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Elevate grows up — What's next for Canada’s tech week?

The Elevate Tech festival is only one year old, but after watching this week’s launch event at Shopify’s Toronto HQ, it appears that Canada’s largest tech festival has grown by leaps and bounds.

Ten teams advance in international carbon dioxide competition

A $20 million international competition to make profitable products from carbon dioxide that otherwise would contribute to global warming has entered its final stretch.

Greek innovation drive catches Tesla's attention

Atenas - When a group of Greek students dreamt up the Pyrforos electric vehicle, they never imagined their futuristic, energy-efficient invention would inspire US automaker Tesla to invest in their crisis-hit country.

Two months left to submit plan for Canada's Smart City Challenge

Ontario - Infrastructure Canada's long-awaited "Smart City Challenge" is now in full swing across the country and already, communities and green-groups are gathering input and ideas from citizens for their funding bid to the federal government.

B.C. government appoints its first innovation commissioner

Vancouver - In Vancouver, British Columbia on February 5, Premier John Horgan announced the appointment of Alan Winter as the province’s first innovation commissioner. He will be an advocate for the province's technology sector in Ottawa, Washington state and abroa

Toronto's booming technology center

Toronto - Toronto's booming technology scene is threatening the economic power of some of more established parts of the U.S. A number of reports chart the continued rise of Canadian innovation.

CES 2018 should be bigger and better than last year's show

Las Vegas - About 4,500 companies and organizations will be attending the CES consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada next week. Companies with well-known names down to hundreds of startups will be in attendance, hoping to be this year's big winner.

Artificial intelligence will transform productivity: Report

London - A recent report from PwC describes how artificial intelligence will transform the productivity of companies and have a significant impact on the GDP potential of the global economy. This will primarily be from product enhancements.

Plantagon — Feeding the world with vertical farming technology

As global populations increase and resources become scarce, Plantagon, a Swedish food-tech company, is proposing the idea of “plantscrapers.” This creative solution could allow office buildings to feed thousands of people every year.

With rising deaths, startups fighting America's opioid crisis

Drug deaths in the U.S. rose by 21 percent in 2016, a one year spike amounting to a bigger jump than over the previous four years, according to the CDC. But treatments are often not covered by insurance. Enter some innovative startups.

Intelligent sensor network for harvesting machines developed

Bielefeld - An innovative new system has been developed that will make it safer and more efficient to operate tractors and combine harvesters under changing crop densities and differing conditions in the terrain.

How Nike is taking the next step in digital transformation

A growing number of businesses are investing in innovative strategies to uncover new growth opportunities. However, many companies are still facing big challenges in the pursuit of digital transformation.

Tim Cook reflects on the lesson from Steve Jobs' biggest flop

Back in 2000, Apple released the Power Mac G4 Cube, a funky small PC designed by Jony Ive himself. It was a good-looking piece of hardware, but it flopped so hard that Apple discontinued it after a year.

Africa's agriculture needs a big dose of digital transformation

Scientists are now calling for a technological transformation in how Africans undertake agricultural production. With almost three quarters of the workforce on the continent focussed on agriculture, such a change could lead to rapid innovation.

P4G Accelerator will make sustainable development goals reality

Denmark-inspired "Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030," is a new global climate alliance with the goal of becoming an engine to drive green growth. The accelerator was launched on Wednesday in the UN Headquarters.

Elevate Toronto emboldens diverse community of innovators

What began as a pitch to Toronto’s Mayor 90 days ago has become the biggest innovation festival in Canada. Elevate Toronto kicked off its first year in fine form.

Los Angeles painting streets white to combat urban warming

Los Angeles - Labor Day weekend brought record-breaking heat to Los Angeles, California as firefighters battled the largest wildfire the city had seen in decades. The extreme heat bears all the marks of climate change and city officials are tackling the heat head on.

Edison Awards celebrates the 'Women Behind Innovation'

The Edison Awards are celebrating the “Women Behind Innovation”. This scheme recognizes those women who are paving the way with technology as well as encouraging young women to develop the critical skills they need to fuel tomorrow’s innovations.

Amazon to open new $5 billion headquarters in a mystery location

Amazon is opening a new headquarters, HQ2, somewhere in North America. It will employ up to 50,000 people, most of them white-collar workers.

Corporate responsibility goes hand-in-hand with sustainability

Achieving the goals of a circular economy requires partnerships and commitments across a number of sectors. From multinational corporations to the latest tech-savvy start-up, it takes leadership to get the train on the right track.

Majority of CEOs concerned about digital transformation

CEOs are concerned their business lacks the capacity to respond to digital transformation, according to a report from KPMG. Business leaders are finding it difficult to use digital strategies in their innovation and are also distrustful of their data.

Op-Ed: Digital Economy Board resigns leaving Trump high-and-dry

Washington - The Commerce Department's Digital Economy Board of Advisors resigned their positions on Friday, making this the third executive-branch advisory council of business and civic leaders to abandon the sinking ship-of-state.

New innovation marketplace to boost R&D in biotech industry

A new approach is being used to boost research and development (R&D) opportunities for startup biotech companies. The innovation marketplace is a collaboration between Scientist.com and IndieBio and is designed to accelerate the R&D process.

Low-income customers in New York to get solar energy

The New York Public Service Commission has approved a large-scale solar project in New York City proposed by Con Edison that will supply clean energy to about 800 to 1,600 low-income customers in its first phase.

Technology required to combat the opioid crisis in U.S.

President Trump has refused to declare the opioid epidemic across America a national emergency, leaving the public to find a solution to the problem. And with the innovative technologies we have at our disposal today, there may be a solution.

Nutraceuticals — a growing health and beauty industry

Nutraceuticals are the new generation of powders, pills, and drinks that promise consumers everything from the relief of joint pain to a healthier looking skin. The market is ripe with opportunities for innovative marketing and tech companies.

Tackling the opioid crisis through innovative technology

In response to the opioid crisis and the escalating number of overdoses from prescription medicines, heroin and opioids in the United States, innovators and tech companies are using technology to create solutions.

INFINITI Global's Dane Fisher talks digital transformation

If you’re not innovating in the automotive industry right now, you’re dead and dying. The influence of disruptors like Tesla and the fast pace of technological changes in vehicles are driving companies to rapidly future proof their product lines.

Rover comes out on top at culmination of the INFINITI Lab program

Eight Toronto startups pitched at the culmination of INFINITI's Lab accelerator program. After a rigorous four-week program, the innovators were ready to show why their products represent the best in IoT and smart city technology.

This company is taking cues from Amazon to reinvent manufacturing

3D printing was supposed to reinvent the world — giving common people the simple tools they needed to create any object they needed, right when they needed it, provided it was made out of certain metals or plastic.
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