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WOW! What a summer we've been having. They say that when you start talking about the weather, it's usually a good sign you have nothing better to talk about. But in this case, it really is worth mentioning. I don't know about you, but I have not seen a summer like this in a very long time. It's been consistently sunny and warm, if not downright hotter than stink. Unless you are a farmer, you have no right to complain. With all this amazing weather, you would think everyone would be ditching voluntary events while opting to stay at home for the 3-B's, Beers and BBQ... (or is that 2?). But if you made it out to the last few Silicon Halton events, you would be convinced otherwise. The turnout to the monthly meetup sessions has been stellar. The Collaborations and Partnerships event at Emma's Back Porch in Burlington and the latest meetup at Ned Devine's in Milton were both extremely well attended. Feedback from the P2P groups has been similar. And anyone who attended the Demo Night in Milton can attest, the evening was a huge success. It would appear that we're doing something right. But we're always looking for more people to come out to these events so it's been a while since you last attended, please check the Events board on our website to see when and where the next events are being run. If, on the other hand, you have ideas that you think would make for interesting subject matter for any upcoming events, please contact either Rick Stomphorst or Chris Herbert. We're always looking for positive input and ideas.
It’s the dog days of summer… or is it? I just attended a Haltech P2P event hosted Robin Read-Griffin at Sheridon’s Trafalgar campus. The topic of the presentation revolved around ideas for better time management during slow times in our business. Times like those summer months when, as children we thought time travelled one-tenth the speed of time normally experienced in school. As adults we embrace summer as a time to do anything but work, holding onto that last bastion of our youth. Or is it? Most in the room acknowledged that summer does not represent a slow down in business but rather it has the reverse affect. Many found they were as busy if not more in the summer than they are in the winter months.
If you too find it busy in the summer months, it may be easy to forget about peripheral activities… like… oh... I don’t know… like Silicon Halton as an example. It’s important not to forget about SH during the summer months. The discussions are all just as valuable and the meet-ups just as informative. Understanding that most members are taking time to fill up schedules with valuable family activities during the summer months, the founders at Silicon Halton have worked very hard to put together an amazing schedule of activities for you. Please check the schedule of events and do yourself a favour and make every attempt to attend as many of these activities as possible. As always, if you have any additional comments of questions, please feel free to contact us at
As always, this newsletter is primarily a recap of the last month's activities and posts. It's designed to give you a quick overview of events and provide you with links to your favourite subjects. However, there are some net-new topics inside this coloumn and we encourage you to read through it to get the most out of this publication.
Spring is in the air. The flowers are blooming. The birds are chirping. April showers are melting winter's snow... ok... any other year that we actually had snow, it would be melting. People are preparing their taxes and planning on how they are going to spend their tax returns. With all spring things abuzz, it's important not to lose sight of some of the other important things in your life... like Silicon Halton. SH is an amazing group of like-minded people who share a common love for all things technology based. We encourage everyone to get out of their shells and get involved with Silicon Halton. Whether you are a solopreneur, the CEO of a company or an employee of an IT business, there are amazing benefits to being active within the group. Attend meetups or better yet, participate. We are always looking for people to present ideas, new technologies or a sample bio of themselves or their company. Join a tech tribe or start your own. If you have a specific passion for something and you think others in the group might also be interested in having regular discussions about it, then contact us to start your own tech tribe. We would love to assist you in getting it started. If you have any additional comments of questions, please feel free to contact us at
It's an exciting time to be assiciated with Silicon Halton. We're now over 600 members and still growing. With this growth comes an influx of articles, posts, meetings, events, presentations, blogs and other social media announcements. It's difficult at the best of times to keep up with everything that's going on, let alone try to find time for work, family and other commitments while staying on top of SH activities. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide Silicon Halton members with a summary of information filtered out of the last months events, activities and posts as well as a snapshot of what's coming up. We'll provide you with a Reader's Digest version of topics and provide you with links to appropriate URL's when available, should you want more details or attachements.
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