There is NO shortage of tech talent!
Getting immersed into your community uncovers amazing things, people and opportunity. My journal post today focuses on the reality that exists here in [Silicon] Halton. We hear stories about there being a talent shortage. Perhap there is but take a look around and you’ll see that where we live, work and play in Halton region….talent, enthusiasm and entrepreneurship is thriving thank you! Read on!
2019 TU20 Cup the Best Ever!
Congratulations to the winning teams and the TU20 leaders from this years Silicon Halton TU20Cup held Saturday March 4, 2019 at Sheridan College. This is our third year and it was the best yet! Thirty teams, representing over 100 students, registered in this years competition with 27 pitching their business ideas to help solve key issues facing youth in Halton Region. There will be more post coverage later on but in the meantime check out the Twitter moment to see what happened and who won. Here’s our press release announcing our ongoing partnership with Oakville Community Foundation.
Congratulations to Secure Sense and Questica!
As Halton youth were pitching new business ideas and venture concepts at the TU20 cup this month two local Halton tech companies were in the news. Secure Sense was recognized for excellence in managed IT services and the acquisition of Questica by GTY technology holdings was completed. Congrats to the Secure Sense and Questica teams for building great local companies.
Twings That Got My Attention
Silicon Halton’s February Software P2P was hosted by our friends at Pelmorex and we learned how to penny pinch in the cloud with serverless.
We welcomed @siliconhalton to our offices and had a great turnout for our first ever #TechMeetUp the other night. The discussion was around Penny Pinching in the Cloud with Serverless and included a presentation by @dvanherten #youwanttoworkhere pic.twitter.com/KlH4uxMQEc
— Pelmorex Corp (@PelmorexCorp) February 27, 2019
Here’s an interesting tweet from Katherine Scott, Image Analytics Team Lead at 3Scan that all developers in the AI space need to heed. And, youth developers in high school and university need to focus more on data base design and developing in the cloud. Two key weak areas we’ve seen during TU20s Learn to Get Hired events.
One of the biggest failures I see in junior ML/CV engineers is a complete lack of interest in building data sets. While it is boring grunt work I think there is so much to be learned in putting together a dataset. It is like half the problem.
— Katherine Scott (@kscottz) February 1, 2019
Now It’s Your Turn
These journal posts are done monthly and I report on the things I’ve been up to and caught my interest. If you’ve got something going on that you’d like me to participate let me know. Any key announcements you’d like for me share I can do so here as well, subject to space and time availability. Those members and their businesses that are giving first to the community take precedent along with strategic priorities and partner sponsors. Contact me on LInkedIn or @ me on Twitter when you have something you’d like me to share.
What’s Next in Our Community?
Lot’s of stuff happening in our community and there are many places to refer to regularly. Places to check out are: our newsletter, events page and blog posts. And, remember to check out what our TU20 team is up to as well.
Some key activities I’d like to high lite are below.
Mar 12: CoursepreneurX – A Framework For Building Great Online Courses
Mar 15: Silicon Halton Day @ ACE Coworking. Includes OpenOffice Hours with Chris Herbert.
March 25: Software P2P – “A Practical View of Data and Information Extraction”
Mar 26: Women in Tech P2P – “How Can We Help?”
Mar 28: Diverse IT P2P (new P2P!) – Building an Ability Bank: Using Technology to Showcase Skills & Find Talent
April 29: Leadership Lessons from Sports | Special Event produced by Silicon Halton in partnership with Mev Innovation Centre and Town of Milton