We're on a roll to reach our goal of 2500 members by the end of 2013.
Think you might know some people who would benefit from the great community we've all built together here at Silicon Halton? A colleague, a neighbour, a family member? We'd love to have them join.
Think about all the great people you've met at Silicon Halton, all the great stuff you've learned from other members at meetups, all the great networking that has lead to business or new friendships!
Just two friends....invite them to join today.
Read Rick's post on this topic here.
UPDATE [Nov 27/13]: At the present time these priorities are on the back burner due to important priorities and focus areas for Mi6 Agency clients. I continue to be a supporter of Silicon Halton and am passionate about where the community can go and grow. My ongoing involvement and leadership on these will continue based on my availability and capacity to volunteer my time.
Since we founded Silicon Halton in November of 2009 our fundamental beliefs and values have not changed regarding the purpose of our community. Our purpose was and still is to be a catalyst that enables technology professionals to connect and build relationships, partnerships, products and learn from each other.
We believed and now have confirmed that the technology industry is vibrant and full of talented professionals and awesome technology companies. Some of which will be featured in 2014 via a spotlight series of posts and soft hat tech tours [please talk to me about this if you’re interested in sponsoring this initiative].
I wanted to begin the conversation with Silicon Halton members. Specifically, what are your priorities for Silicon Halton in 2014. Please don’t misread this as a challenge. Think of it as an opportunity. Silicon Halton is your community just as it is any other member. So, think about how your priorities for your career, your product idea or your company can dovetail into your community. Use the community to help you and others grow.
Here are my priorities for 2014 (yes, they are ambitious! But, members are stepping up to help. Let me know if you’re interested):
1) Technology Product Commercialization Peer to Peer Group (Twitter Tag: #TPCp2p)
2) Big Data & Analytics Hub
3) Technology Conference and Exposition
4) Funding for our community
If you’re interested in learning more about these priorities read on! Please note that these initiatives are exclusive to Silicon Halton members. SH members must physically work and/or live in Halton Region to qualify. We may change this condition at some point to include members from Silicon Peel.
I am co-leading this with Silicon Halton member Josh Hagan, Managing Partner of One Motion Technologies who is extremely passionate about technology and startups. This program is for individuals, who on their own or through their company, have an idea for a technology product that they want to commercialize. The product idea can be software based (including SaaS), hardware based or a combination of both.
The p2p will have 8-12 people which will form our first “cohort”. Over the coming months we will learn and apply the Lean Startup methods and share and support each other on our paths to commercializing our product ideas. Think of it as a hands on workshop, accelerator, startups team and mastermind group all rolled into one! Contact Josh or myself if you’d like to learn more.
Led by Silicon Halton member Guy Pearce, Managing Partner of REData and yours truly and in collaboration with the Big Data/Analytics peer to peer (#BDAp2p) group this is a brand new strategic initiative for us. What is a hub? A hub is defined as: “The central part of a wheel, rotating on or with the axle, and from which the spokes radiate. A place or thing that forms the effective center of an activity, region, or network.” The Big Data & Analytics Hub’s goal is to be a global centre for innovation, products, services, technologies, students and professionals in the areas of big data and analytics. Yes, this is ambitious, yes we may fail but you’d be surprised at how much is already happening in this space in Silicon Halton. The best way to learn more and get involved is to join our Big Data & Analytics Peer to Peer (p2p) group.
My agency, Mi6, will be producing this event in 2014. The core of this event will evolve around the people and companies that are making the Silicon Halton community an amazing ecosystem of talent, ideas, products and companies. I will be looking for participants, sponsors, suppliers, volunteers, funding and public support from politicians and municipalities. Let me know if you’re interested!
I’ll be supporting and advising the team who is looking into incorporation and funding sources for Silicon Halton. I’ll do everything I can to put in place the right model that stays true to the spirit and values that have made Silicon Halton what it is today and what it can become tomorrow.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I will provide updates on this post when we have something meaningful to share in terms of our progress.
Take some time and reflect on how your priorities in 2014 might help both you and Silicon Halton. Remember, this is our community...let’s continue to shape it together!
Feel free to add your thoughts by commenting below or the members only Linkedin group here.
Chris Herbert is the founder of Mi6 Agency. Mi6 Agency is a B2B (Business to Business) marketing and business development agency dedicated to helping companies build their brands and develop commercial relationships. He is the co-founder of ProductCamp Toronto and the Hi-tech community Silicon Halton. He tweets under the handle @B2Bspecialist.
Imagine an environment where professionals from the technology sector can work beside each other, learn from each other, share ideas and best practices with each other, attend technical presentations together or simply share a coffee together in the lunch room.
You would say this exists in virtually every forefront technology company.
But imagine if none of these professionals worked for the same company. What do we have that fosters this culture of collaboration? Virtually nothing.
Introducing a new concept to Burlington, where multiple technology professionals from multiple small companies all work within the same open space. This is not a single business, but a collaborative co-working space called the Burlington HiVE.
The Burlington HiVE is an open concept office space reengineered for IT professionals, startups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Those in the tech space know that “collisions”, unplanned interfacing between IT, Digital Media, ecommerce, etc., professionals often produce economic and/or professional growth.
The Burlington HiVE is the vision of Shaun Pennell, President of Pennell Inc., a Burlington based IT Strategy Consulting Services & Software Development company. Shaun’s initial vision is for the space to become a local tech hub of technology services. In one example, companies requiring custom software development could simply walk-in and meet companies who could provide those services. Shaun also visions the space being consistently used for evening workshops and events, the first of such being the Silicon Halton Meetup 37 (Your First CRM) on September 10th, 2013 and the Lean Startup Workshop on September 21st, 2013, also by Silicon Halton.
The Burlington HiVE, or simply “The Hive”, is conveniently located at ground-level in downtown Burlington and features the following amenities:
New facets will be built into the 6,100sqft space to fully align with the needs of the members. “We’re experimenting, some trial & error, to find the right needs for our members” says Shaun Pennell. “We want the space to be flexible, vibrant and fun, while striving to make it easy for members to run their businesses.”
The Hive fills a void for growing small businesses, the void between their home office and that first multi-year lease commitment. At the same time, The Hive removes any time, effort and concentration a member would typically consume looking after a physical office. Time & effort they can spend on their growing business, not fretting over the consequences of forgetting to lock the door.
Shaun’s bold vision is an environment that allows the individual small businesses to become “burstable”. A common concern among small tech businesses is being unable to take on too much work while maintaining the quality that gained them the work in the first place. Individual businesses will have the opportunity to engage with other complementary businesses in The Hive, to help them cope with the bursts of increased work.
Rates for the Burlington HiVE start at $299 / month. No contract.
You don’t have to be a member to use the facilities as The Hive provides a $30 flat day-rate for the common shared facilities and an hourly, 1/2 day, or full day rate for the boardroom, meeting room and multipurpose space.
The Burlington HiVE will open for Business on September 3rd, 2013 with the Grand Opening on October 25th. Dignitaries (TBA) will be in attendance for the cutting of the ribbon.
Six months ago I declared a new a BHAG for 2013, that being a goal of attaining 2,500 members by the end of 2013.
Why? 1% of a population or logical community is considered “critical mass.” Halton’s population is ~500,000. Critical mass in Halton is therefore 5,000 people. Our target is 0.5% of critical mass, or 2,500 members. With 2,500 members we will be half way to critical mass.
So what? We launched Silicon Halton over 3-years ago with two people. We entered 2012 with 600 members and accomplished an amazing amount. In 2012 our membership organically grew the by an astonishing 30%. For 2013 we want to grow by 300%.
By reaching 2,500 members I believe we will uncover hereto unknown opportunities for the Silicon Halton community. At 2,500 I believe we’ll reach a new significant threshold, a tipping point, in our ability to deliver value to the tech community, and members of the tech community will also experience greater prosperity, prosperity for Halton Region.
Can this be accomplished? I believe so. Look at this perspective: if each current member encouraged two people to join Silicon Halton this year, we would reach our goal. It can be that easy.
Add this to your email signature: Join @SiliconHalton. I did. Help us reach our 2013 goal of 2500 members. bit.ly/joinsh
Schedule these tweets, 1x/month: Join @SiliconHalton. I did. Help us reach our 2013 goal of 2500 members. bit.ly/joinsh
Place this message in your LinkedIn updates: Join SiliconHalton.com. I did. Help reach our 2013 goal of 2500 members. bit.ly/joinsh
Leverage your network: Take 10min and scan through your LinkedIn connections to identify two people in tech, in Halton, that could join, then send them (e.g.) one of the messages above.