Machine Learning in Action: PFM Scheduling

Machine Learning in Action: PFM Scheduling

Shift scheduling sounds like a deceptively simple problem until you have to do it in a large organization like a hospital, with many shifts over several weeks, with many rules dictated by collective agreements.

Maybe not so simple after all. The multi-dimensional aspects of shifts and the millions of variables involved require a computer program at least as smart as a human. And that's where machine learning, a field that involves computers able to learn and improve without being specifically programmed with the data, comes to the table.

Like several firms in the artificial intelligence and machine learning field in Edmonton, PFM Scheduling was born to solve a problem.

Benefits of Coworking

Benefits of Coworking

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be in a coworking space? Ever asked yourself what the pros are of being surrounded by other entrepreneurs when you have some much to do on your own? Well, we have you covered!

Working out of a space like Startup Edmonton can have a tonne of perks, and we think it’s a fantastic way to help grow your business and stay connected. Whether it be benefits like opportunities to meet and network with other entrepreneurs, or access to coffee and printing, there are loads of advantages that come with working out of a shared space without sacrificing dedicated, focused work time to move your product forward. Warren sat down on Facebook Live and shared some his thoughts and our members’ thoughts on coworking!  

Taking a good idea to the bank: DrugBank

Taking a good idea to the bank: DrugBank

When DrugBank launched three years ago, it wasn’t exactly brand-new. The online database had started in 2005 as a research project in the lab of U of A computing science professor Dr. David Wishart. Company co-founders Craig Knox and Mike Wilson had helped develop the tool as undergraduates and watched it grow into a leading Internet resource for free drug information.

“The first weekend we released it, the servers crashed because there was so much traffic coming in,” explains Craig Knox. “It was quite popular and grew in its popularity over the years.” Over the next decade, DrugBank became ubiquitous in the pharma world, with millions of global users ranging from university researchers and students to health professionals like pharmacists and physicians, and even members of the general public. The resource also attracted the attention of pharmaceutical and health information businesses.

Frettable | Note-worthy app brings AI to the masses

Frettable | Note-worthy app brings AI to the masses

Like so many inventions, Frettable was born out of necessity.

Greg Burlet dreamt up the artificial intelligence-driven music transcription service after his bandmate moved to B.C.

Still wanting to write music together, the duo started emailing audio files back and forth. The lack of visuals made collaborating difficult, so they tried pointing webcams at their fretboards instead. This too was unsuccessful.

“There was so much lag and the audio quality wasn’t great,” Burlet says.

A University of Alberta undergrad at the time, Burlet had recently taken an introductory class on machine learning and thought: what if a program could recognize the notes played and automatically transcribe them into sheet music or tabulations? It would work like speech recognition, but for music.

April Update: DemoCamp Alberta, Business Model 101, and new sessions of Preflight

April Update: DemoCamp Alberta, Business Model 101, and new sessions of Preflight

April is jam-packed with incredible opportunities for you to get to work on your project idea at a workshop, connect with new people at meetups, attend special events like AccelerateAB, and prepare to showcase your progress at DemoCamp Alberta. 

We had a blast last month at DevCon 2018 spending the day with more than 250 technical students. Student programs don't wrap-up at the end of the semester - we have Work @ Startup Wednesdays all year-round. Be sure to check out our free Student Membership for yourself or the students in your life. 

If you're looking for support as you start and grow your tech company, we're open for business. We have programs, mentorship options, and flexible space options and the entire team is available to chat more with you. Reach out anytime! 

Take care & wishing for warm weather! 

The #1 Mistake Founders Make When Pitching Investors

The #1 Mistake Founders Make When Pitching Investors

Pitching to investors can be daunting, but mastering the art of the pitch is essential to gaining access to capital. Being on your game is important when you have investors that hear from 40 to 50 companies a month. Having glitches in your pitch can cost you lasting relationships with people that otherwise could have skyrocketed your success.

Tiffany sat down on Facebook Live and talked about the #1 Mistake Founders Make When Pitching to Investors. Stay tuned to the end for a bonus piece of advice that's easy to start work on today. Check it out below!

Need help pulling together a deck and lots of practice? Join us for Preflight 3: Tell Your Story starting on April 18.

Student DevCon 2018 | Thank you for making it our best one yet!

Thank you for making Student DevCon 2018 our biggest and best one yet. Here is a quick sneak peek - more photos and video to come soon.

We're thrilled to offer year-round programs and membership for students across programs and schools including Work @ Startup Wednesdays, loads of on-campus events, and our upcoming Student Summer Program. 

Facebook Live | Students @ Startup

Facebook Live | Students @ Startup

efore Student DevCon 2018, Bryan and Warren sat down to chat all about the student experience at Startup Edmonton. We had an excellent time at DevCon, but there are still lots of ways to stay engaged as a student as the semester wraps up. 

Tune in for great advice and suggestions! You can stay up-to-date on all of our student member activities and benefits at startupedmonton.com/students.

Reflecting on Major Milestones | DemoCamp 40 and Pecha Kucha 30

Reflecting on Major Milestones | DemoCamp 40 and Pecha Kucha 30

In March, DemoCamp and Pecha Kucha both celebrated a decade of events in Edmonton!

DemoCamp is our most enduring community event and going into our 41st edition in May there is no sign of it slowing down. People have 7 minutes to demo real product and then take questions - all demo and no slides allowed! Afterwards, we all head out for drinks to catch up, ask lots of questions, and get to know new people. 

Pecha Kucha is essentially the opposite of DemoCamp - 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, and no time for Q &A. Edmonton's NextGen, producers of Pecha Kucha, is a volunteer working together to create a city that attracts and gives voice to the next generation by connecting people, places, communities, and ideas.

Sadly, I had to miss DemoCamp 40 but managed to make it back in town to present at the 30th edition of Pecha Kucha. I was a long time volunteer with Edmonton's NextGen, and it was an amazing opportunity to reflect on the impact Pecha Kucha had on my life, and the role that community platforms like PKN, DemoCamp and so many others play in great cities.

In the coming weeks, the Edmonton's NextGen crew will have the presentation archived. While we wait, here's what I really wanted to say about Pecha Kucha, Startup Edmonton and finding your place in the community. 

Facebook Live - Chat with Tiffany

Facebook Live - Chat with Tiffany

Tiffany Linke-Boyko is our CEO and an incredible champion of our city's startup and technology communities. A few weeks ago, she sat down with Bryan to chat about how she started with Startup Edmonton, what she's up to, and what happens here day-to-day. 

In addition to her work as CEO, Tiffany is one of the mentors you can access through our Preflight program or as a Space member. She provides excellent insight on operations strategy, investor pitch prep, and any pressing questions you have on how to build and manage a team. 

Take a few minutes to hear all about Tiffany's journey and how all the different programs, events, and supports that we offer fit into the larger goal - helping even more founders as they start and grow tech-enabled companies.  

Be sure to listen to the end to hear what the most common mistakes she sees founders make!