A trip to Chicago reveals the future of manufacturing

MAJiK Systems trekked down to the 'Windy City' at the beginning of November to attend the single largest manufacturing and packaging exhibition in the USA: PACK Expo International.

Mo like a pro: MBET does Movember

The month of November is usually cold and grey, and most Canadians are still in denial of winter's arrival. Thankfully, there is a month-long charitable event keeps spirits lifted: Movember.

Social Entrepreneurship at Conrad and Waterloo

Social entrepreneurship has a multitude of definitions and surrounding opinions. In my experience, there is one thing that everyone can agree on: social entrepreneurship is becoming more and more prominent in the Waterloo startup community.

In my two co-op terms as the Conrad Centre's Communications and Marketing Assistant, I have been fortunate enough to meet a number of social entrepreneurs that are taking the Waterloo ecosystem by storm.

Disrupting healthcare with the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET)

After spending years climbing the steady and predictable pyramid of the world of medicine, I became indoctrinated on a path to success. There's a clear order: first you get into a medical school, then you get into a residency, then a fellowship, and then a prestigious job as a staff surgeon.

In the field of entrepreneurship there is no order. You learn from those who have done it and make up the rest as you go. To many surgeons this sounds like a nightmare, but to me it sounds like fun. Many of my colleagues question why I deviated from such a well laid out path, and I didn't always have have a good answer, until now!

Alaska and the Twitterverse: talking innovation in education

What does disruptive innovation look like in the higher education space?

How are we going to assess and measure learning outcomes in times of blended and online learning, big data and flipped classrooms?

These and similar questions brought me to Anchorage, Alaska to attend the Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL) conference with my colleague Doug Sparkes and one of our BETS students, Emma Reesor. We were invited to present a paper on our experience of developing the virtual incubation program (VIP).

From MBET to Montreal for an international tech conference

Our journey to Montreal to present our paper, "Providing Access to Education in Sub-Saharan Countries through Content-Oriented Technology" at the first IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference was an adventure to say the very least.

​From left to right: MBET students Angelica Kiboro, Mrinay Nair, Alex Dwhytie, Tomison Salam, and Sheena Bailey at the conference.

Perspectives on innovation: An MBET's takeaways from OCE Discovery

The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery event was a true eye opener. I was proud to attend the event as a representative of the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program, the Conrad Centre and my practicum project, ULLO.

MBET students Tara Scanlan and Zoe Share talk to an OCE Discovery delegate about their startup, ULLO, at an exhibitor booth in the Waterloo pavilion.

Building Waterloo's creative media community

The first time I visited Waterloo I was struck by the energy and support that came freely from the participatory startup community.

It was a dreary February evening and I was in town on a last minute decision to promote the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) as a sponsor of Start Up Camp Waterloo. However, the energy and excitement inside the Accelerator Centre (AC) was palpable and in striking contrast to the weather outside. I was smitten and knew, at that moment, that this startup community was one that I needed to be a part of.

MBA vs MBET

I often get asked the question, “What is the difference between an MBA and an MBET degree?” My usual response would be that someone has to hire MBAs, but I realize that answer is a little too simplistic.

It is not that Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs are of poor quality or in some way inferior; in fact, on many occasions, I have suggested to students that the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program may not be the best path for them and that they may be better suited for the MBA path.   

Doug Sparkes, Lecturer and Associate Director of the MBET program.

An MBET at the Business Excellence Awards

Mahmoud Salama, a current student in the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program, attended the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Gala on Thursday, February 20th, 2014 with several other representatives from the Conrad Centre. Mahmoud has reflected on his experience attending the awards gala.

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