Jan. 20 Miscellany

Scanning OTTORLOOMAP%20168X33.jpg the Ontario Technology Corridor
by tony

OTTAWA— Pam Kapoor was in Ohio during the recent U.S. presidential election, helping to get out the vote for Barack Obama. Next Monday (Jan. 26) the Gatineau-based communications advisor will lead a discussion with Social Tech Brewing Ottawa “about new and exciting times in online politics and advocacy. At The Code Factory, 2nd floor, 246 Queen St., from 17:00 to 18:30. Voluntary contribution of $5 requested . . . Scott Annan at Mercury Grove releases the beta version of dex, a personal CRM tool that “combines the essentials of contact management with the power of social networking.” It may be a tool whose time has come, since its features have recently been extolled by none other than tech guru Tim O’Reilly. Contact Scott (scott@mercurygrove.com) if you’d like to participate in the beta round.

TORONTO— Companies seeking investment and interested in participating in the fifth annual TiEQuest business venture competition are asked to submit entry applications here by January 30. Information sessions are being held Jan. 20 (17:00 at Rotman School, UofT) and 21 (18:00 at Ted Rogers School, Ryerson) . . . Fonolo CEO and co-founder Shai Berger got to tell west coasters last week of his product’s ability to bypass time-consuming touch-tone and IVR-driven menus and connect directly to a point inside a phone menu to reach a particular person or department.

WATERLOO— Defying the negativists, more than 20 tech companies are showing up this evening at the Waterloo Inn and Conference Centre in a drive to recruit local talent. Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech, which helped organize the event, says “Tech firms here have proven resilience – they weathered the storm when the techbubble burst in 2001, and we’re confident they can continue to compete now.”

MONTREAL— Thanks to Felipe at Montreal NEWTECH for notice of some events there this week. Click here for information about the Girl Geek Dinner tonight at 18:00, and here for NetSquared Montréal at 19:10; here for CUSEC 2009-Software (R)evolutions from Jan. 22-24 , and here for iPhoneDevCamp Jan. 23.

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Companies in the Ontario Technology Corridor, almost 6,000 of them, spanning the software, photonics, wireless, cleantech, digital media, life sciences, and microelectronics sectors, employ more than 250,000 people. There are almost 30 universities and colleges along the Ottorloo corridor.

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