UPDATED: Mobile App Companies in Ottawa

There is a lot of interest in the mobile app development cluster in Ottawa.  I have been maintaining an  inventory of companies in Ottawa who are/were developing mobile apps or mobile related software.  The current list of companies I found is below:

If anyone has others to add please drop me a note at brian@purpleforge.com, or add to the comment thread for this posting.  I will keep this list up-to-date.

Interested in mobile app companies in Toronto?  Check out this post – https://purplejunction.com/2012/08/31/mobile-app-companies-in-toronto/

Looking for a job at a great mobile app company?  Send your resume to careers@purpleforge.com.

Mobile App Companies in the Ottawa Region

UPDATED: go here https://purplejunction.com/2012/08/25/updated-mobile-companies-in-ottawa/

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There has been a lot of interest in the mobile app development cluster in Ottawa.  I recently took an  inventory of companies in Ottawa who were developing mobile apps or mobile related software.  The current list of companies I found is below:

If anyone has others to add please drop me a note at brian@purpleforge.com, or add to the comment thread for this posting.  I will keep this list up-to-date.

Looking for a job at a great mobile app company?  Send your resume to careers@purpleforge.com.

Older versions of this post:

https://purplejunction.com/2010/07/17/mobile-app-companies-in-the-ottawa-region/

Latest Employment Stats for October

Region Unemployment Rate
Ottawa 5.2%
Gatineau 5.9%
Ontario 9.3%
Canada 8.6%
U.S. 10.2% (26 year high) / 17.5% (including underemployed)

The Globe and Mail has this interactive webpage that gives numbers by city and province:

octoberrates

BMO publishes employment reports for the US and Canada.

Stats Canada Labour Force Survey Nov 6, 2009 provides some insights in the job types and associated impacts:

Employment by class of worker and industry (based on NAICS)
September 2009 October 2009 September to October 2009 October 2008 to October 2009
Seasonally adjusted
thousands % change
Class of worker
Employees 14,110.5 14,039.8 -0.5 -3.5
Self-employed 2,727.5 2,755.0 1.0 3.9
Public/private sector employees
Public 3,433.0 3,407.4 -0.7 -1.6
Private 10,677.5 10,632.3 -0.4 -4.1
All industries 16,838.0 16,794.8 -0.3 -2.3
Goods-producing sector 3,714.6 3,708.3 -0.2 -8.2
Agriculture 319.5 321.9 0.8 -1.3
Natural resources 313.0 301.7 -3.6 -11.0
Utilities 150.3 149.9 -0.3 0.9
Construction 1,166.8 1,178.0 1.0 -5.8
Manufacturing 1,765.0 1,756.8 -0.5 -11.0
Services-producing sector 13,123.4 13,086.4 -0.3 -0.5
Trade 2,662.9 2,632.1 -1.2 -1.7
Transportation and warehousing 797.7 819.9 2.8 -5.8
Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing 1,121.1 1,118.0 -0.3 4.4
Professional, scientific and technical services 1,199.8 1,196.9 -0.2 -0.6
Business, building and other support services 645.8 639.0 -1.1 -4.6
Educational services 1,188.4 1,196.5 0.7 -1.0
Health care and social assistance 1,946.8 1,955.1 0.4 1.7
Information, culture and recreation 791.5 785.1 -0.8 4.8
Accommodation and food services 1,032.0 1,034.5 0.2 -2.9
Other services 805.4 785.5 -2.5 2.5
Public administration 932.0 923.8 -0.9 -3.1

JobNob – Linking Unemployed and Startups?

I like watching what is going on in Silicon Valley in general.  There are always good tech and trend insights.  But there are also some very innovative ideas related to social innovation.
For instance there is the “JobNob” events being held in the valley.  JobNob links unemployed people with start-ups looking for volunteers to give a win-win to both.   The JobNob pitch is below:
Come “Jobnob” with cool new startups and other job seekers at this informal networking happy hour where unemployed people who want to keep their skills sharp are matched up with startups that could use their help.
  • Bummed Out Job Seekers – are you willing to volunteer at least 5 hours a week for a startup? Help out a startup and you’ll get a leg up on the competition, keep your skills sharp and have some good experience to put on your resume. And when the giant gears of the economy start churning again, you could well be one of the first ones back on the payroll.
  • Cash Strapped Startups – are you willing to buy a smart, talented, unemployed person a drink? Come with one or two specific projects that you need accomplished and we’ll help you find the perfect person to get the job done. And if you get funded you can always hire them!

They have run three JobNob events so far and have two more scheduled for August and September.

Related information and press coverage is available here.

This would be a great program to have running in Ottawa.  Organizations such as Lead to Win, OCRI,  The Ottawa Network, CATA or Ottawa Talent Initiative would be good sponsor organizations to make this happen locally.

50 most populous metro areas ranked by job postings per capita

Rankings Second Quarter 2009

50 most populous metro areas ranked by job postings per capita.

Rank (Last Qtr Rank) Metropolitian Area Job Postings Per 1000 People
1 (1) Washington, DC 133
2 (2) Baltimore, MD 90
3 (3) San Jose, CA 80
4 (7) Austin, TX 56
5 (6) Hartford, CT 54
6 (9) Seattle, WA 53
7 (8) Salt Lake City, UT 52
8 (11) Denver, CO 50
9 (5) Boston, MA 49
10 (4) Las Vegas, NV 49
11 (15) Charlotte, NC 49
12 (10) San Francisco, CA 47
13 (12) Milwaukee, WI 41
14 (30) Atlanta, GA 40
15 (13) Cincinnati, OH 39
16 (14) Oklahoma City, OK 39
17 (22) Orlando, FL 37
18 (23) Richmond, VA 37
19 (24) Jacksonville, FL 36
20 (16) Dallas, TX 36
21 (18) Phoenix, AZ 36
22 (19) Columbus, OH 36
23 (21) San Antonio, TX 36
24 (20) Tampa, FL 35
25 (31) Kansas City, MO 34
26 (34) Indianapolis, IN 34
27 (33) Sacramento, CA 34
28 (17) San Diego, CA 33
29 (27) Philadelphia, PA 33
30 (35) Nashville, TN 33
31 (29) St. Paul, MN 33
32 (26) Louisville, KY 33
33 (40) New Orleans, LA 32
34 (25) Houston, TX 32
35 (28) Cleveland, OH 32
36 (37) Providence, RI 31
37 (36) Pittsburgh, PA 31
38 (38) Memphis, TN 30
39 (32) Virginia Beach, VA 30
40 (44) St. Louis, MO 30
41 (39) Portland, OR 30
42 (42) New York, NY 28
43 (41) Birmingham, AL 28
44 (46) Chicago, IL 27
45 (43) Riverside, CA 26
46 (45) Los Angeles, CA 24
47 (47) Buffalo, NY 24
48 (48) Rochester, NY 19
49 (49) Miami, FL 17
50 (50) Detroit, MI 15

From http://www.indeed.com/jobtrends.jsp