On January 19, 2016, senior management and technical staff from Mission, BC based i-Open Technologies took part in mentoring Grade 9 students at the BC TECH Summit Coding Camp, hosted at Heritage Park Middle School. The team happily assisted students with any technical challenges they encountered and thoroughly enjoyed their day working with future techies. These coding camps, organized by Lighthouse Labs, are designed to pique students’ interests for a career in the technology sector—i-Open Technologies was proud to share in the experience.
We’re sad to announce the passing of our beloved plugin, known as Google Earth Plugin, or Google Earth API, which has been a mainstay in some of our most successful projects. The plugin will now rest forever in Cyberspace with Netscape Navigator, Windows 3.11, 95, 98, that one version we’re not even going to mention here, Vista, Windows 8… oh wait… that one’s still alive… and others that passed on before. Google Earth Plugin is survived by its siblings Google Earth for Desktop and Google Earth for Mobile. A period of mourning will follow, and in respect, i-Open Technologies will be closed this weekend. Starting Monday, we will continue to work on a very cool alternative known as CesiumJS, which offers the same 3D mapping engine as the plugin did but runs WebGL and doesn’t require any plugin or software to be installed on the clients’ computer – just a modern browser will do. In the past six months, we, as i-Open, have been working closely with the company behind CesiumJS to further enhance this platform to mimic the functionalities from the Google Earth Plugin as closely as possible, and have put lots of effort into the implementation of support for KML. We’re proud to call ourselves experts in CesiumJS. Please contact us for more info. Oh and no flowers please :)
i-Open Technologies will be attending this year’s GEO Alberta 2015 Conference held at the Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta from October 26 – 28, 2015. The 13th annual conference is the industry’s top knowledge-sharing opportunity in Western Canada. With surveyors, GIS specialists, municipalities, oil and gas, planners, and governmental policy makers all under one roof, there’s plenty of opportunity to hear about the newest applications of technology and where the industry is headed.
i-Open Technologies is excited to be attending this year’s MISA BC 2015 Fall Conference held at the Pinnacle Hotel on the North Vancouver waterfront from September 14 through 17, 2015. This year’s conference includes keynote speakers Leonard Brody (Co-Founder of NowPublic.com), David Eaves (Open Innovation Expert) and Charles Montgomery (An award-winning author and urban experimentalist). Don’t miss out on this great conference for the municipal sector.
i-Open Technologies is proud to be a key participant at this years Tecterra Geomatic Showcase 2015, being held at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta on June 24, 2015. We are in booth #305, drop by and say hello to the i-Open Team! This event brings together geomatics and business expertise from across Canada and around the globe to collaborate and share best practices and innovations for the commercialization of geomatics technology. This year’s keynote speaker will be Nolan Bushnell, as well there will be over 60 companies from Tecterra’s portfolio whom will be demonstrating their latest technologies, i-Open included.
As the Founder and Chairman of the Board for The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec), Raymond Szabada, CEO of i-Open Technologies, accepts nomination for the 2015 Community Builder Award at the recent ceremonies of the District’s Chamber of Commerce. SRCTec was recognized for their efforts in attracting tech based investment into the Region. Specifically for their Tech Venture Acceleration Program for tech start-ups, which provides technology entrepreneurs with the coaching and resources they need to maximize commercialization opportunities and accelerate growth, locally. i-Open would like to take the time to congratulate the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech on their recent nomination and acknowledge the commitment from their staff and volunteers. Well Done!
i-Open Technologies is moving its corporate offices to downtown Mission. Both i-Open Technologies Inc and The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) sharing the five thousand plus space within the building, located at 7337 Welton Street. This is a significant move for both organizations, “Bringing both a successful technology company and a group with a regional focus to downtown Mission is the result of many years of focused work and will be a great benefit to the District. This will be a catalyst to support downtown revitalization and encourage further investment in our community.” Says Stacey Crawford, Economic Development Officer for the District of Mission.
With a strong commitment to its social corporate responsibility within the Region, i-Open Technologies has been working with the Business Support Specialist Program at Riverside College in Mission, to provide young professionals aspiring for careers in business and technology.
“i-Open Technologies and Mr. Ray Szabada have been instrumental in helping to prepare Riverside College students for careers in business. i-Open invested significant time and resources by providing meaningful practicum experiences for my students, as well as excellent career opportunities by subsequently hiring them – i-Open Technologies currently employs three graduates of the Business Support Specialist program. Despite a very busy schedule and many competing demands for his time, Mr. Szabada reliably made himself available to meet with students and myself. Early in the process, practicum students benefit more from the experience than they are able to give, but Mr. Szabada has a keen eye for recognizing potential and for rewarding hard work. Riverside College and the Business Support Specialist program is grateful for the support i-Open Technologies and Mr. Szabada have provided to business education, and to young business professionals in the Fraser Valley.”
Diana Purser, Business Support Specialist Program, Riverside College.http://riverside.mpsd.ca
i-Open Technologies was chosen as one of the nominees for the 2014 Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards. i-Open was recognized for the diverse workforce that they employ whom have brought various levels of skills to the organization and different perspectives as well as varied ideas including, but not limited to, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion and socio-economic background. This is the 12th Annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards that is recognized through Abbotsford Community Services.
MISSION – Technology and agri-food entrepreneurs in the Fraser Valley will now benefit from $844,000 in provincial funding for a new agriculture- and technology-focused program, delivered by the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec).
The new BC Agri-food Venture Acceleration Program based in Mission will provide entrepreneurs and startups in the Fraser Valley with training, coaching and the network to help them accelerate growth. This new program expands on BC Innovation Council’s BC Venture Acceleration Program, which now delivers a successful technology accelerator program in 13 communities around the province.
SRCTec is a non-profit society founded in 2006 with the intent to attract technology companies to and promote skilled technology training and education in the Fraser Valley. For instance, SRCTec works with local First Nations to increase their technical capacity within the rural east valley communities, and the Mission school district to help prepare students for careers in technology.
The expansion of the Venture Acceleration Program into the Fraser Valley is made possible through a grant provided to the BC Innovation Council from the Ministry of Agriculture to drive technology commercialization in the agri-food sector. SRCTec anticipates this funding will allow them to take on 12 to 16 program clients per year.
The $844,000 in funding also allows SRCTec to bring on dedicated executives-in-residence who will provide coaching and mentorship to companies in the program. These are experienced entrepreneurs who have grown technology businesses from the ground up and who provide invaluable one-on-one business mentoring for clients.
The Ministry of Agriculture is committed to working with farmers, producers and other ministries and agencies to promote the use of new technologies to support B.C.’s agri-food industry. The program will help drive the growth of technology and innovation in the province and benefit local farmers, producers and food processors.
Technology and agri-foods are among B.C.’s most competitive business sectors and two of the eight key sectors in the BC Jobs Plan – the Province’s strategy to grow the economy. The BC Innovation Council supports these sectors through programs and activities that accelerate the commercialization of technology in B.C. and strengthen its entrepreneurial community.
Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Amrik Virk -
“There are huge opportunities for business development and technological innovation by having the technology and agriculture sectors work together. Supporting a diverse range of entrepreneurs and startups through the BC Agri-food Venture Acceleration Program will create more opportunities and economic prosperity within both sectors.”
Minister of Agriculture Norm Letnick -
“British Columbia’s food producers are business people and innovators, well known for their ingenuity in developing new products and processes. The support and connections provided through the BC Agri-food Venture Acceleration Program will help develop the next generation of agri-entrepreneurs in the Fraser Valley.”
SRCTec CEO and chairman of the board Raymond Szabada -
“Agriculture is a prominent industry in the Fraser Valley and the delivery of an intense training and coaching program aimed at agriculture-related innovators and entrepreneurs is critical to our local economy. Now that this level of support and resources is available here, those individuals no longer have to commute to receive assistance. On behalf of SRCTec, I’m pleased to be working with the BC Innovation Council as the newest partner of the BC Acceleration Network to bring this important program to the region.”
- Established in 2004, the BC Innovation Council is a Crown corporation of B.C.
- BCIC’s mandate is to support technology-focused startups and entrepreneurs by funding a wide range of programs, competitions and industry events.
- The Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services contributed $6.09 million to BCIC in 2013-14.
- The provincewide BC Venture Acceleration Program is delivered by 13 regional partners around the province.
- Since 2011, the BC Venture Acceleration Program has had the following successes:
296 companies engaged in the program; 471 entrepreneurs trained by 30 executives-in-residence; and 850 jobs created.
- B.C.’s technology sector is the third-largest contributor to the province’s economy. It makes up 7.6% of B.C.’s gross domestic product, and produces $23.2 billion in annual revenue as well as $3.1 billion in exports. Wages in the sector are 66% higher than the average wage in B.C.
Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
Ministry of Agriculture
i-Open Technologies was a nominee for the 2014 Established Business of the Year (20+ Employees) for the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. i-Open was recognized for its introduction of most innovative solutions into the government, commercial real-estate and the energy sectors. This year marked the 19th Annual Business Excellence Awards which recognizes local businesses and individuals from various industries and size on their achievements for the year. The management at i-Open would like to acknowledge our clients and our team for making this all possible!