A primer/glossary/listicle on Alberta's tech scene

Posted by Duncan Kinney

Alberta's tech scene is home to numerous associations, events, groups and government initiatives. This is a primer/glossary/listing of various technology related things going on in Alberta. A majority of these are currently on summer hiatus but once September rolls around activity should ramp up.

Unfortunately the list slants towards stuff in Calgary because that's where I'm from. If you know of any other relevant organizations, events, associations I'd love to see them in the comments. 

Democamp - Short demos of working software, no PowerPoint allowed.

Calgary Council for Advanced Technology - Monthly meeting for members as well as events and speakers.

WiTec - An wireless and telecom industry association that wants to grow and increase the competitiveness of the industry in Alberta.

Alberta ICT Council - Another industry association that supports the growth and development of Alberta's Information and Communications Technology sector.

Mobile Monday Calgary - MoMoCalgary is local outlet of www.mobilemonday.net, a global community of mobile industry visionaries, developers and influentials fostering cooperation and cross-border business development through virtual and live networking events to share ideas, best practices and trends from global markets. Kicks off after summer on Sept. 7th.

STIRR Canada - Started by iStockphoto founder Patrick Lor, STIRR Canada’s focuses on early stage startups. Think of it as a support network for entrepreneurs.

Digital Alberta - A industry association for the digital media set. They do professional development workshops, advocacy work, and business development activity.

Calgary Technologies Inc. + Infoport - CTI is a not-for-profit organization that offers a suite of programs, services and resources for business commercialization and incubation. Infoport is their event and information portal.

Techrev - A recognition engine for Calgary based tech companies. They're on the lookout for success stories. 

Alberta Council of Technologies - They advocate on behalf of Alberta’s technology-based enterprises, entrepreneurs, and industries for the creation of wealth in Alberta.

Calgary Agile Methods User Group - It just rolls off the tongue doesn't it. CAMUG provides a focal point for the use of agile methods in software development organizations in Calgary. Monthly meetings at the University of Calgary. 

Calgary Agile Project Leadership Network - A forum to discuss topics of interest relating to agile project leadership. Membership is free and the meetings are provided free to members through sponsorship by host companies.

MediaCamp - Preparations are beginning in Calgary for a bar camp style event with a focus on the media.

PodCalgary - A meetup for those interested in podcasting and new media.

Third Tuesday Calgary - A monthly meetup focused on exploring new developments in social media and online community building.

IVAC - An offshoot of AVAC they provide investment and other assistance to Alberta businesses in the ICT, life sciences and other industrial technology sectors to help them get to the best possible start in their fields.

If I missed you I apologize, I'd love to hear about your organization, event or association in the comments.

Company:
Innovate Calgary
Website:
http://www.innovatecalgary.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Innovate Calgary is where startups, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, industry and partners take innovation and ideas to business. It takes an ecosystem to drive the commercialization success of an innovation or discovery, and we are here to give you the help you need to take your startup, discovery or investment to the next stage of growth or market entry. How? It's simple, Just Ask. more

Company:
STIRR Canada
Website:
http://canada.stirr.net
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

STIRR Canada is a networking community for high-tech startup founders, founding teams, former founders, angel and VC funders, and technology journalists. Our events are designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. Whether you're learning to pitch (Pitch Lab), attending a mixer and listening to great advice (Tech Mixer), or meeting other founders for a roundtable dinner (Founders' Table). STIRR has an event for... more

Company:
Digital Alberta
Website:
http://www.digitalalberta.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Digital Alberta is an industry-led organization devoted to promoting and connecting our thriving digital media community across Alberta, Canada. Through professional development workshops, advocacy work, and business development activity, Digital Alberta is building the digital media industry provincially and promoting it abroad. The digital media industry is defined as the creative convergence of digital arts,... more

Company:
AVAC Ltd.
Website:
http://www.avacltd.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

AVAC Ltd. is a private not-for-profit company that invests strategically in promising early-stage commercial businesses focusing on the expansion of Alberta’s value-added agri-business, ICT, life sciences, and other industrial technology sectors. AVAC also participates in commercially-relevant agricultural research and is a strategic fund-of-fund investor in early stage venture capital. Created in 1997, AVAC has... more

Company:
WiTec Alberta
Website:
http://www.witec.ca
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

WiTec Alberta is an industry association focused on supporting the Wireless & Telecom industry in the Province of Alberta. The aim of the Association is to help link and leverage organizations, events, resources and projects that are helping to grow and strengthen the Wireless & Telecom sectors in the Province. In addition, WiTec Alberta strives to bring focus and support to areas where industry opportunities exist. more

Company:
Techrev
Website:
http://www.techrev.ca/
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

TechRev profiles local technology leaders from across the broad spectrum of advanced technology, promoting opportunities for investment, collaboration, and innovation. more


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Duncan Kinney

Duncan Kinney

Duncan is the founder of yycBlogs, a local blog aggregator and the main force behind the yycPhotobook, a crowdsourced photobook. Duncan is a recent grad of Mount Royal College's Journalism program and over the past several years has reported, shot and edited for the Castlegar News , the Reflector, the Calgary Journal, the Edmonton Sun and the Calgary Sun. Duncan has since seen the error in his... more



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