Hamilton Economic Development

Export opportunities in edtech, fintech, digital media and more

Export opportunities in the ed:tech, fintech, digital media, wireless, M2M, cyber security and other technologies with seven upcoming Ontario IT trade missions overseas, two international buyers and a local sourcing forum. Summary below with details after my signature.

Ontario IT trade missions abroad:
1. Cyber security mission to RSA 2017, San Francisco, CA (must apply before May 27, 2016 so we can book space)
2. 9th annual SEUS–CP conference and B2B meetings, May 26-28, Tennesee – several tech subsectors
3. Connected Car trade mission to TU Automotive, Novi, MI, June 8-9, 2016 (3 spaces left)
4. Canadian Technology Hub in Japan (Jun-Sep, 2016), Free
5. Mobile tech mission to Mobile World Congress Shanghai, China, June 23 – July 1, 2016
6. Ontario ICT Trade Mission to Australia, (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, August 1-5, 2016)
7. Wireless & M2M trade mission to CTIA, Sept 7-9 – Las Vegas, NV (4 spots left)
8. Ontario ICT Trade Mission to Japan (October 24-28, 2016)

Incoming Buyers and local tech seminars
1) April 20, Toronto: Join Branham’s top 300
2) May 11: One-on-one meetings with TDSB’s CTO and briefing with Kevin Custer, founding principal of Arc Capital – attached
3) U.S. fintech firm seeks Ontario software development firm
4) Japan firm seeks to invest in Ontario technologies (cyber sec, big data, digital media, etc)

Details after my signature. Please follow up DIRECTLY with the person indicated on each item.

Mauricio Ospina
Area Director, ICT sector
International Trade Branch
Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
5th Floor, Hearst Block, 900 Bay St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M7A 2E1
Tel. (416) 325 6151, Mobile: (416) 845 0862
Fax (416) 325 6509
mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca
www.ontarioexports.com

ONTARIO IT TRADE MISSIONS ABROAD

1) Ontario cyber security trade mission to RSA Conference 2017 (must apply before Friday, April 22, 2016)
The Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC and the Government of Ontario’s International Trade Branch invite you to be part of the planned trade cybersecurity mission to RSA Conference 2017 (www.rsaconference.com). Deadline to apply: Friday, April 22, 2016 or sooner. Qualified companies must have never exhibited at RSA or be on their list of potential exhibitors. Your cheque, which must be included with the application, will be processed after your company is approved. RSA is the premier annual information security conference in cyber security including cyber threats, data breaches, social engineering, compliance, risk management and cloud security. This year’s program builds on last year’s successful trade mission. It is open to eight Ontario companies and will include turn-key exhibit space at the Ontario-Canada booths, plus meetings with major international integrators, a market intelligence briefing, a breakfast with members of the C100 and two exhibitor passes to RSA. Cost: $3,500 plus travel and accommodation. Financial assistance may be eligible through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program. Travel and accommodation are extra. Applications are required by Friday, April 22, 2016 so we can confirm industry interest and book space before May 1, 2016. For details contact Mauricio.Ospina@ontario.ca

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2) 9th annual SEUS–CP Conference and B2B meetings, May 26-28, Nashville, Tennessee
The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade invites you to participate in the upcoming Trade Mission to the 9th Annual SEUS-CP 2016 Conference and B2B Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee, May 26-28, 2016. Participate in the Business-to-Business (B2B) Meetings Program and meet with fellow delegates from six southeastern U.S. States in the following industry sectors featured at this year’s Conference:

• Entertainment (IT firms with digital & mobile technologies with application to film/music, digital game developers/animation software developers; IP/copy right protection technologies; and accounting & financial management solutions).
• Health Care (IT firms with self-health measurement systems; mobile health applications; solutions that integrate health status data with medical provider processes and the doctor-patient relationship; systems integrators)
• Transportation (including digital/mobile technologies, connected intelligence software)

For details contact Rita.patlan@ontario.ca

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3) Ontario connected car trade mission to TU-Automotive Detroit, June 8-9, 2016 – Michigan (3 spots left)
The Government of Ontario’s International Trade Branch would be leading a trade mission to TU-Automotive 2016, the world’s largest event dedicated to the connected car attracting over 3,000 delegates and 300 exhibitors. The program, open to eight Ontario-based companies in the sector targeting U.S. and international markets, will include an Ontario pavilion featuring 8 companies, databases, an Ontario Business reception, market briefing and possibly meetings with local decision-makers. Cost: $2,400 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is March 31, 2016). Regular fee is $2,700 (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant approved for the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program. For details contact mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca

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4) Canadian Technology Hub in Japan (Jun-Sep, 2016), Free
Canadian Embassy in Tokyo has established a new initiative “Canadian Technology Hub in Japan (CTJ Program)” and is calling for application from Canadian ICT companies offering innovative solution/technology, who are interested in receiving an enhanced market-entry virtual program from trade commissioners. Ontario companies providing the following technology are welcome to consider this good opportunity for FREE: IoT & Connected Vehicles, Big Data Analysis; Digital Media, including Digital Marketing (AdTech), Omnichannel, E-commerce, and FinTech, Public Security, Smart Homes and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. Contact Wenbo.Pan@Ontario.ca

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5) Ontario mobile technology mission to Mobile World Congress Shanghai
Shanghai, Hangzhou and Guangzhou/Shenzhen, China, June 23 – July 1, 2016
With 1.3 billion mobile phone owners and 700 million Internet users, China is the most populous digital telecom market in the world. MWC Shanghai http://www.mwcshanghai.com/ is Asia’s best annual gathering of mobile C-Level executives as well as the consumers passionate about mobile. In 2015, MWC Shanghai attracted nearly 350 exhibitors and 40,000 attendees, a 54% increase in attendees from the 2014 show with over 100 countries represented. 3,400 people attended the main conference, 55% at C-Level. The Ontario government will participate in the exhibition in the Ontario Pavilion at MWC Shanghai with a trade mission. Market briefing, technical seminar company visits and one-on-one meetings will be arranged with the support of Canadian Trade Commissioners in China and local Chinese partners including Huawei and ZTE. Please contact lisa.qi@ontario.ca if you are interested in learning more.

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6) Ontario ICT Trade Mission to Australia, (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, August 1-5, 2016), Participation fee: $800/company)
Are you an Ontario ICT company and looking to supply to the Australian public sector? Ontario will lead a trade mission of ICT companies to Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, in partnership with Canadian trade commissioners in Sydney and Canberra. Mission members will exhibit in Technology in Government, Australia’s largest ICT event for the public sector. Business to business meetings and related programs will be prepared for mission members in each visiting city, and Ontario companies can take advantage of this mission to showcase their ICT software, platforms, services and solutions that can contribute to drive Australian public sector & enterprise transformation. Contact Wenbo.Pan@Ontario.ca for more details.

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7) Ontario wireless & M2M trade mission to CTIA, Sept 7-9 – Las Vegas, USA (4 spots left)
The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade invites you to be part of the Ontario wireless and M2M trade mission to CTIA (www.ctiawireless.com). Twelve new and established companies will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion (# 2425) located on a main aisle next to Verizon and Samsung. Participants will also receive several value-added services including an up-to-date database, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception and a market intelligence briefing. In 2016, CTIA’s Super Mobility Week will feature the entire wireless ecosystem – Connected Heath and Home, M2M, content and networking technologies. Close to 50,000 people, over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 1,200 press and analysts worldwide. $2,200 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is June 30, 2016). Regular fee is $2,700. (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant approved for the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program For details contact mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca or call 416 325 6151

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8) Ontario ICT Trade Mission to Japan (October 24-28, 2016), Participation fee: $500/company
The Government of Ontario, in partnership with Canada Embassies in Tokyo, invites you to join with us to visit Japan in late October with the focus of IoT, mobile/wireless/digital solutions/FinTech. While in Japan, you will exhibit within the Canadian Pavilion at Japan IT Week Autumn, the largest B-to-B ICT event in Japan attracting 40,000+ visitors and 535 exhibitors in 2015. Business to Business meetings will be arranged for every participating company. Contact Wenbo.Pan@Ontario.ca for more details.

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INCOMING BUYERS AND LOCAL SEMINARS

1) April 20, Toronto: Join Branham’s top 300
Every spring Branham Group announces the results of our annual research into Canada’s Information and Communication Technology sector. The Branham300 is the definitive listing of Canada’s top publicly traded and privately held ICT companies, as ranked by revenue. We also highlight Up and Coming companies that are about to make a splash, and prominent multinationals operating in Canada. Come out to our free event on April 20th in Toronto to share some good food and drink, and to hear Branham CEO Wayne Gudbranson analyse the results of this year’s research. Be sure to arrive before 6:00 so you don’t miss his keynote. The results will go live on our Branham300 Web site on the same day. Details at https://2016branham300.eventbrite.com

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May 11: Ontario ED:TECH tech sourcing forum in Toronto:
Apply for one-on-one meetings with the CTO at the Toronto District School Board and a briefing with Kevin Custer, founding principal of Arc Capital. Joins us for the first Ontario technology sourcing forum focused on ed:tech. Learn about Do’s and Don’ts, Lessons Learned and Export Opportunities for Canada’s ed:tech sector, and meet with potential buyers for your technology. Partners include The Canadian Federal Government and ITAC. Details with Mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca and Yves.Belliveau@international.gc.ca (attached applicatin)

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2) Japan firm seeks to invest in Ontario technologies (cyber sec, big data, digital media, etc)
Marubeni (www.marubeni.com) is one of the largest Japanese trading houses with annual revenues of 7,834 billon Yen and 4,485 employees (excluding 1,931 local employees of overseas subsidiaries). Marubeni is interested in investing in Ontatrio companies with the following technologies: Cyber security, big data analytics, digital media for digital signboard and fintech (payment using smart device – ex. Paypal, International fund transfer – ex. Transferwise, Online venture ex. big data service – ex Affirm, Personal finance management – ex. Mint, Cloud accounting ex. Intuit, Investment support, big data – ex. Betterment, Crowdfunding service ex. Zopa). For details please contact Wenbo.Pan@Ontario.ca

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3) U.S. fintech firm seeks Ontario software development firm
A US fintech company that is developing a technology platform to facilitate interest rate swaps is looking for a development firm that has the financial services experience (ideally in swaps) to engage with them on a contract on all Software Development Phases. Languages (Java, Erlang, JavaScript, Python, Bash); Development Expertise (Multithreading, FIX protocol, Spring, Camel, React); DevOps Expertise (Linux (Ubuntu), Jenkins, Puppet, Git, Continuous Integration); QA Expertise (Test automation, Potato); General Expertise (Finance experience – ideally swaps, Good communication skills). Interested parties please send a 200 words company profile including strengths, experience, awards and major clients to Roshan.Mohan@international.gc.ca (contact Roshan also for details)

Trade opportunities with Costa Rica

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Take advantage of opportunities for growth in new, stable markets abroad!

The Economic Development Divisions of the City of Hamilton and Niagara Region, in partnership with the Cities of Welland and St. Catharines, invite you to attend an introductory information session on export and import opportunities presented by Procomer, the trade promotion office of Costa Rica. If you manufacture or distribute goods and are interested in the possibility of growing through import and export development, this session is for you.

For more information or to RSVP, please email Jennifer.Patterson@hamilton.ca or call 905-980-6000 x3334

Where: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St Paul St, St. Catharines, ON

When: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 from 0730 to 1000

Who: Growth-oriented businesses in Hamilton & Niagara exploring export and import development, possibly for the first time.

The agenda includes networking, Continental breakfast, and presentations by:

1. Michelle Corriols of PROCOMER, the trade representatives of the Consulate of
Costa Rica, on Costa Rican trade opportunities.
2. Bill Macheras of the Ontario Trade Commission, on specific Costa Rican opportunities for Canadian exporters.
3. Kevin Jacobi, Owner of WP Warehousing, testifying about his experience buying from Costa Rica.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

Jennifer

Jennifer Patterson, EcD, CEcD
Sr.Business Development Consultant
Past President of EDCO 2014
City of Hamilton
Planning & Economic Development Dept.
Tel: 905-546-2424 X4475
Cell: 905-536-0631
Email: Jennifer.Patterson@hamilton.ca

Motorola Solutions seeking Public safety, infrastructure and computing/mobile technologies

Motorola Solutions Inc. – Second Scouting Mission

Canada, Spring 2016

 

On behalf of the Government of Ontario and in collaboration with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Chicago, you are invited to apply for meetings with Motorola Solutions Inc (MSI) and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital (MSVC) in both Ontario and Quebec (date and city TBC).

 

Motorola Solutions Inc. (www.motorolasolutions.com) is a Chicago-based data communications and telecommunications equipment company, ranked 363 of the Fortune 500 companies. MSI is an industry leader in areas that include public safety communications from infrastructure to applications and devices such as radios as well as task-specific mobile computing devices for enterprises. If selected by MSI/MSVC, your company you will get 30-45 minutes to present to:

 

  • Reese Schroeder, Managing Director of Motorola Solutions Venture Capital
  • Eduardo Coronado,  EVP and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
  • Paul Steinberg Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Motorola Solutions Inc.

 

Complete this form and send to alexis.roy@international.gc.ca Only companies of interest to MSI and MSVC will be contacted with details.

 

Motorola is particularly interested in technologies for Government, Public Safety, Emergency Preparedness Markets as follows:

 

 

Intelligence-Led Public Safety Solutions

 

·      Mobile Intelligence Applications: mobile work force; digital evidence

·      Citizen engagement solutions

·      Big Data and Date analytics

·      Portable communication: location technology

·      Internet of Things

 

Connected First Responder of the Future

 

·      Sensors

·      Wearables

·      Real time transmission of information

·      Device and information management through non physical gesture (eye and voice interaction; mind control)

·      UI/UX Innovation

 

Mobile Application Ecosystem

 

·      Core Communication Apps

·      Core Collaboration & Productivity Apps

·      Core Device Enhancement Apps

·      Workflow and Workflow Enhancement Apps

·      Civilian Apps

 

Cybersecurity

 

 
 

Emerging areas

 

·      Block chain technology

·      Drones software

·      Artificial intelligence

·      Robotic company

 

APPLICATION FORM

Confidential information (once completed)

 

 

 

 

[company name]

 

 

[Logo]

A) Contact Information
Address of the company

 

Number & Street:

City:

Province:

Postal Code:

Website:

 

Contact Person

 

Name:

Title:

Email:

Phone:

B) Company Description
 

1.    Provide a company description no more than 100 words (include date you began operation and number of employees).

 

 

 

2.    Describe your core executive team.

 

 

3.    Financial Information: revenues in 2015; projected revenues for 2016; capital raised to date (if any and source); capital sought (if applicable).

 

 

 

4.    State of development: concept/proof of principle, prototype, commercial product/service.

 

C) Value Proposition
 

1.    What problem do you solve?

 

 

 

2.    What is your solution?

 

 

 

3.    What sets you apart from your competitors?

 

 

D) Business Plan
 

1.    Describe your revenue model/Go-to-Market strategy.

 

 

 

2.    Describe any obstacles or challenges you face in accomplishing your objectives.

 

 

 

3.    What is your ideal customer(s) to grow your business?

 

 

 

4.    What are your next milestones?

 

 

 

5.    What are you seeking from Motorola Solutions (this can take the form of an investment – Series A/B or a strategic partnership)?

 

 

E) Optional Additional Information
 

1.    Is there any additional information you would like considered in the review of your application (Industry recognition; Awards; News Releases)?

 

 

Fintech Brazil, Wireless/M2M, ConnectedCar vs E3, IT Japan/Korea and more!!!

Dear Ontario ICT companies and colleagues

Please read carefully this email as it includes a list of upcoming ICT trade missions as well as your expression of interest for a June Trade Mission to either E3 (gaming/entertainment) or to TU-Automotive (connected Car) – 8 companies are needed for either mission. Details after my signature.

• Brazilian fintech delegation – April 5, 2015, 8:30am – 17:30pm (Apply for meetings now!)
• Export opportunities with Sony, Citi, Oxford U, Zeta interactive
• Ontario trade mission to either E3 (gaming/entertainment) OR TU/automotive (Connected Car) – need answers before Feb. 12
• Ontario wireless trade mission to CTIA, Sept 7-9 – Las Vegas, USA
• ICT Opportunity@Japan: Market Entry Program “Canadian Technology Hub in Japan”, March 2016
• ICT Opportunity@Korea: Incoming Trade Commissioner Jonathon Kupi, March 2016
• ICT Opportunity@Japan: Incoming Japanese E-commerce Delegation, March 2016 (TBC)
• Ontario tech trade mission to ComunicAsia, May 31-June 3 – Singapore

Please contact the respective person indicated on each item below.

Mauricio Ospina
Area Director, ICT sector
International Trade Branch
Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
5th Floor, Hearst Block, 900 Bay St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M7A 2E1
Tel. (416) 325 6151, Mobile: (416) 845 0862
Fax (416) 325 6509
mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca
www.ontarioexports.com

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Brazilian fintech delegation – April 5, 2015, 8:30am – 17:30pm (Apply for meetings now!):
The Government of Ontario International Trade and Investment Branch (Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade) in partnership with MaRS Fintech, invites you to participate in a B2B session with a Brazilian financial services delegation comprised of banks, payment merchants/acquirers, fintech and tech firms. The group will be visiting Toronto as part of the Brazil-Ontario Innovation Week. These companies are seeking for technologies and partnerships ranging from insurance, emerging payments, peer-to-peer transaction, alternative lending , biometrics, blockchain technologies, crypto-currencies, analytics and mobile. The companies will select who they want to have 45 minute introductory B2B meetings with. Only those approved by the Brazilian firms will be contacted. There is no cost and the deadline to apply is Friday, March 4. Ontario businesses interested in participating should contact Nathalie Herman at nathalie.herman@international.gc.ca

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Export opportunities with Sony, Citi, Oxford U, Zeta interactive:
Matt Waldron from the Consulate in Miami offers the following opportunities with SwitchPitch Connect. If you have not already, please sign up for a free account on SwitchPitch and receive new projects in your sector. To get free access to all SwitchPitch Projects and events, join SwitchPitch Preferred here. When you’re ready to pitch for a project, ask Matthew (matthew.waldron@international.gc.ca) for a code that will get you a free year’s access to bid out for that project and any others that pop up during the year.

• Sony Music: Create VR lyric music videos and/or music experiences (CGI & real-life) – details here
• Sony Music – Create an iPad app that shows all assets and data relating to music releases – details here
• Citi – Technology to identify innovative human resources technologies to improve “Employee Journey” – Examples: Onboarding, HR management, distance learning, training, ongoing education. Details here
• Oxford University Press – Build a fun, engaging word/language game app to be used in connection with the Oxford Global Languages initiative – details here
• Zeta Interactive – The Zeta Interactive “Campaign Operations Management” initiative (COM) encompasses all aspects of our next generation administrative toolset for the oversight and execution of campaigns within the Zeta Marketing Cloud – details here
• Zeta Interactive – The Zeta Interactive “Content Standardization” initiative (ConStand) encompasses all aspects of our next generation administrative and end-user toolset for the management and analysis of content used within the Zeta Marketing Cloud – details here

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QUESTION: In June, Ontario will lead EITHER a trade mission to E3 (gaming/entertainment) OR a Connected Car trade mission to TU/automotive. A minimum of 8 companies are needed to make it a reality. Deadline to submit your Expression of Interest in either trade mission is February 12; after this date I will decide if we do the mission to either E3 or TU Automotive.

Ontario connected car trade mission to TU-Automotive Detroit, June 8-9, 2016 – Michigan
The Government of Ontario’s International Trade Branch would be leading a trade mission to TU-Automotive 2016, the world’s largest event dedicated to the connected car attracting over 3,000 delegates and 300 exhibitors. The program, open to eight Ontario-based companies in the sector targeting U.S. and international markets, will include an Ontario pavilion featuring 8 companies, databases, an Ontario Business reception, market briefing and possibly meetings with local decision-makers. Cost: $2,200 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is March 31, 2016). Regular fee is $2,500 (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priority registration only if applying with a first time participant pproved for the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program For details contact mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca or call 416 325 6151 (2 companies have expressed serious interest)

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Ontario video and games trade mission to E3, June 14-16 – Los Angeles, CA
The Government of Ontario’s International Trade Bracnh is planning to lead a trade mission to E3, the world’s premier trade show for computer, video and mobile games and related products attracting over 50,000 industry professionals and 300 exhibitors. The program, open to eight Ontario-based companies in the sector targeting U.S. and international markets, would include an Ontario pavilion featuring 8 companies, Databases, an Ontario Business reception, market briefing and possibly meetings with local decision-makers. $2,200 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is March 31, 2016). Regular fee is $2,500 (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priorioty registration only if applying with a first time participant pproved for the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program For details contact mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca or call 416 325 6151 (4 companies have expressed serious interest)

NOTE: Deadline to express interest is February 12; after this date I will decide if we do the mission to either E3 or TU Automotive.

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Ontario wireless trade mission to CTIA, Sept 7-9 – Las Vegas, USA
The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade invites you to be part of the Ontario wireless and M2M trade mission to CTIA (www.ctiawireless.com). Twenty four new and established companies will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion (# 2425) located on a main aisle next to Verizon and Samsung. Participants will also receive several value-added services including an up-to-date database, promotion at the Ontario Business Reception and a market intelligence briefing. In 2016, CTIA’s Super Mobility Week will feature the entire wireless ecosystem – Connected Heath and Home, M2M, content and networking technologies. Close to 50,000 people, over 1,000 exhibitors and more than 1,200 press and analysts worldwide. $2,200 for first time participants in an Ontario IT mission to the U.S. (deadline for “Early Bird” is June 30, 2016). Regular fee is $2,500. (travel and accommodation is extra). Past participants have priorioty registration only if applying with a first time participant pproved for the mission. Financial assistance to eligible companies from the may be available through Ontario’s www.exportaccess.ca and Canada’s CanExport Program For details contact mauricio.ospina@ontario.ca or call 416 325 6151

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ICT Opportunity@Japan: Market Entry Program “Canadian Technology Hub in Japan”, March 2016
Canadian Embassy in Tokyo has established a new initiative “Canadian Technology Hub in Japan” and is calling for application from Canadian ICT companies offering innovative solution/technology, who are interested in receiving an enhanced market-entry virtual program from trade commissioners. Ontario companies providing the following technology are welcome to consider this good opportunity for FREE: IoT & Connected Vehicles, Big Data Analysis; Digital Media, including Digital Marketing (AdTech), Omnichannel, E-commerce, and FinTech, Public Security, Smart Homes and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. For more information, please contact Wenbo Pan, Area Director: Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, at wenbo.pan@ontario.ca

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ICT Opportunity@Korea: Incoming Trade Commissioner Jonathon Kupi, March 2016
Jonathon Kupi, the Second Secretary and Trade Commissioner at Canadian Embassy in Korea, will be visiting Ontario March 9-11 and meet with Ontario companies working in digital media (gaming) and clean tech companies. If you would like to obtain a market update and discuss your plan with Korea, please contact Wenbo Pan, Area Director: Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, at wenbo.pan@ontario.ca

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ICT Opportunity@Japan: Incoming Japanese E-commerce Delegation, March 2016 (TBC)
A board member of AUCFAN, a major public listed company in Tokyo provids auction and shopping commodity and price information compare, search and analysis services (http://aucfan.co.jp/en/), will visite the Ottawa and Toronto to meet with Ontario ICT suppliers who serve e-commerce business. If you are interested, please contact Wenbo Pan, Area Director: Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, at wenbo.pan@ontario.ca

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Ontario tech trade mission to ComunicAsia, May 31-June 3 – Singapore
Ontario-based businesses are invited to join us, together with 45,000 attendees, at CommunicAsia, the most established ICT event of its kind in Asia (www.communicasia.com). The Ontario government is offering 12 Ontario companies the opportunity to exhibit in the Ontario showcase in the Canadian pavilion. Services offered to attendees include on-site meeting areas and a targeted B2B program involving pre-qualified buyers, decision-makers, strategic partners, distributors and resellers. On May 26-27 we will also offer an optional pre-show business mission to Vietnam to meet with pre-qualified buyers and strategic partners. The participation fee is $1,500 per company ($1,000 for first-time participants). For more information, please contact Corie McDougall, Area Director, Southeast Asia, at corie.mcdougall@ontario.ca

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Other upcoming Ontario ICT trade missions to the USA (contact Mauricio.Ospina@ontario.ca):

– Ad:tech in NYC, November 2016
– NAPTE 2017 in Miami, Jan 2017 or,
– CES 2017 in Vegas, Jan 2017
– SxSW 2017 in Austin, March 2017

Attend the upcoming breakfast seminar “Colombian Business Opportunities Overview”

Building on the success of our 2015 Pan Am Investment Program, the Hamilton-Niagara Partnership has been working with the Colombian Government Trade Commission PROCOLOMBIA and are pleased to invite you to attend the upcoming breakfast seminar “Colombian Business Opportunities Overview” – Join us on March 3rd to discover why Colombia represents a growing opportunity for your business.

For further details and to register please click on the following link – http://www.investinhamilton.ca/advantage-growing-oppotunities-colombia-offer.

We look forward to seeing you there!

When: Thursday March 3rd from 8:30am – 10:30am

Where: The Grand Olympia @ 660 Barton Street Stoney Creek, Ontario

Register: E-mail Elizabeth Konca @ elizabeth.knoca@hamilton.ca to RSVP

 

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Sold out Hacking Health Cafe energizes healthtech community

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Hacking Health (@hackinghealthca) started off last year in Montreal in an effort to connect developers and designers with healthcare professionals at a hackathon event in order to reduce the risk for healthcare innovations to develop solutions to healthcare problems. If that sounds a bit familiar, it’s probably because we have an event in Hamilton called AppsForHealth (@AppsForHealth) that recognized the same opportunity to connect developers, designers and healthcare professionals! The Hacking Health hackathon that took place in Montreal was so successful that cities like Toronto and Vancouver have now held Hacking Health events, and Hacking Health Cafe events have started up in cities all over to connect local healthtech communities:

Cafes are informal meetups to discuss and debate digital health in your city. Hacking Health Cafés are where people and ideas mingle.

Cafes were started by a local team in Montreal who wanted a space where people could easily and frequently discover ideas and people in digital health. The first few cafes in Montreal and Toronto filled up within hours of announcing the event so we realized there was a strong demand for a means to connect innovators interested in healthcare.

Cafes are an easy way for organizers and participants to foster a dynamic community. Cafes increase the surface area and diffusion of that reaction between different disciplines, which is the core mission at Hacking Health. If there isn’t one in your area, become a leader and let us help you organize one.

If you are looking to see what is happening locally or want to meet the talent you’re missing to make your vision a reality, find a Hacking Health Cafe near you.

 

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The first ever Hamilton Hacking Health Cafe took place last night at McMaster Innovation Park. The event was sponsored by Innovation FactoryHamilton Economic Development and the McMaster eHealth graduate program, and the speakers at the event were Dr. Michael Pray (@drmpray) and Duane Bender (@duane_bender).

Dr. Pray is a family doctor, electronic medical record user since 1998, associate lead physician for IT at the Hamilton Family Health Team, and Peer to Peer Leader for Ontario MD. Dr. Pray talked about his role as a family doctor and gave an outline of who’s who in the local system. He presented a brief outline of an example with a clinical problem (telederm referrals), the way thing are set up now, and an example of how new technologies (i.e. smartphones) can make this process easier.

Duane Bender is currently a faculty member and the Principal Investigator for the MEDIC Centre and Applied Research program at Mohawk College which focuses on the application of information and communications technologies to healthcare (“eHealth” and “mhealth”). MEDIC is a centre of excellence in the promotion, use, and testing of international healthcare information standards to achieve healthcare system interoperability as well as incorporating the use of mobile technology into healthcare.

 

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The event was yet another success for the local community! There were about 50-60 attendees total, with a healthy mix of healthcare professionals and software developers. People stayed long after the talks were over to get to know one another. I know at least one healthcare professional with an idea was able to connect with a few developers that night that may be able to help them build the solution.

 

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The best part from my perspective was hearing that Hacking Health is going to keep doing events in Hamilton. Another Hacking Health Cafe is being planned for January 2014, and a full blown Hacking Health Hackathon is being planned for May 2014. You can join their mailing list to be notified when these events are announced.

And that’s not all for upcoming healthtech events. MacGDA (@MacGDA1) is hosting a talk on The Gamification of Medicine & Education – Insights into Psychology on Tuesday November 5th. The AppsForHealth conference that has been hosted at Mohawk College for the last 3 years will also be back for a 4th edition in 2014.

 

 

Events that more regularly bringing together and catalyse the local healthtech community are a great sign of things to come for an area long-suspected to be a potential strength for Hamilton. Also, a big hats off to David Kemper (@dkemper) and Erin O’Neil (@erinlauraoneil) for stepping up and organizing this event for the community (Erin’s also the chapter lead for Ladies Learning Code in Hamilton too).

Check out some more pictures from Hamilton’s first ever Hacking Health Cafe:

 

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