Connected Through Tecconnect

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Written by Trevor Lewington. As the University of Lethbridge continues to refine its vision for maker spaces, leading-edge curriculum and the right delivery model for the AGILITY program, Lethbridge’s technology and commercialization centre, tecconnect, continues to support local entrepreneurs as they transition their products, services and business models into viable companies.  tecconnect is ready to support the next generation of entrepreneurs, and the AGILITY program is exactly what is needed to sustain our pipeline to innovation. An initiative of Economic Development Lethbridge, the tecconnect incubator is a 10,000 square foot facility designed to attract, incubate and develop technology companies through commercialization of products and services. For the first four years of operation, the centre has had an IT focus with a specific emphasis in geospatial technologies. It has quickly become a vibrant place that inspires continued growth in the high-tech industry in southern Alberta. 

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Just What is an Intelligent Community Anyway?

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Photo credit: Flickr @kev-shine (   Written by Trevor Lewington. Technology is changing everything and broadband connectivity provides the foundation for truly leveraging this change. Together, partners in the Lethbridge community can plan and prepare for this technology-driven reality so we remain a community of choice for years to come. The University’s AGILITY program will play an important role in developing the knowledge worker and entrepreneur required for our region’s success in the future. AGILITY will also better position the University of Lethbridge to remain the learning destination of choice for innovators in a technology-fueled economy.

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AGILITY Builds on a Strong Foundation of Regional Collaboration

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By Trevor Lewington. The University of Lethbridge’s AGILITY program is being designed, in part, to continue our region’s long history of collaboration supporting both innovation and entrepreneurs. Perhaps it comes from that quaint notion of neighbor helping neighbor often found throughout rural Alberta communities. Or maybe it comes from the learning and research opportunities that are unique to a campus community. But, visitors to our region often notice a tangible spirit of teamwork and a sense of partnership that just does not quite seem the same anywhere else. By providing well equipped maker spaces and connecting innovators to the right support resources in the community, AGILITY will help write the next chapter for southern Alberta in terms of linking the post-secondary experience with the broader community to create new opportunities, jobs and businesses. This is just one of the many examples of collaboration-based initiatives that are aiming to do just…

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By Dr. Hans-Joachim (HJ) Wieden. The University of Lethbridge recently received $1.5M in funding from the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification to enable the creation of a supervised maker-space in synthetic biology, the first of its kind in Canada. The maker-space will empower interested students, graduates, post-doctorate students and faculty to explore their creativity and ideas by providing access to infrastructure that otherwise would not be available to them. This is particularly important for the nascent entrepreneurial-minded bio-engineers in Lethbridge that will have access to tools allowing them to efficiently perform the design-build-test cycle that bring their ideas to the proof-of-principle stage. It will help to reduce the otherwise often insurmountable technology and financial barriers to bring their synthetic biology / bio-engineering ideas to the point where commercialization is possible.

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