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VivaScoop - January 2023

Welcome to Viva Scoop, your monthly overview of everything Vivacity Technologies.

It’s probably too late to wish everyone a happy New Year, but for those of you who we haven’t spoken to yet, I hope you have a wonderful year ahead. 2023 is off to a solid start for Vivacity, as we continue to drive forward a number of key projects including our City of Kelowna Intelligent City and Living Lab initiative. Furthermore we’ve been busy with several other engagements, including a website vulnerability assessment for Fern Software, as well as a data centre migration push for the City of Pitt Meadows.

Lots on the go, but herewith Viva Scoop January 2023!

A BIG Welcome to Sheikh Farzin Rahman

In January, we welcomed Sheikh Farzin Rahman (Farzin) onto the Viva team as a Business Technology Analyst. Farzin has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, an MBA, as well as a Masters in Environmental Economics and Management from Thompson Rivers University.

This varied and impressive education adds real depth to the Vivacity team as we continue to support clients across several areas, including data centre services for the City of Kamloops, acting as a virtual CIO for Simpcw Resources Group, and the deployment of a Distributed Antenna System for the City of Kelowna.

A big warm welcome to Farzin!

Vivacity Approved as a Canadian Digital Adoption Program Advisor

Over the last few years the government of Canada launched a program to support Canadian small and medium sized companies with accelerating their digital adoption. This program, the Canadian Digital Adoption Program (CDAP), offers firms up to $15,000 in grant money aimed at improving a firm's cyber security posture, offering efficiencies through digital applications, as well as encouraging additional investments in digital and security infrastructure.

Vivacity was recently approved as an ADVISOR for this program, meaning we can support organizations through their digital transformation under the CDAP.

We’re delighted by this announcement and it helps validate the work we've been doing to become the trusted technology partner for our amazing clients. If you know of a firm that could benefit from the CDAP, please let us know:

That's a Wrap - TRU Privacy and Security Conference

The Vivacity team was thrilled to be a gold sponsor at the recent Thompson Rivers University Privacy and Security Conference. This event brought together the tech community of British Columbia with almost 300 attendees on the day. The Viva team did an amazing job of setting up our booth and spreading the good word on who we are and what we do. We also happened to be the only Kamloops based company sponsoring the event.

Additionally, instead of giving away lots of plastic trinkets that invariably find their way to the local landfill, we gave away $1,500 to a charity of choice. The conference attendees all had a vote and in the end the Kamloops Food Bank was the lucky recipient.

A big thank you to the organizers of the conference and of course the amazing Viva team for all their hard work. To see a few picks from the day, click here.

Introducing for Families

I’m not sure about everyone else, but having a safe and secure home network has become even more important over the last few years.

Especially given we spend so much more time working from home these days.

That’s why when I saw this article on Cloudflare's for Families I immediately thought we should spread the word. Cloudflare’s for Families adds a layer of protection to your home network and protects it from malware and adult content, and it’s free! The setup is fairly straightforward and shown in the following link. And of course any questions on setting it up, don’t hesitate to reach out.