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Adtech Impact Coming To Toronto

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I’m not sure how I missed this, but popular online marketing event “ad:tech”:http://www.ad-tech.com is bringing their killer one-day “ad:tech Impact”:http://www.ad-tech.com/impact/agenda.asp?subevent=4 event to Toronto on March 23rd.
The speaker roster is pretty much entirely US imports (other than Jerry Tarasofsky, Howard Firestone and Daniel Taras of “iPerception”:http://www.iperception.com, but that is also an advantage as we’ll get to hear some speakers that don’t normally venture this far north.
Those scheduled (assuming they’re not planning a “made in Canada” agenda for T.O.) include (hold your breath the list is LONG):

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CNMA Launches New Site

The Canadian New Media Awards just relaunched their web site in advance of nominations opening for the 2006 awards…

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Bill Sweetman to Join MacLaren McCann

Here’s some breaking industry news One Degree is proud to be the first to share with the community:
Industry veteran (and One Degree contributor) Bill Sweetman has signed on to join MacLaren McCann Direct & Interactive. Bill will become the agency’s Vice President, Internet Strategy, a new position designed to take full advantage of Bill’s 14 years as a consultant in the interactive media space. Read on…

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Toronto’s First DemoCamp A Success

_This article is by guest contributor Leila Boujnane._
How many people does it take to impact the software development community in Toronto: one! Just one angry David Crow! He was the initial instigator of TorCamp and Monday night’s DemoCamp was part II. Organized by Albert Lai from Bubbleshare and hosted at the BubbleLabs, it was a blast. Vive the unconference!
The meeting room was crowded, folks were excited about demo-ing their applications/stuff. Simple rules: you have 10-15 minutes to demo, you can field questions as you demo or leave them to the end, you can ask for help, constructive criticism or simply feedback. No PowerPoint.
Some great demos:

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Observed: Canada’s Most Influential Online Service Turns Ten

There were no official announcements made, which is a shame, but last week Canada’s most influential online service celebrated its tenth anniversary.
On the morning of November 29, 1995, at simultaneous press conferences in Toronto and Montreal, the Sympatico Internet service was announced.
Although the Sympatico signup software kit was intended to go on sale the following day, some curious and keen Canadians showed up at Bell stores on the 29th asking for the software and were able to purchase it 24-hours ahead of time. (By the way, you can often tell who some of the very first Sympatico members are by their email addresses. Some of them were lucky enough to be able to create accounts using just their first names, such as john@ as opposed to john.smith2000@.)
Original Sympatico Homepage
Backed by a (somewhat unruly and definitely ungainly) consortium made up of most, but not all, of Canada’s 10+ regional telcos at the time, Sympatico would go on to become Canada’s largest and most well-known consumer Internet service provider with millions of subscribers. The Sympatico.ca Website, later to be christened a “portal,” grew and grew to become Canada’s number one Internet media property, with over 15 million unique visitors a month.

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