Technovica Lab is a space to explore ideas about the intersections of technology, innovation and news, and, (with some hard work and luck) bring the best ideas to fruition.
Its principal author is Saleem Khan, a Toronto-based independent journalist focused on innovation. Saleem is the founder and program director of the Innovate News initiative, a founding director of the Canadian Journalists Education Foundation, an adviser and steering committee member at the University of Toronto ThingTank Lab, and an inaugural inductee of the Knight Mozilla News Lab.
The Innovate News initiative gathers senior business executives, managers and working journalists, designers, technologists, academics and others to explore and overcome the challenges that confront journalism, and foster a culture of journalism innovation today and tomorrow. The first Innovate News conference was held at the MaRS Centre in Toronto in 2010.
The Canadian Journalists’ Education Foundation is a federally registered charity that advances and promotes public understanding of journalism’s role in Canadian society and the world, and the public’s right to information.
The ThingTank Lab is an open community ideation lab aimed at experimenting and creating prototypes of next-generation, digitally enabled physical and pervasive media, commonly referenced as “the Internet of things.”
The Knight Mozilla News Lab is a part of the Knight Mozilla News Technology Challenge, a partnership that aims to harness open Web innovation for journalism.
Saleem previously launched, managed, edited and reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) technology news service, was news and global technology editor for Metro International, the world’s largest international newspaper; and held various editor roles at Toronto Star newspapers.
Saleem is a past director of the John H. McDonald Journalism Foundation, and served as chairman and director of the Canadian Association of Journalists for a decade. Under his tenure, the CAJ went from its worst times to its greatest successes in advocacy, education, membership growth and financial stability since it was founded in 1978.