The Alberta Technology Symposium is honoured to host our 3rd annual Gala. This Gala will include our 1st ever awards, celebrating our technology ecosystem’s most talented and innovative companies!
As a part of this year’s Tech Symposium, the Canadian Blockchain Consortium aims to raise $20,000 to fund BCI home kits and other equipment that allows children to practice using the technology in activities that matter to them. Practicing with a home device allows for greater efficiencies during clinical therapies. Just as practice at home benefits weekly piano lessons, BCI at home allows children the time and space to play and learn the capabilities of the device.
Access to assistive technology is critical for the independence and well-being of children living with severe neurological disorders in Alberta. Brain-computer interface (BCI) is a leading-edge technology that harnesses the power of imagination and allows these young people to turn thoughts into action. A special headset picks up brain signals and sends them to a computer, which can control devices such as video games, robots, remote-controlled cars, innovative home technology, and even power wheelchairs. The BCI program at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital is advancing this specialized care, making it accessible to children with complex movement and communication limitations and informing future use possibilities.
“The BCI home kit is really convenient, we can plan game nights and learning sessions around work and family time. He is very proud of his home kit, especially when he gets to show friends and family what he can do on his own. I see the potential, and the more time he trains the more accurate he becomes. His future looks even bigger and brighter with easier access to other technologies through BCI.” – Father of Liam, a participant in the Glenrose Hospital’s BCI program