Articles By Christine Wong

Self-driving wheelchair, IoT tourism app tap into foreign research talent with Mitacs program

Although Nahed Belhadj is from Tunisia, she may know more about the historical landmarks and tourist attractions of Saint John, N.B. than some locals. Belhadj, 23, spent three months in the Maritimes working

Published on: August 4th, 2017 Christine Wong

Top four UX tips for digital marketers from TechWeek Toronto

Online travel giant Expedia had no idea that one tiny box on its website was sending customers on a journey to Confusion City, a virtual side trip that cost the company $12 million

Published on: July 26th, 2017 Christine Wong

Can Canada’s AI sector compete with big U.S. companies for talent?

American companies are setting up artificial intelligence hubs north of the border, deepening the pool of AI expertise in Canada. But those same companies might also be providing Canadian firms with tough new

Published on: July 19th, 2017 Christine Wong

Canadian fintechs join the global fight against pesky, costly patent trolls

Two Canadian fintech companies have teamed up with some of America’s biggest tech giants to fend off patent trolls. Although they represent two extremes of Canada’s financial services sector – FI.SPAN is a

Published on: July 12th, 2017 Christine Wong

Talent shortfall, funding crunch could slow Canada’s VR sector, report warns

Canada’s virtual reality sector is in a sweet spot to capitalize on mass consumer adoption of VR technology, according to a new study. But the same research predicts that tipping point is still

Published on: June 27th, 2017 Christine Wong

Uber’s head of deep learning shares his top AI business tips

Businesses should focus on using deep learning technology to help their employees, not replace them, a top Uber executive said Tuesday. So far, much of the public debate around artificial intelligence (AI) has

Published on: June 20th, 2017 Christine Wong

Ottawa’s Pythian dives into cloud-based analytics with new platform Kick AaaS

After two decades and a deck of 65 slides, Paul Vallee finally got around to holding the first official product launch in his Ottawa company’s 20-year history. That product is an analytics-as-a-service (AaaS) offering

Published on: June 15th, 2017 Christine Wong

York Region tech firms do business globally but partner locally

Creative Capital is IT World Canada’s series that examines the impact digital transformation is having to change the face of communities across Canada. We’re doing deep dives looking at the major tech hubs

Published on: June 5th, 2017 Christine Wong

Survey shows big gap between Canadian retail’s mobile commerce intentions vs. implementation

Canadian retailers talk a better game than they play when it comes to adopting mobile commerce. In a new AMEX survey released Tuesday, 76 per cent of Canadian merchants agreed mobile commerce is

Published on: May 30th, 2017 Christine Wong

Mobile makeup marketing: The Canadian innovation behind connected cosmetics

Two Canadian companies are teaming up to bring connected packaging and smart store displays to the global cosmetics market. London, Ont.-based Tuku Inc. has partnered with Array Marketing Inc. of Scarborough, Ont. to

Published on: May 25th, 2017 Christine Wong

What your CMO can learn from the world’s most popular YouTube star – who’s only seven

Although the biggest YouTube star in the world raked in more than 800 million views on the site – and over $1 million in related earnings – during the month of April alone,

Published on: May 18th, 2017 Christine Wong

Do you know where your workers are? How AI-driven mobile apps are reshaping corporate travel

Among all the photos of cheese sandwiches and disaster relief tents that lit up Twitter a few weeks ago, one tweet sublimely illustrated the power and prevalence of mobile travel apps today. “@patricksurry

Published on: May 15th, 2017 Christine Wong

Ex-Google exec launches new site to help bring more women to Canada’s corporate boards

I’m sitting in a room outside the Toronto Stock Exchange TV studio, sharing one of those trendy Danish style couches (all sharp angles and faux leather), with Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, when I think:

Published on: April 25th, 2017 Christine Wong

Fully autonomous vehicles still 10 to 15 years down the road, says BlackBerry QNX exec

Carmakers must calm consumer fears about cost, not just collisions, to fuel the market for self-driving cars, an executive from BlackBerry QNX said Thursday. During his keynote at a Toronto conference, Grant Courville

Published on: April 20th, 2017 Christine Wong

Latest brain research shows (screen) size matters when it comes to video ads

Screen size can dramatically affect the impact of video ads on consumers’ brains, Canadian researchers have found. The findings provide more detailed (and scientific) answers to a question on which many businesses today

Published on: April 11th, 2017 Christine Wong