Small tech firms filling a big need in B.C. – BC Gov

by ahnationtalk on January 10, 201991 Views

Jan. 10, 2019

KAMLOOPS – New partnerships between government and B.C.’s tech sector are creating innovative software to help solve specific problems for British Columbians.

“Smaller technology companies operating in B.C. know that success often depends on an ability to solve problems and develop solutions quickly and efficiently,” said Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “Our Province’s new procurement strategy is making it easier for these firms to do business with government, turning their creative ideas and agile approaches into improved programs and services for British Columbians.”

Just ask Two Story Robot founder Jonathan Bowers, whose company of six employees recently worked with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council to upgrade online tools Indigenous communities can use to document their languages for future generations. The FirstVoices website helps pass on the languages and cultural knowledge of fluent Elders in the form of online dictionaries, alphabets, songs, stories and multimedia content that can be shared with people, now and in the future.

The $10,500 contract was awarded to Two Story Robot through the Province’s new Code With Us program. The program enables tech innovators to quickly and simply bid on small contracts to collaborate with public sector staff on improving programs and services.

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