Laser-cut cards, interactive photo booths, fabric printers, 3D models printed on the spot—if the last office party or industry event you attended featured an intriguing mix of future tech alongside the standard buffet spread, chances are, you were at a MakeLab shindig.
There might be something in Toronto’s air or water, but when it comes to the local startup scene, the magic is definitely in the people and the ecosystem. Thanks to Toronto’s resources, personal and professional support networks, tech-forward mindset, and collaboration-rich atmosphere, it’s likely that the city’s creator culture will keep on growing. Just ask some of the makers featured this month.
Created in support of the recent groundswell of Canadian tech leaders advocating for diversity, this series offers a snapshot into the lives of some of the incredibly talented people who have come to Canada from around the world — scientists and entrepreneurs who are working on life-changing discoveries, launching successful companies and helping us build our knowledge economy in innovative ways. #DiversityIsOurStrength
Over the past half-decade Mauricio Meza and Jorge Silva have worked their way through Toronto’s startup ecosystem evolving their accessibility device from a cobbled together tool made from third party hardware, to a seamless, proprietary tool making smart devices available to anybody with upper-body mobility impairments.
For teaBOT there’s no better home base than Toronto: international tea drinkers, long winters and an inherent sociability. But that hasn’t kept the Toronto-based startup from expanding its robot army beyond the ecosystem here to cities like Palo Alto and Chicago.