Tech Roundup Review: August 2018

Every Tuesday morning we publish the Tech Roundup, a newsletter full of the latest headlines & happenings in Edmonton’s technology community. In addition to the curated, easy-to-scan lists of news and events, each edition includes one or two featured items which are the updates highlighted below. Sign up here to get the Tech Roundup by email each week.

The cooler temperatures are unmistakable: fall is arriving. It won’t be long before the river valley is beautifully yellow, orange, and red! But before we say goodbye to summer, here’s our look back at the month of August 2018 as captured by our Tech Roundups.

August 7 – Making Edmonton a global hub for AI

We began the month with a recap of the second YEG AI Hub workshop that aims to make Edmonton one of the top 5 centres for artificial intelligence (AI) in the world. The goal of the draft business plan is to attract $150 million of investment to accelerate efforts already underway, and to undertake new activities in support of the vision.

August 14 – Artificial Intelligence Improv at the Fringe

With the Fringe festival approaching we highlighted the work Kory Mathewson has been doing on artificial intelligence and improv theatre. He performed in a couple of shows this year, including HumanMachine. We also noted that EEDC selected Derek Hudson as its new CEO. He touched on the importance of the tech sector in an interview with Global Edmonton.

August 21 – EEDC introduces its Innovation Hub concept

We shared the details on EEDC’s proposal for an Innovation Hub downtown. Aiming to grow the “innovation ecosystem” in Edmonton, the new building would act as an entry-point for entrepreneurs and investors. It comes at a cost though: Startup Edmonton would move out of the Mercer Warehouse and into the new building. We also wrote about the new Talent Advisory Council on Technology, setup by the provincial government as part of the implementation of the Growth and Diversification Act.

August 28 – Edmonton joins Startup in Residence program

Edmonton has been selected as the first Canadian partner to join Startup in Residence (STiR), which is “a 16-week program that brings together government agencies and startups to co-create technology solutions for civic challenges.” Startups can register their interest in participating now, with the first challenges to be issued on September 25.

These were the top 5 most clicked on items from the month:

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Tech Roundup Review: July 2018

Every Tuesday morning we publish the Tech Roundup, a newsletter full of the latest headlines & upcoming events in Edmonton’s technology community. In addition to the curated, easy-to-scan lists of news and events, each edition includes one or two featured items which are the updates highlighted below. Sign up here to get the Tech Roundup by email each week.

Edmonton’s hot summer festival season doesn’t appear to have stifled activity in the local tech community! Welcome to our look back at the busy month of July 2018 as captured by our Tech Roundups.

July 3

We started with a look at Transport Canada’s commitment of $500,000 for automated vehicle research at the University of Alberta. The funding is part of Transport Canada’s new $2.9 million ‘Program to Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System’. We also highlighted a Borealis AI video shot here in Edmonton on why games like Atari “are a crucial way to learn how to solve much bigger, more complex problems.”

July 10

We noted the expansion of Rainforest Alberta‘s Lunch without Lunch Edmonton to two events per month. We also included a brief overview of the Challenger City event that brought business, government, and community leaders together to explore how to make Edmonton a top 5 global city for artificial intelligence. We’ll have much more on the initiative in the months ahead.

July 17

We covered Showbie’s acquisition of Socrative, its first since launching in 2012. Showbie, which makes digital tools for learners and educators, revealed that it now has “over 3 million users in over 140 countries and is available in 14 languages.”

July 24

We highlighted two startup announcements: Visio Media, which makes a digital elevator advertising solution, is expanding to Toronto and Calgary; and SAM, which uses artificial intelligence to help news organizations make sense of real-time social media updates, is among the first to use Snap’s new API.

July 31

We closed the month with the news that LoginRadius raised $17 million, and we highlighted their previous praise for and criticism of Edmonton’s startup ecosystem. We also looked at the Edmonton International Airport’s new digital strategy that carries the tagline “Reimagined by AI”. At the Smart Airports conference they showcased new autonomous all-terrain vehicles that will patrol the perimeter security fence of the airport.

These were the top 5 most clicked on items from the month:

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