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Toronto solidifies its place in tech world with Collision

Hosting the Collision tech conference is a real coup for Toronto and Canada as 2019 marked the first time it was held outside the United States. The conference wrapped up on May 23, following a four-day showcase of Canadian and international innovation.

Collision Toronto to feature innovative and disruptive startups

Collision, one of the world’s biggest tech conferences, is coming to Toronto's Enercare Centre May 20 - 23. The conference will bring together over 25,000 attendees in what has become the fastest-growing tech conference in North America.

Innovation takes center stage at first Toronto blockchain event

Toronto - Toronto is rapidly emerging as a major blockchain industry hub. This has led to the first blockchain conference to be convened in the city to be organized. The event will run between April 22 and 28th, 2019.

Getting a glimpse of the future at Geneva International Auto Show

Geneva - Car-makers are hoping to give consumers a glimpse of the future at this year's Geneva International Motor Show as they roll out new electric cars and try to re-energize an industry facing serious challenges on several fronts.

Need a great stocking stuffer? Try a 'shoelace system'

Shoelaces are a staple of civilization that hasn't changed much over the centuries. But this centuries-old tech has been re-imagined by entrepreneurs with an eye on fashion, fitness, and health.

The big graphene innovations you need to know about

Every month a new development using the ‘wonder material’ graphene is presented. Digital Journal has picked three recent research highlights that showcase the growing potential of graphene.

IKEA and Accenture are following in Google's footsteps

Home Depot, IKEA, and Accenture are examples of major companies with innovation labs. Alphabet, Google's parent company, has a famous innovation lab called X.

Industry-research collaboration highlights printable solar panels

An Australian physicist is leading a push to pioneer a new type of low-cost solar energy he believes could make signing up for energy accounts as straightforward as signing up for a mobile phone plan.

Connection Silicon Valley launches innovation series for VPs

Silicon Valley is world-renowned for producing some of the best startups and scaleups on the planet. And now, Connection Silicon Valley is helping to bring some of this innovative expertise to Canada.

Canadian hyperloop firm — Government needs to support innovation

Toronto - A Canadian hyperloop company is threatening to relocate its headquarters to Europe unless it secures political support at home for its technology.

A world first — Battery storage on offshore floating wind farm

Aberdeen - A battery designed to store energy generated by the Hywind floating wind farm off the coast of Scotland was successfully installed on June 27 and is being hailed as a "world first" by developers Masdar and Equinor (formerly Statoil).

Retailers experimenting with blue lights to deter drug use

Wilkes Barre - Colored bulbs cast an eerie blue glow in the restroom of a convenience store where people who inject heroin and other drugs have been seeking the relative privacy of the stalls to shoot up.

RemoveDEBRIS satellite to begin tests in collecting space junk

The RemoveDEBRIS spacecraft which will demonstrate a range of innovative technologies to clean up space debris has now been deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) and will soon begin its experiments in orbit.

The race for asteroid-mining worth trillions is on

Space, the final frontier, is now being eyed by a new breed of space companies who want to boldly go where the big money reportedly can be found — in asteroids.

Interview: Leader’s view on Canadian tech centers Special

Toronto - Toronto Technology Centre is growing hub of innovation and talent. To harness this potential help and direction are required. Key leader and opinion former Shawn Malhothra provides expert commentary.

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.
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