McMaster University

Learning Technologies Symposium

October 11th-12th, 2017 – McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton ON

Have you remixed traditional teaching practices using innovative technologies like open resources, social media, or VR? Are you exploring digital solutions for teaching and learning such as video, animation, interactive media, flipped approaches, or online and blended classroom environments? Or, are you thinking about accessible learning, conducting research on digital pedagogies or the impact of technology on learning?

Share your methods, experiences, and research at the Learning Technologies Symposium 2017. Join us as we explore an ‘education remix’ that is making its way into classrooms everywhere.


Learn more about LTS2017 and register at:


Learning from startup hiccups with David Carter

When: Wednesday February 1st 2017 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: McMaster University – Room ETB 535 – 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton

Organizer: The Forge (@theforgehamont)



There are many reasons why startups experience failure. To celebrate and learn from these inevitable “hiccups”, join The Forge@Mac and David Carter for Failing Forward: How to learn and grow from startup hiccups. David will outline how to fail well and use it to your advantage.

David Carter is the Executive Director of Innovation Factory (iF). iF is Hamilton’s Regional Innovation Centre with the mandate to be a catalyst for innovation in Hamilton. Appropriately, David’s career has been working in innovation since he joined the workforce. It started as a consultant in the burgeoning personal computer industry and then as an International Markets Analyst at the Toronto Stock Exchange in the late 80’s. At Microsoft he worked through the revolution in desktop computing and the internet in the 90s. In 2001, after 11 years at Microsoft he decided to start his own company. From 2001 until 2012 he and his partner took their start-up from a small office in Burlington, to a Boston based firm raising $20 million in venture capital. Carter is thrilled to support today’s entrepreneurs in Hamilton and to be a part of the larger Hamilton ecosystem.


Self-driving car research at McMaster


Check out this video on self-driving car research taking place at McMaster University!



Autonomous vehicles are become more and more the technology of the future rather than a mere concept. The rise of computer-driven cars comes with the added concern over safety.

At McMaster University, a team of researchers headed by Engineering professor, Saeid Habibi, is developing technology to help make self-driving cars safe on the road.



Mac researcher partners with IBM to improve Watson

McMaster University professor Fei Chiang has received funding from SOSCIP to partner with IBM to improve Watson Analytics!

SOSCIP is a research and development consortium that pairs academic and industry researchers with advanced computing tools to fuel Canadian innovation within the areas of agile computing, cities, mining, health, digital media, energy, cybersecurity, water and advanced manufacturing.

Check out the excerpt below from the full article on the project:

Big data can lend many insights that give an organization an edge in the global marketplace. It can inform decisions that can improve profit margins and help leaders better understand patients, customers and employees, and improve inefficient and costly processes.

Data, however, can also be rife with errors, duplications, inconsistencies and incomplete information. That’s where Fei Chiang and her team comes in. Chiang is an assistant professor in the Department of Computing and Software, Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University. Funded as part of the OCE-SOSCIP Smart Computing R&D Challenge, a collaboration between OCE, NSERC and SOSCIP to provide $7.5M in funding to SOSCIP projects, her SOSCIP project involves working on improving data quality to achieve trusted and accurate results from data analysis tasks.

“Poor data quality costs businesses and organizations millions of dollars a year in operational inefficiencies, poor decision-making and wasted time,” she explained.

“Real data often contains missing, duplicate, inconsistent and empty values. The currency and timeliness of data is also important as many decisions need to be made with the most recent data.”

Chiang is working with IBM to improve the data quality metrics in Watson Analytics, IBM’s cloud-based data analytics platform. The first step is to build a set of detailed quality metrics that provide in-depth information on the data quality problems. The metrics are aggregated to provide customized data quality scores to users based on their data analysis task.

When the research is completed, the aim is to provide organizations with a means of “cleaning” their data, a process which could take weeks to months. Chiang’s research could trim that time down to days, saving the organization money and vital time needed to make big decisions in a fast-paced marketplace.

The research also provides valuable hands-on training for data scientists, which represents a significant gap in the Canadian market.


Dwayne Wasylyshyn on lessons learned at Blackberry


McMaster Engineering has been running Café X talks for the last few years aimed at bringing in speakers to share experiences that spark ideas, discussion and debate.

They’ve recently started live streaming the talks, including the most recent by Dr. Dwayne Wasylyshyn about his past projects during a very interesting time at BlackBerry (then Research in Motion) and what he learned in the process.

Check out the talk below!


IBM workshop at McMaster this Friday



When: Friday October 21st at 5:30PM

Where: Commerce Lounge @ McMaster University at 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton

Organizer: Degroote AIS



IBM & BRUHA ARE COMING TO MCMASTER on Friday, October 21st at 5:30PM in the COMMERCE LOUNGE!!

IBM will host a workshop where students will work together to solve a case utilizing innovative technology. Groups will identify a problem, then come up with a solution and value proposition. Which they will later present to IBM & BRUHA!


AIS memberships will be sold at the event for $5!


Nix Sensor wins Lion’s Lair 2016


Nix Sensor (@NixSensor) took home the $65,000 top prize in cash and services at Lion’s Lair this week! Nix also won the “people’s choice” award, marking the first time that the attendees agreed with the lion’s (i.e. judges). Nix created a real-life PhotoShop colour eyedropper tool – just tap it on a surface, and it returns the colour of that surface!

Startup competition Lion’s Liar entered its 6th year with a line-up of startup companies markedly stronger than earlier iterations, showcasing the growth of the community. The finalists were well beyond “the idea” stage and were citing traction in terms of number of users, revenue, employee counts and funding received.

The Nix team’s prizes include: $15,000 in cash from: Cogeco, Mohawk College, McMaster University, RBC, McMaster Innovation Park and Meridian Financial Credit Union; $10,000 from VA Partners for Sales/Lead Generation consulting; $10,000 from Marketing CoPilot for SEO/Content Marketing assistance; $10,000 from Fresh Insights for market research; $10,000 from Biz Clip for photography and video development and an additional $10,000 from Communica for business coaching.

Nix started up in 2014 with a successful $70k crowdfunding campaign and has been a leader in the local tech startup scene ever since. Nix Sensor founder Matthew Sheridan cites his experience with the McMaster solar car project as vital, “The textbook skills aren’t going to help you in the real world,” he says, “but managing people on a team, raising funds from donors, figuring out how to run marketing campaigns and working 24/7 in the basement of the engineering building are all good lessons on how entrepreneurship works.””

Other winners included Nuts for Cheese, Laifa Baby, and 180 Drums.


McMaster forms new Walter G Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology



Check out the full article on McMaster Daily News.

“Two McMaster powerhouses of practice-oriented engineering will soon come together to form one new school.

On July 1, the Faculty of Engineering’s Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice, which offers graduate programs, and its School of Engineering Technology, home to the McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Partnership, will become The Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology.

Walter G. Booth, a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and 1962 Faculty of Engineering graduate gave generously to McMaster, the only university willing to take a chance on his non-traditional route through the post-secondary education system.”