Seeking Judges for Applied Research Day!


The Office of Applied Research and Innovation is looking for volunteer judges for the Applied Research Day competition on April  12th, 2017.

Every year, student teams work on applied projects in which they apply knowledge and skills acquired through their field of study. The majority of these projects are showcased on the main Applied Research Day event in April each year.  Read more >

New Student Researcher Postion

WordPress Developer
Paid Co-op / Student Researcher Position
4 – 8 months with potential for permanent placement at firm
$15 per hour / 20hrs – 37.5 hours per week

Gnowit is seeking a WordPress developer to design, develop and maintain a WordPress plugin to cleanly integrate several of Gnowit’s information aggregation and analytics products into WordPress powered web sites.


  • Develop custom and interactive WordPress Plugins using proven technologies and best practices
  • Collaborate closely with designers, developers, product managers and the marketing teams to effectively productive the Gnowit plugin on the WordPress app store and other trade publications
  • Optimize the WordPress plugins for speed and conversion
  • Troubleshoot bugs and fix them in a timely and non-disruptive manner


  • 1+ years of WordPress Experience
  • 2+ years of HTML, CSS, JS, PHP and MySQL experience
  • (Bonus) Expertise with modifying and managing themes and plugins
  • Understanding of WordPress code
  • Thirst to learn new things and to constantly improve your work
  • Problem Solver mentality – whether load times are slow or the plugins are conflicting, you won’t stop until things are running smoothly
  • Understanding of cross-platform and cross-browser issues

Please contact Dr. Shahzad Khan ( with your resume and a brief description of relevant experiences to set up an interview.

ARI Open House Highlights

The Algonquin College Office of Applied Research & Innovation (ARI) held an open house this past Thursday, February the 9th, 2017 to celebrate its new space in the F-building.

Open house conversations

The goal of the event was to increase ARI’s visibility and share the new space with students, staff, and industry. In pursuit of this result, the Collaboration Lab was filled with projects to engage attendees and offer experiential learning opportunities.

Projects included:

  • Virtual Reality artwork collaboration software “MPVR” from Brinx
  • Visual collaboration system “Nureva Span” from Nureva
  • Laser engraved artwork from Eepmon
  • Digital interactive comic Immunity Warriors

Overall, the event succeeded in bringing the Algonquin College community together with industry, enabling the education and promotion of emerging partnerships and projects.

Immunity Warriors Launch

Immunity Warriors: Invasion of the Alien Zombie is a motion comic book that uses Madefire to transform a traditional comic book into an exciting interactive experience. With an action-packed storyline, Immunity Warriors educates children on their immune system, battling viruses, and the importance of vaccinations.

Th group responsible for the project including Dr. Wilson, the mHealth group at OHRI and  Kevin Holmes, Project Manager at the Health and Wellness Research Center, held a press release on Tuesday, January 24th. The event took place at Broadview Public School and participating students were asked to brainstorm names for the motion comics characters.

The response from the press has been very positive – Immunity Warriors is featured in the Ottawa Citizen,  The Kitchissippi Times and on CBC and Global News.

Currently, Immunity Warriors: Invasion of the Alien Zombies is available through the CANImmunize app or online at www.immunity

Immunity Warriors space ship and rockets

Winners of Applied Research Day (December 2016)


1st Place Winning Project

SmartMoms is a mobile application for iOS and Android that pairs with Fitbit to track weight gain, calorie intake, quality of sleep, physical activity, and heart rate of expecting mothers. With a main focus on health, it helps women make healthy choices through each stage of their pregnancy.

Presenters: : Matt Young; Mannat Luthra; McKenzie McGilchrist; Vlad Tonkonogov
Principal Investigator: Christopher Elliott
Industry Partner: University of OttawaSmart Moms accepting award

Immunity Warriors

2nd Place Winning Project

Immunity Warriors is a motion comic book that uses Madefire to transform a traditional comic book into an exciting interactive experience. With an action packed storyline, Immunity Warriors educates children on their immune system, battling viruses, and the importance of vaccinations.

Presenters: Kari Ball; Stephanie Paiement; Dom Richichi and Jason Eduardo Mata
Principal Investigator: Kevin Holmes
Industry Partner: Ottawa Hospital mHealth Research TeamImmunity Warriors accept award

Mobile Innovation Ecosystem Map App

3rd Place Winning Project

A complex large-format map of Canada’s Innovation Ecosystem was reimagined for a smartphone app.Bureaucrats and Trade Commissioners need to tell Canada’s innovation stories in the field, often without a lot of space. The team has taken their user-tested redesign into a coded prototype.

Presenters: Kayla Bowmaster and Edmer Buen
Principal Investigator: Stefan Dickerson
Industry Partner: Global AdvantageThird place team accepting tehir award

Maclean’s Covers Applied Research Project: Live Line

A team of recent graduates from Algonquin College paired up with Hydro Ottawa this summer to help make a dangerous job a bit safer. Bradley Kasaboski, Derek Boase and Mauricio Ledón spent three months developing a prototype for a training jacket that can teach would-be power-line technicians how to navigate high-voltage wires.

Read the full article


Research Assistant Hired as Microsoft Student Evangelist

Under the tutelage of Algonquin’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation and working with industry partner Contextere, students Adesh Shah and Jack Garrard developed a ground breaking application targeted towards industrial work crews.

Adesh at Microsoft in Toronto

Adesh at Microsoft in Toronto

Adesh Shah and Jack Garrard, who are enrolled in the Mobile Application Design & Development and Interactive Media & Design programs respectively, were successful in creating the Contextere application. This is the first app of its kind with aims to optimize the workflow of industrial work crews by relaying a series of contextual instructions to workers based on in-situ awareness and advanced machine learning. It was built on the Universal Windows Platform which allows the app to run on any Windows 10 device, with special emphasis placed on the inclusion of Microsoft Band 2 and the HoloLens.

Algonquin College congratulates Adesh Shah who has recently become a Microsoft Student Evangelist due to his diligent work with ARI and the MADD program.

Job Opportunity for BIT Students

Algonquin’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation (ARI) have three paid positions open to 2nd and 3rd year students from the Bachelor of Information Technology – Network Technology program. The successful candidates will receive training by highly experienced professionals from CENGN, Telus and Inocybe. The main topic of this hands-on training will be Software-Defined Networks. The training will take place either during the Winter semester or the summer of 2017.

Apart from the obvious benefit of getting paid to receive training in a cutting-edge technology, the trainees will have great opportunities to expand their professional network with senior engineers and hiring managers from these leading companies.

If you are interested, please contact Theo Mirtchev, 613-727-4723/6080;; or apply directly through ARI’s online form at

CBC Interview – Rainy Daze Harm Reduction App

Rainy Daze is a harm reduction app intended to inform the user about harm reduction and harm reduction techniques. The app features a series of mini games built around specific harm reduction concepts. The game is targeted directly to the College student demographic and addresses specific situational awareness and provides the user non-judgmental feedback and positive reinforcement of established harm reduction approaches.

CBC recently highlighted the application in an interview. Listen to it here

Try the Game for yourself on the Umbrella project website – Play Rainy Daze