Jan 27, 2010

Silicon Halton "Quarterly Report"

I interviewed Rick Stomphorst who co-founded Silicon Halton with me. This is after Silicon Halton's Meetup #3. We chat a bit about how Silicon Halton has evolved since we started it in October. Scott VanDam and Sean Hemraj from Waggware give their thoughts on the value of being a member of Silicon Halton. Thanks guys.

Jan 26, 2010

Silicon Halton Meetup #3, Here's what happened!

Until the new Silicon Halton website goes live in February I'm posting meaningful things about the Silicon Halton experience here on my personal blog.

For those who don't know what Silicon Halton is, it is a group of people who are leaders in technology that live and/or work in Halton region. It started as an idea that Rick Stomphorst and I had in October and it's been fun so far. If you want to know more about the group check out our Linkedin Group.

On January 19th we had about 45 people attend. Joining us were Terence Young, MP for Oakville and Rob Burton, the mayor of Oakville. Full credit to Rick Stomphorst for reaching out to Terence and Rob and thanks to both for attending.

At each meetup we have a key discussion activity. This weeks topic was "what will make Silicon Halton successful". Everyone broke into groups to chat about what success would look like a year from now. After about 20 minutes volunteer spokespersons shared what they discussed.

Mike Druiven is a teacher at EC Drury High School in Milton.

Mike Oreskovic a Senior IT Executive Leader, from Milton.

Edward L. Onate, is a Senior Account Manager from Blink Communications in Oakville.

Robert Duvall, is President of Robert Duvall Consulting from Milton.

I'd like to personally thank everyone that showed and contributed. Thanks to The Printing House, Boston Pizza, and Nancy Forsyth from UPS Store #342 for your help and hospitality.

Enjoy this photo stream. Special thanks to the talented Vicki Pehar for taking these photos.

Meetup #4 is February 16th at Ned Devines in Milton. Register now.

Jan 10, 2010

What's planned for Silicon Halton Meetup #3 on January 19th?

Rick Stomphorst and I met at one of the many offices of Silicon Halton (translation: a coffee shop in Halton Region with wifi!). For those of you who are interested in learning more about Silicon Halton here's where we hang our hat in Linkedin.

If you'd like to attend register here.

Watch this quick video to see what's planned for our third meetup on January 19th.

Jan 7, 2010

Tweetups & suggestion for Twtvite

I'm attending my first Tweetup on January 28th. Thanks to Chris Farias, Jen Hudder and Meg Coppolino for putting this together.

If you live in the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada area come and join us!

They are using Twtvite to get the word out and manage registration. It's a slick tool but I would like to be able to quickly scan and learn who is attending as illustrated in the screenshot below.

Social media helps people make connections, create relationships and physically network. You can use it to have fun, meet interesting people and generate business. For those of you attending the January 28th Tweetup...see you there!