March 26, 2014 11:50 am
Updated: March 27, 2014 5:55 am

Brain-sensing tech, 4D printers headline Canadian tech awards


TORONTO – Google, Extreme Startups and reBOOT Canada are bringing the top 100 technology leaders in the country together in the inaugural Canadian Technology Leaders Awards Wednesday night in Toronto.

Founder Scott McDonald told Global’s The Morning Show that the concept for the awards came from the need to recognize Canadian leadership.

“Both in terms of people that’ve done great things in the tech sector as well as startups being incubated and creating great products,” said McDonald.

Speakers for the event include Managing Director of Integrated Solutions at Google Canada Sabrina Geremia and Wikinomics author Don Tapscott. Global News Toronto anchor and executive editor Leslie Roberts will be participating as one of the judges, as will Global News Senior Vice President Troy Reeb.

WATCH ABOVE: Founder of Canadian Technology Leaders Awards Scott McDonald previews two pieces of technology that are making waves in the industry.

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“We’re going to be exploring issues surrounding the ‘Made in Canada’ story for technology, and at the end of the night we’ll be presenting three awards to three Canadian technology leaders,” said McDonald.

Canada has seen tremendous growth in the technology sector, according to McDonald, who called the increase of hacker spaces and DIY labs a “bulge in the pipeline of innovation.”

“We should expect to see products in five to 10 years that have a ‘Made in Canada’ stamp on them.”

Watch the video above to see McDonald’s preview of two new gadgets. One is InteraXon’s lime green headband called Muse, billed as a “window into the brain” that allows you to measure your brain activity and practice relaxation.

The second is an example of 4D printing—called “4D” because it has the added dimension of time. McDonald explains objects are motion-ready once printed (e.g. a zipper that already works without any assembly).

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