His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visits Ryerson University
Prince Charles tweets about Ryerson's Digital Media Zone
May 22, 2012
TORONTO, May 22, 2012 – His Royal Highness Prince Charles visited today with students, staff and alumni at Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone. The trip to the technology incubator at Yonge-Dundas Square was a scheduled stop on the Prince’s 2012 Royal Tour.
Premier Dalton McGuinty and Ryerson president and vice-chancellor Sheldon Levy escorted Prince Charles through the DMZ, where he greeted Ryerson staff and chatted with teams about their latest innovations and projects.
The Digital Media Zone teams Prince Charles met with included:
· Bionik Labs: a medical engineering research and development corporation with a focus on ground-breaking prosthetics and rehabilitation devices. Projects under development include brain-controlled prosthetics, a system for walking rehabilitation as well as a permanent solution for total lung replacement.
· 500px: the Prince of Wales scrolled through photos on its interface as the team described their website that enables users to browse photos, view photographer profiles, create favorites, and follow photographers.
· Greengage: promotes environmentally sustainability through employee engagement tools and interactive management systems.
· Flybits: a Canadian leader in context-aware computing that has developed Toronto’s GO Transit’s first official mobile application, GO Mobile, which was downloaded over 120,000 times in its first eight weeks.
After meeting with students, His Royal Highness posted a tweet with Ryerson University’s Twitter handle: “Engaging & impressive innovators @RyersonDMZ. Higher-ed is being taken to the next level #RoyalTour @ClarenceHouse http://pic.twitter.com/XvdA8Say.”
Digital Media Zone
Opened in April 2010, Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone is a multidisciplinary workspace for young entrepreneurs infused with the energy and resources of downtown Toronto. Set atop Yonge-Dundas Square, this hub of digital media innovation, collaboration and commercialization is home to both entrepreneurial startups and industry solution-providers. With access to overhead and business services, students and alumni can fast-track their product launches, stimulating Canada's emerging digital economy through spending and job creation. Since its launch, the Digital Media Zone has incubated and accelerated 43 companies to initiate more than 79 projects. Currently the Zone houses 165 innovators in 38 teams. For more information on the Zone, visit www.ryerson.ca/dmz.
Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 28,000 students, including 2,300 master's and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and 140,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca
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