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November 5, 2019

Radical I/O Becomes Member of Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster

Radical I/O Technology is thrilled to announce its full membership within Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster housed in British Columbia. This is one of five similar superclusters selected by the Government of Canada to share $950 million in funding from the Innovation Supercluster Initiative, which aims to drive collaborative and commercially successful innovation.

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Briana Sim
co-founder & COO / people advocate / office singer
Technology
October 29, 2019

Why We Develop API-Centric Solutions (+ free download)

In reflecting on Radical’s first 5 years, COO Briana Sim shares how our company values and our belief in designing ‘API first’ have influenced and reinforced each other so far, resulting in our holistic, flexible, and collaborative approach to projects. Also included is our downloadable free guide on 'The 6 Key Benefits of Being an API-centric Organization'.

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Christin Wiedemann
president / explorer / juggler
People
October 8, 2019

Women in Leadership: Surviving and Thriving

After attending UBC’s Computer Science panel, “Women leaders in tech: How to arrive, survive, and thrive”, President Christin Wiedemann shares her thoughts on gender diversity, equality, equity, inclusive leadership, and being comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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News
September 25, 2019

CityAssistant Launches at MISA BC Fall 2019 Conference

Radical launches the Beta of their new civic product CityAssistant, an AI-powered chatbot and voicebot to support conversational government, at MISA BC's 2019 Fall Conference.

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Kelo Akalamudo
mobile developer / foodie / office best dressed
Technology
September 5, 2019

F8 2019: Ideas and Inspiration from the Facebook Conference

Radical I/O iOS developer Kelo attended Facebook’s F8 conference this year, where he learned about their build system Buck, their new emphasis on human connection with groups and events, and brought back ideas for CityAssistant, our new AI-powered chatbot and voicebot that runs on SimpliCity.

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Ian Sim
co-founder & CTO / tech octopus / coffee fiend
GovTech
July 25, 2019

The Reality of Facial Recognition Technology

A ban on facial recognition technology is not the answer. It is possible to utilize this important technology, while also taking measures to ensure its responsible application. In fact, facial recognition with de-identification technology can be used to protect privacy.

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News
July 10, 2019

BC Minister of Jobs, Trade, and Technology visits Radical I/O

The Honourable Bruce Ralston, BC’s Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, paid a visit to the Radical I/O office this week to learn more about their products and services, including their new smart city software platform SimpliCity(TM), and discuss their active role in BC’s Digital Technology Supercluster initiative.

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Sharon Hsiao
ui & ux designer / pixel crafter / recovering course collector
People
June 12, 2019

Giver's Gain

Volunteering really is a win-win-win experience. Most non-profit organizations are supported, promoted, and sustained by their volunteers. On a personal level, it feels great to give back, connect with other kind-hearted people, and learn from their experiences. My workplace also benefits because I return to work refreshed, and with a renewed sense of purpose.

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Christin Wiedemann
president / explorer / juggler
News
June 4, 2019

Citizen Trust in the Disinformation Age

Technology has had, and continues to have, a huge impact on how we consume information and participate in discussions. Has technology, and in particular social media, contributed to creating an environment of distrust?

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Briana Sim
co-founder & COO / people advocate / office singer
People
May 27, 2019

Dreaming Big and Taking Risks: Why We Hired Our President

Our journey as founders from working in the business instead of on the business, and why it was time to hire Radical’s first president.

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GovTech
May 14, 2019

Smart Cities Canada Challenge Winners Announced

We're thrilled for all the winners of the Smart Cities Canada Challenge! As a Smart Cities technology solutions partner, we are excited to see how these communities use innovation to better the lives of their citizens.

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GovTech
April 4, 2019

Smart Cities in Denver: Technology with Purpose

We are pleased to announce that the City and County of Denver has notified Radical I/O of their intent to award, pending contracts, for on-call agile professional services for their Smart City initiatives.

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News
January 21, 2019

Radical I/O appoints first President

Radical I/O Technology Inc. is excited to announce that Dr. Christin Wiedemann has been appointed as the company’s first President. Christin’s appointment is a reflection of our recent successes and the natural next step for Radical I/O: the expansion of both our software professional services and the upcoming launch of our own Smart City platform.

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Kathryn McTavish
project manager / scotch aficionado / dance enthusiast
GovTech
October 31, 2018

MyRichmond: From Blue Sky Thinking to Building a Solid Basecamp

Radical I/O worked with the City of Richmond to imagine the future of online municipal services. This vision helped the team collaboratively build and launch the initial foundation of a central web app, which drives value for their customers today, as we continue to work together to incorporate new online services in the future. MyRichmond is a personalized web portal for City of Richmond customers to access online city services in one place using one login.

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Kathryn McTavish
project manager / scotch aficionado / dance enthusiast
People
October 24, 2018

Career transition in action: from student advisor to digital project manager...a big learning curve!

Career transition can be a daunting and scary, but ultimately rewarding process to go through, that opens up boundless opportunities. Our project manager, Kathryn McTavish, discusses her own personal journey through industry and role transition, and shares some insights and tips for changing careers.

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Renée Mak
digital product designer / pun-maker / disaster clown
GovTech
October 11, 2018

Empathy and Running a Usability and Citizen-Centered Design Workshop

Empathy is the cornerstone to human-centered design. By building empathy, we are able to better see through the lens of our citizen groups. This allows us to design better systems that are human- and citizen-centered. In part 3 of our series, we’ll lead you through running a usability and citizen-centered design workshop with a team in order to have a deeper understanding of the citizen groups that you engage with, in order to better serve your citizens.

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Briana Sim
co-founder & COO / people advocate / office singer
News
September 21, 2018

Introducing Sync Play for BeThere360

BeThere360 is an easy-to-use digital asset management and publishing platform that comes with brandable native iOS and Android mobile apps. Sync Play is an exciting new feature which allows your audience to share an immersive, “wow” experience, together. We will be demo’ing Sync Play FOR THE FIRST TIME September 21-22, 2018 at the VR/AR Global Summit in Vancouver, BC. Join the experience.

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Ian Sim
co-founder & CTO / tech octopus / coffee fiend
GovTech
April 9, 2018

Smart Cities: Collaboration is Key

A connected Smart City can mean many things. At Radical, we believe that it means establishing a cohesive transportation and services network for a community where all levels of government (Federal, Provincial, Municipal) are involved. They could then use the data - about things like traffic patterns, water usage, and underutilized infrastructure - and work with citizens, city planners, and technology experts to achieve greater goals and create positive, meaningful change.

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Briana Sim
co-founder & COO / people advocate / office singer
People
March 28, 2018

Why We Put People First

At Radical I/O we say that we are a people-first software development lab and consultancy, and we mean it.

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Briana Sim
co-founder & COO / people advocate / office singer
Technology
March 20, 2018

Our Partnership with PLATO Testing

Our collaboration was a successful one - the app went live and it was a big hit with BC Lions’ fans. Our first experience working with the PLATO team has blossomed into a long-lasting relationship, and we really look forward to working with them again.

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Briana Sim
co-founder & COO / people advocate / office singer
People
February 13, 2018

Let's Talk (about mental health)

At our team check-in, I encouraged the team to share the healthy ways that they deal with stress and anxiety, and say something positive about our team.

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Renée Mak
digital product designer / pun-maker / disaster clown
GovTech
August 16, 2017

How To Move Toward Citizen-Centered Design in Government

Taking the approach of a departmental and even intra-departmental view to implementing a citizen-centered government model, we make the task a lot less daunting. It’s possible to deliver positive impact and build momentum for organization-wide cultural change from the bottom up.

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Renée Mak
digital product designer / pun-maker / disaster clown
GovTech
July 13, 2017

Human-centered Design in Government

Simply put, it’s about creating design that functions for the end user and eliminating confusion along the way.

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Ian Sim
co-founder & CTO / tech octopus / coffee fiend
Technology
May 4, 2017

The Future of VR and 360° Video - It’s Here to Stay

The clearest takeaway from the event was that VR and 360° Video is here to stay - and is poised to be adopted in every type and level of business.

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Briana Sim
co-founder & COO / people advocate / office singer
People
April 6, 2017

Why We Believe in Purpose and Profit

When we started Radical I/O in 2014, we had this (dare I say it) ‘radical idea’ that engaging with purpose in our community and being profitable were not mutually exclusive goals. In fact, only through being impactful could we enjoy being profitable.

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