OCE In The News

  • May 30, 2013 – Digital Media Zone Blog Komodo OpenLab and Mejuri each win $25,000 at Discovery
    This week, the Ontario Centres of Excellence held their Discovery event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the Digital Media Zone, along with some of our entrepreneurs and startup teams, were there. Along with the two-day event, Discovery awarded the winners of their Experiential Learning Program which is designed to support post-secondary students and recent graduates to become the next entrepreneurial leaders. Two startups from the Digital Media Zone, Mejuri and Komodo OpenLab, both won awards, each valued at $25,000!
  • May 30, 2013 – George Brown Applied Research Blog On Discovery, and Making Manufacturing
    The Ontario Centres of Excellence hosted the annual OCE Discovery conference earlier this week, featuring those involved in the Ontario innovation ecosystem. GBC Research was there showcasing our own centres of excellence: the Food Innovation Research Studio (FIRSt), the Green Building Centre, and our Advanced Prototyping Labs. An opening keynote by Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize, was instructive as much for his points on what he calls "exponential technology" and "crowd sourcing genius" as for the fact that the underlying message was that it is the private sector, not the public, that needs to lead innovation.
  • May 30, 2013 – Global Accessibility News Western University students invent device for swimmers with disabilities
    Western Engineering students Shuang Song, Joseph Santarelli and Nicole Kucirek know their idea could be considered all wet. But it just might be a winner. The Western team developed a sensor that provides swimmers using an iPod or MP3 player with an audio warning when they are reaching the end of a pool. The team will showcase their inventionat the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery conference today at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.
  • May 29, 2013 – Columbia International CollegeColumbia Student Wins Entrepreneur Contest
    Columbia student George Oni, a senior from Nigeria, was one of six winners in a provincial high school entrepreneurship contest. His idea of KEMIES, “a range of apparel products that are interchangeable and can be customized,” generated a great deal of interest and earned him a spot in the finals. He was then named a contest winner after pitching his business plan to judges yesterday at Ontario’s Centres of Excellence Discovery conference, held in Toronto.
  • May 29, 2013 – Exchange MagazineCarleton Students Sweep Council of Ontario Universities’ IDeA Competition
    Carleton took home the top three prizes at the 2013 Ontario Universities’ IDeA Competition, held at OCE's Discovery. A 3D printer that produces a lower-cost, more functional prosthetic hand won the top prize in the Council of Universities’ (COU) Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition, designed to break down barriers to accessibility for persons with disabilities.
  • May 29, 2013 – Western NewsWestern, city bridge project takes top Connections prize
    Western Engineering students Rob Volcko, Thomas Zolis, Emily Keyes, Marco Furano and Arthur Gonzales placed first overall in the university category of the Connections Competition at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery Conference in Toronto this week. The team, who partnered with the City of London, presented their fourth-year design project of a cable-stayed pedestrian bridge at Talbot and Bathurst streets.
  • May 29, 2013 – GowlingsGowlings’ David McFadden honoured with creation of energy innovation award
    The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) announced at its Discovery conference that it will be honouring David J. McFadden QC, a Gowlings partner and prominent energy lawyer, with the establishment of an annual innovation award in his name: the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge.
  • May 28, 2013 – itbusiness.caYoung Ontario entrepreneurs to get a $1 million funding boost
    On Tuesday, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) announced they will be investing in up to 10 projects over the next two years. OCE and CYBF made the announcement at the OCE Discovery conference in Toronto.
  • May 28, 2013 – Carleton Newsroom Carleton Students Sweep Council of Ontario Universities’ IDeA Competition
    Carleton took home the top three prizes at the 2013 Ontario Universities’ IDeA Competition, held at Discovery. A 3D printer that produces a lower-cost, more functional prosthetic hand won the top prize in the Council of Universities’ (COU) Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition, designed to break down barriers to accessibility for persons with disabilities.
  • May 28, 2013 – WETech AllianceSandwich Secondary School Student Wins at Discovery
    WEtech Alliance is pleased to announce that Riley Tsang of Sandwich Secondary School and his company, Simplistic Lawn Care, was chosen as one of six winners of the Make Your Pitch competition at Discovery.
  • May 28, 2013 – itbusiness.caSMBs have growing need for high performance computing, big data
    In many ways, high performance computing is still more of an industry concept than a real strategy among Canadian SMBs. Yet high performance computing (HPC), data mining and big data are only going to play a bigger role in businesses in the next few years, according to a panel at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery conference Monday afternoon.
  • May 27, 2013 – BNNThe Business News
    BNN host Michael Hainsworth talks with Jay Godsall from SolarShip about his company's aviation innovations live from the Discovery show floor. (~5:20 mark)
  • May 27, 2013 – BNNPrinting 3D Chocolate
    BNN host Michael Hainsworth talks to the University of Waterloo team behind the 3D chocolate printer on the Discovery show floor.
  • May 27, 2013 – BNNNight Vision Helicopter Simulator
    BNN host Michael Hainsworth tries out the new immersive synthetic trainer developed at Carleton University on the Discovery show floor.
  • May 27, 2013 – BNNNew tablet is as thin as paper
    BNN host Michael Hainsworth interviews the team behind the PaperTab flexible computer out of Queen's University's Human Media Lab.
  • May 27, 2013 – BNNX Prize Foundation Invests in Technology
    BNN host Michael Hainsworth interviews Discovery keynote speaker Peter Diamandis from the Discovery show floor.
  • May 27, 2013 – CHCH TVDiscovery Innovation
    We’ve been hearing for years about how much of a hard time many college and university graduates are having finding jobs in their areas of expertise… But now, some students are graduating and becoming their own bosses — becoming entrepreneurs at an early age. Cindy Csordas was at an innovation event known as “Discovery” run by Ontario Centres of Excellence Monday and she has the story…
  • May 27, 2013 – BNNThe benefits of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
    BNN host Michael Hainsworth talks to NGF Geomatics about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles from the Discovery show floor.
  • May 27, 2013 – itbusiness.caBusinesses should embrace change or prepare to fail
    Canadian businesses must be prepared to embrace innovation and changes in technology – or run the risk of becoming obsolete. That was the focus of keynote speaker Peter Diamandis‘ talk on Monday at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery conference. Diamandis, founder and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, addressed about 2,400 people at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, telling business owners, academics and students in high tech that when it comes to solving the world’s problems, innovators can look at disruptive technology as either a sources of stress, or as an opportunity.
  • May 27, 2013 – The Morning Show: Global Toronto Dr. Tom Corr discusses innovative Discovery trade show
    Now in its eighth year, Ontario Centre of Excellence’s Discovery trade show features brilliant made-in Ontario inventions. OCE President and CEO Dr. Tom Corr is on to discuss the innovative trade show.