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Apr 23, 2018
The best and brightest at #BCTECH Summit 2018

BCBusiness + BC Innovation Council There may be only one word to chart the growth of the B.C. tech sector in the last few years: Impressive. “It’s been building since about 2000,” says Shirley Vickers, CEO of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC), the Crown...

Apr 20, 2018
China’s Belt and Road plan includes a rival to GPS
Nick Rockel

It may not be the catchiest name to Western ears, but you’ll be hearing plenty about China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the years ahead. With this US$1-trillion international infrastructure program, Beijing aims to extend its influence throughout Asia...

Apr 19, 2018
Breaking Out: UBC program guides young tech minds
Nathan Caddell

Were the folks who created Hatch, a technology incubator based on the UBC campus in Vancouver, aiming for the familiar trope of scientists huddled in a basement lab? Heading down into the bowels of the Institute for Computing, Information and...

Apr 18, 2018
AI could help solve many global problems, but job losses are just one of its potential perils
Nick Rockel

Will artificial intelligence save the world—or bring on the end of humanity? During the recent Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) at tech incubator Cyberport in Hong Kong, four experts explored those questions and others. At the APBF, presented by public agency Hong...

Apr 6, 2018
Cryptocurrencies: Are they taxable?
Bilal Kathrada

With the price of bitcoin spiking in 2017, cryptocurrencies are gaining traction and moving into the spotlight of currency trading. If you jumped on the bandwagon and sold cryptocurrency such as bitcoin or ethereum in 2017, or made a purchase using any of these currencies, you’ll need to report those...

Apr 5, 2018
BCIC–New Ventures Competition welcomes applicants
By the Editors

The British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) and non-profit New Ventures BC have teamed up once again for a contest that rewards the province’s best new business endeavours. The BCIC–New Ventures Competition has been running since 2000, and this year the team that places first will take home $110,000. Companies will vie for more than just cash:...

Apr 4, 2018
Local investors are missing out on profits from Metro Vancouver’s VR and AR industry
Kate Wilson and Dan Burgar

In the past year alone, surgeons have begun practising their work on digital bodies, mines have been planned in immersive 3D, and Walmart Inc. has chosen to train its employees in constructed realities. Touted in the same breath as blockchain, AI and machine learning, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality...

Mar 29, 2018
Fourth BCIC Ignite Awards celebrate industry-shifting partnerships between business and academia
Nathan Caddell

It’s become a tradition. Twice a year, the British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) identifies revolutionary new technologies and rewards them with funding. The latest edition of the BCIC Ignite Awards saw the most cash handed out so far, with four recipients receiving almost $1 million in total. BCBusiness was a media sponsor of the awards, which...

Mar 28, 2018
Weekend Warrior: Geordie Rose is hooked on grappling
Nathan Caddell

I started [wrestling] when I was 13, my first year in high school, and I was terrible, lost every single match, about 30 of them. I was going to quit and not show up for the next year, but a...

Mar 26, 2018
Fourth BCIC Ignite Awards to take place this week
By the Editors

Once again it’s time for something that’s become a rite of passage for the local technology sector: the British Columbia Innovation Council’s Ignite Awards. BCBusiness is a media sponsor of the event, which takes place on Wednesday, March 28, at Telus...

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