Tech & Science

Jun 18, 2021
Technology Impact Awards announce 2021 finalists
Saphiya Zerrouk

Technologically speaking, we’ve never been in better spirits. Just ask the BC Tech Association, which has announced the finalists for its 2021 Technology Impact Awards. The province’s largest and longest-running tech awards saw a record 44 finalists across 11 categories. Inspiration from...

Jun 16, 2021
Meet the Vancouver company making it easier to buy and sell NFTs
Nathan Caddell

The whole idea of non-fungible tokens can be hard to wrap your head around, let alone the thought of designing or purchasing one. Enter CoinOS, a Vancouver company that recently launched a white-label NFT marketplace designed to make it easy...

Jun 14, 2021
Vancouver tech company wins $200,000 award from Department of National Defence
Pallavi Rao

Metaspectral, a B.C. company specializing in deriving real-time insights from high-resolution imaging software, has won nearly $230,000 from the Department of National Defence’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program. The program saw 210 participants submit 283 proposals for...

Jun 11, 2021
Vancouver entrepreneurs bring sparkling new innovation to window cleaning industry
By the Editors

Many winners of Mitacs’ annual Entrepreneur Awards are worth looking up to. Whether Hossein Kamali fits in that category is up for debate, but his innovation certainly does. The only B.C.-based name among the five winners of the sixth annual Mitacs...

Jun 11, 2021
Will this B.C. tech innovation help drive the cities of tomorrow?
Nick Rockel

A building as a giant rechargeable battery? Besides providing zero-emission vehicles with clean, renewable power, a local innovation could help cities run better. UBC’s faculty of applied science recently broke ground on the Renewable Energy Hub, which aims to turn a...

Jun 10, 2021
B.C. invests $15 million to help fund tech sector employment for underrepresented groups
Pallavi Rao

In a move to boost inclusion in the province’s technology sector, the B.C. government is providing grants that will help fund up to 3,000 paid positions. These grants will go to applicants who have been historically underrepresented in tech, including...

Jun 8, 2021
How Boeing Vancouver’s Supercluster project promises to propel aircraft maintenance forward
Nathan Caddell

You have to admire the way Jack Hsu explains the principles of Boeing’s augmented reality technology to a complete Luddite. I didn’t think I was one of those, but listening to Hsu—a senior manager at Boeing Vancouver’s Richmond facility—wax poetic...

Jun 1, 2021
Youth Innovation Showcase announces 2021 finalists
Saphiya Zerrouk

B.C. has no shortage of innovators—and it looks like there are plenty more in the pipeline. The Science Fair Foundation of BC just announced the 10 finalists in its 2021 Youth Innovation Showcase. Their projects, which span sectors such as healthtech...

May 31, 2021
Work from home? Or back to the office? This B.C. tech firm has a post-pandemic fix
Saphiya Zerrouk

Itching to get back to the office or enjoying the commute from bed to your at-home workstation? Traction on Demand might have the perfect in-between for employees who want to ditch the loungewear and start interacting with the outside world again. Feedback...

May 26, 2021
Pacific Trader: Xenon Pharmaceuticals’ treatments seem to have hit a nerve
Michael McCullough

The stock: B.C.’s biotech sector has had a breakthrough year, what with the blockbuster IPO of AbCellera Biologics (NASDAQ:ABCL) in December, U.S. regulatory approval for Aurinia Pharmaceuticals (TSX:AUP) in January and other milestones. Next to those, the nearly 30-percent appreciation...

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