Tech & Science

Mar 5, 2021
The Innovators: Mojio is connecting cars like never before
Nick Rockel

As Internet-connected cars go mainstream, Mojio plans to be in the driver’s seat. Thanks to alliances with customers like Telus Corp., Deutsche Telekom and its U.S. subsidiary T-Mobile–all three are investors, too–the Vancouver company now has more than 1.2 million...

Mar 4, 2021
The Innovators: Dapper Labs is developing blockchain's lighter side
Nick Rockel

The esoteric world of blockchain and cryptocurrency got a much-needed dose of fun in late 2017, when Vancouver “venture studio” Axiom Zen launched CryptoKitties. Consumers quickly took to the first game on the Ethereum network, which lets players use digital...

Feb 26, 2021
Ethọ́s Lab aims to boost Black representation in STEM–and help create a just and inclusive future for all
Nick Rockel

When I planned to meet Anthonia Ogundele, I had no idea we’d end up flying over a place called Sushi Island. But here I am with the founder of Ethọ́s Lab Lab, whose avatar is showing mine around Atlanthọ́s, a virtual space for youth aged 13-18 who belong to the local innovation academy. Accessible via a portal hidden in a wall, Sushi Island is just one corner of the complex, which also includes an auditorium and an art gallery. Since...

Feb 25, 2021
The Innovators: Form lets swimmers track their athletic stats—in real time
Nathan Caddell

After racing other people for years, Dan Eisenhardt has been just fine swimming with the sharks, too. The former competitive swimmer sold his first entrepreneurial venture, a sports eyewear technology firm called Recon Instruments, to Intel Corp. in 2015. Just...

Feb 24, 2021
AbCellera founder Carl Hansen calls for lower taxes on innovation
By the Editors

Scientist, entrepreneur, billionaire—Carl Hansen can now add tax wonk to his list of credentials, too. The founder and CEO of AbCellera Biologics revealed that side of himself by pushing for lower taxes on innovation during a virtual chat with Wendy Hurlburt, president...

Feb 23, 2021
The Innovators: Cmd is bringing cybersecurity to the cloud
Nick Rockel

Smartphones, laptops, tablets–when it came to cybersecurity, Jake King had seen plenty of innovation for mobile devices. But server infrastructure? King and his business partner, Milun Tesovic, spotted a gap. “We hadn’t seen the same innovation in the cloud,” recalls...

Feb 19, 2021
Q&A: Corie Griffiths sees plenty more upside for $2-billion Okanagan tech sector
Nick Rockel

Corie Griffiths took an unconventional route to her current role as director of economic development for the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The California native, who has a BSc in recreation administration, started out by working for her home state’s parks system. “I met my now-husband in my last year, moved to Canada for love, did some work on the non-for-profit sector and parks and recreation,” Kelowna-based Griffiths recalls. Since joining the Regional District 15 years ago as a research...

Feb 18, 2021
The Innovators: General Fusion is getting ready to demonstrate its limitless power
Michael McCullough

Burnaby-headquartered General Fusion has achieved a few firsts in its decades-long quest to harness the as yet untapped power of nuclear fusion, such as building the world’s largest plasma injector. (Plasma is the ionized hydrogen gas that fuels the emission-free reaction...

Feb 16, 2021
The Innovators: Visier helps organizations get to know their true selves
Nick Rockel

Ryan Wong wants organizations to see the truth about themselves so they can create a better future. That means making data-driven decisions–the kind enabled by Visier, the cloud-based people analytics and workforce planning platform he founded with John Schwarz in...

Feb 11, 2021
B.C. startup aims to stop potential COVID spreaders in their tracks
Nick Rockel

Like many other B.C. companies, Tevano Systems found a way to pivot during the pandemic. The Vancouver startup, launched in 2018, began by developing kiosk-based payment systems. When COVID-19 hit last spring, its tech team spied an opportunity, CEO David Bajwa recalls:...

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