Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021 Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021

Monday, October 18, 2021

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Got ethics? Applied ethics for AI with Ethically Aligned AI
Katrina Ingram
Katrina Ingram
Ethically Aligned AI, Founder and CEO

As a technology start-up, you play a key role in designing our digital future.

But what happens when our design choices go sideways? When we thought we were making the world a better place, but we made it worse for some people? How do we make sure that our technologies don’t cause harm and ideally, promote well-being?

Investors, employees, customers, and society at large expect technology that works for everyone. Making good choices from the start is not only easier, but it sets your business up for long term success.

In this workshop, we’ll explore some of the core ethical issues encountered in developing AI/ML enabled systems. We’ll unpack the reasons why building ethics into your technology design choices is a smart business decision and touch on practical steps you can take in your business to apply ethical principles.


Thank you to the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) for sponsoring the AI/ML track as part of Edmonton Startup Week. 

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Building a Company in an Emerging Industry with Token Naturals
Keenan Pascal
Keenan Pascal
Token Naturals, CEO
Adam O'Brien
Adam O'Brien
Bitcoin Well, CEO

This session will discuss the unique challenges of building a company in new and emerging markets in a panel discussion, followed by a Q+A period. 

Panelists include: 

  • Keenan Pascal, CEO of Token Naturals
  • Danny Motyka, CEO of Psygen Labs
  • Adam O'Brien, CEO of Bitcoin Well


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Motion Capture DIY with NAIT's Centre for Innovative Media & Edmonton Screen Industries Office
Steven Gilmour
Steven Gilmour
NAIT, Senior Technical Lead
Skylar Zerr
Skylar Zerr
NAIT, Studio Technologist & Animator
AJ Sharpe
AJ Sharpe
NAIT, Studio Technologist & Animator
Tom Viinikka
Tom Viinikka
Edmonton Screen Industries Office, CEO

This is an open panel for local game developers and filmmakers interested in discussing motion capture for digital media.

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✨ FEATURED✨ ML in the Wild with Amii
Adam Danyleyko
Adam Danyleyko
Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, Product Owner, Startups
James Bell
James Bell
Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, Machine Learning Scientist
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Xiao Zheng
Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, Program Coordinator

You’ve seen artificial intelligence and machine learning portrayed in the movies, TV shows, and books for generations but what is machine learning really? What can machine learning do, what can it not do, what happens when it fails, and what is it being used for right here in Edmonton? Join experts from one of Canada's AI centres of excellence to learn what machine learning looks like in the wild!


Thank you to the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) for sponsoring the AI/ML track as part of Edmonton Startup Week. 

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WTF is Bitcoin with Bitcoin Well
Benny Sarnelli
Benny Sarnelli
Bitcoin Well, Customer Success Leader

Curious about Bitcoin and how it works? 

Attend our presentation where you will learn the basics about Bitcoin and blockchain technology. During this session, we’ll be answering all of your bitcoin-related questions, including: 

  • What is Bitcoin? 
  • Why was it created? 
  • How is Bitcoin's value determined? 
  • How does Blockchain work? 
  • How can you use and access Bitcoin? 

Bring all your questions you have about bitcoin! (There will be lots of opportunities for Q&A).

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

- MDT
100 No's and 1 Yes: Closing Your First Sale with Innovate Edmonton
Barbara McKenzie
Barbara McKenzie
Innovate Edmonton, Director, Strategic and Operational Growth

Every start up needs that first sale, but how do you get that first sale? How do you close the deal? All the marketing efforts, all the pitches, you need to be able to close the deal. What does it take to get that first sale? After a 100 No's how do you get that first Yes.


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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- MDT
Job Mixer + Company Meet and Greet Sponsored by Jobber

Log on and check out the local startup scene! Edmonton startups are growing and need great teams to help build innovative products that solve problems worldwide. Learn more about job opportunities available now and get to know what kind of skills they will be looking for in the future.

This job mixer is open to anyone curious about opportunities at growing tech-enabled companies - students from all programs of study and schools, recent grads, people on the job search and more.

Join at any time during the two-hour event, and stay as long or short as you'd like.

Companies include:

  • Neo Financial
  • Jobber
  • Edmonton Screen Industries Office (ESIO)
  • Harvest Builders
  • Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii)
  • Bitcoin Well Inc.
  • Drugbank
  • AltaML
  • PainWorth
  • samdesk
  • Betable
  • QuoteToMe
  • DevFacto Technologies
  • Parlee McLaws LLP
  • Jobs Alberta
  • Drivewyze
  • Intuit
  • Fly & Fetch

The Job Mixer is made possible thanks to the generous support of Jobber

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Launch Party 12 🚀🚀🚀 Sponsored by Parlee McLaws

Join us online for the twelfth annual edition of Launch Party! 🚀🚀🚀

Launch Party is Startup Week’s flagship event that celebrates and showcases the hottest startups in town on Thursday, October 21, 2021. 

Launch Party showcases our city's brightest entrepreneurs, their tech-enabled products and celebrates everything that our startup community has to offer. Since 2010, more than 100 technology, Edmonton-based, companies have launched products at the event, including rapidly growing teams like Jobber, Drivewyze, Vertical City, Medo.ai, and Showbie.

Thank You To Our Selection Committee 👏

  • NATHAN IP – STARTUP EDMONTON
  • ALLIE KNULL – RESUMEFREE
  • TIM KWOK – PANACHE VENTURES


If Remo is full at any point in the night, you can head to our Youtube broadcast of the formal program. Once the program is done, try again to get into Remo (through the "Join Stream" button at the top of this event) as we expect there will be additional room following the event. 


Launch Party 12 is made possible thanks to the generous support of Parlee McLaws.OUjFLonyLvKrdRb9OBmuYMpU4vwAWF0dHiM37sVX.png

Friday, October 22, 2021

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Breaking into Data Science - The How’s and Why’s with Cybera
Byron Chu
Byron Chu
Cybera Inc., Program Manager, Data Science
Graham Sucha
Graham Sucha
Cybera, Community Outreach Specialist
Jerric Chen
Jerric Chen
Cybera Inc, Data Scientist

Over the past few years we have seen and heard a lot about the use of machine learning and data science. Now more than ever, organizations of all sizes from startups to large scale corporations are looking at ways they can benefit by applying these technologies to their data.

However, as your business or organization dives into these areas, you likely have questions. You might be wondering:

  • Am I ready?
  • How do I start?
  • How do I measure success?
  • Who do I need to add to my team?

As part of Startup Edmonton's "Startup Week" the data science team from Cybera will provide you with an introductory overview into data science. They will cover how you can apply it in your area of expertise, share resources that you can leverage, and discuss what you may need to start your own data science project. We’ll also share success stories from Alberta organizations currently using data science and provide "real world" examples of how this practice can be applied.

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3D Printing 101: Workshop and Certification with Edmonton Public Library
Holly Arnason
Holly Arnason
Edmonton Public Library, Associate Manager, Makerspace

Attending and completing this free, online workshop gives you access to use Edmonton Public Library's 3D printers virtually or in-person at the Stanley A. Milner Makerspace! Hosted by friendly and knowledgeable EPL staff, this training will prepare you to run a 3D printer and covers: EPL's 3D printing service guidelines and hours of operation, safety, basic concepts and operation of the 3D printer, and an overview for selecting and setting up suitable digital models for the 3D printing process.

EPL's 3D printing service currently allows customer print jobs up to 12 hours in duration, uses a single nozzle 3D printer (one colour at a time), and charges 10 cents per gram for PLA plastic used in customer projects.

Participants require an Edmonton Public Library membership card or an eligible Edmonton-area library card so that we can record and update your 3D printing certification status. Edmonton Public Library cards are free for residents and can be created online.

3D printing service participants must be at least 12 years of age or accompanied by a caregiver.