Projects win support from grad's venture creation contest

Monday, May 10, 2021

Two Capstone Design teams are taking their projects to the next level as the winners of this year’s Palihapitiya Venture Creation Fund Award.

Hyperbeam and Scribenote are receiving $50,000 each from the award sponsored by Chamath Palihapitiya (BASc '99, Electrical Engineering), founder and CEO of Social Capital. 

Hyperbeam is a shared browser that lets people in different locations surf the web and watch TV shows and movies together online.

“It’s technology that’s reliable, simple to use and works immediately,” says Hyperbeam member Philip Scott, a software engineering student.

Scribenote, automated record-keeping software, was developed after Ryan Gallagher heard about the time it took his sister to catch up on documentation after working long days at her veterinarian practice, an issue he says is common to medical professionals.

“Every clinician I know and the hundreds I’ve interviewed spend more than 25 per cent of their workday writing medical documentation,” says Gallagher who is graduating with a BASc in nanotechnology engineering this spring. “This leads to burnout, increased wait times and increased costs of care.” [full story]