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Calgary’s Tech Community Makes BarCamp a Roaring Success!

May 10 2012
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barcamp calgary crowdDespite the weather last Saturday, Mount Royal University was packed with over 120 people (SOLD OUT!) collaborating and exchanging ideas at Startup Calgary’s BarCamp. If you’re unfamiliar, BarCamp is an “un-conference” where the agenda is created by the crowd. So unlike a traditional conference where speakers are pre-selected and announced in advance, at BarCamp you post topics of interest on a board, which are then voted on, and if your topic is selected you have to run the session

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Go Paperless, and Calgary’s eSchedule Will Plant Trees for You

May 10 2012
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eschedule paperless programWith the growing popularity of hand-held devices, Calgary’s eSchedule is on a mission to completely eliminate paper-based schedules by providing multiple options for people to check and manage their schedules online. They recently celebrated Earth Day by announcing a new program in partnership with Tree Canada where each customer will have one tree planted annually for every print-free schedule managed online.

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Calgary’s Minigroup Brings in Superheroes to Gamify Marketing

Apr 14 2012
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Minigroup SupergroupsReady or not, this is the decade of gamification. If you’re unfamiliar, gamification is the process of using game-like elements such as challenges, levels, badges, points and rewards to engage users, solve problems, and create pleasurable brand experiences. Being a gamer myself, I’m more likely to engage in an activity if it is fun. So when my twitter feed was flooded with quirky tweets like “Kapow! These masked men would keep their secret identities secret with Minigroup’s multiple profile feature,” I was compelled to see what the fuss was all about.

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Calgary’s eThor Named Most Innovative Startup On The Planet

Apr 02 2012
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Gary Ziegler, CEO, eThorCalgary startup, eThor, a platform that connects the point of sale system (POS) of any local business to any website or mobile app, empowering consumers to find and buy products online, has been making big waves over the past few months.

They won the AccelerateAB pitch competition (chosen from 70 companies from around the province), giving them three months of free space at the Plug and Play incubator in California; they won the award for “Best Presenting Company – IT Stream” at the Banff Venture Forum; they had an impressive first beta test, where a 30-store pizza chain, Garlic Jim’s was able to increase online sales by 76% ($1.37M) while doubling their online customer base in just 9 months; and they were recently named Startup of the Week on the Calgary Herald.

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