After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!
Megabytes large.png

Ayogo and Buyatab get good news for the holidays

Both Ayogo's Michael Fergusson (left) and's Matias Marquez (right) have something to celebrate this holiday season.

As the end of the year approaches, here’s a couple of updates about local tech stories featured in Megabytes this year.

First, Ayogo Games, a Vancouver-based videogame company, was named “Hottest Digital Media Company in Canada” at the annual nextMedia event in Toronto for its Facebook-based “HealthSeeker” game. The game incorporates technology that Ayogo CEO Michael Fergusson calls a “GoodLife Gamification Engine” and aims to help people living with diabetes learn healthier behaviour around diet and exercise.

“I'm proud that Ayogo, and our GoodLife Gamification Engine, is being recognized for being at the forefront of this exciting new trend, and for using the power of constructive play to help make people's lives better,” Fergusson said.

Fergusson and a partner founded in 2008, determined to create games that would help change the world, “one game at a time.” My original profile of the company can be found here.

Another young company,, has just launched an innovative partnership with the Cactus Club. started in 2009, the brainchild of young entrepreneurs Matias Marquez from Simon Fraser University and Ross St. George from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Buyatab lets you send instant electronic gift cards to friends, family, employees, etc. for hundreds of restaurants, spas, salons and other businesses. The recipient receives an email notification and can then print out the “tab” and present it at the business location for redemption.

The partnership with the Cactus Club Cafe chain goes one step further in eliminating the need to print the tab. Instead, you can just call up the tab on the screen of your mobile phone and show it at the restaurant. There's also a selection of preformatted tabs for various occasions from which you can choose (see image below).

The new feature, called Socially Mobile, "encourages delivery methods through e-mail, SMS text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blackberry Messenger (BBM) and countless other social media platforms,” he says. “It’s extremely eco-friendly and eliminates the need for any waste from plastic cards or packaging.”

You can find my original story on here. Cactus Club's mobile site is at

Congratulations to both Ayogo and Buyatab; good examples of Vancouver's innovation and creativity.

More in MegaBytes

Robot Vacuum and Desert Bus: Patience as a video-game virtue

What's the slowest video game you've ever played?

Russian meteor video: Why do so many Russian drivers have dashcams?

Meteor strike in Russia: still from Dashcam video (YouTube)

Tamagotchi is Back: Virtual pets for your Android phone

Tamagotchis invade your smartphone. 2013 is the new 1997.
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.