Suncayr wins again!

This year’s Skyrocket Brand Prize was a close call. Each company had something unique and useful they wanted to bring to the world to make our lives better. Whether it is a platform for growing your own food, eradicating homelessness, protecting yourself from skin cancer, promoting active lifestyle or choosing the right education. But Waterloo-based startup Suncayr beat out the competition with their passion for social impact. Continue reading “Suncayr wins again!”

Trevor Haldenby – Trading Privacy for Pleasure

Trevor Haldenby is the imaginative thinker who focuses emerging technologies on exciting ideas. He has worked as interactive producer and design consultant on a diverse array of digital projects: including the popular virtual world Habbo Hotel, and Earth Rangers’ Bring Back The Wild campaign.

In his FUTURE15 Talk, Trevor presents “Trading Privacy for Pleasure” by The Mission Business and Byologyc.

Brian Pullen – Path to a Product

Brian Pullen is a designer and entrepreneur living and working in Toronto, Canada. He has been a creative director of more than 200 digital projects, ranging from websites to apps and games. In his Keynote presentation, Brian discusses “The Path to a Product – Building startups & making things,” bringing his experience in processes,business models, design philosophies, management structures and digital strategy to the talk. As a design and product advisor to more than 50 startups, and to a number of accelerator programs across North America his insight and knowledge in developing emerging startups and entrepreneurs is very inspiring.

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You Have to Have Something Else – A Conversation with Brian Pullen here

“Cryptosecurity” That Works Just Like Bitcoin?

Overstock, an American online retailer based in Utah, announced its plans to offer a new kind of digital security that works just like bitcoin. According to its CEO Patrick Byrne, the company has already hired developers and lawyers needed to put this plan to action.

Their next step is to secure approval from financial authorities, which is why the company already filed a prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicating their plans to issue up to $500 million in stock or other financial securities similar to the online system that governs bitcoin.

(Via News BTC)

Digital Insights Are the New Currency of Business

All the big data technology in the world won’t close the gaps between data and action. One global bank told us, “even with all the capabilities and tools in place, we are drowning in data and starving for insight.”

To harness the power of all your data to attract and serve customers — to be a digital business — you also need a new way of consistently harnessing insights that matter: insights teams using an insights-to-execution process anchored by a new digital insights architecture. We call this combination of people, process, and technology “systems of insight.”

(Via Computer World UK)

Data Privacy: It’s Not Just Big Companies, Folks

IT is grappling with how to protect sensitive data, making the state of data privacy worrisome no matter how big or small the organization is. Smaller companies care about data privacy just as much as big ones do, but they’re ill-equipped to do much about it. Large enterprises take more measures to deal with the issue, but they aren’t that successful, either.

When we talk about topics like IT governance, data privacy, and information security, there’s a tendency to imagine that these issues apply primarily to large companies with household names. As if smaller organizations don’t … well, not exactly don’t care, but they have so much to juggle, and fewer IT staff available to do the juggling, that such matters get little attention.

As it turns out, that’s not precisely so. Small and mid size businesses care about data privacy. They care a lot. A recent report among IT and business professionals responsible for corporate data, sponsored by by Druva, shows that 93% of respondents across company size are challenged by data privacy.

(Via Business to Community)

New Wearable Tech Focuses on Safety

Siren safety ring (CNET/CBS)

Wearable technology is a big trend right now. There has been an explosion of gadgets that can track your fitness levels, sleep, heart rate and even your posture.  A new category of wearables devices is focused on safety. The Safelet is like wearing a guardian angel on your wrist. This simple cuff pairs with your smartphone so you can add friends and family into your safety network. If you need help, click the two buttons on the side and your contacts and the police are immediately notified of your location.
(Via Ozarks First)

Self-driving cars will need people, too

Self-driving cars are expected to revolutionize the automobile industry. Rapid advances have led to working prototypes faster than most people expected. The anticipated benefits of this emerging technology include safer, faster and more eco-friendly transportation.

Until now, the public dialogue about self-driving cars has centered mostly on . The public’s been led to believe that engineers will soon remove humans from driving. But researchers in the field of —experts on how people interact with machines—have shown that we shouldn’t ignore the human element of automated driving.

(Via PHYS Org)

Are we over looking security in our smart cities?

The smart city is a city which uses digital technology to run itself and manage resources efficiently. A city can be defined as smart, once all the eight key aspects that make the foundation of a city are identified as smart: governance, energy, building, infrastructures, mobility, technology, healthcare and safety.

Indeed, all nations in the world are now racing to create smart cities within their territories to ensure that all aspects of life are critically improved and made smart so to guarantee citizens’ well-being. From Stockholm, to Berlin, Paris and Barcelona, national governments, local municipalities are focused on implementing smart technologies across all major domains. The new power players of the world, the likes of India, Nigeria, Brazil, Turkey, China, are now learning this lesson and running with this vision in their elected governments.

Although the major facets for a successful smart city are taken into account, nonetheless, I have noticed that one facet seems to be overlooked, security. Security should be the top priority when implementing and drafting a smart city programme. However, many a time it is ignored or not prioritized, forgetting that smart security could improve not solely the lives and safety of its citizens, but also make an impact on the other key aspects comprising a city, and in so doing will protect the national critical infrastructures in the other sectors.