Congratulations to Magnet Forensics, winner of this year’s NCCC Business of the Year Award.
The Award was presented to Marco de Moulin by H.E. Ambassador Nolke during the NCCC Annual Luncheon on 13th November.
Magnet Forensics Inc are based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and are a global leader in developing digital investigative software for smartphone, cloud, and computer examinations. Their flagship product, Internet Evidence Finder, has become the standard for digital investigations related to terrorism, child exploitation and cybercrimes. Their products are used by over 2,500 agencies across 92 countries, primarily serving the public sector. The company was founded in 2011 and has grown to 85 FTE. Magnet Forensics is included in the PROFIT 500 listing and was ranked 9th place in its first year. They recently acquired the Dutch company Tracks Inspector, which offers an intuitive, web-based solution that puts digital investigations into the hands of detectives, analysts, and case officers, enabling easy review of digital evidence early in an investigation and allowing forensic specialists to conduct targeted forensic analysis. Magnet Forensics adds a robust review platform for non-technical stakeholders of an investigation to its product portfolio and has opened its main European office within the Hague Security Delta, including a technical department providing new jobs in the near future. Read more here
Further congratulations go to Hans van ‘t Woud, Founder of Blackshore, this year’s winner of the NCCC Young Professionals Award.
The Award, presented by NCCC Chair Sandra Brandenburg, recognises individuals up to 35 years old, who have advanced (or are in the process of) the relationship between Canada and the Netherlands.
BlackShore is a Geospatial Information and Data company that uses satellite imagery and a gaming interface to solve problems. They use the ‘power of the crowd’ to deliver fast and accurate translation of satellite, aerial and microscopic data into functional maps and analysis. For example, immediately after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippine island of Bantayan, BlackShore launched Cerberus on Facebook. The game went viral and 1200 players produced operational maps of the island in record time. The maps were shared with relief support teams from Cordaid; a development organisation involved in disaster response. While enjoying the game in itself, people also got a sense of fulfilment by taking part in the relief efforts in the Philippines.
Through the crowdsourcing game Cerberus, players are able to detect houses, people, roads, rivers, and other features on the raw images provided to them. From identifying refugees stranded near the end of a dried river bed or diseased crops, to the rate of deforestation in the Amazon, the projects are varied and diverse. They work with companies on illegal fishing, agriculture, emergency rescue and relief, defence, environmental monitoring, telemedicine and planetary exploration.
During the pre-lunch networking, members and guests were invited to taste some of Canada's bounty. Products from Maple and More were available for sampling. Please visit their website if you wish to purchase their products for yourself or as corporate gifts.
For more photos from this wonderful event, please visit http://nccc.trade/Annual-Luncheon-2018