5G and Connectivity
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Whether it’s feeding, fueling, healing, or moving, Calgary is solving the world’s greatest challenges through the creation and adoption of transformative technologies. From software to hardware and services, digital transformation is quickly becoming the largest driver of new solutions and technology investments among Calgary businesses. In fact, it’s projected that Calgary businesses will spend nearly $7.5B on digital transformation (DX) from 2019 to 2022, representing a 20% compound annual growth rate. Given its concentration of headquarters and industrial sector base, Calgary is at the heart of the industrial digital transformation and home to many made-in-Calgary success stories.
The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) received a $30 million donation to help establish a new school that will provide the latest in digital education for students, enabling the institution to advance change through technology. The new school will set a new course for the future positioning of SAIT as a leader in digital transformation and education.
Suncor announced a multi-year strategic alliance with Microsoft Canada, tapping into the full range of Microsoft’s cloud solutions to empower a connected and collaborative workforce, upgrade data centres and increase analytics capabilities.
Cisco announced a $15 million investment to support three initiatives in Western Canada, focusing on job creation and skills development. Cisco has doubled its R&D cybersecurity resources since 2017 and established a new cybersecurity office. As part of the announcement Cisco is also supporting NPower and YYC Net Lab to provide training and development support to underrepresented populations.
Finger Food Advanced Technology Group announced they will open an Advanced Technology Centre in Calgary in 2020. The Advanced Technology Centre is a facility for global innovation; a state-of-the-art space dedicated to disrupting traditional thinking, fostering user-centric and innovative ideas and learning opportunities. The Centre is set to provide 200 full time jobs in Calgary by 2023 for highly skilled design, software development and management professionals.
Calgary is emulating the best and brightest worldwide on how regional innovation ecosystems grow and are sustained. Several organizations exist to support the growth and success of the ecosystem in Calgary.
Calgary’s post-secondary schools and other leaders in the community are creating the tech-savvy talent for the future.
This September, the first cohort of 40 students will complete the highly focused, fast-track master’s degree in software engineering. Students can complete this hand’s on, course-based program in as little as eight months.
Two new, innovative programs announced by Bow Valley College this year reflect the current and future demand in creative technology. The Digital Design Diploma focuses on the digital aspects of design and production, and the Data Management and Analytics Post-Baccalaureate Certificate prepares graduates for data requirements, life cycle, modeling, gathering and interpreting results.
Starting in September 2018, the four-year Bachelor of Science – Chemistry major at Mount Royal University was designed to ensure students gain critical knowledge and hands-on experience in a space designed with new technology and smaller-than-average class sizes.
Focusing on cyber security training to protect systems that run critical infrastructure in networked environments, this newly announced program runs for 26 weeks in the winter and fall of 2019.
Impressing the importance of code in the classroom, Lighthouse Labs created the Code Create Teach courses for K-12 educators across Canada. In Calgary, their full-time Web Development Bootcamp programs and part-time Intro to Web Development Courses development classes are open for applicants.
Rainforest Alberta, Calgary Economic Development and the Hunter Family Foundation launched EvolveU in 2019 for people looking to pivot their careers. Offering opportunities to learn in-demand skills across data, design, business and technology, the program combines a practical curriculum with onsite mentoring, peer-to-peer learning experiences and personalized career coaching.
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Calgary’s Living Lab offers businesses and researchers access to public spaces, transportation corridors, dark fibre / LoRaWAN networks and other City-owned assets to test, validate and showcase their technological innovation in a real-life environment. Unmanned and autonomous systems, augmented reality and virtual reality are just a few examples of some successful labs that have been implemented.
The Living Lab is helping Calgary become a Smart City by using innovation, data and connected technology to improve the quality of life of Calgarians.
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