MISA (Municipal Information Systems Association) , an annual conference and tradeshow, was held in our home town of Waterloo this year and we are glad that we were part of it.
The objective of this conference is to assist municipal government representatives and others interested in the effective use of information technology to provide better and more cost-effective services to municipal taxpayers and clients.
Since Mad Hatters provide services in the realm of information technology like mobile computing, software development, marketing technology, interactive digital displays, and social media, this was an ideal conference to network with IT officials of our province. Apart from networking, this conference had different education stream sessions through out the two days. We also enjoyed the following keynote speakers:
Mike Lipkin, World-Renowned Motivator and Communicator: One of the world’s leading motivation speakers, helping to guide individuals and corporations on their “path to pre-eminence” in whatever it is they set out to do. The founder and President of Environics / Lipkin and the author of four bestselling motivational books, Mike has helped more than five hundred companies bring out the best in their leaders and employees around the world.
Linda Edgecombe, Best-Selling Author and Motivator: A highly sought-after speaker who The Wall Street Journal described as an expert at “Shifting Perspectives”. Linda inspires audiences to find the meaning in what they do and to let go of what’s not working. Her messages are as welcome as a deep belly laugh and as profound as an honest look in the mirror.
David J. Smith, BlackBerry Executive Vice President, Enterprise Mobile Computing: An expert in key trends facing businesses in a world that is becoming increasingly mobile. David is passionate about cloud computing, big data, personal and work information security, and the implications of mobility.
John Baker, Desire2Learn, President and CEO: Founded Desire2Learn in 1999 at the age of 22, while still a Systems Design Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. John is a strong believer in community involvement devoting both personal and business efforts to supporting educators and young entrepreneurs that are developing and applying technology to improve society worldwide.
James Lambe, Google Enterprise: He is the Canadian Country Manager for Google and focuses on Cloud Technologies for Messaging and Collaboration. He is also responsible for Google Geospatial, Search, and Chrome for Business units in Canada.
We also setup a booth table for our company where attendees dropped by and interacted with us. They were excited to see the only digital sign display provided by FastSigns. The visitors of our booth got a chance to drop their business cards to win an Android Tablet. Visitors were appreciated and we gave them a free Mad Hatter T-shirt. We brought back the entries of the Android Tablet draw to our office and announced the winner. We wanted to keep this transparent because the entrants of the draw usually don't have a clue how the winner gets selected.
Overall the conference met our expectations and we are already looking forward to the next one which we believe will be held in Ottawa, ON.