If you had asked Moréniké Ọláòṣebìkan as a child what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have said an actress. Now, Moréniké, founder of the Ribbon Rouge Foundation—a non-profit organization that is committed to raising the voices of people affected by HIV through policy advocacy and the arts—answers differently.
Simon Fraser University graduate student Oldooz Pooyanfar is monitoring what more than 20,000 honeybees housed in hives in a Cloverdale field are “saying” to each other—looking for clues about their health.
Pooyanfar’s technology is gleaning communication details from sound within the hives with her beehive monitoring system—technology she developed at SFU. She says improving knowledge about honey bee activity is critical, given a 30 per cent decline in the honeybee population over the past decade in North America.
What if your bike could take care of covering your blind spot, protect itself from theft, and even charge your phone?
A team of Simon Fraser University Mechatronics Systems Engineering (MSE) students in Surrey has conceived Hopite, a customizable, modular bike seat that provides safety and security to meet a wide range of customer needs. Features can include an anti-theft system, blinkers, power generation (USB charging) and blind-spot detection.
Simon Fraser University’s commitment to social innovation leadership has been recognized with its designation as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. SFU is one of just over 40 global institutions to pass this rigorous process, and is the first university in British Columbia to be designated.
Next-generation hydrogen fuel cell and water electrolyser research has received a major funding boost with the appointment of SFU polymer chemist Steven Holdcroft to a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Electrochemical Materials.
Hydrogen energy-storage solutions are key to establishing a clean and sustainable energy sector.
The wheels never stop spinning for SFU student innovators Fez and Sal Rismani. That’s because the entrepreneurial brothers continue to take their last-mile logistics delivery business—Daily Delivery—down new roads.
Daily Delivery’s logistics platform connects businesses with nearby delivery specialists that provide on-demand customer delivery from stores and services that don’t have drivers, or that typically fall short of drivers.
A collaboration between SFU and Weatherhaven, a leading provider of re-deployable shelter systems, will tap into SFU’s scientific expertise and resources while giving students hands-on experience developing next-generation technologies in materials science and engineering.
This is thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing a $500,000 commitment from Weatherhaven to SFU over the next five years in return for accessing a broad range of SFU’s engineering, research and development (R&D), and other resources.
SFU’s new Victory Square Girls Tech Camp, running this July at two Surrey elementary schools, gives Grades six and seven girls hands-on workshops in fundamental computer programming and engineering skills.
And to help grow the camp in future years, Shafin Diamond Tejani, CEO and founder of Victory Square Technologies, has just established a $75,000 matching fund to match donations from other individuals.
An automatic sensor for overheating ovens and a novel way to capture a rear view of teeth were among the new business suggestions that came out of PowerPlay Academy, a week-long entrepreneurship and innovation summer camp for children in Grades four to seven that was held at SFU’s Surrey campus July 10-15.