• VIATEC posted an article
    Submissions for challenges are now open for Victoria's first ever Health Hackathon see more

    The Victoria Health Hackathon – Call for Challenges!


    The first ever health and regenerative medicine themed Hackathon will take place in Victoria September 28-30, 2018. Health Hackathons are focused events that bring together interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions to front-line healthcare problems. This event is being held with support from the Centre of Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria, the B.C. Regenerative Medicine Initiative, Starfish Medical, and Island Health.

    Call for Challenges: The Hackathon’s organizers are seeking a diverse array of health related challenges that can be addressed by groups of hackers in a one month time period as part of our Hackathon! These challenges can be addressed through a variety of engineering disciplines, including biomedical, electrical, mechanical, and software engineering. See below for the event timeline. Preference will be given to projects with strong in-kind support through either mentorship or donation of supplies or resources. The challenges should be no longer than 750 words in length.

    Please email Stephanie Willerth ( with your potential challenges for consideration with subject line “Health Hackathon Challenge” and you will be notified by mid-August if yours has been selected for the competition. Those wishing to serve as judges or mentors are invited to provide their interest via email as well.

    Deadline for submissions: July 31st, 2018.

    Dates / Format:

    Summer: Hackers, mentors, and judges will be recruited to participate

    September 7: Kick-off, to be held at the University of Victoria, where the challenges will be presented to the hackers, enabling them to create teams. The teams will have until the hacking weekend to think about their approach to challenges. During this period, we will have a team of mentors who will answer questions about the challenges during that time.

    September 28-30: The Hackathon itself will take place at Fort Tectoria, with the solutions being judged on Sunday, and an awards ceremony to follow.

    November 2: A status update on the hacks has been tentatively scheduled during the University of Victoria’s Biomedical Engineering Day on November 2nd, 2018.

    Register: Registration for the Hackathon will open in July


    Still puzzled about what a Hackathon is?  Check out the following links to similar events for inspiration!

    Questions can be directed to Stephanie Willerth (

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Submit proposals for how your technology or idea can help address two of COSIA’s challenges. see more

    Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and BC Innovation Council (BCIC) invite you to submit proposals for how your technology or idea can help address two of COSIA’s environmental challenge areas: Greenhouse gases (GHG), and water.

    Proposal Submissions

    The following attachments outline the proposal submission process:

     Challenge Proposal Submission Process
     Non-Confidential Submission Form (Submission Template)


    COSIA Challenges

    You can review all of COSIA’s Challenge briefings online before you make a submission:

     Water Challenges
     Greenhouse Gas Challenges
     COSIA ARCTIC Waste Heat Challenge


    Ongoing Challenge Dialogue

    Questions: In-person and webcast attendees can continue to ask COSIA environmental directors and technical experts questions via the Cleantech online platform until Friday, December 4, 2015.
    Follow-up Webinar: COSIA and BCIC will host a follow-up webinar to address additional questions from attendees in January 2016. Invitations will be sent in December.

    The Cleantech Energy Innovation Challenge is an initiative of BCIC and COSIA in partnership with several energy industry partners. For any inquiries, please email

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Individuals and companies are encouraged to submit a brief story about their own meaningful moments see more

    November 24, 2015, Victoria, BC: Pretio Interactive, a Victoria-based mobile advertising company, wants to hear about your #MomentsThatMatter2015. Individuals and companies are encouraged to submit a brief story about their own meaningful moments in the past year. Submissions on behalf of others are encouraged, too.

    The stories will be featured on social media and a Christmas tree display at Pretio Interactive’s award-winning office in downtown Victoria. The public is invited to vote on their favorite moment and reward the winner with an amazing local prize package (valued at $500) to help make more meaningful moments here in our community for 2016.

    Completed your first marathon? We want to hear about it! Recently married or expanded your family? Share your special moment! Huge breakthrough in the workplace? Tell us more!

    Submit your special moment in a few simple steps:

    1. Email a brief story about your moment (maximum 200 words), along with a photo by *Tuesday, December 15, 2015. *If you don’t have a photo of your moment, you can send selfie holding a piece of paper with #MomentsThatMatter2015 written on it.
    2. “Like” the Pretio Interactive Page on Facebook. If your submission is selected, the team at Pretio will tag you when they share your moment.
    3. Beg, borrow and steal for “likes!” BONUS- For ten automatic, additional ‘likes’ come to the Pretio Interactive office at 1124 Vancouver Street and place your meaningful moment story ornament on the tree (ornament will be provided to you).
    4. The winner will be announced on Monday, January 4, 2016

    “This year, Pretio rewarded hundreds of millions of moments in apps and games,” said Jim Hayhurst, CEO of Pretio Interactive. “In a funny way, it has made our team more aware of meaningful moments in the daily lives of our partners, friends and communities. #MomentsThatMatter2015 is all about celebrating and sharing that with as many people as possible."

    For more information on how to participate in #MomentsthatMatter2015 please click here.

    About Pretio: Based in Victoria, BC, Pretio Interactive is a mobile advertising company that connects brands to consumers through achievement moments in games and apps in the form of a reward or deep discount on brands you love. The company is backed by Canadian technology investors Wesley Clover International and Yaletown Venture Partners. For more info visit

    Media Contact:

    Sarah Gulbrandsen
    Phone: 778.350.6055