Technical Programming students augment their project

Computer Systems Technology Diploma students took on an AR/VR project for the first time in their final specialization option course last term. The Technical Programming option culminates in a whole-class project to try to mimic what happens in industry. This year the class of 20 created a challenging city simulation project–City Sim–using several technologies including Microsoft’s Hololens, a … Read more

Why choose teaching? Q & A with Computing Program Head Trevor Lord

As the sector grows ever-hotter, instructors are needed to help build the next generation of tech professionals. We sat down with Computer Systems Technology (CST) Program Head Trevor Lord to hear what lured him from industry to a job in the classroom. Q: What’s your background and where were you before you came to BCIT? … Read more

Cybersecurity project receives international attention

Cybersecurity break-ins are a worldwide problem. With over 40 billion hacks each year through the World Wide Web, the numbers are mind-boggling. The costs are similarly high: governments and businesses can expect to lose roughly $400 billion annually in damages and property loss due to such attacks. As the number of devices grows with an … Read more

High school students get a taste of tech at downtown campus

Templeton STEM high school students at BCIT Tech Hub

Grade 10 students from Templeton Secondary School’s STEM program visited our Downtown TEC (Technology Education and Collaboration) Hub last month to help launch their first applied robotics group project. Over three months, these 25 students will work on building a garbage-sorting robot. Sharing real-world insights BCIT Computing Instructor Carly Orr welcomed the group, and introduced them … Read more

Naval CIO: Challenges and rewards of tech careers in coastal protection

Commander Kristof Langland, of the Royal Canadian Navy, visited the BCIT Downtown Campus TEC (Technology Education and Collaboration) Hub this week to discuss the technical roles and technology tools present in a modern navy environment. Computing and Cybersecurity students and faculty learned about Commander Langland’s career path, which started as a programmer in Vancouver in … Read more

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: New Option for New Frontiers

We’re seeing them all around: stories of advances in computing that are enabling greater automation with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Machine Learning (ML), a subfield of AI and statistics, is one of today’s most rapidly growing technical fields. Machine-learning-based applications can be found in domains from healthcare to commerce. BCIT Computing’s Computer Systems Technology Diploma program … Read more

BCIT instructor helms College Chemistry Canada

BCIT instructor Jimmy Lowe has built a reputation for innovation in the chemistry lab, which makes him a natural to head a national association of his peers. Jimmy became head of College Chemistry Canada (C3) at its annual conference held at the University of Toronto this past spring. The conference is well into its fifth … Read more

Cloud Computing instructor aims to make BCIT the first Alexa-enabled campus in Canada

BCIT Computing instructor Dr. Bill Klug recently attended Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas and what he learned isn’t staying in Vegas. The event is one of Amazon’s largest cloud services gatherings, attracting over 30,000 attendees, including customers, partners, vendors, and users of AWS cloud resources and services.  Hundreds of technical … Read more

Apps that help cities be smarter

BCIT Computer Systems Technology (CST) Diploma program is in the thick of the data revolution and apps for helping cities – and their citizens – be smarter. Student Project Showcase Last week, 85 students showcased apps they’d created using New Westminster Open Data. The excitement was palpable as Computing students presented to New Westminster’s Mayor, three … Read more

The world is a team environment: career advice from a CTO/COO

Luke Lafreniere’s route to Founding Member/Chief Technical Officer at Linus Media Group wasn’t exactly traditional, but he knew he loved creating things from the start. There were early hints that he had potential as a how-to video star. In high school he gained some notoriety by submerging a computer in mineral oil in a fish tank, creating … Read more