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July 2019 Newsletter

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Connecting Alberta with IoT
The Alberta IoT Association was formed by numerous Alberta businesses rooted in the Internet of Things industry. With IoT soon becoming one of the largest industries in the world, it is important that Albertans are on the forefront of IoT operations integration, business opportunities, and expansion.

Latest News

Introducing Brenda Beckedorf, Alberta IoT's new Executive Director
Brenda started her career in technology with Graycon Group before moving on to start her own company with a focus on supporting growth in technology companies through sales strategies. She works closely with companies that focus on IoT Solutions across verticals such as mining. farming, and oil & gas to increase their markets, adding process and establishing new verticals. As Executive Director of Alberta IoT, Brenda’s focus will be to increase government and local industry awareness of Alberta IoT through dialogue, events, and social.
Edmonton Economic Development 5G External Advising
Alberta IoT Chairperson Mark Scantlebury is currently sitting on an external advisory board for the City Of Edmonton that is planning to implement a 5G network to become a leader. There may be opportunities for pilot project, so please let us know if you have applications and/or technology that fits with 5G.
Platform Calgary's Junction Program
Platform Calgary's Junction program is a 9 week, cohort-based, pre-seed-stage accelerator focused on equipping first time founders with the foundations they need to build and scale a successful technology-based business.
 
There is no cost to startups who are accepted into the program, which will run September 30 - November 29, 2019   

Junction is specifically designed to help early stage entrepreneurs who:
  • Are first-time tech founders
  • Have an innovation driven product and/or solution prototype
  • Are serious to learn how to move your company to the next level
  • Are seeking to validate their value proposition and business model with customers.
  • Are pre-seed, pre-revenue, or early revenue (<$ 1M ARR).
  • Are willing to commit to work onsite at Platform Beta (next door to Calgary's new Central Library) alongside other startups for 9 weeks.
Program Outcomes:
  • Discover and Test your product/market fit
  • Prepare your business for seed stage acceleration and investment.
  • Develop and refine a compelling Pitch
  • Set up a compelling Data Room that sets your company apart.
  • Access an expert advisor network
  • Grow your personal and business networks
  • Get a heads-up on the unknown 
The deadline for applications for Platform's fall 2019 Junction cohort is August 5th.   

Please visit https://www.platformcalgary.com/programs-and-events/junction/ to review the program, learn more and consider applying to the program!
CENGN is a government-funded organization with network/compute infrastructure and resources to help SMEs to test their solutions at scale.

Check them out at https://www.cengn.ca/
Alberta IoT Mention in Research Money Inc.
In an article published yesterday titled 'Businesses, innovators aim to make Canada a global leader in Internet of Things' Alberta was highlighted as a breeding ground for the next major tech centre focused on IoT." If you're not currently subscribed to Research Money Inc., you can sign up for a free trial to read the article.
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Have Something You Want to Share?

If you have an announcement you'd like to share about your business, let us know in advance and we will share it through our social channels and/or in this newsletter.

Call for Volunteers

We're looking for volunteers to join our committees! Let us know if you would like to lend a hand in any of the following areas:

Events - Matt Eskandar
Facilities - Laine Hotte
Funding - Steve Liang
Marketing/Membership - Mark Scantlebury
Nodes - Victor Lee

Membership Benefits Flyer

Please download a copy of our new Membership Benefits flyer and forward it to any contacts you have who might be interested in joining Alberta IoT!

Online Newsletter Signup
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Upcoming Events

INDUSTRY EVENT

Several of our members are going to be speaking at the IEEE Annual Information Technology, Electronics, & Mobile Communication Conference (IEMCON) at University of British Columbia on October 17-19th. Alberta IoT Members who will be presenting are Microsoft (Terry Mandin), Rogers (Jeffrey de Leeuw), Luxmux (Yonathan Dattner), SensorUp (Steve Liang), Extreme Telematics Corp. (Mark Scantlebury). You can read their bios & abstracts here. If you wish to attend the conference, please register via the button below. They are also looking to host a corporate exhibition and are willing to provide free spaces. Please contact Dr. Himadri Nath Saha if you are interested in participating.
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MONTHLY MEETINGS
Just a reminder - We're taking a break from our monthly meetings for the months of July & August. We want to ensure that as many members as possible can make it to our meetings, and a short break from the meetings will give our Board and planning committees a little more time to brainstorm, plan, and work on furthering initiatives like our Annual Technical Expo & Conference. Our monthly meetings will resume beginning September 6th.

September

Friday, September 6th

October

Friday, October 8th

Call for Presentations

We have space for presentations at our upcoming meetings - Contact us now to reserve your time slot. These presentations offer a valuable opportunity to share what your business is doing to advance IoT technology and connect with potential collaborators. Ideally we'd like to have one customer problem and one technology themed discussion each month.

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