New Google office in core a sign of city’s digital transition, experts say

The construction of new offices for Google on the edge of downtown Kitchener is a major turning point in the city core’s transition to a centre for the digital economy, say observers in the architecture and real estate fields.

Source: www.therecord.com

Google currently employs about 300 people in 60,000 square feet of space on the third floor of the Tannery building at Charles and Victoria streets.

Earlier this year, it signed a 10-year lease, with an option for another 10 years, for 185,000 square feet of space in the Breithaupt Block development to accommodate its growing local workforce.

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Waterloo approves $88M Engineering 7 building | Waterloo Stories

The University of Waterloo’s Board of Governors has approved the construction of a new $88-million Engineering 7 (E7) building.

The 230,000-square-foot, seven-storey building will house Waterloo Engineering’s ongoing transformation of how it delivers education to students.

“As the University of Waterloo continues to emerge as one of the world’s top innovation universities, the construction of E7 will enable us to attract even more of the best and brightest students and faculty who will undertake their studies and research here

Source: uwaterloo.ca

E7 will have some of the best research facilities in the world, including an additive manufacturing—or 3D printing—laboratory, and an indoor flight arena for testing autonomous and robotic vehicles

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Shopify opening sales lab in Kitchener

The e-commerce company Shopify will open what it calls the Sales Lab in downtown Kitchener next month and is hiring at least five people to staff it.

Source: www.therecord.com

Waterloo Region has become a leading technology centre in Canada, Finkelstein said, but the region has much more to offer than software developers and hardware engineers. “We actually think there is a huge opportunity to hire an incredible sales team with a particular interest in, and a particular penchant for, technology,” Finkelstein said.

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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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