On Thursday Jan 20th I was invited to speak at the CUTC (Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference) "Techshow 2005" at their annual conference in Toronto. Techshow was done in a "talk-show" style and was just so much fun to be a part of! 500 students and all future developers in the audience! Just an awesome event.
My talk was themed around my part-time persona of "Gadget Man". Basically, I have taken my extreme "geek" habits and turned them into a talk I do for students around trends in "digital lifestyle" technologies and how they can get involved as developers to fix the "gaps" in the current capabilities of technologies. My hope is that these students will take a different view on some of the hot new technologies and get inspired on how to develop new applications for them in the future.
As I promised to everyone in the audience, my slides will be posted soon. (I will add the link once they are ready)
As a little background - this whole "Gadget Man" presentation started when I was asked to speak at the University of Waterloo in Ontario about what I thought were the coolest new trends in technology.
For CUTC I highlighted a few areas (and included some others in the slides I decided to skip due to time restrictions):
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There are even .NET Podcasts out there - check out the guys from DotNetRocks!!
I feel that it is very important in a presentation such as this to include my thoughts on what doesn't work to balance off the "what's cool" factor. Technology continuously evolves and while we are making huge strides, there is always room for improvement! For the CUTC talk I focused in on these "gaps":
My challenge to every student developer out there is to really dig into these issues and put your great talents and innovation to work to close the gaps in the future. To that end, I have included a few links to get you started:
For Windows Media Centre Development:
For SPOT: .NETCPU SDK Kit
For Live Communications Server: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/livecomm/default.aspx
Of course, one of the best ways to build your development prowess is to compete in the Imagine Cup (www.imaginecup.com). Canadian students will be really well represented this year and the prize is a trip to Japan for the finals!
Lastly - I was asked by a few people where I got my "gadget gossip" from. The 2 best sites in my opinion are: www.gizmodo.com and www.engadget.com
Thanks to Steve, Katelyn and the CUTC crew for inviting me and I hope I can be back in 2006.
On Friday afternoon I spoke at the Westlink / CATA sponsored Innovations & New Ventures 2005 Conference in Vancouver. The conference focused on building the "innovation economy" in Canada. http://westlink.ca/NewVentures2005/
From the press release "Participants in the conference will share venture formation strategies aimed at jump-starting Canada's innovation network….
Partners in the "Innovation and New Ventures 2005" Conference in Vancouver, January 21-22, 2005, include CATAAlliance -- Canada's largest high-tech association -- and WestLink Innovation Network, an organization which includes western Canadian colleges, universities and technical and research institutes."
I spoke about Microsoft Canada's involvement with the "Emerging Business and Venture Capital Community. The themes in my presentation included:
I also talked about how my team engages with Emerging Businesses across the country, including:
While in Vancouver I also caught up with my friends at Rocket Builders - www.rocketbuilders.com. They just released their Top 25 "Ready To Rocket" List last week and the amazing thing is that 12 of the 25 using .NET and other parts of the Microsoft technology stack. I think this is a great example oo the awesome being done by Independent Software Vendors all of Canada. Some of the companies include: Copperleaf, Colligo, Loki, Flowfinity, Caelo, ResponseTek, NewHeights and Galeforce.
The latest trend is Podcasting. Podcasting = the use of RSS to distribute audio files in a "subscription" model, thus letting the user collect and consumer the feeds at their leisure.
I hate the fact that this is named after the ipod (obviously). I will save the commentary on the number of great audio players out on the market for a different blog.
For now, check out how the DotNetRocks crew are using the podcasts.