Jim Treliving and Bruce Croxon, both well-known personalities from CBC’s popular show Dragons’ Den, are slated to spend some quality time with Brock University students in March.Treliving, one of five Dragons’ Den judges, and Croxon, a former Dragon and co-host of BNN’s The Disruptors, will judge the sixth annual Monster Pitch competition hosted by the Brock Innovation Group in partnership with the Goodman School of Business and sponsored by Spara Capital Partners.Joining Treliving and Croxon are Goodman alumni Deborah Rosati, corporate director and co-founder of Women Get On Board, and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners. Spara Capital Partners is one of Canada’s leading independent mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance firms working on behalf of private business owners. Spark Power Corp., is a leader and innovator, providing reliable energy services nationally, to a diverse, blue chip customer base in the power and utility sector.Monster Pitch puts entrepreneurial students in the hot seat where they will pitch their ideas to a panel of business experts for a chance to win cash and startup services.No one knows the value of this event better than BBA student Johnathan Holland. Two years ago at Monster Pitch, Holland pitched his idea to build an online marketplace for non-traditional methods of currency exchange.After claiming the grand prize, Holland went on to further develop his venture during two co-op work terms thanks to the Deborah E. Rosati Co-op Entrepreneurship Scholarship. The prize package and networking opportunity that Monster Pitch afforded him were instrumental in getting his company, Curexe, off the ground.“Our team is thrilled to welcome all four judges back,” says BBA student Karlo Visaticki, President of Goodman’s Brock Innovation Group. “They have all been involved with Monster Pitch before and their continued support of entrepreneurship at Brock is extremely valuable to students.”The Brock Innovation Group has now opened applications for Monster Pitch hopefuls on its website. Students who are successful in this round of applications will participate in Monster Pitch on March 22, 2016.
Luiz Steinberg is Modular Mining Systems’ new President and Chief Executive Officer. He will assume the position, currently held by Peter Carter, effective on September 16. Steinberg joined Modular in 1993, and he hassince held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility. In 2000, Steinberg opened the Modular subsidiary in Brazil and served as regional General Manager until 2005. Most recently, as Vice President of Product Development, Steinberg guided hardware and software development and strategic R&D to meet the needs of Modular customers. “Luiz brings a rich background in high technology, as well as a strong understanding of mining customers,” states Kazunori Kuromoto – President, ICT Business, Construction & Mining Equipment Marketing Division, Komatsu Ltd. Kuromoto continues, “His leadership will enable Modular to continue providing unique and innovative value to the mining industry and to Komatsu mining products and services.”Steinberg holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil and a Master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Manufacturing from the University of Florida.Departing President and CEO, Peter Carter, plans to return to his home country of Australia to be closer to his family. Serving as CEO since 2005, Carter has led Modular through unprecedented growth. Regarding his successor, Carter states, “Luiz is well-qualified to lead the company through the next growth stage. He will provide a unique combination of technology and general management knowledge, acquired through his varied assignments at Modular.”Modular provides powerful information management solutions to meet the needs of both surface and underground mining operations worldwide.
Turns out you can teach an old robotic dog new tricks.Sony’s iconic cyborg pup AIBO entertained audiences at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.On display outside of Japan for the first time, the next-generation companion drew crowds at CES 2018, “with fans and media eager to see” the dancing, fetching, observant canine, according to CNN.Sony in November unveiled the latest version of AIBO, more than a decade after we last saw the domesticated bot. Introduced as a prototype in 1998, the first consumer model launched in 1999; new configurations were released every year until 2005.Marketed as “entertainment robots,” AIBOs (which means “pal” or “partner” in Japanese) were popular with educators and researchers, and have featured as futuristic pets in movies, music videos, and advertising campaigns.In early 2006, Sony announced plans to discontinue to the product line, gradually withdrawing customer support through 2013.But even the multinational conglomerate couldn’t resist those digitally enhanced puppy-dog eyes and that mechanical tail wag.Fun for the whole family (via Sony)Built with a “natural curiosity,” the brown-and-white pup can form an emotional bond with people, “providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion,” according to Sony.Plus, you don’t have to clean up its poop, or worry about allergies.Despite its cold, polished body and rigid extremities, AIBO is undeniably cute; the way it moves along 22 axes to shake its head or scratch its ear is oddly compelling.The robo-dog can also detect words of praise, smiles, petting, and other human interactions, and will become aware of its environment to the point where it can walk around with confidence and respond to situations.Online pre-orders of the ¥198,000 ($1,778) machine sold out in a day; early-bird buyers can expect their new pet to arrive as of next week—in Japan. There is no word on when (or if) Sony will begin shipping to other countries.“The latest generation of the beloved robotic companion … features an adorable new appearance, vibrant movements, and a responsiveness that is sure to delight,” the Sony website said. “AIBO develops its own unique personality through everyday interactions with its owners.”Plus, it comes with two fish-eye cameras (one in its nose), mapping technology, and a slew of sensors, all powered by a 64-bit quad-core CPU processor.Oh, and an exclusive “aibone” toy to “spice up your life with AIBO.”For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on target
The upcoming winter tourist season expected to be one of the best ever. Story Highlights There were 1,659,330 visitors from January to October 2013. The figures for Montego Bay and Kingston are showing increases for September and October. Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the tourism industry is showing good results, with the upcoming winter tourist season expected to be one of the best ever.“I am pleased to tell you that the tourism industry is doing well. We have enjoyed a good summer after a relatively weak winter (2012) and even with 2,000 (10 per cent) of room inventory off the market, Jamaica’s visitor arrivals since August have bucked the regional trend for flat arrivals in 2013,” the Minister said.Dr. McNeill, who was addressing the official launch of the Agro-Tourism Farmers’ Market Initiative in Negril on October 30, informed that there were 1,659,330 visitors from January to October, which is a 0.2 per cent increase over the same period last year.“In fact, we are experiencing the best October ever,” he said, noting that arrivals are expected to reach the two million mark by year-end.He said the figures for Montego Bay and Kingston are showing increases for September and October, with Kingston’s performance being particularly impressive, given the absence of 303 rooms due to the closure of Wyndham Kingston Hotel.He credited the improvements to the continued drive to diversify the source markets, moving beyond the traditional markets of the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, and tapping into Latin American and Eastern Europe.“We have good airlifts arrangements in place,” the Tourism Minister indicated.“Starting November 1, Russia will be moving from 320 seats to 500 seats. Then on November 7, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its inaugural flight to the Caribbean, landing in Montego Bay. The extended flying range and fuel efficiency of this Dreamliner mean bigger and better things for Jamaica as it will open up new market opportunities for Jamaica, enabling us to reach deeper into Europe and Asia than had been possible before,” he pointed out.The Minister also revealed that the waiving of visa requirements has assisted in gaining ground in Russia and opened the door to Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Hungary and Sweden) the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine.“While these numbers are great for Jamaica and great for the economy, I am on a mission to ensure that every Jamaican benefits from the tourism earnings. Tourism can be sustainable if the man on the ground is involved and enjoys the tourism returns,” Dr. McNeill said.