Saturday, June 9, 2007

My Waterloo Mini-Tour - the World's #1 Intelligent Community

On Thursday, I finally got to do my mini-tour of Waterloo, which is one of Canada's most dynamic hubs for tech and innovation. I'm not going to re-tell that story here, but suffice to say it's a real hot spot if you didn't know that by now.

The quickest way to demonstrate that is via the recent news that Waterloo has been rated #1 in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum.

I've written a few posts about this, most recently about Waterloo making it to the top 7 finalists, and now they've taken the #1 spot. That's a pretty good story, and I'm here to share it with you.

We may never win the Stanley Cup again, but Canada knows what to do with broadband! Actually, my gut tells me that Jim Balsillie will land the Predators and the team will end up right there in Waterloo. If that happens, not only will Canada's chances of winning another Cup greatly increase, but they could well end up winning it right in Waterloo. How about that for a feel-good story?

Back to my trip. During my visit, I spent time with a few different people, including a very cool demo with a company called LiveHive Systems. I recorded a few interviews, which are being produced into podcasts, and I hope to have those ready for posting some time next week, so watch for those. When the pods are ready, I'll have more photos to post as well as the details about who I met with. For now, I'll just share one for posterity...

John Tennant (CEO of Canada's Technology Triangle Inc.), myself, Mark Whaley (Councillor, City of Waterloo)


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