Dyson engineers select 20 international ingenious ideas for shortlist, Two University of Waterloo teams reach the top 20

Chicago – More than 600 James Dyson Award projects from 18 countries have been whittled down to a final shortlist. These 20 inventions enter the next stage of the international competition where James Dyson will decide the international winner, which will be announced on November 6th. The international winner will receive $46,000 and is encouraged to continue prototyping their invention and a further $18,000 for their university.

Dyson engineers selected two Canadian teams – both from the University of Waterloo – to make the international shortlist. EyeCheck, Ashutosh Syal and Daxal Desai, University of Waterloo: EyeCheck solves the problem of providing prescriptions for millions of people in the developing world using a smartphone app, standalone camera and server-side image processing. Suncayr, Derek Jouppi, Rachel Pautler, Andrew Martinko, Chad Sweeting and Hayden Soboleski, University of Waterloo: Suncayr is a colour changing marker that can be drawn on skin and changes colour when sunscreen is no longer working and the user needs to reapply.

Nick Schneider, Dyson design engineer and one of the judges said, “the EyeCheck team have managed to engineer an affordable way of diagnosing eye problems quickly. Potentially improving quality of life for many.”

Likening Suncayr to Dyson, Nick noted, “much like the way Dyson engineers approach every day problems, Suncayr is a simple solution for remaining protected in the sun. It is visual and intuitive, whilst also educating the user about the problem.”

Last year’s international winner was a team of four mechanical engineering students from the University of Pennsylvania who developed Titan Arm, a battery powered upper-body robotic arm which instantly increases human strength. The team used their prize money to continue to prototype and bring their design closer to commercialization.

For the full list of finalists visit http://www.jamesdysonaward.org/projects/

Source: www.exchangemagazine.com

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Development of Single-Chip Atomic Force Microscope Wins Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence

A researcher at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Integrated RF Engineering (CIRFE) has received a medal for excellence in research leading to innovative developments in microsystems and related technologies.

Source: www.azonano.com

The company will launch the technology by shipping the first microscopes to customers before the end of the year.

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Plenty to do and see in Ontario’s Waterloo Region

Halloween is just around the corner. But what can you do to enjoy your time around Waterloo region? Travel expert Loren Christie tours one of Waterloo Region’s biggest attractions — it’s Scream park!

Source: canadaam.ctvnews.ca

What a great kick off to Oktoberfest today’s show was! For those of you who have been enticed to visit this fantastic area, there are plenty of things to see and do in the Kitchener-Waterloo region all year long.

For outdoor enthusiasts the Grand River runs 280 kilometres all the way through the Waterloo Region from its source in Wareham, Ontario to Lake Erie. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Grand’s designation as a Canadian Heritage River. There are walking and cycling trails all along the river, but it is perhaps best known for fly fishing and canoeing.

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BlackBerry Named a Leader in Enterprise Mobile Management

BlackBerry Limited has been named a “Leader” in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Mobile Management, Q3 2014. Forrester Research, Inc. evaluated BlackBerry along with 14 other of the most significant mobile device management vendors.

Source: www.exchangemagazine.com

BlackBerry earned the highest score in Strategy as well as Global Presence, and tied for the top ranking in Market Presence, which considers revenue, install base and partners.

In addition, BlackBerry received the highest possible score in 12 of the 27 criteria measured by Forrester, including Network Security, Future Vision, and Support.


Today BlackBerry remains the dominant mobile device management (MDM) leader with more customers than its top three competitors combined.

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Google’s Schmidt still a fan of BlackBerry

Google executive chair Eric Schmidt loves BlackBerry smartphones, particularly models with keyboards, but he says iPhones and Android devices are driving the market.

Source: www.therecord.com

What is Canada’s reputation within Google, what are the offices and employees in Waterloo Region, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto known for?

  • We have something like 400 engineers and something like 700 or 800 employees here and I always knew Waterloo was a fantastic engineering centre. What’s recently happened is the University of Toronto and Montreal have become real centres for machine intelligence. So within Google in the U.S., we’re hiring people from Canada to solve the fundamental problems of artificial intelligence and that’s a new fact. It didn’t used to be, you tend to think Waterloo was a programming languages university and they broadened what they were trying to do.”

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Final version of ‘futuristic’ Waterloo development gets council go-ahead

WATERLOO — Iconic. Remarkable. Futuristic. Those were just three of the words councillors used Monday to describe a five-building, multiuse project on a massive swath of land at 124 and 130 Columbia St.

Source: metronews.ca

The approved plan includes Five buildings ranging from 6 to 14 storeys.  Six hundred one- and two-bedroom units, 769 bedrooms. 2,250 square metres of commercial space. 283 parking spaces, mostly underground with  walking distance to transit, employment and the universities.

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The role of labor in advanced manufacturing

Brad Lindquist at Area Development takes a look at the important role talent will play in advanced manufacturing in the midst of technological advances. This

Source: economicdevelopment.org

Regardless of manufacturing sector, a company must have the necessary skilled workforce available from the start

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