Presented by Innovate BC, this session is a juncture for entrepreneurs and startups to connect with local and multi-national organizations to discover how their AI solutions have the potential to solve real business problems.
Business challenges and opportunities will be presented by City of Vancouver, City of Burnaby, BC Ferries, Providence Health Care, NTT Data, GDP Venture and Hike Ventures. Solution providers at the Conference will have the opportunity to participate in speed networking with presenters following their reverse-pitches, on a first-come-first-served basis.
City of Vancouver
On April 29, 2019, Vancouver City Council approved the Climate Emergency Response report to increase the City’s efforts to tackle climate change. The report contains Big Moves to reduce Vancouver's carbon pollution by building and expanding on the City’s existing work. As well, it contains accelerated actions that will help us ramp-up local action right away. As transportation is one of the biggest generators of Green Houses Gases in urban centres, three of the Big Moves are transportation-related and are to be achieved by 2030 which include:
1.) 90% of residents live within easy walking distances to their daily needs;
2.) two-thirds of all trips are made by walk, bike, and transit; and
3.) 50% of vehicle kilometers traveled (VKT) is by electric vehicles (EV).
Focusing on 2 and 3 how can Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning be used to help monitor and track mode split targets and trends over time to ensure that Vancouver is on track to achieve two-thirds of all trips are by walk, bike, and transit by 2030. In addition, how can we use data and technology to not only track VKT for EVs, but also walking kilometres traveled, bike kilometres traveled, and transit kilometres traveled?
City of Burnaby
Strategic Deployment of Capital for Multi-Modal Transportation Projects
As part of its Climate Action targets and goals for enhancing livability, the City of Burnaby has ambitious galls to build and enhance multi-modal transportation facilities.
Part of this plan is to spend $10+ million annually on sidewalks and urban trails. Big data and AI could help inform the City on where the City should focus and prioritize these capital upgrades based on population growth, preferred modes of transportation, demographics, land use, and other factors.
BC Ferries Traffic Management Optimization for Next Generation of Smart Ports
Smart ports are emerging in the transportation sector as a means of leveraging automation and self-optimization in order to increase efficiency, effectiveness and security making ports more environmentally sustainable, economically efficient and capable of handling increased port traffic.
A key component of terminal (port) facilities is Traffic Management where the objective is for customer demand (vehicle and passenger traffic) to be optimized to available supply (vessel deck and passenger space). Anecdotal evidence suggests that the current traffic management solution consistently overestimates deck space committed, which may impact in delayed service for customers, lost sales and increased costs. It would be of benefit to both BC Ferries and our customers to leverage artificial intelligence and/or machine learning to effectively marshal arriving traffic in a more automated fashion redeeming reservations and processing “show and go” traffic. If actual vehicle characteristics (height, length, width, weight, vehicle class) could be captured at the point of arrival and perform near real time optimization we could reconcile available deck space with optimal vessel loading order based on supply (ship configuration) and current demand (vehicle information).
Smart Port technologies provide a generational opportunity for improvement not only address the aforementioned challenges but to profoundly improve customer vehicle ingress/egress from BC Ferries terminals and vessels on our journey to a “frictionless customer experience."
Providence Health Care
Healthcare is becoming an increasingly analytically-driven domain while many providers still face with talent shortages, operational silos, cumbersome processes, outdated technology, and data limitations. Providence Healthcare is committed to improve flexibility and agility in product development and deployment capabilities. A priority area is to adopt Speed to Market to become more nimble by driving faster time-to-market of POC’s and AI/ML products in order to meet the needs of growing patient volume and complexity. The challenge for a chosen vendor is to 1) build common best practice ML solutions in healthcare using open data (such as MIMIC III), 2) package them (Docker container or AMI), and 3) test and help integrate into our systems. Preference is given to those who can outline solid next steps for continuous improvement of this initial build for future engagement. Examples of common best practice ML solutions can be predictive models to identify patients at high risk, emergency room optimization models and NLP solutions to comprehend doctors’ notes.
Sierra Systems, NTT Data
Sierra Systems an NTT Data Company is a Canadian based systems integrator that has a focus on cloud, AI, innovation and many other leading-edge technologies. Sierra Systems is part of the $103B NTT family based in Tokyo, Japan. In Canada, our clients range from all levels of government, to SMB and large enterprise. We have been identified by several organizations as global leaders in IOT, Blockchain, Modern Workplace and Data technologies. NTT have an annual R&D budget of $2.1B that is spent on developing proof of concept technologies with partners around the world. We have a solid base in BC serving many of the large organizations based in the Province. Sierra Systems and NTT Data Company partners with all major software vendors including Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Google, AWS and ServiceNow.
Sierra Systems and NTT Data Company is seeking tech start-ups with a focus on AI, Smart Cities or a solution in one of the following subject areas: Augmented Intelligence for Personalized Health Care, Reducing the Need for In-Patient Care, Health Care for Underserved Populations and Natural Disaster Early Warning.
GDP Venture AI-focused Innovation Challenges and Opportunities in Indonesia
Google and Temasek reported Indonesia is the largest and fastest growing Internet economy in the South East Asia region. It is well on track to cross the $130 billion mark by 2025. The economy has been growing exponentially globally due to the combined rise of personal computers (PCs) and smartphones for the past 25 years. The recent breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents both challenges and opportunities in Indonesia. The main challenges are the digital divide, limited AI skills and most of all the mindset by digital immigrants who are in the position of power but lacks in understanding the importance and benefits of AI. At the same time, AI represents a golden opportunity for Indonesia.
This talk will discuss the strategic collaborations between the Indonesian government, academia and industry. Indonesia is primed and ready to follow in the footsteps of other Asian countries like Japan, India, Taiwan, Korea and China, which have been successfully transforming their countries through technology. Additionally, we are looking for opportunities for how Indonesia could collaborate with the Canadian government, academia and industry in AI.
Hike Ventures (www.hikevc.com) is a seed-stage venture capital based in San Francisco and Tokyo. We are looking for startups who are solving well-defined problems differently by leveraging AI. We are industry agnostic. In the past, we have invested in startups in healthcare, legal, supply chain, and mobility spaces.