The AppsForHealth2011 event is a student competition sponsored by NSERC that will bring together cross functional teams from Colleges and Universities in Canada. Teams will include health care and technology students working together. Each team will compete to offer technological solutions to real-world challenges sponsored by health care organizations for a chance to win cash and prizes.

Each Challenge Sponsor will document and post a problem to which they believe a technological solution may be of value. Challenge Sponsors will provide access to relevant clinical material and be available to answer questions as they arise.

Details can be found at Register now to receive updates as prizes and challenges are added!

McMaster Launches Program to Help Young Entrepreneurs: Open to post-secondary students and recent graduates across Ontario

Book smarts meet street smarts in McMaster University’s latest program intended to help young entrepreneurs start new businesses.

The Entrepreneurship @ McMaster STEM Program is intended to help young entrepreneurs prepare and launch a business based on innovations they have developed as part of their education. The program is open to Ontario students or recent graduates with two or more years of post-secondary education in science, technology, engineering or math.

“Many science and technology students develop great ideas during their education, but they are hesitant to make the leap from idea to start-up business. This program will guide participants through the steps of launching a technology based start-up company,” explains, Elsie Quaite-Randall, Executive Director of the McMaster Industry Liaison Office.

The year long program features a half-day workshop in May, a week-long, residential entrepreneurship course in July and monthly follow-up meetings from August to March. Participants will study common start-up issues such as marketing, business models, finance and team building.

Additional details and an application form are available at:

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McMaster CAS Outreach

The McMaster Department of Computing and Software is running an outreach program, the details of which can be found at the recently revamped website: The program provides resources to students, teachers and parents to learn and have fun with Computer Science and Software Engineering. In particular, the outreach program is now able to conduct classroom visits with teachers that request them:

Here is one testimonial from a teacher who participated in a classroom visit:

“My students found the outreach program to be very informative and were excited to learn about an area of study that is relevant to their lives. They are looking forward to further exploration of computer science and are eager to take part in any workshops that may be available to them.” – Cherie Lewis, Gr. 7 teacher at W.H Ballard Elementary School