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Meet the Man who’s Taking the Country by Storm with a New Kind of Vending Machine

Brad Pommen is the president of SMRT1, a local technology company building hardware and software that upgrades traditional vending machines and kiosks into an interactive automated retail platform. SMRT1 is a client in KAST’s Venture Acceleration…
The Kootenay Association of Science & Technology (KAST) is thrilled to announce that NSERC's (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) PromoScience program has awarded GLOWS, our youth program, $95,000 to support…
South Nelson Elementary School
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Nakusp Elementary School Student, Paityn Smith, Wins Kootenay Contraption Contest

Paityn Smith solved the contest’s climate change challenge by imagining a unique way to help preserve Caribou and their habitat The Kootenay Contraption Contest, organized by KAST in partnership with FORTIS BC this past winter, was a massive…
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Pushing the Limits of Innovation, Design and Restoration in Railtown

The Building of Nelson Innovation Centre By Karen Kornelsen With the opening date of the KAST’s Nelson Innovation Centre (NiC) just around the corner, crews are working hard to put the finishing touches on a building rehabilitation…
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A Transformational Approach to Navigating the Healthcare System

How one local nurse-turned-entrepreneur is changing patient’s lives By Karen Kornelsen   When you or someone you love gets sick, it can feel like your world just got flipped upside down. Finding or accepting a diagnosis can be…