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

BC shortlisted to the Supercluster Initiative as VR Hub Opens

BCIT representatives welcomed the formal opening of The Cube in Vancouver’s railtown last week. The 6000 square foot space is being billed as the ultimate environment to build a Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR) company, and Vancouver’s first VR hub. This grand opening event played host to a very exciting announcement by the Honourable Navdeep … Read more

Computing instructor working to reduce tech gender gap

Mirela and research group image

As the Option Head of the Computer Systems Technology (CST) Diploma’s Technical Programming Option, Dr. Mirela Gutica grew concerned that while female students were doing well in the program, there weren’t many of them. Why the gender gap? The comparatively low numbers of women entering computing programs and going on to IT careers is a problem beyond BCIT Computing, and … Read more

Making new mobility advances in one weekend

VSW2017 hackathon

School of Computing and Academic Studies Dean Steve Eccles welcomed Vancouver Startup Week (VSW) to BCIT’s downtown Tech Hub this past Friday night for an all-weekend hackathon. The annual event kicks off a week that brings together diverse participants to celebrate and strengthen Greater Vancouver’s innovation and technology communities. Twenty-six teams of developers, designers, marketers, and entrepreneurs, helped … Read more

Teaching part-time: The best of both worlds

If variety is the spice of life, BCIT Computing Part-time Studies instructors are doing things right. By working in industry and sharing their knowledge with others, they keep themselves challenged while also enjoying a sense of giving back. Donabel Santos (pictured above), herself a BCIT Computer Systems Technology (CST) Diploma and Bachelor of Technology grad, … Read more

Coding Playground: BCIT shows K-12 teachers a bit about tech

BC’s K-12 teachers are gearing up for school to start. Last week, many of them came to BCIT to learn ways they can integrate computing into their classes. Teachers from across the province came together in a fun “unconference” model to work on lesson plans and get inspired for the new school year. Hosted at BCIT’s new … Read more

BCIT Forensics grad on the front lines fighting fraud and financial crime

BCIT Forensics

The headlines are scary: social media cyber security privacy breaches, fraudsters who steal from the elderly, international money laundering schemes. As technology continues to infiltrate all areas of our lives – not to mention our financial transactions – opportunities for fraud and financial crime are evolving and growing. For BCIT Grad Steve Wilson, this network … Read more

Computing students learn the secrets of success from MDA

Christian Nadeau and Christopher Bow from MDA

BCIT Computing frequently welcomes tech sector speakers into classrooms. These visits help students prepare for their careers and offer industry a chance to tell students what they’re looking for. This past year, MDA sent guest speakers Christian Nadeau, Engineering Manager, and Christopher Bow, a 2016 Computer Systems Technology (CST) grad who is now a Junior Software Engineer. They visited … Read more

BCIT Computing instructor invited to consult at Amazon Web Services educator roundtable

Bill Klug at the Amazon Web Services Educator roundtable

Amazon Web Services Educator Roundtable to advise and assist AWS Educate in the development and advancement of cloud computing curriculum Amazon Web Services (AWS) invited Bill Klug, Computer Systems Technology (CST) Cloud Computing Option Head and BCIT Computing instructor, to serve on the inaugural AWS Educate Educator Roundtable. The Amazon Web Services educator roundtable was part … Read more

Food waste theme fuels creative first year CST projects

The first year of the BCIT Computer Systems Technology (CST) Diploma winds up with a five-week intensive team project. This year, guests from Metro Vancouver launched the challenge theme, “food waste,” with inspiration from their Love Food Hate Waste campaign. Karen Storry and Alison Schatz presented issues of concern, including the fact that nearly half of food waste … Read more