Concept $5K winners announced
This article was originally published on the Concept by Velocity blog.
During Global Entrepreneurship Week, finalists competed for $5,000 grants to help them kick-start their businesses and turn their concepts into realities. From a fully autonomous commercial airline service to an innovative online food court, each competitor had just 3 minutes to pitch their tech-based business idea to a panel of judges.
The Concept $5K Finals competition (previously known as the Velocity Fund Finals $5K) was hosted in the Student Life Centre at the University of Waterloo and drew in an audience of over two hundred. Having advanced from the Semi-Finals round, nine finalists took to the stage to pitch and compete for one of four Concept $5K Grants. The competition is held three times a year, and students from any faculty who want to build an early-stage startup can enter.
“This competition is about winning, but it’s also about inspiring the campus and other students to pursue their ideas too,” said Camelia Nunez, director of Concept.
Now we can add four more winners to our ‘Ones to Watch’ list:
CodeGEM is developing a feedback management system to quantify code improvements and promote better feedback. CodeGEM has had 20+ users install their system and will use the $5,000 to continue market validation.
- Stephanie Mills, Management Engineering
- Ian Kemp, Management Engineering
- Kaylyn Lau, Management Engineering
Flowy is building AI-powered digital transformation tools to commoditize frictionless automation. They currently have two demos in the pipeline and a letter of intent. Flowy will use the $5,000 to refine their software and implement their first pilot in 2020.
- Neil Liu, Computer Science
- Kevin Cheng, Mathematics
- David Zhao, Accounting and Financial Management
Ribbit aims to create the world’s first fully autonomous commercial airline service. Ribbit will use the $5,000 to validate its software on an actual flight marker, and in the future plan to buy a recreational plane to retrofit.
- Jeremy Wang, Ph.D. of Mechanical Engineering
- Carl Pigeon, Master of Aerospace Engineering, University of Toronto
Scope is building lenses with electronically tunable optical power. Scope will put the $5,000 towards advanced prototyping materials and testing. In 2020 they aim to have a zooming system complete and to file their patents.
- Fernando Pena, Nanotechnology Engineering
- Zhenle Cao, Nanotechnology Engineering
- Ishan Mishra, Nanotechnology Engineering
- Alisha Bhanji, Nanotechnology Engineering
- Holden Beggs, Nanotechnology Engineering
Waterloo signs MOU with Korean research institute
This article was originally published on the Faculty of Engineering website.
Officials from South Korea and the University of Waterloo gathered in early November to formally launch what they hope will become a long-term research collaboration focused on modernizing manufacturing through the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
A delegation of almost 20 dignitaries from South Korea, including the mayor of the city of Changwon and the president of a large research institute, joined Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of the University, at a ceremony to sign a memorandum of understanding.
“We consider this the beginning of a larger, deeper relationship,” said HJ Kwon, an engineering professor who is leading the initiative for Waterloo. “There is great potential to establish collaborations with other Korean cities and other research institutes.”
Earlier in the day, the South Korean dignitaries also attended a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony with the City of Waterloo to explore partnership opportunities between the two cities.
The visit by officials from Changwon, the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) and the Republic of Korea consulate in Toronto also included local tours of Google Canada, Communitech and the Velocity program at Waterloo.
The economy of Changwon, a city of more than a million residents, is anchored by heavy manufacturing in areas including shipbuilding, and the automotive and defense industries. KERI, a government-funded, 600-member institute dedicated to electrical technology, is located there.
The aim of the collaboration is to modernize Changwon’s manufacturing companies by leveraging the expertise of Waterloo researchers in AI, engineering and computer science. Robotics, automation and the Internet of Things are among the technologies they could introduce.
See you, Scantron
A message from Information Systems & Technology (IST).
Effective January 30, 2020, the IST Scantron machine will no longer be available for use. No Scantron appointments will be accepted after this date.
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As Scantron is wound down, Akindi is the new centrally supported multiple-choice exam processing tool and its full roll out will occur over the winter 2020 term. Akindi is an easy-to-use service that allows you to create and grade assessments using regular paper and any scanner. Where you once used Scantron for multiple-choice assessments, you can now use Akindi. Visit the Akindi website to learn more.
There will be two live webinar-based training sessions in January 2020. Participants can register to join in person or use the Zoom link on the Akindi website to join from your office or home.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Davis Centre (DC) 1304
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A correction to note: on Monday, December 2 the Daily Bulletin announced the dates of the upcoming pension information sessions and included inaccurate information about the latter two sessions. The correct lineup of information sessions is as follows:
- Monday, December 9, 2019 - RCH 301 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Monday, December 9, 2019 - RCH 301 - 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
- Monday, December 9, 2019 - RCH 301 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - RCH 301 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - RCH 301 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Daily Bulletin regrets the error.
The fall 2019 issue of the IST Newsletter is now available. Read about:
- the new multiple-choice exam processing service, Akindi
- a behind the scenes look at the ITMS Media Production Studio
- IST's first cyber security pop-up booth
- the new WatSAFE desktop alert tool
- and more.
"Brace your elves, it's almost exam time!" says a note from the Library as they announce that it's Holi-Yay this week. Festive activities are happening all week long, including a green screen from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Dana Porter Library today, Trail Mix served up in the Davis Centre from 10:30 a.m. to noon while supplies last on Thursday, December 5 and Roget Thesaurus in the Dana Porter Library lobby on Friday, December 6 from 11:00 a.m. to noon, and communal knitting from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. Friday in Dana Porter.