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MAP Launch Event: June 19, 2013


Invites you to attend:

INNOVATING IN MOBILE: Lessons from Design Thinking

Please join the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC) for the launch of its new responsive website featuring videos from the Mobile Accelerator Program (MAP) 2013 series on New Product Development and the kick-off of the upcoming MAP series on Design Thinking.

Helping MEIC to launch the MAP series on Design Thinking is Dr. Niels Billou:

Innovating in Mobile: Lessons from Design Thinking

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

OCAD University Auditorium

Room 190, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

Welcome address by MEIC President and Academic Co-chair Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University.

Feature presentation by Dr. Niels Billou who will share his experience applying design thinking to new mobile product development.

nielsbillou  Dr. Niels Billou is an award-winning international educator, consultant, and sought after speaker, with deep expertise in innovation in a variety of contexts.  He has delivered courses and workshops  on entrepreneurship, innovation, design thinking, and international strategy to entrepreneurs as well as top executives from leading multinationals around the world He has taught at some of the premier global business schools and is currently on the faculty at Ivey Business School.

Dr. Billou holds an Honours BA and MBA from the Ivey Business School and a PhD from London Business School.



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Mobile Biz BootCamp 2013

Part of Mobile Innovations @ Discovery in Toronto May 25-28, 2013

logo The mobile landscape is exploding with new business opportunities for mobile developers and innovators. But it remains relatively unconquered, despite the well-known successes of the global mobile app economy.

There’s a whole world of opportunities for mobile developers. How can you profit from these opportunities?  What do you need to know to create a successful business in mobile or make mobile a profitable part of your large organization?

At MobileBiz BootCamp, you will learn from experienced mobile industry leaders, vendors and supporting organizations how to accelerate profitable growth in the global mobile landscape.

Mobile Biz BootCamp features:

  • An intensive one-day event focused on helping mobile developers go global
  • Targeted at innovators, entrepreneurs and corporate enterpreneurs in the mobile space
  • Global mobile industry experts sharing their insights into how to win in the mobile marketplace
  • Mobile developer technology workshops and speed mentoring
  • Priceless business, technology, industry, institution & academia networking

Register now as seating is limited.

For Mobile Innovations @ Discovery sponsoship details, please contact Murray McKercher at

Presenting Backbone’s 2nd Annual “Start Me Up – Innovation Campaign’

We are happy to share the news about Backbone Magazine’s 2nd annual “Start Me Up – Innovation Campaign”! Backbone has $100,000 in prizes for Canada’s most innovative start-ups, a live pitch event, and media coverage for the winner!

Do You Qualify?
You may qualify if you are an innovative Canadian technology start-up with a great business plan and less than $2 million in annual sales.The company founder or principal must be a university or college graduate of a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) program.

Don’t Wait!
Deadline for entries is 11:59 PM EST on March 30, 2013. The live pitch event will be held in Toronto on May 6, 2013.

For further event details and application information, visit

Also, don’t forget to check out the Backbone200 issue “The Best of Everything in Canadian Tech!” – online now!

The wait is over…

You want to be part of the mobile marketplace.
We want to help get you there.

Registration for MAP 2013 is now open! MAP focuses on developing the business skills of mobile business entrepreneurs. Through a series of six half-day workshops, mobile developers, producers, and designers will have the opportunity to connect with industry advisors and each other to form new business connections and receive support to help grow their business.
This six-week program will provide intensive half-day workshops on the 6 steps involved in developing mobile products/services. The program is as follows:

Workshop 1: Concept
Thursday, January 17, 2013
12:30-4:30 PM
Metro Hall, Room 308

Workshop 2: Definition & Business Case
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Workshop 3: Design & Development
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Workshop 4: Testing
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Workshop 5: Market Deployment
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Workshop 6: Maintenance
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Is MAP right for my business?

  • Startup businesses building mobile applications whose products would be conceived, developed, and sold within one year—mostly for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry platforms.
  • Established businesses developing mobile applications for future networks, who could benefit from MEIC’s access to research infrastructure to test their product’s usability, market potential, and technology by linking them to a range of contributing stakeholders including prospective consumers.
  • Businesses exploring the collaborative development, distribution, and interactive play of mobile applications over the expanding capabilities of the mobile internet.

Program Participant Eligibility
Acceptance is on a first-come-first-served basis, and the program will accept a maximum of 40 companies. Participants are able to register on a per workshop basis or purchase a MAP package including all 6 workshops.

Hear what last year’s participants had to say about MAP:

“MAP was great for helping us develop Fresh Grown Apps by helping us explore different areas that would affect our business. BlissEscape was developed after we did a thorough trend and drivers analysis by creating a Foresight board after learning the method from Dr. Suzanne Stein of OCAD in a MAP session. Networking with my cohorts at MAP was inspiring.  There were so many creative and driven people working on innovative projects. The energy of the group was motivating and the experience was enriching.”

-Colleen Madden Devan, FreshGrownApps

“As an entrepreneur experiencing the trials and tribulations of building a mobile startup, the MAP half-day workshops have been a revelation. With a diverse lineup of experienced presenters, insightful roundtable discussions, and a close-knit group of like-minded people to connect with, each workshop arms me with the information and inspiration I need to succeed in the mobile space. Highly recommended.”

-John Krissilas, TransitHub

“Excellent sessions – very useful content and good presenters.”

-Arvind Karir, MacXmum

“The last few weeks have been an amazing experience. I have thoroughly enjoyed the content of the MAP sessions and hanging with like-minded people. I definitely believe the information provided by MAP will help us in our future endeavours. We must keep in touch.”

-Steven Chinman, Metal Piranha

For more information and to register, visit

MAP is made possible with support from

Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon

Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon

November 23 to 25, 2012

Mozilla Open Source Space and Idée, Toronto

If you tinker in electronics, mechanics, microcontrollers or software, then we have an awesome weekend for you! Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon is a chance for newbies, hobbyists and pros alike to come together, build a robot and have some fun.

The hackathon will be held Friday November 23rd to Sunday November 25th, 2012 at Mozilla and Idée. On the Friday evening you’ll meet fellow robohackers, make teams, and come up with ideas for your robot. We also have some crash courses planned in Arduino, sensors, and motors to point you in the right direction. All day Saturday and on Sunday morning you’ll be building, testing and rethinking your ideas. By Sunday afternoon everyone will get to see your awesome creation, and prizes will be awarded based on design, innovation and technical wonder.

Register now to reserve your spot. Visit for details about the kit, the competition, and prizes!

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