Designs on sustainability

Alisa Yao wants to help others adopt a more sustainable lifestyle through her work. A fourth-year product design student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and an entrepreneur, Yao creates products that promote a more waste-free way of living. Yao believes that product design is critical to reducing waste. “It’s not just telling people to live…

Exploring e-waste

Josh Lepawsky first became interested in the topic of e-waste (electronic waste) more than a decade ago through learning about Malaysia, which was building new cities devoted to upgrading the value chain in terms of digital technologies. “I had been really intrigued how people talked about information and communication technology as if it existed in…

Economics: A look beyond markets

Many welfare projects fail because targeted beneficiaries refuse to participate. In these situations, Nathan Nunn, Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics at Harvard University, argues that cultural understanding combined with economic analysis may help. Nunn, who is also receiving a Simon Fraser University (SFU) Outstanding Alumni Award, will be speaking at the 2017 BMO Public…

App provides digital roadmap to services for refugees

With the growing number of refugees, globally and locally, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) identified a need to bridge the gap between service providers and refugees. That was when PeaceGeeks, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization, stepped in.  Founded in 2010 in Vancouver, PeaceGeeks uses global operations and leverages technology to promote peace. Their…

A whole new world of augmented and virtual reality

Barry Po, Director of Product Management at NGRAIN, the leading company in providing interactive 3D experiences in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), will be doing a tech talk on Living and Working with Augmented and Virtual Reality on Oct. 19.  The talk, which will take place in the West Vancouver Public Library’s Welsh…

Tech company brings conscience to the cutting edge

Animikii, a tech company based on Songhees Territory in Victoria, walks the walk as a social enterprise. Animikii has been using technology to serve Indigenous communities for 13 years, and a recent surge of growth has put them in position to broaden their reach. CEO Jeff Ward, producer Jordyn Hrenyk and designer Dakota Lightning sat down…

Social venture paves way for transition to circular economy

Most of us have never given a second thought to wood waste but one organization is working to improve that. Uproot a zero-waste, wood-salvaging social venture was founded last year with the goal of making what is known as a “circular economy” more accessible, starting with re-purposing wood waste. What is the circular economy? Kevin…

Global effect of big data

“It’s starting to show us a lot of things but it’s also starting to not show us a lot of things in terms of these types of algorithms, so it’s a new thing and what it’s going to turn into we don’t know,” says Peter Chow-White, associate professor, SFU School of Communication. SFU’s Spring President’s…

Exploration program to launch Indian start-up

Lightmetrics, an Indian-based tech start-up that invented an app capable of giving a 360-degree view of driving behaviour, came to visit Vancouver’s new Simon Fraser VentureLabs in early December 2015. Now Lightmetrics is ready to target the Canadian market. Lighmetric is one of the five winners of the Next Big Idea contest held by Zone…

Game on: in conversation with Jeffrey Jang

Young, innovative entrepreneurs are at the forefront of the vibrant gaming industry that has been flourishing over the last decade in the Lower Mainland. Among them is Jeffrey Jang, who was the recipient of the 2015 BCBusiness top 30 under 30 award. His expertise with illustration and design has grown over the years through freelancing…

Everything the mind can imagine

When Eugene Suyu, a 26-year-old entrepreneur from Vancouver, first came across a 3D printer at university, he was immediately fascinated by its possibilities. He decided to manufacture them and founded his own 3D printer company. Because of his success as an entrepreneur, Suyu will be one of this year’s recipients of B.C. Business Magazine’s Top…

Il Mercato: Vancouver’s first Italian market

If you are looking for a place to purchase a diverse range of Italian food and products, look no further than Il Mercato, Vancouver’s first Italian farmer’s market. Brimming with a host of Italian themed vendors as well as other local vendors, the market will have something to tantalize your taste buds. Wendy Hainstock, coordinator…