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BlackBerry NFC and City Parking Meters Makes Life Easier and Cities Better

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Parking is a huge pain for both city residents and tourists. For residents, city parking seems like a tax grab as residents are already paying a lot in taxes and a $40 parking ticket is a slap in the face. For tourists, it’s going to hurt the visitor’s experience if they can’t find parking or end up with a ticket. With NFC you can now interact with many parking meters, including those in Ottawa, Canada.
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Carleton University and RIM Launch Teaching and Collaborative Research Centre [#Ottawa]

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Ottawa’s Carleton University has partnered with RIM to launch what is being called the Teaching and Collaborative Research Centre. The goal of the centre to provide students an opportunity to “explore new possibilities in wireless communications and application development.” The centre will be used for research, teaching, outreach activities, technology demonstrations, and short courses. The centre will also work to keep engineering and industrial design students “at the forefront of smartphone technology and design.”
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Ottawa Tech Recruitment Event Seeking to Fill 1,300 Tech Roles in Waterloo Region

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RIM is a killer company to work for as the company is in transition to a new OS and generally, a new consumer-focused smartphone/tablet company. Also, with the QNX acquisition, who knows what cool fields the company might be making headway in. On March 27th, RIM, as well as companies Desire2Learn, Procom and Skybound Research, will be hosting a Tech Recruitment Event along with Communitech, to fill some 1,300 tech roles in the Waterloo Region.
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Mobile Development Studio Select Start Acquired by eCommerce Company Shopify

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Select Start Studios is a mobile app development shop based in Ottawa, Canada and it was recently acquired by the up-and-coming eCommerce company Shopify. The acquisition makes a lot of sense as eCommerce is increasingly happening on mobile devices and rather than Shopify outsourcing its mobile efforts, it made more sense for Shopfiy to acquire a group like Select Start and develop the mobile products internally. While Select Start promoted the fact that it does cross-platform development and included BlackBerry, the company is better known for its iOS products such as Getaround.
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Ottawa is the Future of Research in Motion

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RIM’s new CEO Thorsten Heins said that the city of Ottawa is “central to its software strategy” and that has implications for both the city and the company. Ottawa is a city with a long history of tech and culture that can bring a lot of value to RIM. But there some obstacles ahead.
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Encourage Your City Councillors and Government to Make Data Open

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Open Data is important because it releases tax payer funded data to those that pay for it, allowing passionate developers and citizens to make better use of the data. The City of Ottawa, Canada, is dealing with a publicly funded transportation chief that won’t release data to the tax payers funding them. In this case, the GPS data broadcasted by busses in Ottawa is being held hostage by the transportation bureaucracy, and your city could face something similar.
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