NASA Space Apps Challenge – Using Data to Change the World

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A few weeks ago, Lixar participated in the NASA Space Apps challenge, an international hackathon where teams engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Working at Dalhousie University in Halifax, each team had 48 hours to review the data, come up with a creative idea, and transform that data into something stellar.

We interviewed some participants who had some standout solutions to real-world problems. First we talk to a team that came up with an ingenious solution to map and clean up microplastics in our oceans. Then, we talk to someone who used suborbital data to create an interactive experience to educate users on the effects of climate change.

We want to give a special thanks to our friends at Dalhousie university for collaborating on the first ever east coast space apps challenge – and of course a shout out to the bright young minds who dream of using data to change the world.

How AI Empowers Music – Bill Syrros, CEO

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In this episode, Bill Syrros, CEO of Lixar is in studio to discuss music, AI, and how technology can inform the creative process. It’s a fascinating discussion and a great precursor to HPX.

Data Visualization: Delivering Interactive Impact

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Join Lixar experts as they discuss why Data Visualization is a must-have when undertaking any data project. In this episode of the Lixar Podcast, we talk about how data viz has changed in the past few years. We also discuss why design is the key to understanding your data and adopting data-driven practices within your organization.

Kids Help Phone – Walk so Kids can Talk

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In this episode, we talk to Jessica Pancoe, Manager of Eastern Ontario, Community Fundraising and Corporate Development at Kids Help Phone. We learn a little more about Kids Help Phone and why the Walk So Kids Can Talk event is so important. We also chat about some of the technology and applied AI that makes it possible for the volunteers at Kids Help Phone to help youth in crisis.

Christopher Kitzan, Director General of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

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Today on the Lixar Podcast, we’re continuing our series on the strength of the Ottawa tech scene. In our last episode we talked to Grant Courville of Blackberry/QNX, who stressed the importance of building a local pool of tech talent and inspiring youth to become passionate about STEM fields. We have in our studio someone who does just that – Christopher Kitzen, the Director General of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Inspiring today’s youth is his focus every day – through the museums he directs, and through some exciting initiatives he’ll tell you about in this podcast. We’re going to talk about museum curation in the digital age, and how the approach to engage youth is becoming more inclusive and experiential.

Ottawa: Innovation Hub

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In this engaging episode of the Lixar Podcast, we talk with Grant Courville, VP of Product Management and Strategy at BlackBerry QNX, BlackBerry. We chat about Ottawa’s reputation as a hub for innovation, how BlackBerry QNX is helping to drive that ingenuity, and the partners that make it all possible. We delve into some of the exciting Autonomous Vehicle work that’s going on in the Nation’s Capital, and where it could go in the future.

We also touch on the importance of attracting and retaining top talent, and fostering a passion for the sciences in today’s youth.

This episode is the first in a short series showcasing the strength of Ottawa’s science and tech scene. We want to highlight some of our partners and contemporaries in our own backyard – starting with our partners at BlackBerry QNX.

Lixar is a proudly Canadian company, with our headquarters based in Ottawa. Once nicknamed the silicon valley of the north, Ottawa is home to a bustling tech scene full of some of the world’s top talent.

Real-World AI at Microsoft’s Future Now

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In this edition of the Lixar Podcast, we bring a Lixar expert into the studio to talk about an exciting event: Microsoft’s Future Now, taking place in Toronto on March 20th. We chat with Sherif Messiha, who gives insight on why the event is set to be one of the premier AI-focused events of the year. We talk real-world AI adoption, dig into some recent use-cases, and give you a little glimpse of what’s going on at the Lixar booth during the event.

Get Your Data House in Order

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In this Podcast, we’ll cover some key terms, the best approach, data storage, and more. If you’re looking at leveraging data for your organization, drop us a line at