IBM is Our Friend Edition
TorCamp braintrust members Joey deVilla and Jay Goldman attended the Technology Innovators Breakfast put on by the Toronto Board of Trade. We were invited by Alicia Bulwik, Project Manager for the ICT Toronto initiative, who has been doing a good job at reaching out to the community.
Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch involving setting the alarm on my new mobile phone and drinks the night before, I missed my opportunity to suit up in time. Fortunately, Joey blogged a very comprehensive set of notes featuring the main speaker, Dan Fortin President of IBM Canada:
How do we innovate to make Toronto stand out?
* The best way is to focus on the expertise that’s available right here
* We need to track and retain expertise, and to do this, we need to
* We need to realize that collaboration is key
Exactly! Indigenous talent, indigenous companies and improved collaboration. I love the fact that IBM is strategically looking for emerging Toronto companies (they want to buy companies, their technology and sell their services, after all). Reading this, it makes me think that the TorCamp community’s interests are more in line with this view of IBM than with many of the organizations pushing for a foreign investment and trade-driven approach to the development of Toronto’s tech cluster. Very interesting.