Fredericton-Based Black Arcs Helps Communities Do Things Like Decide Where Schools Are Built

FREDERICTON — A Fredericton startup has developed software that helps communities and organizations explore complex issues in an engaging and interactive way, helping them figure out things like where to build schools, measure the impacts of cultural industries on a region’s economy, and maybe even contain the community spread of a virus such as Covid-19.

Black Arcs was founded by tech entrepreneur and engineer Jake Arsenault about five years ago. Having previously founded Inversa Systems, a pioneer of gamma-ray imaging for infrastructure, he and his business partners were looking to build something new that could help benefit the larger community.

“After dozens and dozens of conversations with people in government and the non-profit sector, they got to the root issue that a lot of organizations have, which is how do you communicate a complex issue to a wide pool of stakeholders, with varying amount of knowledge about how those things work?” says Luke Robertson, Black Arcs’ director of operations.

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Victoria Krisman
Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist and Communications Manager for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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