Carleton University and RIM Launch Teaching and Collaborative Research Centre [#Ottawa]


Ottawa’s Carleton University has partnered with RIM to launch what is being called the Teaching and Collaborative Research Centre. The goal of the centre to provide students an opportunity to “explore new possibilities in wireless communications and application development.” The centre will be used for research, teaching, outreach activities, technology demonstrations, and short courses. The centre will also work to keep engineering and industrial design students “at the forefront of smartphone technology and design.”

RIM will be equipping the centre with software, BlackBerry smartphones, and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets for students to use. We’re expecting more announcements such as this in the near future as RIM moves more of its software development to Ottawa: home of the new BB10 and PlayBook OS company QNX. Ottawa is increasingly becoming an important city for the future of RIM and we’re going to follow these kind of announcements closely. Overall, it looks like a win-win for both RIM and the city’s residents.