TECHCON 2019

November 16, 2019

Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS),
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

Sponsored by: VisibleID,
Startup Edmonton, and
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (FoMD)

Speakers

Aaryn Flynn

Aaryn Flynn is a games industry veteran with 20 years' experience in the industry. Beginning his career at BioWare after graduating from the University of Alberta Computing Science program, he worked on titles such as Baldur's Gate 2, Neverwinter Nights, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He eventually became General Manager of the studio and shipped Dragon Age: Origins and Mass Effect 2. He later oversaw production of Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Flynn is currently heading Improbable's Canadian studio in Edmonton, Alberta, developing an online RPG using Improbable's SpatialOS cloud platform. He also has MBA's from Queen's University and Cornell University and is a board member of A100.

iGEM

iGEM is an international synthetic biology competition which empowers undergraduate teams to tackle local and international problems using synthetic biology. Last year, team UAlberta decided to focus our efforts towards saving the bees by tackling the issue of Nosema ceranae; Nosema ceranae is a fungal parasite that kills honey bees and at times can lead to the death of entire hives. Last year, we developed APIS—our Antifungal Porphyrin-based Intervention System—to treat Nosema ceranae. This year, we are continuing our work on APIS while also developing a paper-based detection system for Nosema ceranae, which will allow for rapid detection and timely treatment. This work is of the utmost importance as bees are a key part of global food security and an integral part of Canada's economy and agricultural industry.

Startup Edmonton

Featuring a short session from Startup Edmonton, followed by a networking session with tech entrepreneurs!

Workshops

Ada's Team

Ada's Team is a student group at the University of Alberta dedicated to promoting diversity in STEM, with an emphasis in computer science. We accomplish this through a multitude of events and opportunities including but not limited to: free tutoring; funding diverse individuals to travel and attend conferences; leading multiple outreach workshops to youth about computer science; providing technical workshops to adult audiences; and hosting social gatherings to build that sense of community within the university.

EcoCar

The University of Alberta EcoCar team is a diverse team of undergraduate university students passionate about innovation and sustainability. We work together across multiple disciplines to build a hydrogen fuel cell powered car, which we race every year at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas in Sonoma, California. Our vehicle is not only ultra-efficient; it creates zero carbon emissions and only emits water vapor as waste. We are very proud to have come in 1st place at the 2019 Eco-Marathon in the Hydrogen Prototype category, and we are currently building a new car for the 2020 competition.

Let's Talk Science

At Let's Talk Science, we connect educators and youth with outstanding volunteers to deliver a wide variety of meaningful science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences in both school and community settings. The national Let's Talk Science Outreach program is offered free of charge thanks to our more than 3,500 post-secondary student volunteers at over 45 post-secondary Outreach sites, including the University of Alberta. We're here to work with groups or classes to help youth develop positive attitudes toward STEM while building critical skills and gaining career awareness.

NeurAlbertaTech

NeurAlbertaTech is a group of undergraduate students from the University of Alberta who are pushing the bleeding edge of neurotechnology. Our goal is to create an environment to facilitate neurotechnological innovations for undergraduate students here at the UofA, foster skills through workshops and mentorship, and build a competent team to compete in the annual NeuroTechX Student Club Competitions!

The Shack

The purpose of The Shack is to bring interdisciplinary undergraduate students into our open-access facility to pursue projects that would not be possible elsewhere. Access to cutting-edge design and manufacturing technologies means that students can leverage their university education and their creative skills to bring their ideas to life. Many of our existing projects span many scientific fields, creating countless opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. The Shack is also working to provide opportunities to involve the greater University of Alberta community as well as public outreach initiatives.

Sponsors

University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (FoMD)