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Tech Roundup Review: July 2018

Every Tuesday morning we publish the Tech Roundup, a newsletter full of the latest headlines & upcoming events in Edmonton’s technology community. In addition to the curated, easy-to-scan lists of news and events, each edition includes one or two featured items which are the updates highlighted below. Sign up here to get the Tech Roundup by email each week.

Edmonton’s hot summer festival season doesn’t appear to have stifled activity in the local tech community! Welcome to our look back at the busy month of July 2018 as captured by our Tech Roundups.

July 3

We started with a look at Transport Canada’s commitment of $500,000 for automated vehicle research at the University of Alberta. The funding is part of Transport Canada’s new $2.9 million ‘Program to Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System’. We also highlighted a Borealis AI video shot here in Edmonton on why games like Atari “are a crucial way to learn how to solve much bigger, more complex problems.”

July 10

We noted the expansion of Rainforest Alberta‘s Lunch without Lunch Edmonton to two events per month. We also included a brief overview of the Challenger City event that brought business, government, and community leaders together to explore how to make Edmonton a top 5 global city for artificial intelligence. We’ll have much more on the initiative in the months ahead.

July 17

We covered Showbie’s acquisition of Socrative, its first since launching in 2012. Showbie, which makes digital tools for learners and educators, revealed that it now has “over 3 million users in over 140 countries and is available in 14 languages.”

July 24

We highlighted two startup announcements: Visio Media, which makes a digital elevator advertising solution, is expanding to Toronto and Calgary; and SAM, which uses artificial intelligence to help news organizations make sense of real-time social media updates, is among the first to use Snap’s new API.

July 31

We closed the month with the news that LoginRadius raised $17 million, and we highlighted their previous praise for and criticism of Edmonton’s startup ecosystem. We also looked at the Edmonton International Airport’s new digital strategy that carries the tagline “Reimagined by AI”. At the Smart Airports conference they showcased new autonomous all-terrain vehicles that will patrol the perimeter security fence of the airport.

These were the top 5 most clicked on items from the month:

That’s a wrap on July! Sign up here to get the Tech Roundup by email every Tuesday morning.

Introducing the Media Roundup

Today, we’re excited to share our newest roundup with you: the Taproot Edmonton Media Roundup.

Each week we bring together the latest news, events, comings & goings, job opportunities, and other updates on media, public relations, and communications in Edmonton. Sign up here to get the Media Roundup delivered to your inbox.

As with our other roundups, the goal of the Media Roundup is to save you time, keep you informed, and satisfy your curiosity. We sift through all of the information that’s constantly being shared to determine which is important and worthy of your time. Then we add some context to help you make sense of it all.

I am curating and writing the Media Roundup. Since early 2011 I have written a series on my blog called Media Monday Edmonton where I chronicled the “continual evolution of journalism and media” with a particular focus on what was happening here in Edmonton. Now I am brining that effort to Taproot, with a slightly broader focus (public relations and communications too).

I will continue sharing Media Monday Edmonton updates on my blog, but the new Media Roundup will become the primary place for my curated updates on local media.

We’ll publish the Media Roundup for Taproot Members and subscribers first, each Monday morning, with social media shares to follow later. You can see the first edition here. Let us know what you think! Your feedback will help us improve the roundup and make it even more useful.

You can read the Media Roundup for free, because we believe good stories should reach as many people as possible. Taproot Members get it first though, and will have access to the full Media Roundup archive and other benefits. You can join Taproot as a paying member or a free subscriber here.

Introducing the Music Roundup

Today, we’re excited to share our newest roundup with you: the Taproot Edmonton Music Roundup.

Each week we bring together the latest headlines, concert announcements, and other updates to help you stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Edmonton’s music community. You’ll get the latest on the artists, venues, promoters, and everyone else that makes Edmonton’s music scene so vibrant. Sign up here to get the Music Roundup delivered to your inbox.

As with our Tech Roundup, the goal of the Music Roundup is to save you time, keep you informed, and satisfy your curiosity. We sift through all of the information that’s constantly being shared to determine which is important and worthy of your time. Then we add some context to help you make sense of it all.

We? I really mean Sandra Sperounes, who is curating and writing the Music Roundup. For 18 years, Sandra was the music writer for The Edmonton Journal. You can now hear her on the airwaves as the entertainment columnist for CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM. She’s also one of the co-creators of EDMOjis, an app of emojis inspired by Edmonton, now available for iPhones and Android, and the co-host of the semi-regular podcast, Agnes + Sandra’s Three-Way, with Agnes DeMarco.

Sandra is the perfect person to curate the Music Roundup, and we’re thrilled to be working with her! Each week you’ll benefit from her experience and passion for music in Edmonton.

Here is the first edition published on July 12, 2018 as an example:

We’ll publish the Music Roundup for Taproot Members and subscribers first, each Thursday morning, with social media shares to follow later. You can see the latest edition here. Let us know what you think! Your feedback will help us improve the roundup and make it even more useful.

You can read the Music Roundup for free, because we believe good stories should reach as many people as possible. Taproot Members get it first though, and will have access to the full Music Roundup archive and other benefits. You can join Taproot as a paying member or a free subscriber here.

Introducing the Tech Roundup

Today, we’re excited to share our latest initiative with you: the Taproot Edmonton Tech Roundup.

Each week we bring together the latest tech headlines and upcoming events to help you stay up-to-date on what’s happening in Edmonton’s tech community. You’ll get the latest on the entrepreneurs, investors, startups, incubators, and everyone else helping to shape the local tech ecosystem. Sign up here to get the Tech Roundup delivered to your inbox.

There’s lots of information being shared every day, via email newsletters, on Twitter, in news releases, on LinkedIn, and elsewhere. But how do you find it all? How do you know what’s trustworthy? What’s important to know and what can be skipped? That’s where the Tech Roundup comes in. Our goal is for the Tech Roundup to save you time, keep you informed, and satisfy your curiosity.

As you might know, we have experimented with roundups already. Last summer we published the #YEGFringe Daily Digest, and in the weeks leading up to the municipal election, we published the Edmonton Election Update. The feedback on both was positive and encouraging! Combined with the experience we have writing roundups elsewhere about media, blogs, podcasts, food, and general news & events, we know that a collection of updates on a topic of interest can be very useful indeed.

Roundups are another way for us to provide value and tell curiosity-driven stories. We’ll continue to publish local stories based on the curiosity of our members as resources allow.

The Tech Roundup is currently being curated and written by me, Mack Male. We’ll publish it for Taproot Members and subscribers first, each Tuesday morning, with social media shares to follow later. You can see the latest edition here. Let us know what you think! Your feedback will help us improve the roundup and make it even more useful.

You can read the Tech Roundup for free, because we believe good stories should reach as many people as possible. Taproot Members get it first though, and will have access to the full Tech Roundup archive and other benefits. You can join Taproot as a paying member or a free subscriber here.

We plan to roll out roundups on other local topics in the months ahead, so stay tuned.

Welcome to the Taproot Edmonton blog

We’re launching a blog!

On our original FAQ page, we clarified that Taproot Edmonton is not a blog: “We love blogs, but this is not a blog.” We hadn’t yet published any stories and we had a high bar for quality in mind, so we wanted to convey that. Now you can actually read our stories and see the quality for yourself.

We have always been fans of blogging though! I’ve been writing at mastermaq.ca since 2003, and Karen was an early adopter of blogs too. A blog is an excellent tool to communicate what we’re working on, which is why we’re launching this one now. We plan to share product updates, thoughts on the future of local media, and other updates related to Taproot.

If you’re new to Taproot Edmonton, we’re a source of curiosity-driven stories about our city, cultivated by the community. We are building a new way to do local journalism, and a new way to fund it, because the business model that used to support local journalism is broken. We are striving to replace what is being lost with something that is sustainable and responsive to the community we serve.

We look forward to sharing the journey with you here.