Kano got a makeover recently. Now we are fresh-faced for spring and excited to show off our new duds! We’ve got a new website, employee handbook, and some stunning videos that showcase our team and company culture. We’re chuffed to bits about our new look and want to show everyone what we are all about! You can check everything out at www.kanoapps.com.
We’re also very proud to have been nominated in two categories for this year’s VIATEC awards. In case you are curious, we’ve been given the nod for “Company of the Year (11-49 employees)” and “Employer of the Year”. We’re pretty happy that our employees and peers think highly enough of us to qualify as a finalist for the awards in June
In other news, we’ve got some exciting projects in the pipeline for 2018 and 2019 and we’re ramping up our teams. So far this year we’ve added a creative director, an additional UX designer, and a growth marketer; but, we ain’t done yet! Currently, we are looking for a game artist and a couple unity developers to join us at our HQ in beautiful Victoria, BC. So, if you know of anyone who would be interested, send them our way!
Kano Apps Team
At TELUS, we’re curious and never stop learning. TELUS’ Chief Digital Officer, Shawn Mandel will be speaking at NodeDay 2018 on transforming a hundred-year-old teleco to create seamless experiences for our customers. Beginning as a start-up within an enterprise, the TELUS Digital team is now leading the digital evolution at TELUS.
Spring is in full swing at TELUS Digital and they’ve been creating some innovative solutions this quarter. The designers are hard at work scaling the enterprise-wide design system, and a team of developers has automated testing of web pages through the implementation of Google’s Lighthouse to bring us back to the basics. We are also excited to share that TELUS, in partnership with the Analytics team at Digital, has won the Adobe Experience Business Award for Excellence in Email Marketing.
If you’re as curious as the team at TELUS Digital and are eager to build awesome experiences, visit their careers page where they are currently hiring roles in both Toronto and Vancouver. Otherwise, follow them on Twitter @telusdigital for cool updates in tech.
TELUS Digital Team
External Development Summit (XDS) is the only annual, international games industry event with a primary focus on external development for art, animation, audio, software engineering, QA and localization.
XDS brings together a niche community of game developers and publishers, vendors, and middleware providers. The event itself is composed of industry players including: the Advisory Committee, Speakers, Sponsors, Exhibitors and of course Attendees. Every industry professionals meet in beautiful Vancouver, Canada to contribute to the advancement of the industry through collaboration, sharing of best practices, networking and the delivery of a high-caliber, educational program. Registration for this year’s event opens May 8th, 2018. Learn more and register here!
This year XDS is proud sponsor of our National Girls Learning Code Day happening on May 12th! This year’s theme, inspired by XDS — and the external development process — is collaborative Gamemaking with Scratch. Thanks so much, XDS, for support and inspiration!
In other exciting news, XDS has released their 2018 Industry Report on External Development for the Video Games Industry. Wondering what the top tools are for external development? Want to know the top ten reasons developers engage service providers? Curious about the outlook for AR/VR in external development? You can discover this and more in their highly anticipated 3rd annual report! Now in its third iteration, this important report was created by collecting anonymous data from over 180 service providers and industry professionals of leading game developers / publishers worldwide. Learn more and download the report here.
Lighthouse Labs is excited to announce our partnership with Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ) on the Code Create Teach project – a national campaign to support, inspire, and encourage teachers to bring code into their classrooms. Workshops will run from April through December 2018 and will include free, full-day courses for K-12 educators in every province and territory across Canada. These workshops will provide educators with the tools and confidence to teach students the basics of coding.
Lighthouse Labs Team
RED Academy is a tech and design school with campuses in Toronto, Vancouver and London, with a Manchester campus opening soon. We offer hands-on courses in UX/UI, web and app development and digital marketing, giving our students the chance to graduate with a real portfolio of work. Far from hypothetical projects, our students work with Community Partners to build real-world solutions for non-profits, charities and social-action start-ups. RED Academy Vancouver has been growing ever year, with fresh cohorts and new Community Partners on board every quarter.
Memorable Community Partner projects that we’re proud to share include work for Good Night Out, Culture Saves Lives, the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team, and the International Community Empowerment Foundation. Students were tasked with building fully responsive and optimised websites or mobile apps, as well as refreshing brand imagery or in some cases, implementing entire branding and UX/UI strategies from scratch.
The work our students do with our Community Partners sets us apart from the crowd, and helps us give back to our communities by doing what we do best. We’re always accepting applications for Community Partners; if your non-profit, charity or social-good project could benefit from any of the work we do, head to https://redacademy.com/submit-a-project/ to submit an application. Alternatively, if you want to be the one building these projects, reach out to us at https://redacademy.com/ for more info on our programs!
RED Academy Team
Startup Edmonton invites you to join the fun at DemoCamp 41!
DemoCamp brings together developers, creatives, entrepreneurs and investors to share what they’ve been working on and to find others in the community interested in similar topics. For presenters, it’s a great way to get feedback on what you’re building from peers and the community, all in an informal setting. Started back in 2008, DemoCamp Edmonton has steadily grown into one of the largest in the country, with over 200 people attending each event.
The rules for DemoCamp are simple: 7 minutes to demo real, working products, followed by a few minutes for questions, and no slides allowed. Time: 6:30 pm doors open, 6:45 pm program starts.
Startup Edmonton Team
Lot’s of exciting news coming at you from Microsoft this spring!
During the first week of Spring Break, Microsoft Vancouver hosted a full house of kids aged 8-11 in partnership with the Vancouver chapter of Canada Learning Code. The kids were buzzing with excitement early in the day, as they were going to spend a day immersed in both creative and coding content. The first half of the day had the kids learning to Edit using Pixlr and the second half they learned basic coding using Ruby.
Many of the kids left excited to continue and build upon the skills they had acquired on the day with tools that were easily accessible to them after the day camp.
Microsoft also joined us on April 27th for the launch of our Code Mobile Fleet at Whitehorn Public School in Mississauga. As the founding partner of the original Code Mobile all the way back in 2015, we were so excited and proud have Microsoft join us to send off our fleet and reflect on the amazing growth and impact of the Code Mobile initiative over the years.
Thank you, Microsoft, for all your support. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Accenture has made a minority investment in 1QBit, a leading quantum computing firm based in Vancouver, British Columbia, through Accenture Ventures. The move will help Accenture expand its capabilities in quantum computing analytics, heralding a new era of intelligence for businesses and organizations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
In addition, the two companies have formed a strategic alliance under which Accenture will be 1QBit’s preferred systems integrator. Accenture has also been granted a license to use the 1QBit platform for demonstration, training, and the development and testing of Accenture tools and assets. Accenture will leverage its alliance with 1QBit to develop a quantum-inspired analytics capability through Accenture Analytics and scale pilot opportunities identified through the Accenture Labs.
Our Sponsors & Community are Hiring!
Did you know that we have an awesome job board and that it’s constantly being updated? Some of the positions currently available are:
- Android Developer– Scotiabank Digital Factory
- Lead Experience Designer – Zynga
- Digital Enterprise Manager – Accenture
- Data Centre Operations Manager – Microsoft
- HEC Technical Lead – SAP
- Director Security and Privacy – Nascent
- Site Reliability Engineer – TELUS Digital
- Product Manager – Pivotal
If you’re looking to hire, check out the HackerYou student directory, where you’ll find lots of talented developers.