Canada's First Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Hub Opens in Vancouver

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<meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="Content-Type">
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          .xn-newslines .xn-distributor{
          display:none;
          }
          .xn-newslines .xn-dateline{
          display:none;
          }
         
      /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ CLIENT-SPECIFIC STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ */
        #outlook a{padding: 0;} /* Force Outlook to provide a "view in browser" message */
        .ReadMsgBody{width: 100%;} .ExternalClass{width: 100%;} /* Force Hotmail to display emails at full width */
        .ExternalClass, .ExternalClass p, .ExternalClass span, .ExternalClass font, .ExternalClass td, .ExternalClass div {line-height: 100%;} /* Force Hotmail to display normal line spacing */
        body, table, td, p, a, li, blockquote{-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; -ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;} /* Prevent WebKit and Windows mobile changing default text sizes */
        table, td{mso-table-lspace: 0pt; mso-table-rspace: 0pt;} /* Remove spacing between tables in Outlook 2007 and up */
        img{-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;} /* Allow smoother rendering of resized image in Internet Explorer */

        /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ RESET STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ */
        body{margin: 0; padding: 0;}
        img{border: 0; height: auto; line-height: 100%; outline: none; text-decoration: none;}
        table{border-collapse: collapse !important;}
        body, #bodyTable, #bodyCell{height: 100% !important; margin: 0; padding: 0; width: 100% !important;}

        /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ TEMPLATE STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ */

        /* ========== Page Styles ========== */

        #bodyCell{padding: 20px;}
        #templateContainer{
            width: 600px;
            background-color: #ffffff;
        }

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and top border for your email. You may want to choose colors that match your company's branding.
            * @theme page
            */
            body, #bodyTable{
                background-color: #DEE0E2;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and top border for your email. You may want to choose colors that match your company's branding.
            * @theme page
            */
            #bodyCell{
                border-top: 4px solid #BBBBBB;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the border for your email.
            */
            #templateContainer{
                border: 1px solid #BBBBBB;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for all first-level headings in your emails. These should be the largest of your headings.
            * @style heading 1
            */
            h1{
                color: #404040 !important;
                display: block;
                font-family: 'Montserrat', arial, sans-serif, helvetica;
                font-size: 26px;
                font-style: normal;
                font-weight: bold;
                line-height: 100%;
                letter-spacing: normal;
                margin-top: 0;
                margin-right: 0;
                margin-bottom: 10px;
                margin-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for all second-level headings in your emails.
            * @style heading 2
            */
            h2{
                color: #404040 !important;
                display: block;
                font-family: 'Montserrat', arial, sans-serif, helvetica;
                font-size: 20px;
                font-style: normal;
                font-weight: bold;
                line-height: 100%;
                letter-spacing: normal;
                margin-top: 0;
                margin-right: 0;
                margin-bottom: 10px;
                margin-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for all third-level headings in your emails.
            * @style heading 3
            */
            h3{
                color: #3d98c6 !important;
                display: block;
                font-family: 'Montserrat', arial, sans-serif, helvetica;
                font-size: 16px;
                font-weight: normal;
                line-height: 100%;
                letter-spacing: normal;
                margin-top: 0;
                margin-right: 0;
                margin-bottom: 10px;
                margin-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for all fourth-level headings in your emails. These should be the smallest of your headings.
            * @style heading 4
            */
            h4{
                color: #808080 !important;
                display: block;
                font-family: 'Montserrat', arial, sans-serif, helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                font-weight: normal;
                line-height: 100%;
                letter-spacing: normal;
                margin-top: 0;
                margin-right: 0;
                margin-bottom: 10px;
                margin-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
            }

            h4.subtitle {
              color: #808080 !important;
              font-size: 14px;
            }

            /* ========== Header Styles ========== */

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and bottom border for your email's preheader area.
            * @theme header
            */
            #templatePreheader{
                background-color: #F4F4F4;
                border-bottom: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's preheader text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .preheaderContent{
                color: #808080;
                font-family: 'Montserrat', arial, sans-serif, helvetica;
                font-size: 10px;
                line-height: 125%;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's preheader links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .preheaderContent a:link, .preheaderContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .preheaderContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #606060;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and borders for your email's header area.
            * @theme header
            */
            #templateHeader{
                background-color: #F4F4F4;
                border-top: 1px solid #FFFFFF;
                border-bottom: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's header text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .headerContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: 'Montserrat', arial, sans-serif, helvetica;
                font-size: 20px;
                font-weight: bold;
                line-height: 100%;
                padding-top: 0;
                padding-right: 0;
                padding-bottom: 0;
                padding-left: 0;
                text-align: left;
                vertical-align: middle;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's header links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .headerContent a:link, .headerContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .headerContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            #headerImage{
                height: auto;
                max-width: 600px;
            }

            #socialShare img {
                margin-right: 3px;
            }

            /* ========== Body Styles ========== */

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and borders for your email's body area.
            */
            #templateBody{
                background-color: #FFFFFF;
                border-top: 1px solid #FFFFFF;
                /*border-bottom: 1px solid #CCCCCC;*/
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's main content text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            * @theme main
            */
            .bodyContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: 'Montserrat', arial, sans-serif, helvetica;
                font-size: 16px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 20px;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's main content links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .bodyContent a:link, .bodyContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .bodyContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            .bodyContent img{
                display: inline;
                height: auto;
                max-width: 560px;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and border for your email's data table.
            */
            .templateDataTable{
                background-color: #FFFFFF;
            }

            .templateDataTable a:link {
                text-decoration: none;
                color: #3d98c6;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .dataTableHeading{
                /*background-color: #E7F1FC;*/
                color: #336699;
                font-family: 'Montserrat', arial, sans-serif, helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                font-weight: bold;
                line-height: 150%;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .dataTableHeading a:link, .dataTableHeading a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .dataTableHeading a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #FFFFFF;
                font-weight: bold;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .dataTableContent{
                border-top: 1px solid #DDDDDD;
                border-bottom: 0;
                color: #404040;
                font-family: 'Montserrat', arial, sans-serif, helvetica;
                font-size: 12px;
                line-height: 150%;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's data table links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .dataTableContent a:link, .dataTableContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .dataTableContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: bold;
            }

            /* ========== Column Styles ========== */

            .templateColumnContainer{width: 200px;}

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and borders for your email's column area.
            */
            #templateColumns{
                background-color: #F4F4F4;
                border-top: 1px solid #FFFFFF;
                border-bottom: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's left column content text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .leftColumnContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: 'Montserrat', arial, sans-serif, helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 0;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's left column content links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .leftColumnContent a:link, .leftColumnContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .leftColumnContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's center column content text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .centerColumnContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: 'Montserrat', arial, sans-serif, helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 0;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's center column content links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .centerColumnContent a:link, .centerColumnContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .centerColumnContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's right column content text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            */
            .rightColumnContent{
                color: #505050;
                font-family: 'Montserrat', arial, sans-serif, helvetica;
                font-size: 14px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 0;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's right column content links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .rightColumnContent a:link, .rightColumnContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .rightColumnContent a .yshortcuts /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #3d98c6;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            .leftColumnContent img, .rightColumnContent img{
                display: inline;
                height: auto;
                max-width: 260px;
            }

            /* ========== Footer Styles ========== */

            /**
            * @tip Set the background color and borders for your email's footer area.
            * @theme footer
            */
            #templateFooter{
                background-color: #F4F4F4;
                border-top: 1px solid #FFFFFF;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's footer text. Choose a size and color that is easy to read.
            * @theme footer
            */
            .footerContent{
                color: #808080;
                font-family: 'Montserrat', arial, sans-serif, helvetica;
                font-size: 10px;
                line-height: 150%;
                padding-top: 20px;
                padding-right: 20px;
                padding-bottom: 20px;
                padding-left: 20px;
                text-align: left;
            }

            .footerContent.social, .footerContent.social h4 {
                text-align: center;
            }

            .footerContent.social a {
                margin: 0 10px;
            }

            /**
            * @tip Set the styling for your email's footer links. Choose a color that helps them stand out from your text.
            */
            .footerContent a:link, .footerContent a:visited, /* Yahoo! Mail Override */ .footerContent a .yshortcuts, .footerContent a span /* Yahoo! Mail Override */{
                color: #606060;
                font-weight: normal;
                text-decoration: underline;
            }

            /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ MOBILE STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ */

            @media only screen and (max-width: 480px){
                /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/ CLIENT-SPECIFIC MOBILE STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/ */
                body, table, td, p, a, li, blockquote{-webkit-text-size-adjust: none !important;} /* Prevent Webkit platforms from changing default text sizes */
                body{width: 100% !important; min-width: 100% !important;} /* Prevent iOS Mail from adding padding to the body */

                /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/ MOBILE RESET STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/ */
                #bodyCell{padding: 10px !important;}

                /* /\/\/\/\/\/\/ MOBILE TEMPLATE STYLES /\/\/\/\/\/\/ */

                /* ======== Page Styles ======== */

                /**
                * @tip Make the template fluid for portrait or landscape view adaptability. If a fluid layout doesn't work for you, set the width to 300px instead.
                */
                #templateContainer{
                    max-width: 600px !important;
                    width: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the first-level headings larger in size for better readability on small screens.
                */
                h1{
                    font-size: 24px !important;
                    line-height: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the second-level headings larger in size for better readability on small screens.
                */
                h2{
                    font-size: 20px !important;
                    line-height: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the third-level headings larger in size for better readability on small screens.
                */
                h3{
                    font-size: 18px !important;
                    line-height: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the fourth-level headings larger in size for better readability on small screens.
                */
                h4{
                    font-size: 16px !important;
                    line-height: 100% !important;
                }

                /* ======== Header Styles ======== */

                #templatePreheader{display: none !important;} /* Hide the template preheader to save space */

                /**
                * @tip Make the main header image fluid for portrait or landscape view adaptability, and set the image's original width as the max-width. If a fluid setting doesn't work, set the image width to half its original size instead.
                */
                #headerImage{
                    height: auto !important;
                    max-width: 600px !important;
                    width: 100% !important;
                }

                /**
                * @tip Make the header content text larger in size for better readability on small screens. We recommend a font size of at least 16px.
                */
                .headerContent{
                    font-size: 20px !important;
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<h1 class="xn-hedline">Canada's First Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Hub Opens in Vancouver</h1>

<p class="xn-distributor">Canada NewsWire</p>

<p class="xn-dateline">VANCOUVER, Oct. 12, 2017</p>
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<i>BC Tech Cube signals opportunity for startups in 3D development for entertainment, business and industrial applications. </i>
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<span class="xn-location">VANCOUVER</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Oct. 12, 2017</span> /CNW/ - <span class="xn-location">Vancouver's</span> tech industry is gathering today for the opening of <span class="xn-location">Canada's</span> first Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Hub, the BC Tech Cube ("The Cube"). Its creation marks continued growth for 3D development in the city, which has already resulted in 17,000 jobs and 2.3B in revenue, and will stimulate the creation of new startups, further solidifying <span class="xn-location">British Columbia's</span> reputation as a leader in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) for entertainment, business and industrial applications.</p>

<p>The Cube, located in the Railtown district of <span class="xn-location">Vancouver</span>, is designed to support the growth of companies in the AR/VR/MR space and serve as a platform for the community to connect, collaborate and learn from one another. It was established as an extension of the BC Tech Innovation Hub in collaboration with local tech companies and industry leaders. The 6,000-square-foot hub supports early stage entrepreneurs and corporate innovators, enabling connections with partners, customer applications and investment opportunities, ultimately leading to faster growth.</p>

<p>"By providing entrepreneurs with the tools, support and environment, we'll be able to supercharge the growth of BC's burgeoning AR/VR/MR sector and reinforce our reputation as one of the top ecosystems to grow a tech company," said <span class="xn-person">Bill Tam</span>, CEO of the BC Tech Association.</p>

<p>Members at The Cube have access to the latest tech gear, business-building workshops, mentorship and technical training programs, industry events held at the hub and access to investors, customers and talent. The workspace features a fifty-desk open office, private offices, virtual tech gear and a custom-built green room.</p>

<p>The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and The Honourable Bruce Ralston, BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology joined <span class="xn-location">Vancouver</span> Mayor <span class="xn-person">Gregor Robertson</span> to jointly announce the launch of The Cube. The Cube was made possible by support from sponsors including the <span class="xn-org">National Research Council</span> &ndash; Industrial Research Assistance Program's Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program, Microsoft Corp., AMPD Game Technologies, Finger Food Studios, Archiact and Work at Play.</p>

<p>The opening of The Cube is part of a digital transformation within the province that is not limited to the technology industry, but encompasses some of <span class="xn-location">British Columbia's</span> leading industries such as healthcare, natural resources, environment, architecture, medical research, bioscience, data analytics, video games, transportation and more. As the world moves rapidly towards a data-centric economy, the developments in virtual, augmented and mixed reality will be essential to allowing companies to visualize information, make better business decisions and create new tech jobs that will cement <span class="xn-location">Vancouver</span> and <span class="xn-location">British Columbia</span> as a global center of excellence for AR/VR/MR. </p>

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<b>The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development<br>
</b>"Congratulations to the BC Tech Cube for bringing together <span class="xn-location">British Columbia's</span> top talent in 3D development and helping grow the industry. In today's knowledge-based economy, it is precisely this spirit of innovation and collaboration that will help us build the economy of the future, creating the jobs of today and tomorrow, and ensuring <span class="xn-location">Canada's</span> success."</p>

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<b>The Honourable Bruce Ralston, BC Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology<br>
</b>"B.C. is a world leader in tech innovation with our homegrown talent and international collaborations. With the opening of the BC Tech Cube, our province has the chance to gain a competitive edge in augmented, virtual and mixed reality applications, leading to the next wave of technological advancements."</p>

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<b>Mayor <span class="xn-person">Gregor Robertson</span>
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</b>"It's great to see the BC Tech CUBE come together as a collaborative effort in support of <span class="xn-location">Vancouver's</span> local AR/VR/MR start-ups looking to accelerate their growth. <span class="xn-location">Vancouver</span>, as <span class="xn-location">North America's</span> third largest film production centre and the world's largest VFX and animation cluster, is uniquely positioned to be propelled into becoming the world's best AR/VR/MR cluster. The CUBE will not only support local companies in sharing in this growth but also spur an economic boom in our local innovation ecosystem."</p>

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<b><span class="xn-person">David Gratton</span>, Co-Founder of the BC Tech Cube<br>
</b>"The BC Tech Cube is a testament to the BC tech community's drive to become leaders in AR and VR technologies. Local&nbsp;entrepreneurs, designers and engineers came together very rapidly to form our association and establish this hub to share resources and learning. With BC Tech Association and our many corporate sponsors adding their weight behind this grassroots movement, <span class="xn-location">British Columbia</span> is sure to become one of the top centers for starting an AR/VR company in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>."&nbsp;</p>

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<b><span class="xn-person">Edoardo De Martin</span>, General Manager of Microsoft Vancouver<br>
</b>"We expect holographic platforms &ndash; augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR) &ndash; to grow rapidly in the coming years, and have a transformational effect across traditional industries of the B.C. economy. <span class="xn-location">British Columbia</span> can be a global leader in platforms of the future."</p>

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<b>About the BC Tech Cube<br>
</b>The Cube supports the growth of companies in the AR/VR/MR space and serves as a platform for the community to connect, collaborate and learn from one another. Supporting early stage entrepreneurs and corporate innovators, members have access to the latest tech gear, business-building workshops, mentorship and technical training programs, industry events held at the hub and access to investors, customers and talent. The Cube features a fifty-desk open office, private offices, virtual tech gear and a custom-built green room.</p>

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<b>About BC Tech Association<br>
</b>The <a href="https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwearebctech.com%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cv-baprit%40microsoft.com%7C2b515e6f273e4e54b77808d4f93137b3%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C1%7C0%7C636407437180618969&sdata=BpB%2FwD6LJkvOZvNQgke62cNnyytVdpCywHZzVRdn83U%3D&reserved=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BC Tech Association</a> is guided by our mission to make BC the best place to grow a tech company. For more than 20 years, BC Tech has been providing opportunities for the tech industry to collaborate, learn and grow together. We are dedicated to connecting companies, developing talent, sharing stories and advocating on behalf of tech companies to keep our industry thriving.</p>

<p>Since our founding in 1993, the tech industry has quintupled to nearly <span class="xn-money">$25 billion</span> in revenue. In that time, we have played a privileged role in supporting the growth of the tech community that now includes over 9,000 companies, employs more than 90,000 people and that has been one of the strongest contributors to BC's economic growth over the past decade.</p>

<p>SOURCE  BC Tech Association</p>

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