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Calgary Technologies Inc. rebrands to Platform Calgary

On March 4, 2019 Calgary Technologies Inc. will begin rebranding to Platform Calgary. As Platform Calgary, our focus will remain on supporting Calgary's innovation-driven companies by providing access to space, programming and advocacy, while also championing the vision for the new Platform Innovation Centre's design, activity, and culture. Our name change comes at the heels of our recent announcement as the new operator of the Platform Innovation Centre opening in East Village in the fall of 2020.

Why Platform Calgary?

There is a need to make innovation more accessible and visible to our community and this rebrand aligns with the City of Calgary's 10-Year Economic Strategy. Platform started with the idea of transforming Calgary into a global innovation hub. As Platform Calgary, we are turning that idea into action. Through this work the next wave of shared prosperity is being generated in our city, transforming local businesses into international success stories. By working together, we can make Calgary a global hub for startups and innovation.

It is about elevating innovation, and Platform Calgary is the next phase and evolution of Calgary Technologies Inc.

What's next?

March 4, 2019 marks our first official day of business as Platform Calgary. Over the next few months, you will see our materials transitioning over to our new name and brand. Our long-term priority is to put a focus on innovation in the heart of downtown Calgary. On March 4, 2019, we are opening Platform Beta at the Hillier Block in East Village. This historic 5,300-sq-ft building will serve as our interim downtown facility while the Platform Innovation Centre is being built.

We will continue to operate and provide services out of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre and The Inc.

Save the date for May 15, 2019: Annual Report to Community, Demo Day and Strategy Launch in the new Central Library. The event will showcase our Junction program graduates and will be the public launch event for our new Platform Calgary identity and strategic plan.

Have a question?

Contact us at communications@calgarytechnologies.com

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Welcome TECHSTOCK Exhibitor: Selfling Teen Support Foundation

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

1. What is your innovation story?

Selfling Teen Support Foundation was founded to help bring mobile technology to work for vulnerable young people who deal with a number of issues like family, relationships, culture, gender, and bullying, which all can inevitably effect their mental health.

In the summer of 2014, our founder, James Higgins, discovered a shirt in a storefront that said “DRINK BLEACH”. Intended or not, this T-shirt placement worked to actively stigmatize bullied teens, teen mental illness, and not to mention the family of Amanda Todd, the Port Coquitlam teen who attempted suicide by drinking bleach. Amanda, sadly, would not survive her next attempt.

It is this kind of stigma, the fear and shame surrounding how much we all have in common in our weakness and how dependent we are on others that inspired Selfling. Selfling is the reaction to how we treat illness, weakness, isolation, and how we generally treat others. Selfling is the answer to the question "Is there no way to use social media technology to help empower the youth using it?"

We had a chat and messaging app built by local developer, App Guys Inc., to help teens discuss their challenges and the things that matter most to them because over 90% of teens are on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat and 85% of them are smart phone ready by grade 11. The Selfling app is a way to help augment the message of existing agencies and actually features the the ability for teen support agencies to register and engage with teens. The Sefling app is accessible by teens everywhere on iOS with an Android version dropping soon.


2. Do you follow a sustainable development agenda (for people, planet and prosperity) in your company/business?

The Selfling Teen Support Foundation falls in line with a couple of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals but most specificly number 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. This goal aligns best with teen mental health and the risks of isolation that so many young people deal with every day. Selfling believes that this is the primary area to begin empowering young people – globally – as so many of them are already online. Further, our model is meant to work with teen support agencies to amplify and enhance their services, not duplicate them, which can be problematic and confusing for young people.


3. If your enterprise could have a global application, what is your vision for transforming the planet?

Selfling is already global! The Selfling app is on the App Store for iOS devices and Android soon. Our vision is to inspire a new culture where young people talk with each other, and with support agencies, more about how they can work together in an increasingly connected world, in spite of the division that we seem to encounter on a daily basis. By creating safe monitored spaces in mobile technology for teens to find out how much they have in common, we can help them realize and harness their leadership power at a younger age, creating a world of renewed possibility.

Learn more about how Selfling is creating an impact!
Come visit them September 14 at TECHSTOCK 2017

 

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