HackOTT Judges

Let us introduce you the HackOTT judges you will need to impress with your applications and demos on Saturday February 26, 2011. The way HackOTT is scheduled you will be demoing the application you spent the day building to a panel of 3 industry judges. As a reminder here is our HackOTT schedule:

  • 9:00 – Breakfast and introductions: Meet your HackOTT organizers and all the developers, get acquainted with the space + final schedule + grab a breakfast of champions!
  • 9:30 – API presentation: learn about the APIs available. Each API provider will have 5 minutes to introduce their API, discuss its salient features and get you excited about using it.
  • 10:15 – Open Planning: come up with hacking idea and build a team. This is a white board exercise: if you have an idea that you would like work on, just puts its name down on the white board; if you are looking to build a team, identify yourself to other developers with the skill sets that you need. If you are looking for ideas, identify yourself to other developers as well.
  • 10:30 – Hacking setup and start. You claim a little spot of the office with your team or by yourself and start working on your project.
  • Noon – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Hacking
  • 5:00 – Application presentation – 3 minutes for each presenter!
  • 6:00 – Judging and prizes
  • 6:30 – Off to nearby pub for celebrations!

As you can see from our schedule, our 3 judges will join us for the application presentations. They will be in the audience and will be listening to your presentation. If you don’t use your full 3 minutes for your presentation, they will be able to ask you a question (if they have any). At the end of the presentations the judges will retire to their judging chambers to select our winners.

So, please meet our judges (in alphabetical order):

Scott Annan is a founding partner of Mercury Grove & CEO of Network Hippo / @scottannan
Over the last six years Mercury Grove has worked on some great projects with amazing people in interesting companies including Tempur-Pedic, Applebee’s, Procter & Gamble (Pampers.com), The Coleman Company, Western Southern, OC Transpo, the AIM Group, and Office Suites PLUS.

In 2009, he launched Network Hippo. Network Hippo is a smart address book for startups and professionals. It combines and scrubs contact information from dozens of sources, finds more info about them on the web and social networks, plugins into your email, and alerts you when – and who – you should contact. It’s a smarter, personal, social CRM.

Scott Annan has won the OCRI Bootstrap award, and Ottawa’s Top 40 Under 40.  He is very active in the Ottawa startup community and has opened up their offices to other innovative entrepreneurs who are trying to change the world in their own ways.

Chris Howell, Senior VP, Technology, High Road Communications

Chris has been developing engaging and usable data-driven web applications for over 15 years.  He specializes in the use of Microsoft technologies for delivering business solutions over the web. Chris leads High Road’s development efforts, ensuring the timely deliverance of quality Web applications. He is involved in every stage of High Road’s development life cycle, from proposal to delivery.

Prior to joining High Road, Chris was a consultant with CGI, specializing in Internet application development.  He also spent 4 years architecting enterprise applications for the Department of National Defence.

Chris holds dual diplomas in both Business Administration and Information Systems with honours from Algonquin College.  He also attended Carleton University’s school of Commerce.  Chris is an avid participant in the .NET community, a member of the Ottawa .NET User Group, and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Robert Woodbridge / @robwoodbridge

For 18 years Robert has been a student of business, immersed in roles ranging from founder, strategic advisor, board member and coach to VP Operations, President and CEO. In each of the companies that Robert has been involved with, he has helped shape strategy, marketing initiatives and product development, built exceptional teams and spoken to thousands of people about a wider range of topics.

Robert currently runs a consultancy that helps companies excel in mobile/wireless world. He helps them embrace mobile where it makes business sense, and leverage mobile technology to expand their market and service customers in a more engaging way.

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    Innovation Place - Innovation Place is home to approximately 40 clients in six buildings, employing more than 1,600 people.

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    iQmetrix Software - At iQmetrix, we create great experiences for retailers, their employees, and the end consumer.

    GB Internet Solutions - We’re proud parents to GasBuddy.com and OpenStoreLoyalty.com, and while we don’t like to play favorites, the GasBuddy app has over 30 million downloads!

  • HackREGINA Community Sponsors

    YellowAPI - Our curated local search API is built off of the strength of the Yellow Pages database of over 1.5 million geo-localized business listings and associated rich content.

    Canadian Youth Business Foundation - Are you an aspiring young entrepreneur, aged 18 to 39, with a solid business idea? Are you looking for the financial support and expert advice that will help you bring your great business idea to life? The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) can help.

  • HackREGINA API Sponsors

    eHealth Saskatchewan - eHealth Saskatchewan employees and consultants are committed to making a difference for Saskatchewan residents by supporting health care providers through making important clinical information available electronically.

    Cashtie - InComm’s new Cashtie API opens up access to retailers point of sale (POS) systems, allowing any approved developer to sell online goods to consumers at these high value retail locations—opening up the possibility for web and mobile applications to accept cash payments for virtual goods, services and utilities at top retailers.

    Twilio - Twilio powers the future of business communications, enabling phones, VoIP, and messaging to be embedded into web, desktop, and mobile software.

    Wit - Wit allows you to build a Siri-like speech interface for you app in 5 min! It's an API that turns speech or text into JSON.

    Windows Azure - Add a cloud backend to your apps in minutes, enabling your apps to reach every user on every platform. With support for popular languages and open REST APIs, you’ll be ready to integrate Windows Azure into your apps in minutes. Use any of Windows Azure’s APIs to complete your hacks. You’ll need to activate a FREE trial or your MSDN Windows Azure benefits prior to using Windows Azure.

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