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    1. 1. GTA Cluster: Information & Communication Technology Mississauga l Waterloo l Silicon Valley l Christchurch NZ MRK 625MS
    2. 2. Mississauga ICT Cluster
    3. 3. Mississauga Technology Association <ul><li>Hub for networking between businesses, government and academia! </li></ul><ul><li>MTA hosts more than one hundred companies and numerous events </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Luncheons </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Guest speakers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seminars </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Primary Objectives; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide communication, collaboration and networking opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide series of technology-focused events for tech community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support city of Mississauga by attracting tech-based companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote development of university/college research programs </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Mississauga, Microsoft Hook Up <ul><li>Mississauga deploying Microsoft software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Part of a strategic IT decision </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Microsoft SQL server </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enables simplification & standardization of infrastructure & service management platform </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What does the new platform achieve? </li></ul><ul><li>Consolidates numerous databases </li></ul><ul><li>Gain deeper business insight </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver faster results on enterprise-class warehousing platform </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Waterloo ICT Cluster </li></ul>
    6. 6. ‘ Dormcubator’ at Waterloo University <ul><li>New incubator called “Velocity” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can collaborate on web, mobile or digital media applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where the ‘next big thing’ could happen </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will house 70 upper-level students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Working together to create viable entrepreneurial-based web, new media and mobile projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refine and strengthen business skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intensive selection procedure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Valuable way to collaborate on most cutting-edge projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Structure-less model empowers students to start a company – do something innovative! </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Waterloo Most Intelligent Community <ul><li>Awarded the 2007 intelligent community of the year </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria needed to win Intelligent Community Award </li></ul><ul><li>How advanced communities perform in deploying broadband </li></ul><ul><li>Building knowledge based workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Combining government & private sector “digital inclusion” </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Introduced award winning Waterloo Information Network (WTN) </li></ul><ul><li>Waterloo is a global model of cooperation between business, </li></ul><ul><li>government and academia </li></ul><ul><li>Accentuates reinvestment and make partnerships a priority </li></ul>
    8. 8. Waterloo’s Business Accelerator <ul><li>98% capacity- - Plans to expand </li></ul><ul><li>Industry experts assist eager entrepreneurs and businesses </li></ul><ul><li>reach their potential </li></ul><ul><li>Focus: early stage technology enterprise issues and promising </li></ul><ul><li>technology companies </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerator’s entrepreneurship council offers experience in </li></ul><ul><li>critical roles to growing an enterprise such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Investment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sales </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>R&D </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing & Sales, Product Development </li></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Silicon Valley ICT Cluster
    10. 11. Silicon Valley ICT – Software Cluster <ul><li>Largest industry cluster in the Silicon Valley </li></ul><ul><li>Software cluster includes software programming, testing, </li></ul><ul><li>architecture, e-mail, web hosting and internet services </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities? </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless software applications </li></ul><ul><li>Bioinformatics: applications enable convergence of research in life sciences with IT </li></ul><ul><li>Game Development: community beginning to invest in mobile and online games </li></ul><ul><li>Cluster Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Software Developers Forum, Information Technology Association of America, Software & Information Association , </li></ul><ul><li>San Jose Business Cluster </li></ul>
    11. 12. Software is embedded in the operations of most technology firms in the Valley, ranging from semiconductor design software, to the electronic games industry, software designed for the health and financial services industries, to software used to design medical devices and biomedical instruments
    12. 13. Israel-Valley Ties Keep Growing <ul><li>Israeli start-ups establish front-office operations in Silicon Valley to access potential partnerships  </li></ul><ul><li>Road shows are devised by California Israel Chamber of Commerce (CICC) members  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intended for Israeli companies and individuals seeking financing from angel investors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Israeli entrepreneurs already based in the Valley are launching new ventures while maintaining back room technology in Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Israel known to be an ”exporter” of start-ups that end up being acquired by acquisitive tech giant(s) such as Cisco Systems, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard </li></ul><ul><li>3DVU  intriguing technology that will “change the face of navigation.” </li></ul>
    13. 14. Christchurch NZ ICT Cluster
    14. 15. NZi3 National ICT Innovation Institute <ul><li>Located on campus at the University of Canterbury </li></ul><ul><li>The vision of NZi3 is to be a ‘ hothouse ’ of ICT research and </li></ul><ul><li>innovation; an icon for the ICT industry in New Zealand </li></ul><ul><li>Wishes to create long term strategic partnerships with both </li></ul><ul><li>national and global ICT companies to further research opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Primary output  research graduates nurtured within an environment </li></ul><ul><li>that fosters innovation/inventions and provides access to world-class </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Industry experts and academia work hand in hand on industry-led </li></ul><ul><li>projects </li></ul>
    15. 17. New Zealand ICT Profile – Software Sector <ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Think Global’ mindset enables region to design, develop and deliver scalable software, services and solutions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>New Zealand’s software industry is characterised by innovation, a creative approach to problem-solving and the innate ability to ‘ do more with less ’ </li></ul><ul><li>Software companies have established significant partnerships with some of the world’s most notable industry leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Software industry identified as a high growth sector </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Potential to double its contribution to growth of New Zealand </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>economy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Growing at around 8.7% annually - more than twice the </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>country’s economic average </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Prosper mightily in the areas including health, business </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>applications, 3D digital games and entertainment. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 18. CeBIT Event <ul><li>CeBIT is a business event for the international ICT, digital and </li></ul><ul><li>telecommunications industries </li></ul><ul><li>New Zealand's leading ICT companies attend CeBIT </li></ul><ul><li>New Zealand pavilion was an exceptional showcase for the </li></ul><ul><li>country’s capabilities: professional and cutting edge! </li></ul><ul><li>NZTE and its specialist inward investment unit, Investment </li></ul><ul><li>New Zealand , as well as a NZ recruitment company , Real </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment exhibited at the New Zealand Pavilion </li></ul>
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