Playing "Catch up"

I seem to remember a time when the weeks leading up to Christmas where everyone started winding down and, in general, there wasn’t much to do.

For now it seems that time is gone – in brief here’s a few things I wanted to blog about over the past couple of weeks but just haven’t had the time to get to:

1. Mark Evan’s talk at the Toronto Venture Group breakfast
Entrepreneur, turned reporter, turned entrepreneur Mark Evans gave a talk at the Toronto Venture Group’s monthly breakfast last week. I’ve followed Mark’s blog for much of the last year and have always liked his take on the various going-ons in and around the high tech space.

I hadn’t attended one of these breakfasts before and in this case was invited as a guest of Alicia Bulwik from the ICT Toronto group. Great talk, good breakfast and some good conversation before and after. David Crow & Thomas Purves both put up some good summaries on their blogs.

2. Toronto Tech Week Announced
While I was at the breakfast mentioned above I started seeing the first signs (via email/RSS) that Toronto Tech Week was being officially announced for May 28 – June 1, 2007. An ICT Toronto initiative, Toronto Tech Week is intended to help raise the profile of Toronto as a world leading, technology capital.

During this event, named “Toronto Technology Week” (TTW) a series of activities will be undertaken to showcase the depth and breath of Toronto’s high technology sector. These will include trade associations’ events such as seminars and business networking functions, job fairs, collaboration demonstrations, an ICT business open door program, school projects, educational seminars, special exhibits showcasing innovation & excellence and other ICT sector-related activities.

Should be an interesting week – I’ll blog more about this as details get firmed up. There will no doubt be a BarCamp during that week and the Mesh Conference is already scheduled and there’s plenty more in the works.

Other posts on Tech Week: David Crow, Mark Kuznicki

3. EnterpriseCamp – January 2007
The next “BarCamp” (of sorts) was announced this past week as well. Dubbed “EnterpriseCamp” it is described as:

Think of it as a way to get the enterprise development community together in Toronto in a BarCamp style unconference.

This event focuses on enterprise software infrastructure, solutions and development. Topics could include Enterprise 2.0, Business Intelligence Applications, ECM, Collaboration, Employee Self-Service, Records Management, Enterprise Search, Technology Infrastructure, Workflow Automation – It’s up to you.

EnterpriseCamp will take place on January 13th, 2007.