Meetup #5 - Networking and Knowledge Sharing

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Event Date: March 23rd, 2010 Location: Philty McNasty's, Burlington Special thanks to: Philty McNasty's for the venue and The UPS Store 342 in Oakville (Nancy Forsyth) for printing the flyers, and @MitchGarvisfor the screen.

Kickoff

As is customary so far, Chris and Rick gave progress overview of accomplishments since the past meetup.  Noteworthy is the release of this site, www.SiliconHalton.com.  A big high-5 to Sekey (of Jelly Bean Solutions) for actioning the heavy lifting of building the site and Mike O for valuable input.

Also noteworthy is the membership growth in our Halton private LinkedIn group.  About two weeks previously we announced we hit a milestone of 100. This evening we announced we grew by an additional 10%.  We had 35 in attendance, with ~ 1/2 in attendance being new members (welcome!).

The Program

Our monthly networking & knowledge sharing program featured two new aspects this month:

Better know a Halton Hi Tech Company which consisted of two ~3min company introductions.  One of our initial objectives is to create recognition for our hi tech businesses and Better know a Halton Hi Tech Company is one vehicle to deliver this. Two introductions / month will result in 24 company introductions a year. We're getting to know each other. Below are introductions by Silicon Halton co-founder Chris Herbert from mi6 and Robert Beggs from Digital Defence.

Two 15min professional development presentations, namely:
Startup Product Development Embrace Your Suckage, by Paul Marshall, CEO of Ivara  and Getting funding: "What's in their wallet?!", by Frank Fiasche, Senior Manager, SR&ED, BDO Canada LLC in Burlington.

A special thanks to Paul and Frank for volunteering and kicking off our first presentations.   As we've stated seemingly countless times, we're feedback driven.  We've shared screen-scraps of the feedback here, which we'll hopefully address in time for Meetup #6.

Community

Ken Lowe gave us a rousing overview of the following evenings' InnovationNight.  If you haven't attended an InnovationNight before, be sure to attend as its sooo cool watching (mostly) inventors pitch their stuff.  Watch for future InnovationNight events on their website.

Recap Video

Here's Rick and Chris giving a kick recap on how the night went.

What's Next!

The next meetup is April 20th at Milestones in Oakville from 7 to 10pm. You can register for the event and members can volunteer to present and commenton what is planned.

Your Feedback Matters

Thanks to those who took the post event survey. We got some great feedback and plan to use it to improve. This post is a great place to provide feedback that the public can read. Please add your comments and thoughts below.

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