all device interactions. Through the Terepac Blockchain’s first offering, TB Data Reliance as a Service, or TB DRaaS, any data set – Terepac-object specific, or otherwise, real time or cached – can be evaluated to establish, with zero doubt, its trustworthiness; creating a...

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Top 25 startups announced for Fierce Founders Bootcamp

The top 25 female-led startups to participate in the Fierce Founders Bootcamp were announced today. The founders will complete the first phase of programming at the Communitech Hub July 19- 21, 2016, and then return to the Hub from August 23-25, 2016. During the first three days of the bootcamp, founders will participate in classes including personal branding, customer validation and personas, and venture capital panel with Janet Bannister from Real Ventures. When they return to the Hub in August, they’ll take part in pitch practice, coaching, one-on-one meetings with venture capitalists, and UX and graphic design workshops, among others. Finally, they’ll pitch...

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Intrapreneurship Conference challenges big companies to imagine a more competitive future

Where are we going to be 10 years from now? That’s the question Larry Smith, Adjunct Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Waterloo, put to the audience during his keynote speech to wrap up the Intrapreneurship Conference Waterloo Region at Communitech today. The Intrapreneurship Conference – the first held in Canada – featured workshops, presentations and meetings to explore the ways big companies can adopt entrepreneurial mindsets to evolve faster, work smarter and stay competitive. The conference, which drew about 130 participants, brought together industry experts from around the world, including Lajuanda Asemota, director of diversity and inclusion...

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