• Next Canada readies elite students to tackle business challenges

    July 28, 2017 You’re 22 again, and sitting in school. A really influential person is coming into the class today, and your teacher says, “What question would you like to ask?” Here’s a little context. The classroom is in an old engineering building at the University of Toronto, and you’re one of Canada’s best ... Read more
  • AI advances to put greater value on human judgment: U of T experts

    July 27, 2017 With the rise of artificial intelligence and concern about its potential impact on jobs, U of T’s Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans and Avi Goldfarb argue that human judgment will become an increasingly valuable skill. “In many cases, especially in the near term, humans will be required to exercise this sort of judgment,” they write ... Read more
  • Syncing light to music: U of T startup Nanoleaf hosts programming hackathon for students

    July 26, 2017 Nanoleaf, the startup co-founded by University of Toronto alumni Gimmy Chu, Tom Rodinger, and Christian Yan, brought its latest lighting product, Aurora, to U of T this weekend for a hackathon. The startup was hosting Hack the Light in collaboration with the Computer Science Student Union (CSSU) and the Department of Computer ... Read more
  • Creative Destruction Lab Teams Up with Rigetti Computing to Foster Quantum Machine Learning Startup Ecosystem

    July 25, 2017 The Creative Destruction Lab at the Rotman School of Management is pleased to announce a partnership between its Quantum Machine Learning Program and Rigetti Computing, a full-stack quantum computing company, to support startups focused on developing quantum machine learning software. The Program, announced earlier this year and launching this September, builds ... Read more
  • Singapore gains momentum in arms race for currency trading hub status

    July 23, 2017 Singapore’s embrace of fintech and its growing status as a hub for the trade of Southeast Asian currencies are giving the city state an edge in the arms race to attract internet platforms for trading and wealth management, according to one industry expert. Oanda, an online forex trading company established in ... Read more
  • U of T sustainable food startup looks north through non-profit partnership

    July 21, 2017 A University of Toronto startup that sells vertical hydroponic growing systems has joined forces with a Ryerson University-linked non-profit to bring down the stratospheric cost of fresh fruits and vegetables in Canada’s northernmost communities. The unique partnership was forged at this year’s OCE innovation conference after Conner Tidd, a co-founder of ... Read more
  • Toronto among the fastest growing tech hubs in North America

    July 21, 2017 Toronto leaped ahead in annual North American tech talent rankings compiled by a Los Angeles-based real-estate services firm. Canada’s largest city jumped from 12th to sixth place in CBRE’s 2017 rankings, adding 22,500 tech jobs last year. That’s more than those added by San Francisco and New York combined, according to CBRE. The ... Read more
  • U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab expands, focusing on regenerative medicine

    July 19, 2017 The Creative Destruction Lab is getting into the business of healing. Professor Ajay Agrawal, the founder of the rapidly expanding startup program affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, said Wednesday that the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) will roll out “a specialization in biomed tech with a focus ... Read more
  • Stem cell conference at U of T to focus on entrepreneurship

    July 11, 2017 In the world of regenerative medicine, the recent US$225 million investment by drug giant Bayer and health-care investment firm Versant Ventures continues to loom large. The seven-month old deal to create BlueRock Therapeutics, which involves key University of Toronto researchers and will focus on cardiac and Parkinson’s treatments, is viewed by ... Read more
  • Reimagining the internet: This browser allows users to view websites in 3D

    July 11, 2017 In a room at the recent Virtual and Augmented Reality Conference and Expo in Toronto, users were experiencing a web that’s no longer stuck on a screen: A specialized browser allowed them to visit a video-sharing website that turned into a gallery, with content showing as clickable displays. The user, donning ... Read more