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Tech & Science

Sep 15, 2017
IROS 2017 robotics conference turns 30 in Vancouver
By BCBusiness

It’s time to welcome our robot overlords to Vancouver. Seriously, the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017) takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre from September 24 to 28. This year’s theme for the gathering, which...

Sep 15, 2017
Small Businesses Most At Risk In Cyberattacks

BCBusiness + Fully Managed Security breaches have increased 65 per cent since the first quarter of 2017 with a number of high-profile outbreaks infecting millions of computers around the world and causing billions of dollars in damage. WannaCry ransomware alone infected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries in May. While recent reports...

Sep 14, 2017
Two B.C. players make list of Canada's 10 most promising technology companies
By BCBusiness

British Columbia is well represented in the second instalment of a national program that helps tech companies with big potential grow their business and compete globally. The Lazaridis Scale-Up Program, run by the Lazaridis Institute at Wilfrid Laurier University in...

Sep 8, 2017
Top 100 2017: How Avigilon Corp. rose from a fledgling security camera outfit to B.C.’s fourth-largest tech company by revenue
Jacob Parry

Alexander Fernandes takes issue with the proverb that you can learn from your mistakes. “I don’t see that as wisdom,” says the 48-year-old founder and CEO of Avigilon Corp. His preferred alternative: “Don’t make the same mistake twice.” With an...

Sep 8, 2017
UBC goes to the head of the class in concussion testing
By BCBusiness

HeadCheck Health Inc., a Vancouver company started by UBC School of Kinesiology student and BCBusiness 30 Under 30 winner Harrison Brown along with UBC MBA graduate Kerry Costello, is helping the B.C. Hockey League diagnose concussions. During the season, all...

Aug 31, 2017
Okanagan joins global tech pilot project
By BCBusiness

The Okanagan's technology star keeps rising. Through September 7, it's the only Canadian region participating in a global community pilot project. Along with Accelerate Okanagan, a tech accelerator based in Kelowna, it was chosen as one of five locations from...

Aug 24, 2017
Is being a workaholic really bad for your health?
By BCBusiness

Researchers at SFU's Beedie School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte have found that how working long hours affects your health depends on how much you enjoy what you do. Focusing on four...

Aug 14, 2017
How to raise an entrepreneur
By BCBusiness

You might want to rethink enrolling your kids in coding camp this summer. Some of B.C.'s most successful technology entrepreneurs actually had a decidedly off-the-grid upbringing. (Think Slack founder Stewart Butterfield, whose given name was actually "Dharma.") Here Hootsuite founder...

Aug 1, 2017
Office Space: Vancouver's Bench Accounting gets comfy at work
Marcie Good

The Danish word “hygge,” defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being,” made that institution’s Word of the Year shortlist in 2016. It inspired a small library...

Jul 19, 2017
Ransomware remains a serious threat

Just two days before the most devastating malware attack in recent history, London-based Dr. Krishna Chinthapalli warned in a British Medical Journal article that Britain’s state-run National Health Service was vulnerable to cyber-security threats. "Hospitals will almost certainly be shut down by ransomware this year," he wrote. At the same time, North...

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