Tech & Science

May 2, 2018
Viewing Fintech Sector Patents Through a Different Lens

BCBusiness + Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP The rise of the financial-technology sector has triggered interest in patents for related technologies. While it’s clear that most fintech innovations are implemented via software, less obvious is how feasible it is to get...

Apr 30, 2018
Amazon adds 3,000 jobs in Vancouver
By the Editors

If someone were to detail in one news blip how the technology wave has transformed the world, a story about an online retailer taking over a building formerly occupied by Canada Post would probably be regarded as a little on...

Apr 30, 2018
Going With the Flow: Local companies find innovation in wastewater treatment
Ryan Stuart

Axine Water Technologies Inc.’s first client doesn’t want anyone to know its dirty secret. Vancouver-based Axine won’t give many details about the company, except that the water used at its electronics plant in San Jose, California, is so contaminated with solvents...

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...

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