There is increasingly a need for agile platforms that enable investigations  across traditional disciplinary divides. Borrowed from the Hebrew word meaning ‘forward’, Kadima empowers young innovators to push the boundaries of what possible experiences, interactions, and efficiencies are possible with technology. We bring together communities of individual innovators and entrepreneurs, connect them to challenges, and provide support to scalable deployments.


Formed and led by a principal investigator, each of our initiatives makes use of talent from multiple disciplines to address specific challenges and are therefore inherently “anti-disciplinary” in nature: it is the differences in background, training, or perspective that bring individuals together for meaningful, creative work. This means that the end users are also intimately involved in the design process.


The research groups we support are each unique in their decision to develop products, services, or platforms, but are alike in their pursuit of adoption at massive scales.

Current Research Groups


People living with disabilities often face challenges for which there are no commercially-available solutions. This may be because the market demographics are insufficient to justify innovation from the private sector, a personalized solution is required, or the solution exists but is prohibitively expensive. TOM:Alberta is the local community developing innovative assistive technology with people living with disabilities.

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Applied Neuroscience

Neuroscientists seek to deepen our understanding of, and our ability to repair the most complex system known to man: the brain. Meanwhile, engineers are developing bio-inspired solutions to push boundaries in technology. The Applied Neuroscience research group applies principles grounded in both fields to innovate for rehabilitation, and to develop technologies that accelerate the pace of discovery neuroscience.

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