It was just Yesterday, or 25 years ago, as some people call it, that John, Robert and I produced an event in Toronto called “Smart95.” Most of you attending or downloading the video from this year’s ICF Summit were not there. But there were two features of that event that have withstood the test of time because their arrival was inevitable.
ICF produced the world’s first “smart” conference in the world in 1995 in Toronto.
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The event in Toronto (a city that went on to become the Intelligent Community of the Year in 2014) was the first event in history to use the word “Smart.” You can look it up. John Jung named it and a search revealed it was not in use anywhere. It gives us bragging rights for life, I guess. Most important, it triggered a movement and a way of thinking that has spread out far and wide, from East to West.Read more
An artificial intelligence development company out of Toronto has introduced some fancy new tools to help businesses operate more safely during the pandemic.
Predictmedix's technologies allow stores and other establishments to screen customers for symptoms of COVID-19 before they enter, and they can even tell when people aren't properly social distancing or wearing masks while inside.Read more
Demand for face masks these days is off the charts so it's no surprise that all sorts of designers in Toronto are taking a stab at designing their own versions.
LuxMea Studio, a multidisciplinary design studio with offices in Toronto and Boston, has an idea for a face mask that goes beyond the usual cotton or polyester varieties. So far, they've raised over $100,000 to begin the mass production of masks made by 3D printers.Read more
The New Abnormal: Data Governance, New Technological Paradigm; Who's Really Taking Your Temperature?
In this #NoPlaceButHome discussion, we move away from the topic of physical space and density in communities and move to another topic: privacy. ICF Co-Founders Lou Zacharilla and John Jung speak with Kristina Verner, Monique Crichlow and Jean-Noé Landry in the third discussion of The New Abnormal series.Read more
The City of Toronto is set to announce a new program, ShopHERE, aimed at helping Toronto’s independent businesses build and optimize online stores at no cost, BetaKit has learned.
Launched in conjunction with Digital Main Street, a program of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, the initiative will also receive support from Toronto’s technology community.
ShopHERE’s goal is to help local independent small businesses and artists that currently do not have the resources to build an online store. Web developers from a number of Toronto tech companies will build and launch 3,000 online stores through the program over the next three months.Read more
TORONTO — An Alphabet company's vision for a "smart city" project in Toronto includes buildings made of timber that are five times the current limit, potentially steering the company into the challenges of timber innovation in Canada.
Sidewalk Labs' proposal includes developing 30-plus story buildings made of timber, close to Toronto's central business district, as part of their commitment to sustainability.Read more
Have you been to Toronto yet? If you’re looking for a vibrant city that applauds itself on having diversity as its strength, you have to visit Canada and see what Toronto has in store. Toronto has been recognized as one of the most multicultural cities in the world, boasting over 200 ethnic groups with over 140 languages spoken. It’s now the fourth-largest city in the world and continues to attract people who are seeking a community where they can fit in while standing out. Black entrepreneurs and professionals will find a rich, welcoming culture that will expose you to life beyond the space you currently occupy.Read more
Major Investment Demonstrates the Company's Commitment to Canadian Market
VTS, the commercial real estate industry’s (CRE) leading leasing and asset management platform, announced today the opening of its new product development center in Toronto. The Toronto location will serve as the firm’s first major product development center outside of New York, enabling VTS to access Toronto’s pool of highly skilled product and engineering talent as the startup looks to continue its rapid growth.
VTS is actively hiring for the office, which is located in Downtown Toronto and opened in June. The company plans to grow the Toronto development team to at least 50 people by the end of 2020.Read more
A new tech-focused development under construction in Toronto aims to bring both rental housing and jobs to the city’s growing tech industry, and create a unique space to bring manufacturing back to the city.
The result of a partnership between George Brown College, MaRS Discovery District, a Toronto startup hub, and Refine Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP), this new hybrid residential and manufacturing project, going up at 440 Dufferin Street and overseen by the developer Fitzrovia, is expected to open by July 2020 in the west part of downtown Toronto.Read more
Sidewalk Labs’ final master plan for its smart city project in Toronto will be released next month, says the firm’s CEO.
Speaking at the Collision technology conference in Toronto Wednesday, Dan Doctoroff told a packed room that the master plan for the Quayside project will be done “literally next month.”
Doctoroff said when that happens another set of public reviews of the proposal will begin.