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May 2016

No Film School | Learn the Camera Philosophy of VR’s Most Cinematic Studio

By | Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Written by Oakley Anderson-Moore from No Film School on May 19, 2016. From tinkering on their own cameras in the pre-VR days of 3D cinema to creating VR experiences like award-winning Inside the Box of Kurios and Lebron James: Striving for Greatness, creative team Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël of Felix & Paul Studios have set a high water mark for the cinematic experience of virtual reality. Their latest project, Nomads, now out on Gear VR and coming soon to Oculus in 6k, is a three part series following nomadic tribes of Maasai in Kenya, sea gypsies in Borneo, and the yak herders in Mongolia—and it’s absolutely breathtaking. No Film School sat down with Paul to talk about everything from his philosophy of composition in VR, to the fragile sense of presence, to taking on fiction in his next VR projects. NFS: People characterize VR as a medium where there’s no cinematographer, because…

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Agriculture: An Uber Moment For Entrepreneurs

By | Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Written by Tom Taulli, a contributor on Forbes / Entrepreneur. As Uber and Lyft have demonstrated, there are huge opportunities in applying new-fangled technologies to traditional industries. Entrepreneurs do not even have to necessarily have domain expertise. Hey, Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick had no background in the taxi industry – other than he disliked the customer experience! So then what are some other categories that are ripe for disruption? Well, one to consider has actually been around from the beginning of civilization – that is, agriculture. “We are at the doorstep of a new era in agriculture that will accelerate innovation and empower more innovators,” said Matthew Crisp, who is the co-founder and CEO of Benson Hill Biosystems. His firm is focused on cloud biology, which involves the intersection of big data analytics, cloud computing and biological expertise to address significant global issues like drought tolerance of crops…

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Ideacide: The Perils of Self-Censoring (And How You Can Stop It)

By | Innovation & Entrepreneurship

How one mistake can have a ripple effect on our creative courage for the rest of our lives. By Matthew E. May It’s one thing to reject the ideas of others…we do that almost automatically. But when we reject, deny, stifle, squelch, strike, silence and otherwise put ideas of our own to death, sometimes even before they’re born, it is the highest crime against creativity. It’s an act of pure tragic mindlessness. I often think of this self-censoring as “ideacide,” because it entails the voluntary shutdown of the imagination, the long-effects of which eventually kill off our natural curiosity and creativity. Most times, ideacide happens without us even realizing it. A possible off-the-wall idea or solution appears like a blip and disappears without us even realizing. As a result, some of our best stuff is suppressed before even getting out into the world. Whether it’s because we’re too critical or…

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Food Loves Tech (June10-12)

By | Events

When: June 10-12, 2016 Where: Manhattan, New York Cost: $50.00 Food Loves Tech is a first-of-its-kind innovation expo. Arranged as a series of large-scale exhibits, Food Loves Tech (FLT) will link multiple immersive installations, technology tastings, leadership panels and dining experiences to explore and celebrate the future of food through technology In partnership with Edible Manhattan and VaynerLive, the inaugural FLT expo will take place over two-days, from June 11- June 12, 2016 in the heart of Chelsea, Manhattan. Bringing together food tech innovators, start-ups and thought-leaders with food aficionados and enthusiasts alike, FLT aims to invigorate the conversation, and ultimately, change the way we think about food in the future. To purchase a ticket, please visit: www.ediblemanhattan.com/event/food-loves-tech/ 

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Themes in Innovation 2016 – Week 1 Wrap-up

By | AGILITY Courses

What a great first week of classes! We kicked off our course with a design thinking workshop modelled after the Stanford Design School design thinking virtual crash course followed by a prototyping facilities tour and ‘The Thing from the Future Game” in the second class. On the first day, students were presented with the challenge of redesigning the gift giving process, going through the entire design cycle in 90 minutes. Working with a partner, students learned to gain empathy through interviewing their partner, identifying their needs, and then created a custom solution. What made the class especially interesting was the diverse mix of majors. Almost every faculty was represented with students ranging from Fine Arts, Computer Science, Management, Biology, Language Studies and more. While the workshop was challenging for everyone that participated, the solutions created really demonstrated the ingenuity that comes from going through the 5 stages in the design process….

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Exploration Expo 2016

By | Events

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 11:00am – 3:00pm Event Location: University of Lethbridge Atrium, University Hall Come celebrate ideas, innovation and invention. Exploration Expo is a day of FREE hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations and presentations, encouraging people of all ages to create, inquire and discover alongside U of L researchers. Do you have a sense of discovery? Are you curious about the world around you? Would you like to talk to some of the world’s leading research scientists and participate in hands-on activities? Are you looking for a great day out, free of charge? If so, Exploration Expo is the place to be. The University of Lethbridge presents its 3rdannual Exploration Expo, an interactive community outreach event, on Saturday, May 28, 2016 in the uHall Atrium, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exploration Expo is back with a bang and we are pleased to announce that the always “explosive” Chem…

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Bruce McKillop: Supporting the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow

By | Donor Recognition

“To be an entrepreneur, you have to be open-minded and willing to take a risk,” says local business leader and University of Lethbridge alumnus Bruce McKillop (BASc (BA) ’70). “But — you have to be smart. You have to be inquisitive. You have to think things through. And you have to be able to execute on your idea.” After spending the last four decades in business in Lethbridge, you could say that being an entrepreneur is in Bruce’s blood. His father, Charles (Bud) McKillop, was the founder of McKillop Insurance & Registry. Bruce’s daughter (and fellowU of L alumnus) Sonya McKillop (BMgt ’01) followed in their footsteps and is currently at the company’s helm as president, making McKillop Insurance & Registry a third-generation family business. Having set his roots in Lethbridge, Bruce says supporting local initiatives is one way he gives back to the community that helped him along the…

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Exclusive Event: Keiretsu Investor Forum (May 12)

By | Events

Engage, Watch, Learn and Network Via remote feed from Toronto, come learn what it takes to make an effective pitch as international companies put it all on the line to accredited investors and while you experience a real syndicated deal flow. Location: Room B650, University Hall Date: May 12, 2016 Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm Cost: Free, open to public Contact: Greg Vilk, PhD, University-Industry Liaison Manager (greg.vilk@uleth.ca) Food and beverages provided.

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Cor Van Raay: Planting Seeds for the Future

By | Donor Recognition

In a small shop in southern Saskatchewan, Dr. Cor Van Raay (LLD ’15) came across a sign that neatly sums up his approach to business: if you find a job you like, you’ll never work a day in your life. “Whatever you choose to do should be fun at least 80 per cent of the time,” Van Raay says, reinforcing the mantra above. “The other 20 per cent of the time it will be hard work.” It’s that balance between a passion for agribusiness and a strong work ethic that has established Van Raay as one of the area’s leading agricultural innovators and entrepreneurs. Originally from Holland, Van Raay began farming in Iron Springs, Alta., 50 years ago with a half-section of cropland and a small herd of Holstein cattle. Since then, he has built one of the largest and most successful cattle production and feedlot operations in the country….

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