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Cybera Newsletter – Summer 2021

July 29, 2021

This past 2020-21 fiscal year was a record-breaking one for Cybera, both in terms of the number of services we now offer to our expanding member community, and also the savings achieved by those services. But those savings go beyond dollars and cents. Keep reading ShareIT facilitates over $27 million in savings This past quarter (April …

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Growing our value to the community

July 26, 2021

This past 2020-21 fiscal year was a record-breaking one for Cybera, both in terms of the number of services we now offer to our expanding member community, but also the savings achieved by those services.  Between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, Cybera’s combined services achieved over $16 million in gross savings for its …

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New report takes a comprehensive look at Alberta’s internet gaps and opportunities

July 22, 2021

After a year of researching, Cybera (Alberta’s not-for-profit technology accelerator) has unveiled a comprehensive update to its State of Alberta Digital Infrastructure Report. This timely analysis comes as internet connectivity and access to high-speed broadband have taken on heightened levels of importance in the province, due to COVID-19. The updated report, first published in 2014, …

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2021 Data Science Industry Fellowships help Albertans gain real-world experience and encourage local companies to adopt data science tools

July 19, 2021

Cybera’s Data Science Industry Fellowship 2021 cohort has commenced, with 19 budding data scientists paired with five Alberta-based organizations to work on an internal data project. Over the next six weeks, the emerging data scientists (Fellows) will develop a proof-of-concept tool that can be used by their industry partner to improve operations or support the …

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Industry Hackathon helps solve “digital divide” while supporting professional development

June 29, 2021

On June 4, 2021, participants from across Alberta presented unique solutions and tactics to the issue of rural internet access gaps following the month-long Bridging the Connectivity Challenge Hackathon. This event, which was spearheaded by Cybera and ISAIC, brought together more than 100 registrants to address the following objectives: Use available data to assess the …

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Federal committee suggests new ways to improve telecoms competition (and offers slight rebuke of CRTC)

June 25, 2021

On June 22, 2021, the federal Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology released its study Affordability and Accessibility of Telecommunications Services in Canada: Encouraging Competition to (Finally) Bridge the Digital Divide. The study offered recommendations for improving competition in Canada’s telecommunications industry, and also provided a rebuke for recent CRTC decisions that have caused …

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New website shines a light on Alberta’s rural connectivity gaps

June 23, 2021

Responding to the ongoing struggles faced by rural Albertans to access high-speed, affordable internet, the Alberta Rural Connectivity Coalition has unveiled a new website to offer resources and learning events for those wanting to find local solutions. The website will allow communities and networking experts to collaborate on local projects to provide internet to residents, …

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Second national procurement for web conference tool now available

June 3, 2021

Partners in the NREN award the second of two collaborative procurements to streamline web conferencing for Canadian higher ed and research institutions. Cybera, working with its National Research & Education Network (NREN) partners, is pleased to announce the second of two awards for a national web conferencing solution. This agreement with BlueJeans will see its …

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ShareIT Year in Review

May 19, 2021

ShareIT capped off its 2020-21 fiscal year with one of the strongest quarters to date, generating savings of over $3 million between January and March 2021! It was also a record-setting year for the team in terms of catalogue additions and PD&T. The ShareIT program added seven new contracts and hosted 29 information and knowledge …

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Advice for Alberta institutions looking to make use of a Shared CISO

May 18, 2021

For the last two years, Cybera has facilitated a Shared Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) program for its members. The origin of this program dates back to 2017, when Norquest College and Lakeland College teamed up to share a single CISO: security expert Curtis Blais, who remains the Shared CISO today.  Having a Shared CISO …

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Cybera is excited to announce the signing of a partnership agreement with Platform Calgary

May 14, 2021

This month, Cybera joined with the research and business incubation community in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Platform Calgary, with the purpose of fostering growth within Calgary’s technology ecosystem. As part of this agreement, the organizations will work collaboratively to ensure Calgary achieves its goal of tripling the city’s existing tech sector in the …

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Registration for 2021 Data Science for Albertans Fellowships is now open!

May 13, 2021

Budding data scientists and industry partners have until June 13 to apply Cybera is happy to announce the return of the Data Science for Albertans Fellowship program. From July 19 – August 27, emerging data scientists (Fellows) will be paired with industry partners, including entrepreneurs, startups, or small to medium-sized companies who are interested in adopting data science …

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Cybera’s take on Canada signing the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement

May 5, 2021

On May 3, 2021, Cybera submitted its response to Global Affairs Canada’s consultation on Canada’s possible accession to the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA).  The Digital Economy Partnership Agreement is a new international trade policy instrument that aims to address the transborder governance of a number of emerging digital economy issues. Initiated by Chile, New …

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