Access to private or leased land is currently not a simple problem. Landowners would like to know who is on their land, when, and for what purpose. Getting permissions from landowners to use their land is often not straight forward; often leading to bypassing obtaining permission. Some landowners do not want hunters, but do not mind artists or photographers accessing their land. To simplify this process, VeriGrain is building the SaskLander Platform that provides an easy-to-use interface for managing interactions between landowners and those seeking permission to access their land.
This project examines virtual economy design practices within Unity Technologies Canada Company’s software engine/editor. Analysis of game design choices found within proprietary data from the company is used to determine the predominant design practices within the system and identify underlying ideological assumptions that affect the design, creation, and maintenance of virtual economies.
The rapid shutting down of daycares and schools due to COVID-19 have left many new Canadian families isolated due to limited proficiency in English and small social networks. In regular school programs, teachers have expressed that reaching families who do not speak the language of schooling has been particularly challenging due to the language barrier. On the other hand, families have reported that being at home has strengthened their child's minority language, suggesting a silver lining to these difficult times.
The Thingery Sharing Inc. is the logistics provider and parent organization of community lending libraries known as Thingeries located throughout the Lower Mainland of BC. Prior social impact research was conducted to identify and understand the impact that a Thingery has on the social connectivity and ecological footprint of its members for ongoing analysis and planning. The focus of this project is to conduct extensive research into how members can optimally interact with The Thingery and create a detailed user flow analysis for their mobile application development.
VeriGrain is in the agricultural automated sampling and data management business. By providing representative sampling of the harvested grain provides the grain characteristics for maximum profit, helps to determine the risk of spoilage and helps farmers eliminate downgraded and rejected loads of grain at the terminal. Currently the samples are taken at the farm and are sent off for lab analysis to determine the quality and characteristics of the grain. However, advancements in technology through spectral analysis provide the opportunity to move some of the lab analysis out to the field.
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The research analyzes the structures of social networks, the varying uses of social media and information diffusion among social networking sites’ users in Kyrgyzstan as a pilot study and possibly expand in a subsequent project to Central Asia. We will study social media consequences on politics, the rise of populism, democracy, equality, participation, diversity, deliberation, privacy, surveillance, community building, informal social networks, public sphere and everyday life. The information heterogeneity of social media content in Kyrgyzstan will also be analyzed in this research.
Food Convergence and Integrity (FCI) Canada is being formed to help agri-food companies mitigate the disruptions of Covid-19, increase interactions and innovations among Canadian agrifood companies and enable new agrifood business streams. Through its member platform, it will enhance resilience and competitiveness of the Canadian agri-food sector, resulting also in increased food security for Canadians.
With schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many education outreach companies that offer in-class summer camps are having to pivot to virtual classes to adjust to the new normal. Their main challenge is how and where to spend their marketing budget efficiently to attract new students. They traditionally advertise locally such as in schools or communities which are not available to them now. Therefore, their advertising budgets are moving to digital marketing such as social media and search engines.
Grocery Response NDG is a grocery ordering and delivery program for seniors 70+ who are confined to their homes during the pandemic. The project is a joint initiative of Concordia University (Ageing + Communication + Technologies – ACT) and New Hope Seniors Centre. The Québec response to the COVID-19 pandemic requires seniors 70 and over to self-isolate Seniors with limited or no social networks and no access to the Internet are especially at risk.