Changing the Game with Analytics

by Wendy Cukier, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Just this week, Ryerson University sponsored SportsHack, bringing together teams of hackers to compete in developing innovative sports-related software solutions. Sponsored by Ryerson, IBM and We Are Wearables, the CFL joined SportsHack as a development partner and provided data to competitors with the goal of building apps or software in the areas of fan engagement, promoting ticket sales and social media. Continue reading Changing the Game with Analytics

Ryerson’s Changemakers

by Wendy Cukier, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

During the recent Ryerson Changemaking Project Showcase which highlighted innovative work being done by faculty and students. In 2014, Ryerson received $500,000 from RECODE, an initiative created by the J.W. McConnell Foundation to catalyze social innovation and entrepreneurship in post-secondary institutions across Canada. Continue reading Ryerson’s Changemakers

New partnership to promote research, technological innovation and entrepreneurship

by Wendy Cukier, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Ryerson is pleased to partner with Prince Edward/Lennox & Addington Community Futures Development Corporation (PELA CFDC), First Stone Venture Partners (FSVP), and the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) to promote research, technological innovation, attract and accelerate start-ups and advance economic development in the region. Continue reading New partnership to promote research, technological innovation and entrepreneurship

Highlights of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

by Wendy Cukier, Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Ryerson is widely recognized as a leader in entrepreneurship education, with the largest program in the country. Ryerson’s Entrepreneurship Research Institute (ERI) is spearheading new research into entrepreneurial opportunities to look at how they can be encouraged. In addition to examining diversity, social entrepreneurship, and innovative training programs, Ryerson’s researchers are part of the world’s largest study of transnational entrepreneurship, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), acting as GEM’s lead for research in Ontario. Continue reading Highlights of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

Ryerson University Research and Innovation in The Globe and Mail

The following editorial ran in The Globe and Mail on Nov. 16.

Creating an ecosystem where startups and dynamic companies thrive

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/partners/advresearchandinnovation2015/creating-an-ecosystem-where-startups-and-dynamic-companies-thrive/article27237032/ Continue reading Ryerson University Research and Innovation in The Globe and Mail

More than technology push is needed to drive innovation

Ryerson partners with industry, government and community organizations to make things happen. Our unique cross-disciplinary approach not only drives the creation of new technologies, products, services, and ventures, but also examines the drivers and impediments to change in existing organizations.

Research in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is necessary butinsufficient. We need social sciences and humanities research to better understand user needs, organizational drivers, factors shaping personal preferences and behaviour, aesthetic and content design, as well as policy, legal, and ethical issues. We need to understand the demand side as well as the supply side to drive innovation. Continue reading More than technology push is needed to drive innovation

Dr. Cukier on innovation in 3D technology in The Globe and Mail

“Canada went from a leader to a laggard in innovation strategy … and needs a refresh,” Dr. Wendy Cukier, vice-president of research and innovation at Ryerson University, said at the conference. The transformative application of 3-D has the potential to change everything, she said, “but if new technologies, services or processes are not actually adopted, there is no innovation.” She believes consumers tend to be ahead of business users in adoption of new technologies, although 47 per cent of jobs in North America linked to the manufacturing economy could be at risk. Continue reading Dr. Cukier on innovation in 3D technology in The Globe and Mail

Dr. Cukier on Syrian Refugees in the Toronto Star

The following editorial was published Sept. 3 in the Toronto Star. Dr. Cukier is a founding member of Operation Lifeline Syria. She is a team leader sponsoring a Syrian refugee family through Ryerson University’s Lifeline Syria Challenge.

 

Alan Kurdi is only one of four million Syrian refugees and at least seven million internally displaced refugees who have fled violence seeking safe haven. Governments around the world must do more and Canada must reclaim its traditional place as a world leader in humanitarian action and peacebuilding. But, we as individuals cannot hide behind the pretense of powerlessness. We can make a difference. Tears are not enough. Continue reading Dr. Cukier on Syrian Refugees in the Toronto Star