branding, conferences, online shopping

Anyway you Sylce.it

Anyone in the blogger / media / journalist realm interested in seeing a short presentation from the heads at Slyce on Oct. 30th in Montreal?

Possible meeting / interview with President Mark Elfenbien (Mood Media, Fun Technologies) and or Co-Founder Cameron Chell (BIG, FutureLink & UrtheCast). Let me know and I’ll hook you up with the organizers.

If you don’t already know Slyce (the want engine), see below for more info.

======= See it. Slyce it. Buy it. Slyce uses proprietary Visual Search technology that analyzes combinations of product attributes within an image to provide a search result. And the more your products are added to the system, the more accurate the search results get. Slyce doesn’t use barcodes or QR codes — the product itself is enough.

http://slyce.it/demo

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conferences, new media, Portfolio, social media trends, TV

Daisy, a pink logo and NAB

A few weeks ago Daisy Whitney asked me to come up with a logo for her involvement at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Expo.  Daisy  is a partner in the Broadband Theater Sessions. This is a brand new exhibit area for the NAB Show:

The newest exhibit area at the NAB Show focuses on broadband-enabled TVs, online video, mobile broadband networks, platforms, set-top boxes, gaming, IP, streaming, advertising, monetization and the mavericks driving today’s media.

Exciting times for new media indeed!

I’m happy to announce that the logo is up and it looks great (although a little small).

conferences, gadgets, tech

Big Trend for 2010 – eBook Readers!

I was looking at some CES highlights and one thing (okay 2 things) were obvious to me.  One: 3D TV’s but that’s not what this post is about, and Two: eBook Readers!

At CES this year, there were no less than 11 eBook Reader offerings.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • E6 and E101 – Samsung
  • FLEPia – Fujitsu
  • iRiver
  • DMC Copia Reader
  • Entourage eDge
  • Alex eReader – Spring Designs
  • Skiff
  • Que – Plastic Logic
  • Hanvon
  • Amazon Kindle and Kindle DX (Now available on a Global scale)
  • Intereads – Cool-ER

Wow!  Add the rumored Apple tablet to that and that means lots of choices.  Yes this might mean confusion, but with this kind of competition, it’s the consumer that wins out.

I am more an audiobook reader but I still wonder who will win out in the end.

Here’s a link to Macworld’s article which covers the basics on each.

Which one do you think will win?  Do you agree that eBook Readers are the future of the publishing industry?  Let me know what you think.

cause-related, conferences, social media trends

The Twitter effect

I just finished experiencing the Challenge Your World event with Guy Kawasaki in Montreal entirely through Twitter.

What was this event?

Rendez-vous 09 – A featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week and Challenge Your World

I wasn’t able to attend tonight’s event, but just by reading the live Tweeting (and vigouous ReTweeting), the Twitterverse was able gave me a real sense of the energy in a room filled with over 500 attendees.

All proceeds of the evening benefited CARE Canada and according to the latest Challenge Your World Tweet – $17,000 was raised.  That’s amazing!

Congrats to Martin Lessard (@martinlessard) and the Challenge Your World Team (#CYW & @challengeworld).  Your hard work has definitely paid off tonight!

Although I wasn’t there to witness and experience the magic of Guy Kawasaki myself, it was obvious that the Twitterverse was able to transfer his passion, positivity and his inspiring keynote 140 characters at a time.  Thanks to RT’s from @kimvallee, @jeromeparadis, @emergent007, @zelaurent, @bdescary, @evablue and many more.

Cheers to Guy Kawasaki, Challenge Your World and Twitter tonight!

 

conferences

Yes for YES!

jpeg-for-website-copy1I attended Youth Employment Services’ (YES) 12th Annual Entrepreneurial Conference today and I was totally satisfied with my experience.

The conference began with a keynote with Montreal’s Real Estate mogul  Tatiana Londono (see her also on HGTV’s The Property Shop).  Tat (as she calls herself) shared experiences and explained that hard work, not to take no for an answer and to have a clear goal got her where she is today.   Tatiana is proof that keeping your eye on the ball gets you what you want.  Kudos to her!

After a few questions, the round table sessions began.  There were no less than 20 different subjects covered.  From basic legal and accounting issues to guerrilla marketing techniques and home-based business tips.  The YES conference had something for everyone.  See the complete list of round table subjects here.

Unfortunately, we were only allowed to attend 2 round tables.  Which means that I missed the other 18 or so subjects covered.  Perhaps a two-day conference should be considered in the future.

The rest of the afternoon was spent on Entrepreneurship Idol.  Five pre-selected business ideas were given 5 minutes to pitch their idea.  The 5 teams nervously described their ideas in front an audience of 75+ as well as 3 discerning judges, Mitch Joel, President of TwistImage; Louise Guay, President and Founder of My Virtual Model; and Pino Di Ioia, Co-Founder of moozoo juices® and CEO of BeaverTails®. The host/emcee/time keeper was none other than CJAD’s Rick Peterson.

The Contestants:

A free culture and art magazine called Snap!, a Sustainable Agency, search sales with Salesaholics, get your fill with Fantasy Sports and Stocks site, a houla-hoop program for better health in our schools.

The Winner:

Snap! Congrats to them – they won $2,500!