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Visual Perception

Alex Kipman: A futuristic vision of the age of holograms

Explore a speculative digital world without screens in this fanciful demo, a mix of near reality and far-future possibility. Wearing the HoloLens headset, Alex Kipman demos his vision for bringing 3D holograms into the real world, enhancing our perceptions so that we can touch and feel digital content. Featuring Q&A with TED's Helen Walters. With his latest invention, HoloLens, Kinect creator Alex Kipman has opened a virtual holographic universe for users to explore — and he may have changed the face of computing forever.

Start Up Nation

ICA launches StartUp & Up initiative with Interactive Ontario and DMZ at Ryerson University

Pilot program connects advertising agencies and local startups to propel business growth and success

Toronto - The Institute of Communication Agencies (ICA) is launching an initiative called StartUp & Up. The pilot program is geared to startups that meet a set of criteria and have been shortlisted to have the opportunity to present their concepts live to a panel of high profile advertising and marketing agencies’ representatives at the DMZ on March 31, 2016. Designed to create partnerships between emerging companies and Canada’s leading agencies, the joint initiative provides an opportunity for mentorship to propel business success and drive growth of fledgling companies. This underscores the mission of the ICA to champion commercial creativity and amplify the industry’s economic impact, and that of IO and the DMZ to foster the growth of the interactive digital content industry and innovative startups.

Entrepreneurial Graduates

The AC Celebrates Our Newest Graduates

Alaunus and TrafficSoda mark milestone as the AC approaches 10 years!

Waterloo - The Accelerator Centre is very proud to continue building on our track record for fostering amazing, successful tech companies with the Graduation of Alaunus and TrafficSoda, our 50th and 51st Graduates. This milestone graduation coincides with our 10th anniversary, capping off a decade of supporting some of the most innovative and successful companies anywhere. We’re excited to welcome Alaunus and TrafficSoda to the elite club of AC Graduates, which includes Canadian tech stars such as Axonify, Clearpath Robotics, Kik, Magnet Forensics, Miovision, Plasticity and Top Hat.

Chart of the Week

We're in a Bunny Market

Since the end of 2014, there has been plenty of movement in the stock market, but the S&P 500 hasn’t really gone anywhere. (Chart below and commentary courtesy of Ben Carlson of Wealth of Common Sense Blog). These periods can be very frustrating for investors because most people tend to think in terms of being bullish or bearish. They’re constantly looking for the end of the bull market or the resumption of the uptrend that started in 2009. A market that goes nowhere basically leaves no one happy.

Genetically Modified

NFU Calls for Action to Stop GM alfalfa seed sales in Canada

Saskatoon - The National Farmers Union (NFU) has written to Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay asking him to take immediate action to stop Monsanto licensee, Forage Genetics International, (FGI) from selling genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed in Canada this spring. The NFU also asked the Minister to put border controls in place to prevent importation of contaminated conventional alfalfa seed from the USA.

Surgical Smart Tools

Intellijoint Surgical and Corin Group enter strategic partnership for intellijoint HIP

Waterloo – Intellijoint Surgical Inc., a privately held Canadian medical technology company committed to developing and commercializing miniaturized surgical smart tools announced today the signing of a distribution agreement with Corin Group. The deal gives Corin distribution rights for Intellijoint’s flagship product, intellijoint HIP™, in Australia and paves the way for broader distribution and co-development between the two companies.


From coast to coast: a pipeline as unifying as the CPR

The Energy East pipeline can be the foundation for a new Canadian epic - By Bill Whitelaw

Calgary- It was just a simple piece of crude iron that fitted in one hand - but it still stands as an iconic symbol of nation building. The Last Spike was hammered home at 9:22 a.m. on Nov. 7, 1885, at Craigellachie, B.C. and marked, symbolically, the economic and political binding of a young nation.

Federal Budget 2016

Cambridge Benefits from Budget 2016

MP Bryan May applauds government’s investment in infrastructure, youth, and families

Ottawa - The Government of Canada has made significant steps in bringing real change to Canada and to Cambridge with the introduction of Budget 2016, Growing the Middle Class. Released on March 22, Budget 2016 includes measures to improve the lives of people in the riding of Cambridge and right across the country.

Streaming Video

Aterlo Networks Raises $1M in round led by MaRS IAF

by Phil Froklage

Kitchener - Working together at Sandvine, the three founders of Aterlo Networks — CEO Gerrit Nagelhout, CTO Scot Loach, and VP of Product Management Dan Siemon — noticed a problem: Some people with broadband Internet couldn’t stream video, like Netflix or YouTube, in high definition. Well, more than some; 160 million people worldwide, and 30 million in the U.S. alone.

US Presidental Race

Trump’s “America First” in Global Context

Washington, DC - Donald Trump is winning on his "Make America Great" appeal. His message has a strong “American-First” and “Anti-Immigrant” undertone which resonates with the Republican base.

Innovation Corridor

‘All the elements for huge success’: Mayor John Tory on the Toronto-Waterloo Region corridor

by Anthony Reinhart

Opportunity. Urgency. Crisis, even. Countless words were spoken during Toronto Mayor John Tory’s all-day visit to Waterloo Region on Wednesday, but they all pointed to the same conclusion: that the two cities are well-positioned to build something big, and that the time to get started is now.

Occupation over Question

Students Occupy NTU's Student Center

Students and community members are demanding that NYU abolish the box on their college application

New York, NY - NYU students and community members are occupying NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life to demand that the NYU administration immediately abolish the box on NYU’s college applications – the question that asks whether applicants have a criminal record. The group plans to stay in Kimmel until their demands are met, overnight if necessary. The group has recently been told that staying past midnight constitutes trespassing and may result in disciplinary action.

Community and Education

Students refurbish chairs to support Habitat for Humanity

Kitchener - Faculty and students from Conestoga’s Interior Decorating diploma program hosted the fifth annual Chairity Gala at the Waterloo Region Museum on March 22. More than 230 guests had the chance to bid on refurbished chairs with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.

International Sport Relations

Kitchener Panthers Hit Grand Slam

In Signing Three Cuban Baseball Players; Two pitchers with international experience named in time for 2016 season

Kitchener – The Kitchener Panthers, of the Intercounty Baseball League, IBL, have announced the signing of two pitchers from Cuba's Nacional Series. Both pitchers are with the Havana Industriales. A third Cuban player will be announced before the beginning of the 2016 IBL Season.

Infrastructure Rewal

OVC Gets $23-Million Provincial Investment

Guelph - The University of Guelph will receive $23 million from the provincial government to support critical infrastructure renewal at the top-ranked Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).


April 1, 2016

Centre for Family Business Breakfast Seminar

From Personal Anxieties to Excellent Business Performance

How one business fellow overcame some demons and helped others excel at business.

Meet and Greet

MP and MPP constituency offices move to Waterloo city hall

Waterloo - Over the last two months, Waterloo’s federal and provincial representatives have moved to city hall. On Feb. 1, 2016, Waterloo’s staff and council welcomed the Honourable Catherine Fife, MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo to her new Waterloo constituency office on the second floor of city hall. On March 1, 2016, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, P.C., MP for Waterloo, was welcomed to her new office space on the third floor of the Waterloo City Centre.

Tuesday March 29, 2016

Aboriginal youth partner with Waterloo as part of food security study

Waterloo - Indigenous youth from the Kluane First Nation will visit the University of Waterloo next week as part of an initiative to test fish mercury levels in Northern Canada in light of changes to traditional food sources in the Yukon.

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