PCCA | ABOUT US
The Pacific Coastal Computing Association (PCCA) incorporated in 2020 as a non-profit based in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. PCCA works with partners to promote innovation, diversity & inclusivity in capacity building and positive change in education, the arts, environment, health & wellness and technology.
Our approach to digital transformation advisory and impact projects interweaves strategic thinking of IT infrastructure, tools and technologies alongside the advanced diverse skills needed.
Our HEART Focus
H. Healthcare: health & wellbeing, esp. mental health.
A. The Arts: performing arts, interactive media and A&E.
R. Reconciliation: fostering harmony, diversity & inclusivity.
T. Technology: innovation, applied research, computing 4 good.
Major C4G partnership projects, ongoing or in development, at Pacific Coastal Computing.
EDUCATION | Strategic Initiative Spotlight
CAPACITY BUILDING FOR DIGITAL PROGRAMS
In preparation for a Digital Supercluster call for capacity building projects, PCCA is continuing to evolve a model that aims to assist in the fostering of digital skills through paired learning, industry-university-and-community collaboration, and social/environmental impact or computing-for-good (C4G) projects. It is envisioned that participating students, both university and community, will be as paid internship, work-integrated-learning or scholarship positions. Support for the hardware and cloud resources will also be worked into the proposal(s).
To join the PCCA EDUCATION email list, please send Yvonne Coady an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This email is low noise, and is where new programs/projects and requests for partners will be announced.
A forward-looking thinker for education, applied innovation, entrepreneurship and STEM/STEAM diversity & inclusivity, Yvonne brings experience in industry-academic co-operation and capacity building. Yvonne is a computer science professor at the University of Victoria, and visiting professor at the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the Center for Digital Media, a partnership between SFU, UBC, BCIT and ECUAD in Vancouver.
At PCCA, Yvonne leads academic liaison, research and educational programs.
With an entrepreneurial mindset, Sang brings her experience in working with start-ups in digital media & technology. Recently, she was Managing Director & Producer at Shocap Entertainment, bringing together real-time visual effects and human performances into XR storytelling. Other start-ups include Vidigami Media in the EdTech space, and Credo, a university spin-off, in software tools and R&D in digital media.
At PCCA, Sang leads digital adoption/ transformation advisory and project development in digital media, with a special focus on start-ups and SMEs in the A&E and digital media sectors.
Leveraging an international perspective, Nate brings experience in developing integrated learning platforms, updating communication infrastructures and technology consulting. Nate is also the principle of Krafted Solutions, a private consultancy specializing in the digital transformation of the workplace, IT and project management. His skills have been honed in non-profits and industry.
At PCCA, Nate leads digital adoption/ transformation advisory/consulting and project development in healthcare and social services. He also leads on developing the framework for digital transformation advisory.
Embracing the Zen of building software to support science and community, Derek brings deep technical knowledge from his years in the tech industry in senior roles with corporations, start-ups and non-profits. After a decade at Microsoft leading teams in Windows system administration tools, and at Microsoft Research working on speech recognition, Derek returned to academia to complete a PhD at the University of Victoria.
At PCCA, Derek leads on environmental computing and education.
Fungi: Inspirational model based on nurturing relationships & co-operation.
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