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Posts Tagged: Digital Media Zone

The BBC features Flybits and Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone

"With massive amounts of cash being pumped into development by Google, Facebook, Microsoft and context-aware startups such as Flybits, the PA in everybody’s pocket could soon be a reality," Nick Clayton wrote in BBC Capital about virtual personal assistants (Siri, Cortana, Alexa, etc.). Flybits was founded by Hossein Rahnama, Research and Innovation Director at Ryerson University Digital Media Zone in partnership with MaRS Innovation. Flybits is a software solution that makes it simple to personalize an app's behaviour. Digital marketers can use this information to then ... Read more

UTEST cited among Toronto’s top 10 tech accelerators

UTEST, the tech accelerator co-directed by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto, was named to BlogTO's Top 10 list of technology accelerators on November 8, 2015. The list was published just weeks before the announcement of the fourth UTEST cohort, and included recognition of TrendMD and Whirlscape as notable startups among the graduated UTEST companies. Here's the excerpt: UTEST, a collaboration between U of T and MaRs Innovation, is in its fourth year of operation with 15 teams. The program is one year ... Read more

Financial Post covers Onyx Motion’s Swish app, scheduled to launch in November

Company plans future sports applications for tennis and golf for its Motion Marketplace Swish by Onyx Motion "takes advantage of motion sensors to provide accurate tips and feedback to improve play," wrote Robert Liwanag in "App for smartwatches helps users become better basketball players" for the Financial Post's "Entrepreneur" section on September 28, 2015. "Using it is simple — you turn it on, press calibrate and lift your arms and hands as you would to shoot a basket," wrote Liwanag. "The objective is to ... Read more

UTEST gets a mention in TechVibes piece on Canada’s growing start-up scene

TechVibes gave UTEST, an incubator program jointly run by MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto, a mention in Laura Leslie's "Canada’s Startup Communities Shining Brighter Than the California Sun," published November 24, 2014, which explores the ecosystem-wide supports in place to encourage entrepreneurship in Canada. Leslie writes: Silicon Valley may be the first place that comes to mind when you think of tech startups, but when considering resources, financial support, and a welcoming atmosphere, Canada has been steadily putting itself on the map. ... Read more

Robert Bosch Venture Capital leads $3.75 million Series A round for Flybits

Toronto start-up to advance context-aware mobile experience platform TORONTO, Canada (August 20, 2014) — Flybits Inc., a Toronto start-up that has created a context-aware experience development platform for mobile environments, has closed a $3.75 million Series A financing. Led by Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC) and Trellis Capital Corporation with participation from MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund and Ryerson Futures, Inc., the investment will advance the company’s product development and international growth in the United States and Europe. This announcement was covered in ... Read more

Huffington Post : MaRS Innovation among driving forces in Canada’s start-up landscape

In "Big-Brain Hunting: The Key to Supercluster Success," the Huffington Post's Pat Lynch investigates how and what makes start-ups successful. Attracting top-talent is listed as a major reason, but so is the environment required to give start-ups the tools they need to flourish. Lynch highlights MaRS Innovation as a driving force in sustaining the innovation industry in Canada by attracting big ideas and global talent, using former MI project manager Lyssa Neel as an example. Neel helped launch the education sector start-up Crowdmark, and ... Read more

Flybits and City of Ottawa Launch Ottawa Nav

The City of Ottawa and Flybits Unveil New Traffic Management Tool That Provides Real-Time Traveler Information to Residents TORONTO, November 18, 2013 — The City of Ottawa and Flybits, an emerging Ryerson University start-up, announced today the release of a free mobile application called Ottawa Nav. This story has been covered by Yonge Street Media, The Ottawa Sun, TechVibes and Global TV. The app, using the Flybits platform, connects users to municipal services and infrastructure providing relevant real-time information from construction updates to collisions or speed limit ... Read more

Flybits recognized as a context-aware tool for marketing professionals

TORONTO, Canada (April 24, 2013) — Flybits Inc. announced today that  Forrester Research Inc. has recognized Flybits, a Toronto-based start-up company, as a tool for on-demand marketing processes in a recent report. The February 2013 Forrester report, written by Anthony Mullen, “Emerging Touchpoints Require a Marketing Mind Shift,” states that to master the new basics, marketing professionals must increase corporate spending on innovation and formalize working relationships in areas such as customer experience, analytics, IT and product design — all of which ... Read more

Hossein Rahnama, CEO of Flybits, on CBC’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange

Hossein Rahnama, CEO of Flybits, a MaRS Innovation spin-off company, appeared on CBC's Lang and O'Leary Exchange on August 24, 2012. Watch Rahnama's interview on CBC's Media Player. The interview begins at the 13:40 mark and runs to 19:30. Rahnama, who is also a professor at Ryerson University and and research director at Ryerson's Digital Media Zone, was recently named to the MIT Technology Review’s prestigious 35 Inventors Under 35 list for 2012 along with fellow MaRS Innovation inventor Joyce Poon. He describes his ... Read more

Two MI inventors named to MIT’s 35 inventors under 35 list

Professors Joyce Poon and Hossein Rahnama, who each have inventions within MaRS Innovation's portfolio of spin-off companies and licenseable technologies, have been named to the MIT Technology Review's prestigious 35 Inventors Under 35 list for 2012. Poon, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Toronto, was recognized for, according to MIT's Technology Review, "creating new optical modulators with microscopic loop-the-loops through which light can shuttle data between servers and even from chip to chip within a single ... Read more
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