I got a feeling

I got a feeling…. no I am not talking about the Black Eyed Peas song but how I felt a few days ago at a recent workshop.It was a social media workshop for OCRI’s e2 plus. There were about 14 in the room. As with all workshops most of the people were at different levels and it’s always a challenge to find middle ground and not bore the advanced people and not loose the beginners.

There were a good mix of people with a fair number leaning towards advanced. I started the session off with something new, social media introductions. This idea came from the most common problem that my clients have when it comes to social media.  So I digress to tell you more.

Most clients want to participate in social media as they vaguely realize it’s value especially reaching the younger demographic. Often there is this perception that it’s something instantaneous and magical. The reality is that it could be all that however the key word is that it’s “social”. So if the only medium used is text then it’s very boring. To make it interesting and social photos and videos need to be incorporated into the mix.

Well easier said than done. In the past these photos and videos were taken by professionals and were for organizations with large budgets. However with the evolution of mobile and online technologies the door is now open for user generated photos and videos. Thus taking the message you need to communicate with your audience from a medium of text to photos and videos. The problem is that as individuals, who in turn make up organizations, are not used to doing this from a professional capacity. We have no problems taking photos/videos in our social life, however when it comes to business this is not generally in our thought process.

So my goal was to challenge the group from just sitting and saying who they were to actively generating photos/videos while introducing themselves.Hence the name social media introductions.

Well no sooner had I explained myself I got the P word…. privacy…..

I get this from ALL my clients, it’s this mythical or should I say false sense that our lives are private. That’s a whole other blog post. I did explain that it was part of the workshop and we would discuss it. Long story short we go on with the exercise.

I took both a video and digital camera and asked the participants to exchange these items while the person sitting next to them introduce themselves. I delliberatly did not give them too much instructions as I wanted them to go with the flow. At first people were very conscious of the cameras however as they made their way round the room people relaxed and began to have fun. The started to pay attention to what they were saying, what the lighting conditions were, camera angles etc….

In other words although they were not happy with what I suggested in the begining they participated and had fun. The feedback I got afterwards indicated this. I did ask if I could edit the video and put both the photos and videos online and I got no objections!!!

So back to what made it so awesome? For me it was the workshop participants, they asked questions regardless of what level they were at and also shared their social media experiments. Both beginner to advanced they participated actively not just one or two but a fair number of them.

So everyone participated and that’s what made it fun. So thanks to everyone who attended and thanks for participating and making the session interesting for everyone.

Vote for me

It’s been ages since we have had a demo camp here in Ottawa and there’s one happening on Monday 19th Oct.

To spice things up the organizers asked for people to volunteer to be MC and if there was more than one candidate to place a vote.

It turns out that 6 of us feel up for the task, I being one of them.

The voting has started and I am asking for your vote.

Why should you vote for me?

Well I am a huge fan of Demo Camp and for the past few years I have attended most of them. I thought that this time around I would be on the other side of the fence so to speak and help out by being the MC.

So what qualifies me for this position?

I have been a guest speaker since university talking about various topics that I am passionate about. I love to inspire people into trying new things. I have never had the opportunity to be MC and looking forward to it.

So do VOTE for me. Thanks.

C.U. Game Day

Carleton University is having a Game Day and it looks like a lot of fun.

gameday

It’s from Fri. Jan 30 to Sunday Feb. 1 2009. What looks particularly interesting is the Game Jam.  This is for artists, programmers and designers to work together in small teams on a game project.  The games will be based on a theme that will be announced at the start of the Jam.

So don’t miss out and join in on the action.

Bymug

I just heard about Bymug and am really thrilled.  This is a social group that is called Bytowne Mac users group serving the Byward Market and downtown core.

The Bytown Mac User Group (ByMUG) is a free membership social Mac-based user group located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The meetings take place on the first Sunday of every month at a local eatery/pub called Patty Bolands.

When: Sunday, December 7th at 1:00 PM

Where: Patty Bolands Pub (101 Clarence Street)

Time: 1:00 PM

Discussion will be

Dave will introduce Growl (www.growl.info/)

Andrew will run through iMovie ’08 (www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/)

Glenda will demo using the mysterious Mail-Merge in Microsoft Word (www.microsoft.com/mac/products/word2008/), 2008 for Mac

Afterwards, there are the questions & answers, discussions about Mac-related news, as well as software and web site suggestions.

Looking forward to attending.

Democamp 11 in Ottawa

Another DemoCamp is on next week.  It looks like everyone is busy innovating and turning their ideas into products.

When:  Monday, December 1 2008

Time: 6-9pm

Where: The Velvet Room, 2-621 York Street

Here’s the line up

  • Dex – a business relationship management tool for professionals & small businesses
  • ChoiceBot for e-Retailers v2.0 – decision-assisting tool for shopping sites that allows shoppers to figure out which TV, car, washing machine, etc. to buy in under 2 minutes.
  • Patient Pre-Registration – Infonium Inc. – allows patients to pre-register for their hospital visit over the web
  • UniqueHomeSites – Base 10 Inc. – single property web site providor for real estate professionals. Ex: www.123uniquestreet.com
  • Incogna Image Search – an image search engine that looks at the pixels in every image it indexes

The usual to register.

MUGOO

I just found about MUGOO and am totally excited about it.  So what am I talking about?

It’s “The Macintosh User Group of Ottawa”.  They are a volunteer organization that promotes and supports the use of Apple Macintosh computers.

They generally meet on the last Monday of every month.

Here are the details of the next meeting.

When: Nov. 24th

Time: 7:30-10:00pm

Where:  Nepean Public Library (inside Ben Franklin Place), Meeting Room 1B

The topic of discussion is

  • Introductions & “call for December 8th Show & Tell”
  • What’s New to You
  • MUGOO Executive Election
  • TidBits “In Control” Promo & Giveaway with LeRoy Lees
  • Kodak Zi6 (economy ‘HD’ video) with Paul Timmins
  • PhoneView with Glen Sharp
  • Accessing “US only” web sites from Canada for free with Paul Timmins
  • Your favourite Mac oriented podcasts

I am going to see what it’s all about.

The Code Factory lunch and learn series

The Code Factory is launching their lunch and learn series for September and it looks to be very interesting.

The three streams are

  1. Am there doing that
  2. Been there done that
  3. Monks from Away

The speaker looks very interesting ….

  • Tuesday, September 9th, “Am there doing that” Matt Roberts – JohnyVoIP
  • Thursday, September 11th, “Been there done that” Greg Bell – Lumenera
  • Wednesday, September 17th, “Monks from away” Mark Blevis – Electric Sky
  • Tuesday, September 23rd, “Am there doing that” Aydin Mirzaee – Chide.it
  • Thursday, September 25th,”Been there done that” Scott Lake – Shopify, Start-up Ottawa

I have noted these dates and hope to make it to all these events.

Export now – Gaming Software development partnerships in the U.S. Southeast

This web conference, hosted by Teh Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, is for Canadian companies specializing in the publishing, distribution, and marketing aspects of the gaming industry.

Format

  • Fast overview on opportunities within the southeast U.S. marketplace
  • Specific export opportunities from at least one American company
  • Matchmaking prospects with suggested prospects
  • Ongoing online advice, information and networking

Featured attendees include

To access the call or for additional information please send your contact information to eboucher@cata.ca with Export Now in the subject line.

Kicking the top bad habits of project management

I have spent the last couple of days working at The Code Factory and Ian Graham and I have been commenting on how quiet it’s been this week.? Almost no emails, voicemails, the blog sphere is somewhat quiet as well. It’s that time of the year when everyone is off on vacation.? This will all come to an end tomorrow as I will be attending a very interesting presentation by
Craig Fitzpatrick, founder of Devshop.? He will discuss the pain associated with project management and how they tend to stem from a few fundamental bad habits.

“Delivering on time is hard.? Things always seem to take longer than you think.? Fires need fighting and people have to drop what they’re doing to help out.? Requirements change like the wind.? Unqualified promises are made with too little information and risk setting the team up for failure.”

He has some easy solutions to kick these habits.

The icing on the cake is that we get to see a demo of Devshop’s latest project management application.

So here are the details
Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 from 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM (ET)

Location:? Ramius Corporation

55 Metcalfe St.
Suite 530
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada

Lunch will be served and you have to register.

Buddy Keep Your Million – But Buy My Product!

Buddy Keep Your Million -But Buy My Product was a networking event by The Ottawa Network (TON) early this summer.?

Here are some words of wisdom from this event

  • define your objective
  • listen to mentors and friends
  • take off your happy ears
  • VC’s will rarely tell you no
  • tell everyone what you are doing
  • beg, borrow adn don’t steal
  • balance your team = no one like you
  • give it away
  • find ways to say yes
  • always think revenue
  • start with services
  • get customers to fund your deal
  • SR&Ed credits
  • be careful about your IP

There you have it some words of wisdom from people that have been there, done that.?