Tag Archives: Events

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 is celebrated during the week of Nov. 14th-20th 2011.


There are various events in the National Capital Region and the OCRI website has details on some of them.

Lead To Win will be celebrating their successes on Thu. Nov. 17th from 4-7pm. To follow the conversation follow the hastags #leadtowin #GEWnews on Twitter.

Carleton University’s Technology Innovation Management program are also hosting an event for their students and those interested in attending the program.

Are you having an event? Let us know when and where.

By Natasha D'Souza

The definitive list of Ottawa Technology Startup Events needs your input!

Ottawa is on the map – well the StartupDigest map that is – and we need your help to build a list of the most important events geared towards technology startups in this great city of ours. We all know there is a crazy number of startup events going on every week and this list will curate the best, must attend events across Ottawa and we need your help.

Running an event?

If you are running events targeting technology startups and would like to publicize your it, head here (https://startupdigest.wufoo.com/forms/international-events-event-submission-form/) to submit it.

Interested in attending events?

If you aren’t organizing an event then you should be attending them. Head here (http://startupdigest.com/) and sign up for the Ottawa StartupDigest weekly email – it will arrive first thing every Monday morning with a listing of upcoming events you should be attending.

If you have any questions at all, drop me an email at rob (at) thestartupdigest(dot)com

By Scott Annan

‘The Woz’ is Coming to Ottawa

Big news! The one and only Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and tech icon, will be delivering the keynote address at a luncheon presented by INSA, OCE and OCRI. The session will also feature David Flynn, CTO of Fusion-io, a company which is revolutionizing storage technology.

Here are the details I know you are dying to hear:

When is this chance of a lifetime happening?

Steve will be delivering his speech on Wednesday, August 19th. The times of the event segments are:

11:30 am – Registration and Lunch
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm – Presentation by Steve Wozniak
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm – David Flynn, CTO of Fusion-io
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm – Q&A

Where is this exciting event being held?

The event is being held at the Brookstreet Hotel, at 525 Leggett Drive in Kanata

How much does the event cost?

The cost of attendance for the event is $60 plus GST for OCRI members, and $80 plus GST for non-members.

How do I sign up for the event?

To sign up, visit the OCRI page for the event and choose from online or fax payment.

Sounds like a great opportunity to grab a bite and hear the Woz speak.

By Scott Lake

Open Source Debate

Adrew Ross has extended an invitation to anyone interested to an exciting open source debate hosted by FOSSLC and Gowlings, here’s the info:

FOSSLC and Gowlings would like to invite you to a thought provoking debate
on August 31st at 9:30am. The event takes place at Gowlings’ Elgin street

There are some high profile speakers debating open source licensing.
These include:

  • Matt Asay, VP of Business Development from Alfresco and chair of the Open Source Business Conference
  • Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation.
  • David Maxwell, Open Source Strategist at Coverity and NetBSD board member

The event will feature the above speakers debating of the GPL, EPL, and BSD
licenses, which license is best for business, community growth, and working
with academia. The debate will provide cover the key factors that influence
the decision regarding an open source license. As well, it will cover
important things you should look out for.

Registration is free and includes a free breakfast. Click here for details and registration instructions.

This event is brought to you by Alfresco, The Eclipse Foundation, Coverity,
Gowlings, and Ingres.

By Scott Lake

E2 Lite Session Summary

Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to attend the E2 Lite session but when I asked Peter Fillmore how it went, here was his response:

“The e2 Lite Session at TheCodeFactory went very well – one of the attendees said it was 200% as worthwhile as he expected it to be, and he was very happy to have spent the evening there.

We had a “sold out” situation on our bookings – so any readers who missed it, and want to know when the next session will be, should join the “e2 Candidates Club” to get quick info when e2 events date is announced. Sign up at www.ocri.ca/e2lite .”

OCRI is making a commendable effort to help entrepreneurs learn what they need to in order to get ahead. Hopefully e2 is here to stay for good :)

By Aydin Mirzaee

TeamCamp how to sessions on Web Startups

I met Chris Schmitt a couple of months ago over lunch at the Corner Grill and he told me about a cool web-based shopping list application that he was bootstrapping (or rather moonlighting). He was looking for developers and was hoping for introductions. We got into talking about cool new distributed development models, the “camp” movement, and the opportunities in Ottawa to bring people together around innovative ideas and cool technology.

Little did I know that it would lead to the birth of TeamCamp, a really cool concept that Chris has spearheaded with support from Ian Graham at the Codefactory.

I’ve seen Chris at several events around town since that first meeting and I’m constantly impressed with his dedication to the idea and the opportunities of TeamCamp.

So when he emailed me about a series of “how to” meetings on web-based startups he was coordinating, I was immediately excited.

Here are some of the topics:

  • Defining your product or service
  • Picking the right business model
  • Sales, marketing and distribution Channels
  • Competition/Competitive analysis
  • Market research
  • Starting your business
  • Patents, trademarks, licensing and intellectual property
  • Building your business – how to find people, keep your people and make steady progress

Chris’s plan is to bring in local entrepreneurs with some battle scars to talk to these points (and no doubt those opportunists at Labarge Weinstein for the legal session!) which I think is a fantastic idea.

You can learn more about the session on the TeamCamp website and I encourage you to contact Chris for more information.

Chris – is there somewhere we can signup?

By Scott Annan

Startup Nation – Startup Conference!

Our friends at StartupNorth recently announced that they are organizing Canada’s first true StartUp Conference on November 13th and 14th called StartupNation. It sounds like a great idea and should be fun to attend. Here is a blurb from the website:

StartupNation, the conference, is being produced by the team that has created StartupNorth.ca, DemoCamp, Founders & Funders, and and Startupindex.ca. StartupNorth.ca is Canada’s most popular community of web entrepreneurs and DemoCamp has been voted Toronto’s best “un-conference” and has been held in over 15 cities attracting over 10,000 individuals.

If you are interested, check out the StartUpNation Website.

By Aydin Mirzaee