Alberta

Data science industry fellowship helps Albertans gain real-world experience

Cybera, in partnership with Alberta Innovates, has resumed its Data Science Industry Fellowships that was successfully piloted in 2019. The program, which commenced today, helps emerging data scientists (fellows) gain employment opportunities by providing them with real-world data science experience. In parallel, the fellowships support Alberta-based organizations in adopting data science projects that will help …

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The ties that bind Alberta’s tech administrators

Between May 2019 and February 2020, Cybera held a series of half-day round table sessions in Red Deer, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, Edmonton and Calgary. Our goal was to review the digital resources currently being used by Alberta’s public and education sectors to create efficiencies and improve computational literacy. We also wanted to identify existing gaps. …

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Alberta Innovates announces results from COVID-19 Data Science Hackathon

Edmonton, Alberta – The COVID-19 Data Science Hackathon (hackathon), a partnership between CYBERA and Alberta Innovates, has wrapped up. 120 individuals and teams participated in the hackathon. 20 final submissions were made giving their best ideas on how to flatten the COVID-19 curve or promote economic recovery. Participants used data to create new insights and understandings …

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Improving access to clean water around the world through machine learning

In 2018, Cybera’s Data Science for Albertans team partnered with local startup Synauta on a two-week pilot. At the time, founder Dr. Mike Dixon shared an office space with Cybera, and we learned about his new company over conversations in the shared kitchen. We jointly realized there was an opportunity to trial the use of …

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New white paper addresses the connectivity crisis in Alberta

The current COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the connectivity issues faced by rural Albertans. There is an opportunity for the provincial government, and large internet service providers (ISPs), to work together to fix this problem, now. Our policy team has developed a white paper highlighting the current need in the province, and proposing actionable next steps …

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Cybera and Alberta Innovates team up on COVID-19 hackathon

COVID-19 is a global pandemic, and “flattening the curve” is a critical approach for slowing the spread of the disease. Alberta Innovates, together with Cybera, are holding a virtual open data science hackathon from April 10 to May 8. The goal is to: Build data driven insights into “flattening the curve” of COVID-19 infections Map …

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Alberta post-secondaries come together to fight cybersecurity threats

To combat rising cybersecurity threats to education and research organizations, Alberta’s 26 post-secondary institutions (PSIs) are teaming up to collectively share information and strategies to enhance the security and privacy of their digital assets. Facilitated by Cybera, this first-of-its-kind collaboration will not only save time and money for individual organizations looking to tackle these issues, …

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How Amii plans to build Alberta’s AI and machine learning capabilities

[This blog is adapted from a post that originally appeared on Digital Alberta in February 2019.] In 2018, after eight years with Cybera, our intrepid vice president of technology, John Shillington, stepped away from his role at our organization to pursue new adventures. John has always been on the vanguard of new ideas and digital challenges, …

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Introducing the AI Initiative: Alberta’s Artificial Intelligence Knowledge Source

By Shea Johnson, Founder of the AI Initiative What is the AI Initiative? Borne from the drive to learn more about artificial intelligence, my vision for the AI Initiative is to provide post-secondary students, the general public, and eventually K-12 students with the knowledge and resources to work with AI. Through this vision, I want …

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