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Ted Talks

Avi Reichental: What’s next in 3D printing

Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.

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Milestone

Home Hardware Stores Limited Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Fall Market

Over the past 20 years, Home Hardware’s biannual Markets have generated an estimated $13M in tourism for the Region of Waterloo.

St. Jacobs – Home Hardware Stores Limited is exhibiting innovative industry trends, ideas and products at this year’s Fall Market. Taking place from September 20-23, the Market will play host to thousands of Home Dealer-Owners, vendors and business partners from across Canada. This year’s Market comes near the end of a year in which Home Hardware proudly celebrates 50 years of ‘Home owners helping homeowners with expert advice’. The theme for the 2014 Fall Market is "This is Our Company", reflecting Home Hardware’s unique structure of ownership that allows each Dealer-Owner to reap the benefits not only of his or her individual success, but the collective successes and strengths of Home Hardware Stores Limited.

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Social Entrepreneurism - video

Crowd Funding Campaign to Start on Kickstarter Monday

Apparel company with a mission to eliminate the water crisis

Waterloo - A socially conscious start up from the University of Waterloo has found a way to get people on the other side of the world safe drinking water. Aleks Poldma and Spencer Kelly launched Hydrated World about a year ago while attending university together. Hydrated World is an apparel company with a mission to eliminate the water crisis—every item purchased provides someone with 500 litres of safe water per year for 25 years. Currently, Hydrated World is working on water projects in South Sudan but hope to one-day reach other parts of Africa.

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New Technology Services

BLACKBERRY ENHANCES MOBILE PAYMENT CAPABILITIES FOR BBM USERS

New BBM Money service for Android, BlackBerry and iPhone users in Indonesia announced; New partnership with TransferTo will bring contact to contact airtime remittance enabled from within BBM

Jakarta, Indonesia – BlackBerry Limited announced a series of new initiatives that will enhance the mobile payment capabilities for users of BBMTM, the private social network available for smartphones running Android®, BlackBerry, iOS or Windows Phone®. These new initiatives will take the ability to connect and share using BBM one step further.

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Destinations

Whistler Blackcomb Named No. 1 Ski Area in North America by Readers of Ski Magazine

Whistler Blackcomb Also Tops Survey For Terrain Variety, Après and Off-Hill Activities

WHISTLER, BC - The 27th annual SKI Magazine Reader's Poll has named Whistler Blackcomb the No. 1 overall best ski resort in North America. The online survey saw 41,000 resort rankings submitted by SKI Magazine readers and ranks the top 50 North American ski resorts in a variety of categories valued by ski and snowboard enthusiasts. In addition to being voted No. 1 in overall ranking, Whistler Blackcomb also received top marks in the terrain variety, off-hill activity and après categories, solidifying the resort truly has something to offer everyone.

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innovations

New technology that guides light through glass, developed by researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, could make our smartphones even smarter

What is essential is invisible to the eye: see it all with a smartphone!

MONTREAL - Your smartphone's display glass could soon do much more than just look pretty. That's what researchers from Polytechnique Montréal have just established by creating laser-written light-guiding systems that are efficient enough to be developed for commercial use.

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Entrepreneurship

Province invests $3.3m to support entrepreneurship education at Waterloo’s two universities

WATERLOO – The Ontario government is providing a significant investment in entrepreneurship programming in Waterloo Region that will help the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University support young people in creating new jobs.

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Hackers

Canada’s first massive, international hackathon to be held at the University of Waterloo

WATERLOO — A thousand of the world’s brightest students will converge at the University of Waterloo for Hack the North, a hackathon held from Sept 19 - 21. Organized by a group of undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo, Hack the North is set to be the first massive, international-scale hackathon in Canada.

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Art Gallery

October gallery exhibits feature bogs and geek culture

KITCHENER – The October exhibit of the Rotunda Gallery features a set of woodcut monoprints, entitled Core Sample Segments, which are an extension of work called Trembling Bog, begun in 2006. Artist Alison Judd investigated the life cycles of the Sifton Bog in London, Ontario, with the assistance of Dr. William W. Judd, her uncle and professor emeritus of zoology at the University of Western Ontario. In 1957, Dr. Judd led a movement to preserve the bog, which was a place of scientific research for him for 50 years.

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Digital World

CBC radio show to broadcast from University of Waterloo Stratford Campus

Stratford - CBC’s Cross Country Checkup is coming to the University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus for a townhall hosted by Peter Mansbridge about the future of libraries in a digital age.

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Entrepreneurship

Government Continues to Bring Entrpereurship Programs to Southern Ontario

Kitchener - Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, was at Communitech yesterday morning announcing a partnership with the Campus-Linked Accelerators (CLA) and On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA).

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Scams

Guelph Hydro warns customers of phone scam

Criminals posing as utility employees seek payment over the telephone

GUELPH - Guelph Hydro is warning customers about a scam being reported in Guelph. Guelph Hydro has received complaints about phone calls customers are receiving from someone claiming to represent the local utility, threatening disconnection if an overdue account is not paid within 30 minutes through wire transfer or pre-paid credit card. It would appear that small businesses are being targeted with this scam.

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Municipal Election

Kitchener Mayoral Candidate Berry Vrbanovic launches ideas for Growing Economy

Kitchener – Yesterday at an event with supporters and friends, Kitchener Mayoral candidate Berry Vrbanovic shared his vision for a Growing Economy in the city in the second of three policy platform launches. The event, hosted at Christie Digital, also provided an opportunity to showcase one of Kitchener’s global success stories and allowed employees the chance to hear from Vrbanovic as mayoral candidate.

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Gender Equality

Global Rule of Women Entrepreneurs: women owned businesses rise

by Naseem Javed

The trajectory of the current numbers of women students in Business schools, incubators and those running or just starting their own businesses points to surpassing everyone in the near future. By 2020 additional 100 million entrepreneurial businesses from China and India of which 50% plus will be women owned and when projected towards 2030 and beyond they appear as the largest group of business owners around the world. The facts are there, and the question is why it’s happening and when will old fashioned bureaucracies around the world will come to grips and acknowledge the massive women-power in the entrepreneurial and business world?

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Festival

Cambridge International Festival

Cambridge – On September 27 Cambridge will come together to celebrate diversity. Committed to reaching the goal of having all Canadians declare “I love culture”, Culture Days sparks communities into action; proudly taking this mission on board Cambridge is set to host the first Cambridge International Festival. YMCA Immigrant Services, City of Cambridge and Idea Exchange along with many community partners will host a full day of activities encouraging the community to not only explore but also participate in cultural communities and rituals.

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