Industry Sponsored Project: Computing students help BC Coroners Service with Missing Persons Database

It’s not often that post-secondary students get to work on a project with real-world humanitarian impact. But that’s just what a group of Computer Systems Technology (CST) Diploma students were able to do this year. The students were taking part in their program’s Industry Sponsored Student Project (ISSP), during which a student team takes on … Read more

BCIT students triumph at Silicon Valley hackathon with medical data app

What’s it like competing in the headquarters of global tech? Computer Systems Technology (CST) Diploma students Dawson Verboven, Brodie Heywood, Andrei Muresan, and Chirag Fernandez spent some time this month finding out. The four students, joined by fellow developer and friend Daniel Barone, decided to take the plunge and sign up for the TechCrunch Disrupt … Read more

Eco-tech: Urban waste management solutions

It’s not the most glamourous topic, but we create waste every day. Out of sight can be out of mind, with waste streaming seemingly smoothly into municipal and industrial systems. However the alarm is being sounded – from plastics in the ocean, to landfill leachate – we need to better manage our outputs. In their … Read more

Soft skills for a solid career: Q&A with Thilina Ratnayake, BCIT Computing grad

We caught up with alum Thilina Ratnayake, who graduated with a Diploma in Computer Information Technology (CIT) in 2014, then laddered into a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Computer Systems Technology – Network Security Option, finishing in 2016. Q: Tell us about your career path since you graduated from BCIT  A: After graduating, I tried my … Read more

VanHacks at BCIT: Tech Solutions for Social Good

If you could help any non-profit in Metro Vancouver fulfil its mission, who would you choose, and how would you help? That’s what VanHacks – for Social Good asked of participants this past weekend. The annual hackathon charged participants with creating tech solutions that help solve challenges faced by local non-profits. Organized again by TTT … Read more

Fraud and financial crime investigation: Online format meets national need

We’ve probably all had them: the automated phone calls or emails telling us our credit card has been suspended, or the voice alerting us to an urgent tax problem. Often coming in at disorienting hours, these fraudsters can confuse people enough that they let their guard down and become the victims of financial crime. Such … Read more

Crime solving strengthened by cross-border training

For the fourth year in a row, students from California State University Long Beach (Cal State) visited BCIT for an in-depth international forensic experience. Not only do students become better prepared to work on trans-national crimes, the Vancouver experience helps students gain a comparative perspective between the US and Canada. Mock scene to develop real … Read more

Profiling new threats and solutions at forensic research day

The annual Forensic Science and Technology Bachelor of Technology Graduate Research Day always offers some surprising insights, along with research on new areas of concern. This year’s projects highlighted the increasing cybersecurity threats and digital safety concerns of our society, which is no longer just tech-enabled, but tech-dependent, right down to basic infrastructure. From Crime … Read more

Analytics meetup brings industry experts to BCIT

BCIT Analytics Meetup

With data everywhere – and constantly growing – how can BCIT make sure grads are well equipped to be able to harness it? That was a key theme at last week’s Analytics Meetup hosted by the BCIT Centre of Excellence in Analytics, Powered by SAP. Over 75 participants enjoyed presentations, industry panel insight, and collaborative … Read more

Eco apps: Students design software solutions for ecologically restorative living

If you had five weeks to make an app to save the world, what would you create? That was the challenge put to over 200 software development students in their first year of Computer Systems Technology this past month. Over the course of five intense weeks, teams of five students worked (and cried) together to … Read more