Wednesday there’s the Guelph Web Maker Meetup but we’ll probably be too tired from Canada 3.0. Still it’s a good event from @seanyo
Thursday, there’s an all-star line up speaking at Guelph Technology Forum on Organizations and Initiatives in Tech at eBar 6-8pm with: Simon Clarke, Brydon Gillis, David Hayes, Lloyd Longfield, Rob McLean and Sean Yo.
Next Tuesday the 10th is Google I/O and this time it’s happening in Waterloo:
- 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Keynote, Google Engineer Speaker, Brunch
- 1:00 pm – 4:15 pm: Midday Breakout Sessions, Beverages & Bites
- 4:15 pm – 7:45 pm: Afternoon/Evening Breakout Sessions, Tours, Google Engineer Speakers
DemoCampHamilton2 will be taking place Friday May 27th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Mohawk College. There will be a keynote presentation by Mic Berman, acting COO at FreshBooks and Founder at Embarkonit, as well as demos by FluidMedia, Dan Zen, Indellient, Open Hamilton and MealDeck. The event is being sponsored by Innovation Factory, Mohawk College and iDeaWORKS.
DemoCampGuelph17 will be June 8th, all of us will be there. You should be too
It’s over a month away, but we’re getting excited for Ignite Waterloo 6, a series of 5 minutes talks with no chance of extra time — it’s an interesting format. Tickets aren’t on sale yet, we’ll tweet when they are.
I’m one of the most active StealTheDeal users you’ll meet, they sent my parents curling and last year they (against all logic) encouraged me to fly a plane. But I’ve started filtering the emails away to a folder, and I’m checking it less and less.
There are two basic ways to use deal sites (these aren’t how these sites are sold to businesses, but my non-scientific survey shows only two use patterns):
- Wait for something you’d buy anyway, I got $5 off a restaurant I go to once a month or so.
- Be surprised and buy something you hadn’t thought of:
Flying lessons — did you know you can just sign up and they let you fly a plane? (Take to the skies! 2 private flying lessons for $193 at Aviation Int (Canada) in Guelph! ).
Curling lessons + food, total impulse buy (For $12 Two People Will Receive 1 Night of Curling + Appetizers and Beverages at the Guelph Curling Club ($45 Value)).
I still haven’t gone to I went to once, another impulse buy (Invigorate yourself with 2 weeks of unlimited yoga for $13 at Moksha Yoga Guelph ($30 Value))
One thing that I don’t do is change my habits because a restaurant that’s 20 minutes away bacame $5 or $10 cheaper.
WagJag sees to be growing faster through partnerships with newspapers — I’m told anyway, I didn’t realize newspapers still existed Which meant a lot more people had heard of it, but beyond calling Groupon “one of those WagJag like things” I haven’t found anyone who’s made the transition from newspaper to buying the deals online.
But what’s really interesting is the trend towards making deal sites a commodity with Deal Co-op a product for building your own group-on style deal site. You can see one at deals.feld.com where Brad Feld offers group deals to his blog readers every Tuesday (Brad is an investor in the company.
Yesterday Dave and I attended the 2nd annual Guelph technology Economy Conference, held at Guelph’s own Center for Excellence in Manufacturing.
It was an exciting day filled with talks from many innovative individuals from the surrounding area. At the “Innovation Guelph” session we were treated with talks from Frank Roberts from – Innovation Guelph, Steve Currie from Communitech, and Amie Sergas from MaRS. At the Mobile Applications session Mike Loosemore from RIM, Kelly Brooks from the SpeakFeel Corporation, and Regg Stryk from eLEAD inc all gave talks about the exciting future of Mobile Applications, and debunked some myths surrounding Web app development.
Smartphone application developers Reg Struyk, co-founder of eLead Inc., and Kelly Brooks, founder and president of SpeakFeel Corporation — co-presenters of a workshop on mobile applications — said there are a number of myths surrounding application development. They are not the get-rich-quick products many believe them to be, nor are application ideas necessarily as original as some like to think.
For more information check out the article in the Guelph Mercury.
After the session we had a chance to meet some great people from around Guelph, including people form Grow Guelph, BioEnterprise, and SynnStudios.