Spatially Enabled AI (SEA) Initiative

A Partnership Between the Local Tech Hub XLRator and Fraser Valley Tech Industry is Seeking Collaborators for the Proposed Geospatial Artificial Intelligence Cluster.

Whether you are an innovator, early-stage company or an established organization within the Geospatial or AI space, XLRator is accepting applications for participants and interested partners. Deadline for applications is April 30, 2019.

The Fraser Valley’s most established tech hub, XLRator, is bridging high education institutions, local school districts, industry, and other technology stakeholders to collaborate with the intent to form the Province’s first Spatially Enabled AI (SEA) cluster initiative.

The cluster aims to collaborate with entities both within and beyond the Fraser Valley; particularly with a keen interest from Alberta based companies and programs. Alberta, driven by the energy and resource sector, is the largest producer of Map-based and Geomatics companies in Canada. The planned SEA cluster aims to leverage machine learning and enhanced data analytics methodologies to expand upon an already strong local geospatial technology presence and their respective reach into the Alberta market.

Whether you are a player in the Agriculture or Manufacturing industry, every sector has to consider AI and Machine Learning and take it very seriously, or your competitors will. The SEA initiative plans to partner with some of the country’s most prominent technology and data providers and is pursuing partnerships with local higher learning institutions to leverage their respective GIS/Geomatics and Machine Learning programs to draw researchers and students to the cluster. Additionally, SEA plans to work with local School Districts to plant seeds among students as early as grade 7 and 8 and prepare them for a career in technology.

Raymond Szabada, CEO and Chairman, XLRator, notes “the end goal of the cluster is to create a solid ecosystem hosting educational institutions, local industry, and the government, all of which can work together to leverage the strong foundation of Geospatial AI that is already in place within the Fraser Valley.”

Companies are encouraged to contact [email protected] to inquire about collaborations with XLRator as an early partner by April 30, 2019. Municipal school districts, post-secondary institutions, private industry, and government agencies are all encouraged to apply and will be given priority status during the application process.

Those that are accepted into the cluster initiative will benefit from a collaborative ecosystem that will allow for open mentorship, discussion, and insights into the geospatial technology field and the many facets of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence applicable within many industries and sectors.

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