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Want to be a HERO?

VITP is thrilled to see two great local companies, Media One and WEC Network Inc., working together on the launch of an exciting new utility application for smartphones and tablets.

They have called their new product HERO; it is a free utility application that will be available in both the iTunes App Store and Android Markets. Developed locally in Victoria, HERO aims to promote community and provide security to families.

 How does it work? If a child is reported missing, the HERO App instantly alerts HERO app users within a 10-kilometer radius of the incident by receiving a notification on their smartphone and/or tablet. This alert includes a detailed profile of the missing child. If they see the child, the app provides access to the contact information of the Guardians and a direct 911 call button.

Everyone can sign-up to be a HERO. If HERO’s want to add children to the HERO network, they can sign-up for a GUARDIAN membership. By paying a one-time membership fee of $2.99, the GUARDIAN membership allows members to take a photo of the child with their smartphone, complete the child’s profile and the child is registered in HERO’s secure database.

Congratulations Media One and WEC Networks Inc, and thanks for making our community a safer place!

UPDATE: WIN Fundraiser – One Week In

Who would look the best wearing this dress?

VITP’s Victoria Women in Need Fundraiser deadline is a week and a half away and currently Dale Gann is in line to defeat Roberto Racca and Greg Conner. We’ve caught Dale secretly watching scenes from ZOOLANDER and practicing his walk down VITP’s hallways. He’s taking the challenge quite seriously so if you’re not sure who to vote for Dale is an excellent choice! The winner will get the opportunity to tear up the cat walk and model an outfit chosen by the losing executives.

So who would you like to see most wearing this dress (or a similar garment) in this years Fashion with Passion Fundraising Gala on May 4th at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort?

Please gather all those useless pennies hiding under your bed or in an old cookie jar and donate to a really good cause. Our goal is to pledge and raise $1000 so we need your help! Don’t have any pennies? Then feel free to donate any loose change because each cent is counted as a vote and the most votes wins!

Contest closes at 12pm on April 27th!

Interested in attending the Gala?

Tickets are $80 for an individual ticket.  Tables of 10 can be purchased for $750.

If you would like to find out how to sponsor Fashion with Passion, or to donate an auction item, please contact Tami Tate at 250.595.8381 or email at tami@womeninneed.ca 

Last year’s event was held on Friday May 6th featuring a Fashion Show, Buffet Dinner, Dessert, Silent Auction and Live Music!  Over 150 people attended, and it was a great success thanks to our incredible sponsors, and the models made up of well known people in our community who volunteered their time to strut their stuff on our catwalk!  For a look back at last 2 years’ event photo gallery, click here.

If you’d like to be kept up to date on the fundraising contest make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Nikki de Goey is the Manager of Culture and Corporate Relations at Vancouver Island Technology Park.

 

VITP Supports the WIN Fashion with Passion Fundraising Gala!

The Victoria Women in Need Community Collaborative (WIN) is hosting their 4th Annual Fashion with Passion Fundraising Gala on May 4th, 2012 at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort.  As the Vancouver Island Tech Park is committed to giving back to our local community we thought we’d take part this year and pledge to raise $1000!   As I have been asked to  “model” (I say this with great sarcasm) in this years fashion show and strut the runway in sassy outfits from the WIN stores, I thought that it would only be fair to invite a prominent executive from the VITP community to participate in the event with me.

So the QUESTION was raised: How can we get the VITP community involved, raise some money for the cause all while having fun?

The ANSWER: Let’s take Dale Gann, President of VITP, and put him up against two other prominent executives from the VITP Community, paste each of their faces on a large glass vase and have a penny drive. We’re asking you to empty your pockets and fill the vase representing the person you’d like to see WIN and model in this years show! On April 27th at noon we will count the coins with each cent counting as one vote and the person with the most votes will get to strut the runway with myself and all the other daring models.

The CATCH: The “losing” executives will get to chose an outfit from the WIN stores for the “winning” executive to wear down the runway.  Did we mention WIN primarily carries women’s attire?

Now you must be wondering who the two lucky executives are that have agreed to go up against Dale in the battle extraordinaire? Greg Conner, VP of Human Resources at HP Advanced Solutions and Roberto Racca, Director / Chief Communications Officer at JASCO Applied Research have agreed to participate!

So bring in those pennies that are useless now anyways (and of course coins and or bills are more than welcome!) and fill up the jar of the executive you want to see win… remember the losing executives will choose the outfit that the winner will model in the show.  Lastly, don’t worry about a lack of media presence as this event has the Times Colonist, CTV, Kool FM and CFAX on board as Media Sponsors so there will be plenty of documentation!

Interested in attending the Gala?

Tickets are $80 for an individual ticket.  Tables of 10 can be purchased for $750.

If you would like to find out how to sponsor Fashion with Passion, or to donate an auction item, please contact Tami Tate at 250.595.8381 or email at tami@womeninneed.ca 

Last year’s event was held on Friday May 6th featuring a Fashion Show, Buffet Dinner, Dessert, Silent Auction and Live Music!  Over 150 people attended, and it was a great success thanks to our incredible sponsors, and the models made up of well known people in our community who volunteered their time to strut their stuff on our catwalk!  For a look back at last 2 years’ event photo gallery, click here.

If you’d like to be kept up to date on the fundraising contest make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Nikki de Goey is the Manager of Culture and Corporate Relations at Vancouver Island Technology Park.

 

Video Blog: Introducing the Collaboration Centre!

Known as the “heart of the park”, the Collaboration Centre (recently rebranded from the Conference Centre) is designed to be the hub of meeting activity for technology-based businesses on Vancouver Island. Our rooms are tricked-out with leading edge audio visual equipment. Simply bring your materials on a USB stick or access them online and your ready to start your meeting. We’re all about custom service and are willing to set your meeting upany way you like it.

Contact us today to book your meeting! 250-483-3206 or email meet@vitp.ca!

North Saanich Test Tank: Construction Update

Her’s a great video update on the progress on building the new North Saanich Test Tank at MTC:

Video Blog: MTC Test Tank Facility Construction Update

Check out this video to see the exciting progress made on the construction of the new Test Tank Facility being built at the Marine Technology Centre. The facility will serve NEPTUNE Canada, VENUS, UVic’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility.

More info on the Test Tank Facility here.

Video produced by UberDave Video Productions

Victoria technology news: we’re a great place to do business!

The folks at the Greater Victoria Development Agency (GVDA) recently sponsored a KPMG study that found that Greater Victoria is competitive for knowledge-based industries. Here’s a link to KPMG Competitive Alternatives 2012 Executive Summary.

In the “Casadia” region, which includes Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, Greater Victoria was cited as being in the top five places in which to do business, separated from first place by only 0.9 of a point. The study measured the combined impact of 26 significant cost components that are most likely to vary by location, such as labour, facilities, land, construction, transportation, utilities, and income taxes. The study further refined the data to focus the cost results by industry.

Greater Victoria placed first among the five communities in cost-competitiveness in such fields as software design, research and development, and digital industry. It places second in electronics assembly and manufacturing.

The baseline number used for comparison is that of the US average with other countries and cities measured with costs either above or below that baseline. Victoria’s competitive scale came in at 97.4 while Vancouver was 96.5. Greater Victoria handily beat other locations like Seattle, Spokane, Portland and San Francisco.

The Comparison tables can be found on the web here.

As we all know, the tech industry in Victoria is strong, and is predicted to continue to grow by double digits. According to VIATeC, by the end of 2011 total revenues of the top 25 tech companies in Victoria had grown to $820 million in 2011, a five per cent increase over 2010. The median revenue figure for companies on the list is now at $16 million, up from $15 million last year and $11.5 million five years ago.

Have Victoria technology news? Let us know!

Video Blog: Jasco Research – Movin’ on Up at the Vancouver Island Tech Park

Jasco Research was one of the first companies to call VITP home almost 10 years ago. They had outgrown the old premise and have taken on a new larger space on the 3rd floor. Watch this Video as President, Dale Gann walks through their new space!

A little bit about Jasco Research:

JASCO Research Ltd is a 100% Canadian owned and operated research and development firm established in 1981. Our research team is composed of professionals drawn from a broad range of disciplines including underwater acoustics, geophysics, physics, electrical, mechanical and software engineering, and computer science. The company conducts applied research under contract in the areas of distributed environmental monitoring, physical oceanography, underwater acoustics, scientific data analysis, operations research, geophysics and computer software development. JASCO Research also produces or distributes several oceanographic and software products.

The activities of JASCO Research Ltd fall into four broad categories: applied research in sea-, ground- and air-based acoustics, applied scientific software development, internet-based information technology development and oceanographic product development and production.

Our applied research in acoustics has included projects carried out under contract for the Canadian and US Defence Departments, as well as for major oil production and exploration companies. These projects include research in mine-countermeasures, low frequency sound propagation, development of beam-formers for towed arrays, studies of global warming, underwater- and surface-based sound propagation studies, ambient noise in the Arctic, and matched field processing for source detection and geo-acoustic parameter inversion. The company is fully equipped to provide field monitoring of acoustic noise and subsequent analysis of the data.

JASCO provides systems integration services and oceanographic sensor development and production. We provide services in the areas of environmental, oceanographic, geophysical and acoustical consulting, instrumentation, automated control and expert systems, digital image processing and scientific data analysis. Some of JASCO’s past projects have included advanced marine biology instrumentation and military sensor systems.

More info on Jasco Research : http://www.jasco.com/

Video produced by UberDave Video Productions

Video Blog: Recent Events at the Vancouver Island Tech Park

What better way to spice up a rainy west coast Wednesday than video blogging recent events at the Vancouver Island Technology Park?

UberDave, more formally known as Dave Phillips, has moved his offices into the Boiler House at VITP to set up a new studio where he can film and edit onsite videos.  We’ve decided to enlist his talents to better showcase all that VITP has to offer with video rather than still images coupled with short novels.

Featured below is Dale Gann, President of the tech park discussing the motivation behind introducing our Thought Leadership Series and the benefits to those who wish to attend.  On February 22, 2012 influential speaker, triathlete and entrepreneur Rob Dyke presented “Choice, Change & You”.  Check out the video for a short re-cap and be sure to attend our next instalment!

On February 20, 2012 Dr. Christoph Borchers of the UVic Genome BC Proteomics Centre hosted the 4th Annual BC Proteomics Network Meeting.  Check out the video to hear what’s new in the world of proteomics!

Nikki de Goey is the Manager of Culture and Corporate Relations at Vancouver Island Technology Park.

 

 

New online resource for technology startups in Canada

online resources for technology entrepreneursThere’s a new online resource for technology startups in Victoria, BC, and all across Canada: Startup Canada has officially launched its beta site, and Vancouver Island Technology Park and the University of Victoria are proud to be partners.

This beta site is the result of nine months of synchronized efforts by a passionate community of over 250 entrepreneurial volunteers connected through online and virtual channels across the country.

Enhance entrepreneurship, increase prospertity
Startup Canada itself is a grassroots, entrepreneur-led, national movement aimed at enhancing Canada’s competitiveness and prosperity by advancing and celebrating Canadian entrepreneurship.

The new website features the Startup Canada Blog, powered by 14 of Canada’s most influential bloggers on entrepreneurship. The site itself will provide the community with the support, tools and resources it needs to fuel the movement, celebrate entrepreneurship and get involved, including:

  •  – Speakers Corner:  share your video message on how to create the necessary conditions for Canadian entrepreneurs to succeed
  • – ideasWiKi: a repository of ideas, expertise and information related to entrepreneurship in Canada
  • – Idea Loop: share your idea for helping entrepreneurship
  • – An active and growing communities on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn

 

Other site highlights include a DailyWiREWeekly Update, and NewsRoom that will keep the community constantly informed and engaged.

Building  a national community of technology entrepreneurs
This month, Startup Canada is also launching the country’s first national entrepreneurship tour and campaign. The tour spans every province from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia; run from March to September, 2012; and, will engage 25,000 Canadians and 250 partner organizations across 30 Town Halls, 100 Fringe Events, and a Social Media Groundswell Campaign.

British Columbia’s red hot advanced technology sector will play host to the tour for much of September. Stay tuned to this blog or the Startup Canada website for more information. In the meantime, find out more about the tour here.

Startup Canada’s goal between now and December 2012 is to fuel a groundswell, grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement to bring together Canada’s entire entrepreneurship community to create a shared vision for the future, and an action plan for change. The beta site is the first step.

If you want to join the tour and host an event, sign up here.

Vancouver Island Technology Park provides resources for technology startups in Victoria BC.