Two Victoria tech companies recognized by Deloitte Technology Fast 50 see more
VICTORIA, BC - November 12, 2019 - Two Victoria technology companies have been recognized by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 awards. SendtoNews was recognized as one of the Deloitte Fast 50, and Checkfront was listed as one of Deloitte’s Companies-to-Watch.
The Deloitte Canada Fast 50 program lists Canada’s fastest-growing tech companies. It was created to recognize “innovation, rapid revenue growth, and entrepreneurial spirit.” The awards feature four categories including the Companies-to-Watch awards, and the North American Technology Fast 50 ranking.
For SendtoNews, the largest digital sports video platform in North America, this was the third year in a row they made the Fast 50 ranking.
“Sustainable growth at these rates is a testament to the quality of our offering combined with the hard work and dedication of our team along with our publishing, content and advertising partners,” says Matthew Watson, CEO of SendtoNews. “Perhaps, most exciting is the fact that in many ways, we are just getting started.”
Checkfront, a cloud-based booking managment application and e-commerce platform, was awarded its spot in the Companies-to-Watch list in recognition of its strong growth and potential to earn future Fast 50 recognition.
"The entire Checkfront team is proud to be named one of Deloitte Canada’s Companies-to-Watch,” said Checkfront’s CEO, Jason Morehouse.“As the industry continues to mature, more travel brands look to list their experiences online, making this an exciting era for Checkfront. It is wonderful to be recognized for our achievements so far, and we will continue our commitment to sustainable growth, innovation and excellence in the work we do every day.”
Overall, BC firms held 10 of the 50 spots in the Fast 50 rankings, evidence of the rapid development and success of the west coast tech scene.
Interview tips from a FreshWorks developer see more
Author: Rachit Khare
My name is Rachit and I’m a developer at FreshWorks Studio working from our offices in Victoria, BC (we actually have three offices now - the others are in Vancouver and Seattle, so sometimes I’m there too). If you’ve never heard of us before, we’re software developers specializing in iOS and Android apps (follow us on Facebook and Twitter!). We’re constantly growing, and always in search of passionate developers to join our team, but sometimes some really amazing people come in for a tech interview and don’t really know what to expect. Since I’ll be the one testing your technical know-how from a developer perspective, I thought I’d share what we’re looking for in candidates, so that when you get the call, you’ll already have an idea about how to wow us. Ready to learn the inside secrets to how we‘re making a kick-ass team with some of the best and brightest in the business? Here’s where it starts:
The FreshWorks Hiring Process
Like most companies that want to make sure they’re hiring the right people for the job, FreshWorks has 4 hiring rounds: a pre-screening call, a technical interview, a take home selection test and then a final interview with our HR Manager and one (if not both) of the founders. We take the time to really get to know those who interview with us, and we really try to make sure a potential new member is introduced to a few team members during the interview process because we want you to be as excited about us as we are about you, and we want to make sure both parties feel the fit is right before any contracts get drawn up.
I personally tend to jump in at the technical interview stage to provide feedback and decide if you’re ready to be sent a technical project for a web application.
And since you need to impress me in order to show off your skills on a technical project, I thought I’d share how I, a developer, approach tech interviews along with some tips on how you can really shine during the process:
1. Show That You’re Ready to Become Part of a Team
We’ll be spending a lot of time together on some really cool projects, so I always ask myself this question during the interview: are you someone I can work with?
Collaboration is key at FreshWorks, and that starts right in the tech interview. Don’t turn our time together into a Q&A! Rather, ask for clarity on questions, follow up and expand on ideas, and get engaged. Think of the interview as a conversation with lots of back and forth.
Also, show you are malleable and humble. There may come a time when you and your interviewer might disagree (sometimes passionately) on a topic. Different perspectives are always encouraged (in the end, seeing things from different angles end up helping us solve problems and find innovative solutions), but keep an open mind that humility is a core value at FreshWorks.
If you are a technical candidate, don’t forget to put a link to a sample repository on GitHub/Bitbucket on your resume. I will get a copy and I will look for this! I’ll work to validate what you’ve written in the interview and I prefer to do as much pre-research on you as you’ve done on us. It will give me a good idea of where to start and what questions to ask, and you’ll know coming in that your sample repository will be part of the conversation, which will take some pressure off of wondering where the interview will go and what might be covered.
Another core value at FreshWorks is excellence. Whatever you give us, whether it’s a resume or a project, make it easy for us to absorb. If your resume is targeted more towards the pre-screening with HR (as it should be) your Github repo is the chance to make an impression on your tech interviewer. Clear instructions in the README.md and comments on your code will go a long way. In fact, if you just do those 2 things, I’m personally 70% of the way there to recommending you to the next round. Now, how easy was that?
2. Know What Your Role Entails
I’m typically involved in hiring Junior and Intermediate developers. If you come across 2 job postings, one for each of those positions for full stack development, and don’t know where you quite fit in, keep in mind this is what I end up looking for:
I look for enthusiasm in junior programmers. Show me you’re inquisitive. If I bring up a technology you haven’t heard of before, ask me about it. I’d love to tell you more. We’re passionate about tech at FreshWorks and we’re specifically looking for people who are excited about technology and ready to ask questions (and collaborate!) as they learn and grow.
When it comes to intermediate developers I’m looking for both breadth and depth of knowledge. At the intermediate level, I’m looking for you to know your stuff across the software development cycle. I may not be expecting you to know specific technologies or stacks but I will expect you to know which realm they’re in. For example: If you don’t know much about docker, you should at least know about virtual machines. You don’t need to know anything about Laravel and Eloquent but you need to know what an MVC framework or an Object Relational Mapper (ORM) is and you should have used one before. On the front-end side of things, if you haven’t worked with one of React/Angular/VueJS, get ready for an uphill battle.
3. Know How to Answer Questions
Interviews can be stressful, and sometimes interviewees try to hurry through, or don’t take the time to expand on their knowledge to give me insight into how they think or what they know.
I learned something valuable from our HR manager that I think interviewees can really benefit from when stepping into any interview: always answer questions using the STAR approach. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result. For example, if I ask if you have developed a full MVC application before, you could answer with a simple “Yes”. But a better answer might be: “Yes, I built a blog app using a MEANstack”.
If you really want to impress me, try for a STAR answer:
“Yes. When I was applying for jobs and writing my resume, I took the time out to make a sample project to showcase my abilities and stand out from the competition. I chose a blogging application which captures the basics of what I wanted to demonstrate like CRUD operations, authentication, and authorization. I used a LAMP stack and deployed it on AWS. My MVC Framework was Laravel with VueJS and Bootstrap 4 on the front-end. I began by defining the data model with associations and then incrementally built up the Controllers and Views as I went along. The project includes RESTful API’s along with Unit Tests using PHP Unit. You can view it on Github — the link is there in my resume.”
Now that’s an answer we can have a real conversation about! What I like about this is that it takes care of some of the other questions I would have asked such as “Have you worked with AWS before?” but more importantly now it’s a chance to dig deeper into your experience. A range of opportunities has presented itself for us to carry on from this point. I can talk about unit testing, or thoughts on VueJS. If I were to look at your repo right now I might have an idea of where I’m most likely to find bugs, and so much more.
It may take a bit more time and preparation, but get ready to answer questions in depth, with examples, so we can really dig into your knowledge sets. It will make things much more interesting for both of us.
4. Be Ready to Also Ask Questions. Lots of them.
I always give time at the end for an interviewee to ask me any questions they may have. This is your opportunity to make an impression; and if the interview went badly, to salvage things. But don’t feel you have to hold all of your questions until the end - also feel comfortable enough to ask questions along the way. For me, the best questions are those that are beneficial to the both of us. They also don’t have to be strictly technical in nature. I’ve had many people ask me about “how is it like working there?” or “what do you love most about working at FreshWorks?” These are good questions and I’ll answer them enthusiastically.
I love working at FreshWorks, and I want to continue to grow a team that’s as passionate about putting out the best work in the industry – and that starts with open communication and a readiness to grow and collaborate together in a supportive, fun environment. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you know absolutely everything about every program under the sun, I’ll be assessing if you have what it takes to be a part of our team – and if you’re excited about what we do.
In summary, if you’re reading this as a first step in prepping for your interview, don’t forget to:
Treat our meeting like a conversation,
Understand the role you’re applying for and approach our conversation accordingly,
Use questions as an opportunity to tell stories about your past work, and
Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions yourself.
Good luck, and I’ll see you soon!
Plurilock announces new defence contracts see more
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA - November 7th, 2019 - Plurilock this week announced that it has been awarded new contracts by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Canadian Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF).
DHS CONTRACT TO ADVANCE MACHINE-TO-MACHINE AUTHENTICATION, ANOMALY DETECTION
The DHS contract, signed earlier this month, tasks Plurilock with continued development and delivery of machine-to-machine (M2M) anomaly detection technologies to enable future Internet of Things (IoT) authentication in certain federal networks.
The contract is funded through the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) and represents the next phase in an ongoing collaboration between Plurilock and DHS in a program in which Plurilock is one of only three non-U.S. companies, and the only Canadian company, represented.
“Our behavioral, anomaly detection, and AI capabilities,” says Plurilock CEO Ian Paterson, “give us a head start in developing machine-to-machine authentication tools. We think this technology will become more and more critical as the ‘internet of things’ era matures, so we’re excited to continue to collaborate with the Silicon Valley Innovation Program. Obviously, DHS and SVIP are world-class partners to work with.”
DND CONTRACT TO ENHANCE APT DETECTION AND RESPONSE
Plurilock’s new Canadian Department of National Defence contract, signed in July, tasks the company to advance the state-of-the art, real-time cyberattack detection and advanced persistent threat (APT) prevention.
Under the contract, Plurilock will leverage its technology and expertise in anomaly detection and machine learning to improve the detection of ongoing cyber-attacks as well as the efficiency, speed, and accuracy of Canadian federal agency responses to them. DND selected Plurilock in response to an Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program call for proposals.
The project commenced at award time and will run through late 2019, with further stages to potentially follow once DND/CAF confirms a successful collaboration.
“It’s hard to overstate the need for real-time threat detection and response in today’s critical systems,” says Paterson. “Plurilock will significantly enhance this capability, and we’re excited to be able to demonstrate our leadership across multiple kinds of security-driven anomaly detection in our work for DND and IDEaS.”
ADAPT DRIVES STRONG REVENUE GROWTH
Plurilock’s federal contract wins come during a period of record revenue growth for the company following February’s launch of Plurilock ADAPT, a next-generation multi-factor authentication solution. ADAPT enables risk-based login security using a combination of behavioral-biometric and contextual identity signals, and is unique in its ability to significantly increase the security of login workflows while remaining entirely invisible to users.
“Breach rates continue to climb and frankly, the market is really hungry,” says Paterson. “Companies are frantically looking for a way to deploy MFA without harming delicately balanced user experiences or bottom lines, which is what we offer with ADAPT. It’s amazing to see such rapid uptake just as we ink new deals with federal agencies. It’s an exciting time at Plurilock.”
Plurilock is the leader in advanced and continuous authentication for standards and regulatory compliance. Plurilock’s software leverages state-of-the-art behavioral-biometric, environmental, and contextual technologies to provide invisible, adaptive, and risk-based MFA solutions with the lowest possible cost and complexity. Plurilock enables organizations to compute safely—and with peace of mind.
For more information, visit https://www.plurilock.com.
SVIP is one of S&T’s programs and tools to fund innovation and work with private sector partners to advance homeland security solutions. SVIP reaches out to innovation communities across the globe to harness commercial research and development for government applications, co-invest in, and accelerate the transition of technology to the commercial market. Companies participating in SVIP are eligible for up to $800,000 of non-dilutive funding to develop and adapt commercial technologies for homeland security use cases.
For more information on current and future SVIP solicitations, visit https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/svip or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program fosters open innovation to provide creative thinkers with the structure and support to encourage solutions which will assist in solving some of Canada’s toughest defense and security challenges. The IDEaS program is broken into several components, designed to advance defense technologies in Canada. Innovations are eligible for funding up to $200,000 during Component 1a and up to $1,000,000 during Component 1b. Innovations that are promising for Canada can receive non-IDEaS Program funding up to $20M to continue development up to Solution Readiness Level 9.
AML Oceanographic posted an articleLocal ocean tech company to equip one of the most modern research vessels in the world see more
Local ocean tech company AML Oceanographic is pleased to announce that a Moving Vessel Profiler is being installed on one of the most modern research vessels in the world, the Swedish vessel “RV Svea.” The newbuild Swedish vessel, owned by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), will be used by the university and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) for a wide variety of environmental surveys, from monitoring ocean acidification to assessing fish stock.
By including a Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP) on their new vessel, the scientists expect to gain a clearer understanding of the oceanographic dynamics encountered in the Baltic Sea, such as strong halocline layers and anoxic waters. Furthermore, the high data density that MVP can provide will improve the data quality from the many hydroacoustic measurements conducted on RV Svea and make SMHI’s oceanographic models substantially more accurate. The MVP200 will collect CTD, Dissolved Oxygen, Chlorophyll A data continuously and in real-time while the vessel travels at 10-11 knots.
“Until now we have only been collecting profile data from the water column by conducting traditional CTD casts where you need to stop the vessel to make a cast. Ship time is very expensive, and the vessels are often on a tight schedule. On top of that, the staff is already busy and doesn’t have a lot of time for extra work. So it is not easy to collect several extra CTD-profiles during a cruise. However, with a MVP200 we expect to be able to significantly increase the number of profiles without adding cruise time or extra work,” explained Daniel Bergman Sjostrand, Oceanographic Engineer at SMHI.
AML Oceanographic provides ocean sensing solutions for hydrographic, environmental, and research applications. Headquartered in Sidney, BC, the company has clocked an average annual growth of 20% over the past 8 years and added footholds in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and Aberdeen in the UK. Due to strong demand for MVP, AML has expanded their Nova Scotia operations and relocated to a new customised production facility to accommodate a higher volume of builds. Learn more about AML at https://amloceanographic.com.