University of Victoria

  • Sadie Evans posted an article
    UVic recognized as best Canadian comprehensive university see more

    Source: https://www.uvic.ca/news/topics/2019+employability-coop-ranking+media-release

    VICTORIA, BC (December 6, 2019) - Graduates from the University of Victoria are among the world’s most employable, according to a prestigious international ranking by Times Higher Education. 

    THE’s 2019 Global University Employability Ranking report identifies UVic as the best Canadian comprehensive university, and one of only nine Canadian universities overall, in preparing its students for the workplace, based on feedback from top international companies. 

    UVic prioritizes dynamic, hands-on learning as a core focus of its student experience, with research-enriched experiential programming that includes co-operative education (co-op) work terms, practica, internships, field schools, international exchanges, community service learning, research opportunities and more. 

    Seventy-five percent of UVic co-op graduates receive an offer of employment before they graduate, often returning to work for a former co-op employer in a full-time role. 

    “Students tell us that the hands-on work experience they gain at UVic is transformative,” says Andrea Giles, acting executive director of UVic’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services. “They apply what they’re learning in class to solve real-world challenges, and in doing so, they develop confidence, connect with passionate professionals, and discover how they can positively impact the world around them.” 

    Student participation in co-operative education at UVic is on the rise, with 43 percent of eligible students taking part. Co-op integrates paid work experience with employers into students’ academic schedule. Last year, UVic co-op students completed 4,288 co-op terms with 1,350 different employer organizations around the globe, including 325 international work terms. Co-op is built right into programs for students in the faculties of engineering and business and available as an option for students in most other areas of study across the university. 

    Google, Tesla, the Canadian Space Agency, Global Affairs Canada and Western Digital Thailand are among the diverse employers who hired UVic students for co-op terms in 2019. Google and Tesla also regularly hire UVic graduates—currently, Google employs more than 50 UVic graduates, while Tesla has hired close to 20. 

    Here in BC, employers range from local small businesses to large-scale organizations. Companies such as AbeBooks turn to UVic to recruit new talent. Since 2011, the online book marketplace, which is a subsidiary of Amazon, has hired 84 UVic co-op students studying everything from software engineering and computer science to economics and global business. Amazon is likewise a long-time employer. 

    “AbeBooks has supported UVic’s co-op program for many years, integrating students into our technology and business teams,” says Arkady Vitrouk, chief executive officer of AbeBooks. “We take around 10 UVic co-ops each year and we are always impressed by their knowledge, skills and creativity. With around a dozen UVic alumni currently employed at AbeBooks, we appreciate having this institution on our doorstep.

    View a brief video on UVic and the ranking’s results.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    An all-Canadian research team led by a University of Victoria neuroscientist, to be in simulation. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Roxanne Egan-Elliott

    An all-Canadian research team led by a University of Victoria neuroscientist is spending a week in a simulated Mars habitat in Hawaii in hopes of solving a problem for NASA.

    The researchers are testing technology that they believe could become a reliable way to measure an astronaut’s brain function during space missions.

    Beyond just asking astronauts how they’re doing, NASA doesn’t have a way to determine if people on long missions are feeling depressed, stressed, cognitively impaired or mentally tired, said Olav Krigolson, a neuroscientist and associate director of UVic’s Centre for Biomedical Research, who is co-leading the mission. Krigolson and the team of scientists are hoping to change that.

    “This is an objective way to peer inside someone’s brain,” Krigolson said of the technology they’re testing.

    The team of six scientists from UVic, the University of British Columbia Okanagan, the University of Calgary and the University of Hawaii will wear headbands that monitor changes in their memory, decision-making, learning, attention and perception.

    “If we see changes in the scores, that might tell us that someone’s getting mentally tired or they’re getting depressed or they’re getting stressed,” Krigolson said.

    Being able to assess an astronaut’s brain health would mean being able to make adjustments to avoid dangerous burnout on long space missions.

    The headband the team is using is commercially available, but Krigolson figured out that the technology could be used to measure brain health. He developed an algorithm that he has used to track concussions, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

    He has already taken the technology to the emergency room at Royal Jubilee Hospital to test fatigue in doctors and nurses, and to a mine in northern B.C. for similar tests.

    The team entered the Mars simulation habitat on Dec. 1 after a couple of training days to learn how the habitat works, prepare for potential emergency situations and practise walking in a space suit.

    The dome where six people will spend the week is about 12 metres in diameter, Krigolson estimated, and built to NASA standards. It’s located in a volcanic field in a remote part of Hawaii’s Big Island.

    The dome has a kitchen, where they’ll prepare freeze-dried meals, an exercise area where they will do daily, hour-long workouts — as astronauts on Mars would have to do to maintain muscle tone — work stations for research, a bathroom and six small sleeping compartments on an upper level.

    To make the simulation realistic, life inside the dome has strict rules. Each team member is limited to eight minutes of shower water for the week — despite the fact that they’re exercising daily and wearing heavy space suits when they leave the habitat to explore.

    Krigolson is providing daily updates on the mission online, and on Thursday, he said he was more convinced than ever that the technology will prove useful for space exploration.

    The team had a surprise evacuation drill on day four that saw all six don space suits and squeeze into a cave formed by hardened lava.

    “One of our iPads had a copy of Star Wars on it, so there we were … our research crew, in a lava tube cave, watching Star Wars, in space suits. Now that, I believe, is a fairly unique experience,” Krigolson wrote on his blog.

    If the exercise is successful, Krigolson is hoping to put the technology to the test in a longer simulation. “Say for six months or a year,” he said. “And if that works, hopefully it’ll go into space, either as part of the Mars mission or at the International Space Station.”

    The team is set to come out of the simulation on Sunday.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    A huge boost for the project that will change people’s lives while enhancing learning for students see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy
    Photograph by: Darren Stone

    A $1-million injection of funding will allow the UVic-based Victoria Hand Project, which manufactures low-cost prosthetics for the developing world, to expand and develop a new low-cost project for communities in North America.

    The project, which has been using 3-D printers to manufacture low-cost prosthetic hands since 2015, has received a large grant from the TD Ready Challenge.

    The money will allow Victoria Hand Project to develop custom-fit, low-cost scoliosis braces and low-cost prosthetics for amputees in underserved communities in Canada and the U.S.

    It’s a huge boost for the project that will change people’s lives while enhancing learning for students at the University of Victoria, said Nick Dechev, executive director of the project and acting chair of the university’s department of mechanical engineering.

    “Our mission is to help the most under-served people in North America and remote communities,” he said.

    The money comes from the TD Ready Challenge, an annual North American initiative that offers $1 million in grants to fund innovative solutions for problem sectors.

    This year’s challenge offered as many as 10 $1-million grants to help improve access to early detection and intervention for diseases.

    The funding will go a long way to expand the scoliosis-brace project Dechev and his team started working on in 2016. Dechev said they saw an opportunity to manufacture braces to help correct curvature of the spine, using the same 3-D printing process they use for prosthetic limbs.

    “About three per cent of kids anywhere in the world have scoliosis, and of those, 10 per cent need bracing. That means three per 1,000 kids in Canada and the U.S. have backs that are crooked to the extent they need corrective braces,” he said, noting the cost of bracing is not covered in Canada.

    “And in the U.S., it’s worse, unless you’re insured.”

    The cost of a brace can be up to $5,000, while the 3-D printed version can be made for about $150 in materials, though it would have a retail cost of about $1,000.

    Chief operating officer Michael Peirone said the grant money will cover setting up seven print centres across North America and the initial printing of 200 prosthetic hands and 160 scoliosis braces.

    “Once these print centres are set up, they can continue to print braces beyond the funding of the grant,” he said.

    The funding will also allow them to print custom-fitted prosthetic limbs for underserved people in North America. The cost of a 3-D printed limb is about $100, compared to non 3-D limbs that can range from $2,500 to $10,000, depending on their customization and the material used.

    Dechev said students stand to win with the new funding. “It means a lot of learning opportunities,” he said, noting teams of students and designers have devoted well over 12,000 hours to honing the design of the prosthetic limbs alone. “This means we can engage with a lot more students and it gets them some real-life experience.”

    Over the last two years, the Victoria Hand Project has manufactured 130 prosthetic limbs for people around the world. They now have partners in seven countries, including Guatemala, Haiti, Ecuador, Egypt, Cambodia, Uganda and Nepal.

    The project, funded by UVic with a series of grants — they won a $250,000 Impact Challenge grant from Google in 2017, for example — sets teams up in each of the countries with the technology to scan, print and fit people with prosthetics.

    “Cost is everything to us — the cheaper you can make it, the wider the reach,” said Dechev, adding that in many of these countries, $20 is hard for most people to come up with, let alone $300 — the retail price of a 3-D printed prosthetic. “This is a charity … the reality is the people we are serving have next to nothing.”

    Peirone said seeing the final result — someone who has been without a hand actually getting to use one for the first time — is hard to describe.

    “When you go to some of these countries, when you work with some of these people and see how their lives are changed and how happy they are, it’s very rewarding,” he said.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Ocean Networks Canada part of 'Our Oceans: Our Future' film that launches today in London. see more

    Launching today with ITN Productions, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, Ocean Networks Canada and the City of Glasgow College is the new film  'Our Oceans: Our Future'.  Training the next generation of maritime professionals to deal with the challenges of industry is crucial and as part of the film, the college showcases how its 50 year world-class heritage in maritime education and training is equipping students with essential skills to navigate their careers. 

    View the film http://socsi.in/VDKAU

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    UVic will soon be home to a national Canadian Indigenous law centre thanks to the support of $9.1M see more

    Source: VictoriaBuzz
    Author: Adam Chan

    UVic will soon be home to a national Canadian Indigenous law centre thanks to the support of a $9.1 million investment from the federal government.

    The new centre is being designed to be an accessible space for cultural engagement and discussion and will be the first institution to offer a joint degree program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders (JD/JID) in Canada.

    The facility will also be the first to feature an Indigenous Law Research Unit, and is intended to revitalize indigenous legal systems and the significant roles that they play in both Indigenous communities and the country as a whole.

    “Our government’s investment in the University of Victoria will create local jobs, and significant Indigenous input will go into the design and construction of the national centre for Indigenous law,” said federal Minister of Innovation, Science. and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, in a statement.

    “The building will use innovative technology to teach and connect at a national and international level regarding Indigenous law.”

    Besides the $9.1 million contribution to construct the centre, the Department of Justice Canada will also be investing $173,300 over three years to UVic’s Faculty of Law to help fund courses and field studies in Indigenous communities.

    “Canada is firmly committed to implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to ensure Indigenous peoples and knowledge are included and respected as we build a stronger Canada,” said federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett in a statement.

    “The national centre for Indigenous law will create a space for conducting the research and providing the teaching necessary to ensure Indigenous laws will guide the paths of self-determination and reconciliation.”

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    RRU is looking for a consultant to map out a plan for a new post-secondary school. see more

    Source: Times Colonist 
    Author: Carla Wilson

    On the Street: Royal Roads University charts expansion

    Royal Roads University is looking for a consultant to map out a plan for a new post-secondary school campus on the fast-growing West Shore.

    The comprehensive plan is to be ready by August. A request for proposals was issued this week and closes June 18.

    Last year, the province provided $250,000 for Royal Roads to lead a study, with partners UVic, Camosun College and the Sooke School District, into a new campus in the West Shore.

    A feasibility study into the concept led to $1.5 million from province for a full business case to be developed.

    Concerns driving the investigation into building a new campus include the lengthy commute for West Shore students to post-secondary schools, the lower than average number of West Shore students moving on to post-secondary school and the rising demand as the population expands in that region.

    The idea is to set up a new campus focused on under-graduate programs, with space for collaborative learning.

    The new plan will include designing a curriculum, determining how much space will be needed, site selection and design, infrastructure needs such as parking, estimating student numbers, financial analysis and timelines. The new university could be a collaboration between Royal Roads, UVic and Camosun, Royal Roads University president Philip Steenkamp said in April.

    UVic’s Kidovate entrepreneurs in Bay Centre

    Participants in a new UVic entrepreneurship program for young people aged 12 to 18 will be showcasing and selling products on Saturday they have created.

    The Kidovate program was created by UVic’s Gustavson School of Business. Its first market will be from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. at The Bay Centre’s centre court.

    A total of 26 young people will sell products, including crocheted and yarn creations, hand-made soap and bath bombs, felt friends, socks, poetry, water-colour paintings, pet food, greeting cards, silver jewelry, paper straws, plants and garden sticks.

    Participants received a graphic novel workbook and access to UVic student mentors. Kidovate offers a learning guide for educators that is tied to the new B.C. curriculum.

    Brock Smith, entrepreneurship area champion at UVic, said Kidovate is an opportunity for youth across the region to develop entrepreneurship and business skills. “These youth have worked hard to create valuable products and I hope customers will reward them for their efforts by coming to the Bay Centre and making purchases.”

  • Armon Arani posted an article
    UVic’s School of Business has launched a new youth entrepreneurship experience called Kidovate. see more

    Source: Peter B. Gustavson, School of Business

    Kidovate Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative Launched

    UVic’s Gustavson School of Business has launched a new youth entrepreneurship experience called Kidovate. Kidovate aims to develop entrepreneurial skill and spirit among middle school and high school youth by encouraging them to make and sell goods or services at a Kidovate marketplace Saturday May 25th. There is no cost to participate in Kidovate.

     

    Kidovate assists by providing a graphic novel workbook to help youth think through key business decisions, by providing access to UVic student mentors, and by providing access to customers, as Kidovate markets will be hosted by local malls. 

     

    For further details, and to register as a youth, educator, or parent, visit www.Kidovate.ca.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    UVic Course starts up this April see more

    So, you want to make a video game?

    UVic Course starts up this April

    Feeling creative? How about making a video game? Video games are a convergence of so many creative components: art, music, environmental design, character development, animation, narrative, and yes, even code. Making a video game can be a wonderful and rewarding experience. Join our two experienced and passionate instructors who will guide you through the art and science of making your very first game.

     

     

    Software and Hardware Requirements 

    • Students must bring their own laptop (PC or Mac) and power cable.
    • Students should download the following software to their laptops prior to the first class:
      - Unity3D game engine with Visual Studio (available as a free download https://unity3d.com/get-unity/download)

    Instructors: David Ehret and Dylan Gedig
    Date: Saturdays, April 6 to May 11
    Time: 2 to 4:30 pm
    Fee: $225 plus $11.25 GST
    Code: TECC019 2019S C01

    Register today!
    continuingstudies.uvic.ca/video-game

    250-472-5442
    bida@uvic.ca

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Digital technology chief executive named UVic’s distinguished entrepreneur see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    Sue Paish, chief executive of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster, has been named this year’s University of Victoria Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Paish, who holds a bachelor of commerce and law degree from University of B.C., leads an organization which intends to establish the country as a global leader in digital technology by bringing together companies, post-secondary institutions, research organizations and non-profit groups.

    “Sue is a true inspiration, always working toward making the world better, whether it is through technological advancement, innovations in healthcare, or law,” said Peter Gustavson, chair of the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year award committee.

    Paish becomes the third University of B.C. grad to step into the honour after 2007 recipient David Black, founder of Black Press, and 2013 recipient Brandt Louie, chair of H.Y. Louie Co.

    Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster is one of five business-led innovation superclusters, which facilitate and fund collaborative technology leadership projects that develop products and platforms. It is hoped projects approved and supported through the organization will foster economic growth across Canada by delivering jobs, increased GDP and advancing the country’s competitiveness.

    In addition to the supercluster, Paish led transformative change in her previous position as chief executive of LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services, where she grew the company to be the nation’s leader in diagnostic services.

    Prior to that, in her role as chief executive of Pharmasave Drugs, she implemented new dispensary management technology that has become the Canadian standard. “Sue’s ability to lead companies and people through technological transformations with great success is a quality we’re excited to celebrate,” said Saul Klein, dean of the business school. “Our students and business leaders will learn from her exceptional leadership, teamwork and innovation skills.”

    Paish, who is an appointee to Queen’s Counsel in B.C. and named by the Women’s Executive Network to its Hall of Fame of Canada’s Top 100 Most Influential Women, will receive her award May 22 during the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Gala at the Victoria Conference Centre.

    Last year, the award was given to UVic philosophy graduate Stewart Butterfield, a high-tech whiz kid who taught himself computer code at an early age and went on to create communication companies worth billions.

    Paish joins a group that also includes Sir Terrance Matthews of Mitel Corp.; JR Shaw, founder of Shaw Communications; Clive Beddoe, founder of WestJet; and Alex Campbell, co-founder of Thrifty Foods.

    The Gustavson School celebrates entrepreneurial excellence with its Distinguished Entrepreneur Award. Each year, it recognizes an inspirational entrepreneur who has had a significant impact on the global community through business leadership.

    Previous winners

    2018: Stewart Butterfield, Slack

    2017: Don Mattrick, Microsoft

    2016: Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar Corp.

    2015: David Foster, music producer

    2014: Dennis Washington, industrialist

    2013: Brandt C. Louie, London Drugs

    2012: Dennis (Chip) Wilson, Lululemon

    2011: JR Shaw, Shaw Communications

    2010: Alex Campbell Sr., Thrifty Foods

    2009: Sir Terence Matthews, Mitel Corp.

    2008: Clive Beddoe,WestJet

    2007: David Black, Black Press

    2006: Gwyn Morgan, Encana

    2005: Dave Ritchie, Ritchie Bros.

    2004: Jeff Mallett, Yahoo!

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The program hopes to address a gap in the industry with a novel approach for students. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Spencer Harwood / The Canadian Press

    UVic program preps students for tech world

    A technology education program launching at the University of Victoria hopes to address a gap in the industry with a novel approach for students.

    HighTechU is a pilot program developed through the university’s computer science department in partnership with Victoria’s technology and education sectors. It aims to develop skills in enterprising Vancouver Island teens to make them more effective in the tech industry, beyond the primary coding and technical abilities needed.

    Andrew MacLean said he and program co-founder Ulrike Stege wanted to prepare students for the reality of the industry ahead of them, while making diversity a cornerstone of the program.

    “It really focuses on the soft skills that go along with that career, and really focuses on workplace competencies for these students,” MacLean said.

    “They get a sneak peek and to test drive a technology industry career before they even graduate from high school.”

    HighTechU has two separate programs — the Computer Science Skills Academy, a six-week program that teaches coding and practical skills, and a summer industry internship program to give those students an eight-week, paid experience with a technology company in Greater Victoria.

    MacLean said students enrolled in HighTechU are taught “soft skills” such as project management and personal communication to help them understand the breadth of roles in the tech sector.

    Stege said there appears to be a perception of what working in the tech sector is like, which she said is not necessarily in line with reality. “It’s never been right and might still not be right. A program like ours will hopefully help to correct that,” she said.

    MacLean said their mission is to impart to students how critical personal development is to a successful career in technology and that it’s as important as mastering the latest code language.

    “It’s about how to be someone who’s not just building something, but someone who’s developing something and truly bringing it from start to finish,” said MacLean.

    MacLean said HighTechU is a grassroots initiative that de-emphasizes students’ socio-economic backgrounds while it looks to narrow the diversity gap in the technology sector. They do this by focusing on groups that are underrepresented in the industry, such as women, Indigenous youth and people of colour.

    “We have six core competencies we were looking for in students,” he said.

    Those values of respect, resilience, teamwork, creativity, curiosity and innovation were specifically asked for by the industry partners who worked with MacLean and Stege through each step of their students’ application process, he noted.

    MacLean said when they pitched the project initially it started out being a coding-primary program, until conversations with several industry partners revealed a different need.

    They told MacLean they did not care as much about the technical skills as having balanced, flexible students. “They said ‘we’re looking for you to find those students that are self-motivated, passionate,”’ said MacLean, “their ‘big words’ were curious and passionate about technology, willing to learn and do the work and put in the time to be able to adapt to the changing situations [of the industry].”

    MacLean likened their approach to the old truism of the fisherman. “If you teach one programming language, that’s great for the year that language is really popular. But then when the new programming language comes out, those students need to be able to learn on their own.”

    MacLean said they worked with three school districts and several private schools in Greater Victoria to develop curriculum for the program. “A lot of the students that come through have done the computer science programs and are exceptional students before they come to us,” he said.

    One of those students from an earlier pilot program, Bridget Weston, finished high school at Victoria High in June and is already working as an intern at Victoria tech firm Sendwithus. Weston will attend UVic’s software engineering program when classes resume.

    MacLean said the demand from industry partners is so high that almost every teacher in the area would need additional training to continue educating in the field. “Schools think about it one way and we’re able to provide additional challenges that aren’t always possible in school,” said Stege.

    The program is delivered at no cost to students beyond nominal registration fees and MacLean said the next group of students will be welcomed to HighTechU’s Academy program in February.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The school has once again cracked the Financial Times Top 100 list of masters in management programs see more

    Source: Times Colonist

    UVic business program improves global ranking

    The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria has again cracked the Financial Times Top 100 list of masters in management programs. Gustavson School’s Masters of Global Business program is offered through the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School and has moved this year to an overall ranking of 69 from 71 in 2017. It is now ranked 12th in international mobility and 21st in the international course experience category. It remains one of only three Canadian universities to be listed in the global ranking.

    University of B.C.’s Sauder School was ranked 49, an improvement from 58 last year, while Queens slipped to 53 from 46. “Being named to FT’s top masters in management list two years in a row, and moving up in the ranking, is a great achievement and a testament to the strength of our programs,” said Gustavson dean Saul Klein. “Developing a global mindset helps our graduates better understand the world’s complex business challenges, and provides them with the courage and confidence to succeed wherever they build their careers.”

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Simon is now headed off to Palo Alto for a co-op term at Tesla in September! see more

    Source: CTV News Vancouver Island

    UVic student lands internship with Tesla

    Simon Park, a Mechanical Engineering and Business School student at UVic (And one of the recent winners of the "PitchIT" competition run by the Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre), was featured on CTV News on August 14th sharing the newest version of his technology Caboost (He was also featured back in March). 

    Caboost is a new way to give cyclists a boost when it comes to grueling climbs up hills. It's a small trailer-mounted electrically motorized wheel that attaches to the back of a bike, to give the rider an on-demand boost.

    Simon is now headed off to Palo Alto for a co-op term at Tesla in September! Watch the news feature below:

  • 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 (willerth@uvic.ca) 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

    Questions?

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

    Questions can be directed to Stephanie Willerth (willerth@uvic.ca

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    A high-tech whiz kid who taught himself computer code at an early age and went on to create.... see more

    Source: Times Colonist

    UVic honours tech innovator Stewart Butterfield

    Victoria honoured one of its technology innovators on Friday at a soldout black-tie gala for Stewart Butterfield, a high-tech whiz kid who taught himself computer code at an early age and went on to create communication companies worth billions.

    Butterfield was honoured as this year’s University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

    He joins a prestigious group of previous technology winners, including Don Mattrick, former president of Microsoft Interactive Entertainment; Sir Terrance Matthews of Mitel Corp.; and Jeff Mallett, former president of Yahoo!

    Butterfield went to St. Michaels University School and graduated from UVic with a philosophy degree in 1996, earning a master’s degree from Cambridge University two years later.

    He is co-founder and chief executive of Slack, an enterprise communications platform with more than nine million weekly active users around the world.

    Slack is used by small and medium businesses, and about 40 per cent of Fortune 500 companies.

    In addition to developing Slack, Butterfield co-founded Flickr. The image- and video-hosting website was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005.

    “Stewart’s entrepreneurship is an inspiration to our students and our city,” said Saul Klein, dean of the business school. “It is wonderful to be able to celebrate a homegrown talent at our 15th annual gala.”

    The Gustavson School celebrates entrepreneurial excellence with its Distinguished Entrepreneur Award. Each year, it recognizes an inspirational entrepreneur who has had a significant impact on the global community through business leadership.

    In 2005, Butterfield was named one of Businessweek’s Top 50 leaders in the entrepreneur category. The same year, he was named to the TR35, a list created by MIT of top innovators in the world under age 35. In 2006, he was named to the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world, and also appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine.

    In November 2008, Butterfield received the Legacy Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Victoria.

    In 2015, he was named the Wall Street Journal’s Technology Innovator.

    PREVIOUS WINNERS

    2017: Don Mattrick, Microsoft

    2016: Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar Corp.

    2015: David Foster, music producer

    2014: Dennis Washington, industrialist

    2013: Brandt C. Louie, London Drugs

    2012: Dennis (Chip) Wilson, Lululemon

    2011: JR Shaw, Shaw Communications

    2010: Alex Campbell Sr., Thrifty Foods

    2009: Sir Terence Matthews, Mitel Corp.

    2008: Clive Beddoe, WestJet

    2007: David Black, Black Press

    2006: Gwyn Morgan, Encana

    2005: Dave Ritchie, Ritchie Bros.

    2004: Jeff Mallett, Yahoo!

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Virtually every aspect of the city's tech scene is influenced in some way by UVic Engineering. see more

    Author: Mitch Wright

    Tech Sector's strength tied to UVic Engineering

    UVic's Faculty of Engineering has been a part of Victoria's flourishing tech community from the very beginning. With students in co-op positions, faculty working with startups, and alumni as CEOs, virtually every aspect of the city's tech scene is influenced in some way by UVic Engineering. 

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