Financial summit highlights rising know-how out of Edmonton

Financial summit highlights rising know-how out of Edmonton

From a speaking and dancing robotic to zero-emission hydrogen energy, the ahead/slash Financial Summit on the Edmonton Conference Centre highlighted quite a lot of new know-how and concepts Wednesday night time.

Almost 1,000 folks attended the summit, hosted by Edmonton International in collaboration with dozens of companion organizations.

Patricia Candelaria is a member of the pediatric emergency advancing information (PEAK) analysis crew from the College of Alberta.

Candelaria was one of many PEAK members exhibiting off MEDi, a humanoid robotic meant to supply stress aid for youngsters present process medical procedures.

MEDi has been in Canadian hospitals for years, however Candelaria mentioned the crew is now working to program the robotic to have extra particular social responses.

“He is like a bit mini therapist. He supplies psycho-educational assist. He does respiratory workout routines, guided imagery, and leisure strategies. And he additionally lets mother and father know what to anticipate from the process,” she defined.

Almost a thousand leaders in tech attended the Ahead/Slash Summit in Edmonton to showcase and look at revolutionary know-how. (Katarina Szulc/CBC)

Candelaria mentioned in scientific trials MEDi considerably helped youngsters cut back nervousness, however the crew desires to deal with having interactions with the robotic to bodily cut back kids’s ache.

“With our MEDi robotic examine, we discovered that it did not essentially lower the ache scores of the kid, however it did lower the nervousness and misery of the mother and father and the kid, and it did improve the satisfaction of ache administration.” 

Much like lots of the missions of the technological shows on the summit, Candelaria mentioned she hopes MEDi is a step in altering the health-care system and kids’s perceptions of getting remedies.

Hydrogen power was one other focus of the summit.

Denis Wiart, CEO of ONEC, informed CBC the corporate’s hydrogen gasoline cell module buildings may change the way forward for inexperienced power and it could possibly produce energy with out air pollution.

“This can be a clear gasoline cell that produces electrical energy with hydrogen gasoline because the enter, and the one outputs are electrical energy and water. It takes hydrogen gasoline in and produces 5 to 10 kilowatts of electrical energy,” Wiart defined.

ONEC’s hydrogen gasoline cell module comprises a number of hydrogen tanks to supply zero-emission electrical energy. (Katarina Szulc/CBC)

Wiart mentioned the system would work as a dependable backup energy supply, particularly in communities susceptible to frequent or extreme energy outages.

“We needed to design it for northern climates and Canada the place the temperatures are fairly chilly to see the way it operated. It will be backup energy for issues like substations or valve stations within the pipeline world or management programs the place you want that backup energy,” Wiart mentioned.

To this point, Wiart mentioned there are two modules getting used within the nation, however he hopes the summit and additional understanding of hydrogen energy will see the market develop.

Mayor Amarjeet Sohi attended the summit and informed CBC it is a possibility for Edmonton’s tech sector to develop and showcase native innovation.

For Sohi, he mentioned his most important focus is hydrogen power to advertise clear and dependable sources of energy. 

“There may be a lot range right here and it simply exhibits the innovation and dedication to enhancing the tech sector in Edmonton,” Sohi mentioned.

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