From grassroots to governance: two worthy (and geeky) events coming up in Ottawa

You’ll be delighted to know the next #GGDOttawa event is in the works and we’re hoping to announce details very soon…

In the meantime, there are two events that are somewhat related to our next theme (Open Data Ottawa) that we thought you might be interested in:

HackFest Ottawa

#HackOTT will bring together the very best of Ottawa’s developers to spend the day developing web and mobile applications on top of some of the coolest public APIs.

Working in teams, hackers have just nine hours to build a working application from scratch and present it to the group for the chance to win prizes and recognition from some of the top developers in the Ottawa community.

WHAT: HackOTT, a full day of hacking

WHEN: February 26th, 2011

Event: 9am to 6pm
App showcase and awards: 6pm – 7 pm

WHERE: Shopify Offices – Ottawa

Register and find out more

The Canadian Internet Forum

The second event is the Canadian Internet Forum hosted by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)–a Girl Geek Dinners Ottawa sponsor. Here’s all the details:

On February 25, 2011, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) will host a unique and important event about the future of the Internet in Canada. The Internet has become an integral part of the economic, political and social lives of Canadians, and the Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) will provide a space for Canadians to discuss its future.

At the CIF, attendees will be engaged to provide their feedback and opinions about the results of the consultations. There will be opportunity to ask questions, debate and have their opinion heard about the direction the Internet should take in Canada. A panel of Canadian experts will discuss and debate the future of the Internet, including:

  • Jacob Glick, Canada Policy Counsel, Google
  • Dr. Gerri Sinclair, Executive Director, Masters of Digital Media Program at Vancouver’s Centre for Digital Media
  • Marc Blanchet, Network Engineer, Viagénie
  • Jim Roche, President and CEO, CANARIE

Canadian technology visionary Leonard Brody will give the keynote address.

Following the CIF, there will be a networking reception. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be webcast in English and French.

Event details :

February 25, 2011
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Reception to follow.
Brookstreet Hotel, Ottawa, ON

Registration is free and lunch and coffee will be served.


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  2. Leila Boujnane Says:

    Hi Kelly: Thanks for the HackOTT mention. We are sold out. The event definitely promises to be awesome. We are looking forward to meeting everyone in Ottawa next week!

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