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By Carol Moreira

In October, we saw partnerships and collaborations between startups, support organizations, and government continue to grow in Halifax’s Innovation District. Startups are expanding their reach to new customers, products, and markets and getting funding despite the pandemic.

Partnerships in the District and Beyond

First City as a Living Lab Initiative Launched

Halifax Partnership and Volta have become early adopters of a new device from Rimot.io that screens people entering workplaces for COVID-19.

Rimot’s monitoring technology helps organizations ensure that their infrastructure in remote locations is working. Their new product screens people for COVID-19 through a touchless thermal camera and automated questions. The product is called RimotHealth and the venture is working on sales across North America and Europe.

The Bright founders, from left, are Kiran Sachdev, David Howe and Blair Ryan.

More News and Events in the District

Health Challenge Pitch Awards WeUsThem $100,000

WeUsThem Inc. won the second Health Challenge Pitch Event, which focused on mental health. The advertising agency won with its product imTeen, which allows youth to self-monitor for signs of common mental and physical illnesses. The company won $100,000 and the opportunity to have its technology adopted by the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

During the presentation, NS Health said it has boosted virtual provision of mental health services during the pandemic. The increased emphasis on online care has allowed NS Health to continue providing services.

Three other companies presented, including Tranquility Online and Dispension Industries whose MySafe kiosk allows authorities to distribute opioids to registered users in a controlled manner, with the aim of preventing overdoses.

The organizing partnership includes BioNova, QEII Foundation, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Digital Nova Scotia Awards Recognize Diversity

Five Digital Diversity awards were awarded by IT industry association Digital Nova Scotia to recognize contributions to diversity and inclusion in Nova Scotia’s tech sector.

The awards began in 2016 to recognize female leaders. In 2020, the expanded awards highlight other ways that diversity is enabling innovation.

“Diversity drives innovation, which is essential to the continued success of the tech sector,” Digital Nova Scotia CEO Wayne Sumarah said in a statement.

The winners are:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Champion: Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office MEBO aims to maximize the employment and contract opportunities for indigenous people in Unama’ki (Cape Breton).
  • Shaping the Future: Techsploration This program helps young women in Grades 9 through 12 explore engineering, science, technology and trades as occupations.
  • Next Generation Leadership: Mrugakshee Palwe, CEO, Atlantic Blockchain Company As the co-founder of Atlantic Blockchain Company, Palwe is accelerating the adoption of blockchain and cryptocurrency through education.
  • Fueling the Digital Economy: Jennie Sanford, Head of Operations, Proposify Sanford has been an integral part of encouraging empathy and inclusion at Proposify, a company that facilitates the process of writing proposals.
  • Change Maker:Akram Al-otumi Al-otumi is Director of ShiftKey Labs, and a lecturer in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship at Dalhousie University. He is also CEO and Founder of Spritely Technologies.

Carol Moreira is a Principal of Entrevestor, which provides news and data on Atlantic Canadian startups.