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Networking for Mobile Developers and Entrepreneurs in Ottawa

There are several places to find out about networking events in Ottawa for mobile developers and entrepreneurs in Ottawa.  The current list is below.

Ottawa Android Developer Group

Ottawa Smartphone Games Group

Lead to Win

TIM Lectures

Mobile Monday

Ottawa Web Design, UX Design & Web Development Meetup Group

Startup Grind Ottawa

Third Tuesday Ottawa

CocaHeads Ottawa

Ottawa Linux Users Group

BlackBerry Developers Group

Ottawa Startup Drinks

Ottawa JavaScript

Tech Tuesday – once a month at Marshes Golf Club – contact to get added to email distribution

Please let me know if there are others to be added to the list by dropping me a note at, or posting a comment against this entry.

Mobile Application for iPhone Allows Canadian Tulip Festival Visitors to Personalize and Share Their Experience, and Automatically Find Clues to Treasure

The Canadian Tulip Festival ( announced today that it has partnered with Purple Forge to create a mobile application for iPhones that allows users to create postcards on-the-fly by selecting their own stamps, themes and photographs of the festival that can be shared with their friends using email, Twitter or Facebook. Combined with event schedules, video, QR code scanner and weather information, the application is the go-to mobile electronic guide for The Canadian Tulip Festival and The Great Canadian Tulip Treasure Hunt.

Canadian Tulip Festival iPhone App

Canadian Tulip Festival iPhone App

Quote startEnhancing the quality of visitor experience is a key goal of the Festival, and this innovative mobile application for iPhones from Purple Forge allows the experience to be personalized and sharedQuote end

“Enhancing the quality of visitor experience is a key goal of the Festival, and this innovative mobile application for iPhones from Purple Forge allows the experience to be personalized and shared,” said Najwa Farhat, Program Coordinator at The Canadian Tulip Festival. “iPhone users will certainly enjoy the feature that automatically locates and registers clues in this year’s Great Canadian Treasure Hunt.”

There are 60 prizes to be won in the treasure hunt at this year’s 60th anniversary edition of The Canadian Tulip Festival. To qualify to win, anyone over 18–with or without an iPhone– just has to visit any six of the many designated treasure hunt locations where they will be given a clue, and then submit the six different clues they collect to the Festival’s web site. For contestants with iPhones, it’s now even easier: by downloading the location-based app from Purple Forge they can register at the touch of a button from any designated clue location and automatically get credited with having successfully found a “clue.” Complete information and rules for the treasure hunt are at

“We are very pleased to be partnering with The Canadian Tulip Festival on this innovative mobile application,” said John Craig, VP Sales and Marketing at Purple Forge. “This is a bold technological step forward in festival marketing and attendee engagement, allowing visitors to become ambassadors of the festival and share the experience with their friends.”

About Purple Forge
Purple Forge, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, is the leading global provider of mobile apps to politicians, event organizers and associations. Its applications are developed around the principle of mobile community engagement, empowering organizations to broadcast information to their target audience, who in turn share it and act on it for the benefit of all.

For more information about Purple Forge, please visit

Link to Tulip Festival Mobile Application:

For more information on The Canadian Tulip Festival and The Great Canadian Tulip Treasure Hunt please visit or call 613-567-5757 or 1-800-866TULIP

Media inquiries only
For Purple Forge, please contact
John Craig

For The Canadian Tulip Festival, please contact
Bernadette Sarazin, Media Relations
Martine Dion, Media Relations

For The Great Canadian Treasure Hunt, please contact
Najwa Farhat

The Top Entrepreneur Organizations in Ottawa

If  you are an entrepreneur in the Ottawa region working on launching or growing your start-up, the following organizations have the most to offer:

  • The Ottawa Network – Networking events – connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and suppliers – membership fee (negligible) and per-event fees (negligible)
  • TiE – Educational and networking events focused on wealth creation – membership fee and per-event fees
  • Lead to Win – Education and support in growing your company (introductions, advice) – all free
  • CLD – Support in growing your company (grants, loans)
  • IRAP – Support in growing your company (grants, advice, introductions)
  • The Code Factory – Incubator space (inexpensive) and networking events/workshops (usually free)

Mobile App Companies in the Ottawa Region

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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, or add to the comment thread for this posting.  I will keep this list up-to-date.

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