24 October 2011: Innovation Competition Winners Announced
On November 2nd in Ottawa, the Embassy of the United States will be presenting a conference on innovation and entrepreneurship, entitled The Canada-U.S. Partnership: Enhancing the Innovation Ecosystem. To mark the event, the Embassy partnered with Canadian policy think-tank Canada 2020 to hold a contest for youth and potential entrepreneurs.
The contest asked for written or video descriptions of product or idea that are not only socially or commercially viable and innovative, but that also enhance or is enhanced by the close Canada–U.S. relationship.
After carefully reviewing the submissions, two winners have been picked:
- TitanFile.com, a new process for sending and receiving confidential documents. The service allows users to transfer and store files over a secure connection, notifying users when their files have been accessed and ensuring that all recipients are verified before they gain access.
- FloorNav3D, an interactive 3D program that allows visitors to "virtually visit" a location or property from their web browsers. The program is scalable, and can be used for anything from product demonstrations, to interactive showrooms, to blue prints and floor plans, to larger projects like golf courses and amusement parks.
Both winners will be flown to the conference, where they will have the opportunity to meet with more than 200 government, finance, business, and academic leaders from across the United States and Canada. The conference takes place November 2nd at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.