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    The second annual NEXTBC Showcase of Innovation & Awards Night will be held on the evening of Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Science World. NEXTBC 2 brings together the top companies pushing B.C.’s boundaries in technology, digital...

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    The second annual NEXTBC Showcase of Innovation & Awards Night will be held on the evening of Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Science World. NEXTBC 2 brings together the top companies pushing B.C.’s boundaries in technology, digital creativity and innovation, and allows the public to learn about the great ideas and individuals behind these businesses.


    Situated against the picturesque backdrop of downtown Vancouver and False Creek, attendees will have four hours to network, enjoy great food, travel the booths and then find out who will take home the night’s awards. At 6:00 PM the doors to Science World open, and for the next two hours people can learn firsthand about the companies up for a NEXTBC award. Then, at 8:00 PM, the awards portion of the evening starts in the Omnimax Theatre.


    NEXTBC 2 will feature more companies, greater floor space for displays and a bigger number of awards to be handed out. Last year, the first NEXTBC featured 25 companies, with the top 5 going on to be judged in front of a live audience. This year, NEXTBC is broadening the awards categories so companies from all of B.C.’s diverse innovation sectors can compete head-to-head.


    Any innovative company operating within B.C. can submit a nomination to be considered for a NEXTBC award. The five main categories are:


    • Most Innovative Start-up
    • Most Innovative Business Solution
    • Most Innovative Digital Media Company
    • Most Innovative Entertainment Company
    • Most Disruptive Innovation





    From these five categories, the top company in each respective field will be announced. Then, one representative from each of the five winners will take part in a live Q&A. Rapid fire questions will be asked by the NEXTBC judging panel, audience members and our online audience. After deliberating, the judges will reconvene to announce which of the five companies best represented their method of innovation and be awarded the top prize of Most Innovative Company of the Year.


    An Audience Choice Award will also be given to the company that receives the most audience votes that night. As well, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to a B.C. company that has a substantial legacy of fostering innovation in our province.


    Tickets are now on sale for NEXTBC 2, and companies can submit their nomination form until April 21, 2015. Nomination forms can be found on the DigiBC website located at

     March 23, 2015
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    Sensor powered by stomach acid relays information to a patch worn on the skin, which in turn sends it to a cell-phone app that gives your doctor data on...
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    Sensor powered by stomach acid relays information to a patch worn on the skin, which in turn sends it to a cell-phone app that gives your doctor data on your health and your treatment regimen.

    If you're not afraid to swallow your technology, you may want to check out new tech 
    cleared by the Food and Drug Administration this week that lets you ingest a digital sensor powered by stomach acid that alerts your doctors about your health and your treatment habits.

    The technology consists of a tiny, silicon-based sensor that, at 1mm wide (roughly the size of a grain of sand), can be consumed via pills and pharmaceuticals and pass through the body much like high-fiber food.
    According to the developer, Proteus Digital Health, once the sensor is swallowed, stomach fluids that come into contact with it provide enough power to relay a signal that documents exactly when it was taken. This data is transmitted to a battery-powered patch worn on the skin that detects the signal and records the exact time the sensor was swallowed.
    The disposable patch, which has a life span of seven days, collects several metrics, including heart rate, temperature, and body position, and relays that information to a mobile-phone app. If the patient consents, this data is shared with caregivers and clinicians to help develop patient-specific and data-driven care.

    Dr. Eric Topol, a professor of genomics at The Scripps Research Institute and author of "The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Healthcare," says in a news release that the digital health feedback system is an emerging technology that could improve not only a patient's adherence to a treatment regimen but also chronic-disease management: "The FDA validation represents a major milestone in digital medicine."

    Proteus, which anticipated FDA approval at some point in 2012, is vague on cost, stating that it depends on "the context in which the system is being used." Time will tell if insurance providers will cover the system now that it has been cleared in the U.S. (it was previously OKed by European regulators), but until then, the novel technology seems most likely to be used in clinical settings.

    Powered By You from Proteus Digital Health on Vimeo.

     August 01, 2012
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    Posted by  see more Posted by Knowlton Thomas on 2012-06-27 9:40:00 AM

    Each year, 1.5 million students travel to learn English in Anglophone countries. As a result, the ESL market is worth more than $4 billion annually.

    A Vancouver-based startup called ESL Explorer has just opened for business and hopes to become a part of this multi-billion-dollar market by offering a healthy dose of the Internet into an industry that operates like the travel agency industry did 15 years ago.

    The Canadian startup brings together students who are seeking to learn English and schools who teach English in a transparent online environment, combining social elements (like Facebook), ratings and reviews (like TripAdvisor), and recommendations and e-commerce functionality (like Amazon), to provide a unique community marketplace for the language travel industry.

    ESL Explorer provides a niche social network for those 1.5 million students to connect with others who share their interest in language and travel. And it even helps find the perfect experience for each student, by providing a system that matches students’ preferences to schools’ areas of strength. Further, students are able to complete the purchase of their entire language travel experience through ESL Explorer.

    "We're building technology that will do good in the world," says founder Nick Miller. "When students choose schools based on transparent reviews, the schools will focus on quality of education. With great language education, people communicate and understand each other more thoroughly. And when we understand one another, it's easier to build a better world."

    SOURCE: June 27, 2012

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    Posted by  see more Posted by Techvibes Newsdesk on 2012-06-22 11:25:00 AM

    People don't like writing emails from their smartphones. But they sure don't mind reading them.

    Email has gone mobile faster than most internet-based activities, probably because they're light on data, quick to download, and easy to consume—plus, it's something most people like (or have to) check often, and it's considerably more convenient to check from a smartphone on the fly than accessing a PC at home.

    But it's a little surprising to learn which smartphone dominates email consumption, and just how thoroughly it does so. It's Apple's iPhone, which accounts for an insane 20% of all email opens, according to new data from Litmus' Email Analytics.

    Google's Android, which notably has many more devices floating about, accounts for just 7%. And RIM's BlackBerry, which has been famous for its efficient email system for more than a decade, is lost in an "Other" category that represents just 3% of emails, probably because of its rapidly evaporating marketshare.

    Observe more statistics on email clients in the Litmus infographic below.

    SOURCE: June 22, 2012