I wanted to focus this newsletter on connections and as I thought about that I kept coming back to this idea. “Connections make technology, technology makes connections.” Consider that a lot of tech is generated by connecting other tech together like hardware, software, functions, subroutines, devices, etc. Then consider that tech like our phones, the internet, Facebook, Twitter, Skype etc. allows us as humans to connect. So it stands that, connections make technology, technology makes connections. That’s what we are trying to do here at Grey Bruce Technology Network allow technologies that our members are experts at to connect and make more tech, as well as, allow members to connect through their shared interest in technology.
Our first meeting of 2018 featured some great connections. Russ Ellis and team hosted us at the home of Ellis Gray Consulting and CTRE Productions in downtown Owen Sound. It was great to see some new faces including the guys from Renewed Computers who not only have lots of hard to find tech bits but also some of the best holiday decorations and dahlias around.
Another connection at the meeting was Chris Herbert, founder of Silicon Halton. Chris and I connected at the Ag 4.0.1 conference in Meaford a few months back. Chris has a long history of connections in the area from running a racquet ball club in Owen Sound, to family in Wiarton, and summer vacationing in Sauble. Chris gave us some background on Silicon Halton and its development. Like GBTN it started as a grassroots organization looking to connect people and businesses in technology. Silicon Halton is now approaching its 100th meetup, with one every month that will mark Silicon Halton’s 100th month anniversary. At that 100th meet up, local Wil McReynolds CEO of KP9 Interactive will be speaking along with other CEOs. Another connection made courtesy of GBTN. Look for more connections to develop between Silicon Halton and GBTN in the future.
The tour of CTRE Productions green room was very impressive, with a lot of cool tech on display. The green room allows CTRE to place anyone in virtually any environment they wish. From a downhill ski run to a “Sports Centre” style set CTRE can put you there. You don’t even have to remember your lines, CTRE is newly equipped with a tele-prompter, keeping your focus on message and not on words. Within an hour CTRE can record, edit and have you out the door with a hard copy of your video. Keep that in mind next time you are looking for a quick way to connect with your target audience. On the consulting side Ellis Gray turns your business ideas into reality with a full suite of services from business plan design to execution. They are currently working with a number of clients globally including a new local cidery. I can’t wait to try the latest in craft cider from our area and see what else in the world Ellis Gray develops.
One more connection at the meeting that I want to mention. Ross Barefoot, who is a 3D modeller/designer, came to one of our meetings last year after recently returning to the area. At that meeting Ross met Russ from CTRE. From there a connection was made and now Ross is part of the CTRE team. Again connections make technology, technology makes connections.
Through connections made by starting the network I was asked if I would be interested in submitting an application to be on the city of Owen Sound’s Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee. I thought it would be great opportunity to advocate for the tech sector in relation to economic development so I put in my application. I was selected by council and now will serve a one year term on the committee. Stay tuned for updates.
GBTN has a home! KP9 Interactive has graciously offered their HQ as the official meeting spot for GBTN. The back room at Shorty’s was great, but our new home has the tools for members to showcase their tech and VR gaming. Besides we can have wings delivered.
2 upcoming meetings are on the schedule.
Tuesday February 27th 7pm – KP9 HQ downtown Owen Sound – I am looking for 1-2 members who would like to present their tech to the group. We wanted to give members a better opportunity to explain what they are up to in more detail. Send me a message here or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to participate.
Tuesday March 20th 7pm – Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library – Tim Nicholls Harrison, CEO of the library will be hosting us. He will show us the new 3D printer and other technology in use at the library. Tim is also interested in hearing from members about what their vision of the library and technology would look like.
Links to businesses and organizations mentioned in the newsletter.