Thursday, July 1, 2010

Waterloo designs, builds, and shares

Today is the July 1 Canada Day holiday where I live. Picking up from my post of last year, I’ll again celebrate Canadian achievements based on the design/build/share theme of this blog. This year I’ve focused entirely on those things here in Waterloo region.

Design: Sure, the Apple iPhone gets all the media attention these days, but Research in Motion created the market with its iconic BlackBerry more than a decade ago. Much of the design work is still done right here in Waterloo, in any of the many buildings that the company occupies.

Build: Speaking of mobile connectivity, tech behemoth Google relies upon a talented Waterloo team to build many of the cutting-edge HTML5-based Google Mobile applications (among other things). One of the reasons I enjoy my iPhone is that the mobile Safari web browser gives me access to these great apps.

Share: One of the things that I value (and write about often on this blog) here in Waterloo is the supportive technology community. DemoCampGuelph (@brydon), StartupCampWaterloo (@jrodgers, @sbwoodside), StartupDrinksWaterloo (@confusement) are just three events that I look forward to attending. All are organized by dedicated people who see value in building community and who generously share their time to make it happen. Thanks, all of you!

2 comments:

  1. Great post, Mark.

    With all the media hype of tech things far away, it's good to think of how much is done here at home.

    I appreciate your thoughtful commentary!

    Shaun

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  2. Thanks Shaun. There is indeed a lot be proud of here.

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