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Connect with IT

  • Oct 25, 2012 · 7:00 PM
  • West Coast Railway Heritage Park

October’s Connect! meeting is a panel discussion co-organized by the District of Squamish and Inside Edge. The panel will feature IT infrastructure providers, users, and the District of Squamish. We’ll discuss what IT Infrastructure is already available in Squamish, what opportunities we have to build on and benefit from local IT infrastructure, and what we can do to realize those opportunities. Attendees will get to ask questions and share ideas.

Whether you’re building tomorrow’s next massive internet startup, a revolutionary new multi-media art installation, or maybe you just need a reliable and fast way to process credit card transactions, this discussion is relevant to you.

Special thanks to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.  They are generously letting us host this event in their CN Roundhouse & Conference Centre.

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  • Heather D.

    Sounds like a good meet-up. BTW, any members interested in socializing while practicing Spanish in Squamish we have a meet-up group for that. Next is 7PM at Pepe & Gringos on Nov 10. RSVP online at Vancouver Spanish Language Meetup Group

    November 2, 2012

  • dave

    Something Squamish may benefit from is a local version of Wavefront ( ) based in Vancouver, there are many similar setups around Canada. They are government funded incubators, offering advice to start-ups but also sub leasing office space, meeting rooms, conference services.

    For additional info

    October 26, 2012

  • Chris E.

    Very engaging event with a well seasoned discussion panel and the audience was keen to give feedback. Thanks to all who made this event a success!

    October 26, 2012

  • Ian H.

    Free market development of IT infrastructure is the best model, though the current monopolies or potential duopolies are not the best version of that model. Muni's should not be in the business of providing expensive hardware with rapid obsolescence and requiring high cost skilled support. The 'cloud' can and would support many needs however is costly for data processing ( but cheap for <slow> storage ). If Quest were a research Uni' then there would be a steady flow of ideas and HQP.. alas. Local KBI could pool resources for commodity servers and reduce cost and overhead and grow capacity on demand. This model is being pursued at UBC. Typically a PI will get a grant and buy 100K$ of server, wait six months to implement and worry about support, maintenance and then repeat the process 3 years later. I'm sure many small business have the same issue. The plan at UBC is provide cpu cycles whilst shielding the user from the pain of ownership on a local level.

    October 25, 2012

  • Jim M.

    I am trying to wrap my head around the theme of tonights discussion and I am struggling with trying to define something. Perhaps you can help?

    Outside of physical hardware what does IT Infrastructure consist of in the modern sense...? Access to data? Social capital? Consumers?

    Any input greatly appreciated.

    October 25, 2012

    • David O.

      Here's a diagram that should shed some light on things for a non-starting point: http://www.datapercep...­

      October 25, 2012

    • David O.

      And for a positive look at the phrase: IT Infrastructure -- it can suggest any touch point, interaction and intention to access information using technology... meaning anything from using a cell phone to a point of sales to the computer running your car, could be considered IT infrastructure. For a municipality, it could be similar: anywhere were information is accessed, or could enhance our understanding of place and meaning, or could amplify our experience. IT Infrastructure SHOULD be a municipal utility, IMO. And a healthy municipality may offer much of this infrastructure for free, to support the innovation and lifestyle that reduces long term development costs while amplifying opportunity. Maybe.

      October 25, 2012

  • Chris P.

    I think it could be any of those things, and I'm sure some of that definition will get fleshed out tonight. Physical space suitable for IT business could also probably be considered part of IT Infrastructure. With the District attending and listening, I think we'd be well served to make sure we identify things the District could help with. And, hopefully tonight will be a catalyst for all of us to do more with some of the IT-related opportunities we have. I'm also assuming the discussion will help reveal some opportunities we're not yet even aware of.

    October 25, 2012

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