We had a great time at Canada 3.0, meeting potential customers. partners and investors.
The best part of Canada 3.0 is the wide range of people that you get to meet. The show attracts students, artists, media, entrepreneurs, government policy-makers, academics and even investors. There was an incredible number of video cameras there, both filming the event and showing off digital video applications.
Our booth was located right at the main entrance so we had lots of traffic. Several people called us up after the show to say that they dropped by to say hello but were unable to get into our booth. We highlighted our new logo and corporate identity, along with our cloud management platform. We certainly have made a great deal of progress since our launch as a small start-up at Canada 3.0 2010 exactly one year ago. A great deal of that was because of the hard work by the Canadian Cloud team. That’s me, Phil, and Walter in the booth. Brian and Stuart were there as well.
We also met several attendees and exhibitors who wanted to talk about partnering. We were particularly pleased to meet John Tkaczewski from FileCatalyst, who provided the application that we are using to distribute the Canada 3.0 Road to Banff videos. There are lots of companies out there with great applications that only need a home. Our Trusted Canadian Cloud is a great platform on which to build and deploy your SaaS application.
We made the finals in the Road to Banff VC pitch-off competition but alas, did not win the grand prize of a trip to the Banff Venture Forum in September. Congratulations to Swiftmint, CleverU and Viafora for their wins and to all the other participants who made it such a great competition. Thanks also go out to the many judges who listened to the fifty pitches and provided excellent feedback.
The only down side of such a busy show is that I didn’t get a chance to see many of the panel discussions. I was really pleased to hear that “cloud” was thrown around a lot, along with “privacy” and “security”, because those are the foundations of our Trusted Canadian Cloud.
Congratulations to the organizers and volunteers who made Canada 3.0 2011 such a great success.
Wally Kowal is founder and president of Canadian Cloud Computing