BOOST Innovation Camp announced in Fredericton - Atlantic Canada’s First 5G City

Fredericton Innovation Partnership and Rogers collaborate to fuel 5G innovation

Next generation technology on Canada’s most reliable 5G network will drive future productivity, fuel innovation and power New Brunswick’s economy

As the first 5G City in Atlantic Canada – powered by Rogers 5G, the City of Fredericton, together with its Fredericton Innovation Partnership stakeholders are pleased to present BOOST – a smart city innovation camp from May 28-June 4, 2021.  The purpose of this event is to explore and fully develop 5G use cases into prototype ideas.

“As part of the City of Fredericton’s Boost Innovation Lab, we are pleased to collaborate with the University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Community College, CyberNB, Ignite, and technology sponsors - Rogers, Kognitiv Spark and Siemens Canada - working towards our vision of becoming Atlantic Canada’s 5G Centre of Innovation” said Adam Bell, Chief Information Officer - City of Fredericton. “Boost will fuel civic innovation by enabling us to use 5G technology to solve our smart city challenges.”

“Last September we launched 5G in Fredericton, a first for Atlantic Canada, and working with the Fredericton Innovation Partnership, we’re harnessing this next generation technology to explore new and transformational solutions to how we live and work,” said Tess Van Thielen, Vice President, Advanced Services. “Through these collaborations, we’re bringing together the right partners to advance 5G smart city technology in Canada. We’re looking forward to seeing the innovations that come out of this camp.”

“As a global leader in smart infrastructure technology and software, Siemens understands that collaboration and data analysis are key elements in solving the challenges of today and tomorrow,” said Jamie Dinsmore, Vice President and Country Manager, Canada, at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “We’re pleased to be joining like-minded partners to launch BOOST, thereby expanding our existing innovation footprint in Fredericton that includes our Smart Grid centre of competence as well as our global Cyber Security centre.”

What is BOOST? This collaborative, week-long Innovation Camp offers a unique opportunity for participants to help devise innovative solutions to address real smart city and municipal challenges. Using real life data along with 5G technology, participants will spend the week hacking with an interdisciplinary team to create solutions to real smart city challenges. Participants will benefit from learning and knowledge acquisition through guidance from expert coaches, esteemed mentors, and feedback from customers allowing each interdisciplinary team to create a working prototype of their innovative solution.

Who Should Attend?  Anyone seriously interested in innovation and the future of technology including Entrepreneurs, Students, Educators, Researchers, Software Developers/ Technologists. 

Registration – In compliance with social distancing requirements, Boost will be a hybrid event with live and virtual kick-off / closing sessions and virtual workshops during the camp. There is no cost to participate, and interested persons can apply to participate at https://share.hsforms.com/1ldllBBfPQOOdf53WCgJ6PQ2ockb.

About 5G

Expected to be the most transformative technology since wireless services were introduced in 1985, 5G will deliver real-time connectivity leading to a truly digitally connected world. Over time, 5G will introduce new capabilities that are significantly more advanced than previous generations of wireless technology. With ultra-low latency, the lag between sending a request and the network responding will theoretically drop to one millisecond, 400 times faster than the blink of an eye. This will allow for a massive increase in the number of connected devices and a range of capabilities and applications that require quick responsiveness. From network slicing to give first responders a dedicated network, to wireless sensors that monitor farmers’ soil conditions saving them time and money, to using virtual reality that enhances the retail customer experience, to multi-player lag-free gaming on the go – 5G will deliver a world of possibilities.

About City of Fredericton  

The City of Fredericton prides itself on being a smart and innovative city offering a cost competitive business environment and balanced lifestyle with abundant recreational and cultural amenities.  Internationally and nationally recognized for municipal and community efforts, the City delivers more than 60 programs and services to residents and visitors alike, in a planned and financially responsible manner. 

Fredericton Innovation Partnership  

Working towards a collective vision of becoming ‘Atlantic Canada’s 5G Centre of Innovation’, stakeholders include the City of Fredericton; Ignite; CyberNB; the University of New Brunswick’s Technology Management & Entrepreneurship program and Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity, and New Brunswick Community College. 

About Siemens

Since 1912 Siemens Canada has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality and reliability. From the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, Siemens Canada employees deliver solutions for sustainable energy, smart infrastructure, and the digital enterprise. Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. Siemens Xcelerator portfolio, our comprehensive and integrated portfolio of software, services, and an application development platform for electronic and mechanical design, system simulation, manufacturing, operations, and lifecycle analytics, helps companies of all sizes create and leverage digital twins that provide organizations with new insights, opportunities and levels of automation to drive innovation.

About Kognitiv Spark

Kognitiv Spark is a Fredericton based technology company and Microsoft MRPP gold partner recognized for its competency in the secure, reliable, and network agnostic applications of Mixed Reality for remote support. Its flagship product, RemoteSpark is an industrial-grade platform that allows a remote worker to establish a low-bandwidth, secure audio-video call with a subject matter expert when they need help solving a complex problem.