Edmonton Startup Week 2019 is imminent, and we couldn’t be more excited to participate! From October 21 to 25, attend workshops, socials, and events geared towards building momentum and opportunity around Edmonton’s unique entrepreneurial identity, startup community and culture of innovation. 

Here is where you can catch the Amii team:

Tech on Tap: Machine Learning Mishaps with ATB & Amii

October 21, 4 – 5 p.m. | Mercer Tavern (10363 104 St NW)

Start your Startup Week in the best way possible by joining ATB and Amii for a special happy hour event at Mercer Tavern. Join us for some great conversations, some awesome craft beer, and a light-hearted presentation from Cathy King (Director, Amii Educates) and David Chan (Director, Amii Innovates). RSVP Here!

Artificial Intelligence in Edmonton

October 22, 12 – 1 p.m. | CBC Edmonton Stage (123 City Centre Mall, 10062 102 Ave)

Sit down with Cory Janssen (CEO of AltaML), Craig Knox (CTO of DrugBank) and Patrick Pilarski (Amii Fellow and Associate Professor at UAlberta) to learn about the real life ways that any industry can integrate AI into their company. Whether it be to create internal efficiencies, optimize a business process, or advance and scale their operations, these contributors to AI in Edmonton will chat about unsexy AI and the integral role it plays in innovation. RSVP Here!

Machine Learning 101

October 24, 12 – 1 p.m. | Startup Edmonton (301 – 10359 104 St NW)

Heralded by many as the fourth industrial revolution, artificial intelligence has inspired countless news articles, novels, and films. With this deluge of information comes hopes and aspirations, fears and misconceptions – some justified and others not. How can we make sense of it all? Join Amii as we pull back the curtain on AI and lay a pragmatic foundation for what AI is, what it isn’t, and how you can begin to think about the place of AI in your business. RSVP Here!

In Search of Edmonton’s Next Tech Unicorn

October 24, 1 – 5 p.m. | World Trade Centre (#200 – 9990 Jasper Avenue)

Are you interested in investing in tech but don’t know where to start? Don’t know the difference between pre-seed, seed or series A, B or C investment rounds? Would you like to hear from veteran tech investors about how to pick winners or winning teams? Interested in meeting some of Edmonton’s leading tech company founders that are at the forefront of Canadian innovation success? Join us for an engaging and interactive afternoon discussing how to invest directly in some of Edmonton’s best technology companies, featuring Amii Fellow and Professor at UAlberta, Rich Sutton! RSVP Here!

AI Seminar

October 25, 12 – 1 p.m. | CSC 3-33, University of Alberta (8900 114 St NW)

These weekly seminars (free pizza lunch provided) give AI enthusiasts a friendly way of engaging with the latest topics and trends in AI research and development. RSVP Here!

Ladies Learning Code: YEGTech Open House (For All Ages)

October 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Startup Edmonton (301 – 10359 104 St NW)

This Halloween-themed event gathers together Edmonton tech community groups, meetups, non-profits and businesses – including Amii, represented by Anna Koop (Director, Amii Explores). Try out tons of rad activities while getting to know the people behind Edmonton’s thriving tech community! Look for opportunities to collaborate and possibly recruit new members or employees – plus indulge in some costumes and candy. RSVP Here!

Can’t make it to these events? Join us at Hello, Amii in Calgary on November 6 or Hello, Amii in Edmonton on November 14!


Bonus Event: Launch Party 10

October 24, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. | Startup Edmonton (301 – 10359 104 St NW)

Many members of the Amii team will be milling about the tenth edition of Launch Party Edmonton, the city’s flagship startup event that celebrates and showcases the hottest startups in town. Launch Party isn’t your typical networking event or trade show. It’s a party designed to celebrate and showcase the rockstar entrepreneurs in our community. Drinks, DJs, and great company all await you at Launch Party! Purchase Tickets Here!

EDMONTON, AB (October 17, 2019) – Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation (API) and Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) have announced a collaboration via Memorandum of Understanding to leverage each other’s combined expertise to promote a singular service offering at the intersection of drug development and machine learning/artificial intelligence. Together, API and Amii will explore opportunities to collaborate on an ongoing basis and support each other’s efforts in the development of a broader innovation ecosystem.

“We’re really excited about the collaboration with API,“ says John Shillington, President and CEO of Amii. “Drug development is an enormously complex industry, and many of its challenges can now be tackled using machine intelligence. By working with API we’re thrilled to explore ways of collaborating that leverage our combined expertise in a way that is second to none.”

API builds translational teams in pharmaceutical sciences and drug development to support industry and innovators, training students on industry projects at the pace of industry while pulling together the expertise of Canadian research-intensive institutions. Together with the help of Amii, API will be able to explore applications of AI with API’s industry partners in a wide range of areas from early-stage drug design, to clinical trials and beyond.

The memorandum is one that recognizes Amii and API as global leaders in the space. API’s network of members includes global top fifteen expertise in applied pharmaceutical sciences and drug development. When combined with Amii’s position, helping to make the University of Alberta one of the global top five AI and ML institutes, the two organizations are arguably making Alberta the number one place in the world for the application of AI in drug development.

“The combination of machine intelligence with the drug development process has endless possibilities,” says API CEO Andrew MacIsaac. “Through our agreement with Amii, we want our teams to create and find solutions that will get life-saving drugs to the people that need it faster and more efficiently than ever before.”

About Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation

API is a not-for-profit that works in collaboration with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as research and post-secondary institutions across Alberta and beyond, with the goal of building a sustainable and vibrant pharmaceutical sector in Canada and establishing Alberta as a world-leading hub for pharmaceutical innovation and commercialization. API draws on an interdisciplinary network of over 30 pharmaceutical scientists, clinicians, regulatory, patent, and market experts in a variety of fields and disease areas to bring life-saving research to the real world.  www.appliedpharma.ca.

About Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

One of Canada’s leading AI institutes, Amii drives advanced research in machine intelligence at the University of Alberta and other academic institutions and leverages scientific expertise to advance state-of-the-art industry research, enable businesses to build their internal machine learning capabilities and grow Alberta’s AI workforce. Visit amii.ca for more information, or view our fact sheet.

See the original media release on the API website.