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The App Pitch is an event being held at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

Event Details:

Calling all Startups, Students, Developers, and Designers!!!

“The App Pitch” is your opportunity to show the Toronto startup, student and developer community YOUR app ideas for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Furthermore, it’s your opportunity to win $500 CAD and a chance to pitch your startup to investors during the International Startup Festival Elevator World Tour stop in Toronto on January 31st, 2013.

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The following is courtesy of Carly Beath from Interactive Ontario:

What are the latest techniques in designing free-to-play games? Is a crowdfunding campaign right for your project? What sources of funding are available? The video game industry is rapidly evolving and Interactive Ontario’s GameON: Finance conference, entering its sixth year, will help creators and investors make sense of the new landscape in the business of games. The conference happens January 29 & 30th at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in downtown Toronto.

The full conference schedule has just been released and includes keynotes speakers Feargus Urquhart (Obsidian Entertainment) and Charles Hudson (SoftTechVC) as well as:

Cindy Au - Head of Community, Kickstarter

Jim Ying - Vice President, Developer Relations and Publishing, GREE

Nathan Vella - Co-founder & President, Capybara Games

Lee Jacobson - CEO, Apmetrix

and many others

From VC investment to player acquisition to crowdfunding, GameON: Finance will explore all aspects of how to make money making games.

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The following is courtesy of Kathryn Anthonisen from CANARIE:

Businesses across Canada can now apply for free cloud- computing resources through a program that aims to improve Canada’s competitive position in the technology sector.

The Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) program is offered by CANARIE, operator of Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network, in partnership with two other leading technology organizations, Compute Canada, and Cybera. It is designed to help entrepreneurs develop and test new products without prohibitive product development costs, so that Canadian companies can get a competitive foothold in emerging technology markets. The goal is to support hundreds of projects across Canada over the next three years.

“Building or even paying for computing infrastructure can be a huge cost and time impediment for high-tech innovators. The DAIR program effectively removes that hurdle,” says Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE. “All Canadian entrepreneurs should think about how this rapid access to low-cost cloud computing can help them improve their businesses.”

Current users of DAIR have great things to say about the value of the program.

“A startup like ours is very sensitive to incurring costs, especially in high-risk R&D activities like moving to the cloud infrastructure,” says Dr. Shahzad Khan, President of Gnowit Inc, a digital-media/social-networking developer. “DAIR enabled us to experiment with the cloud infrastructure for a fraction of the cost (and at a much lower risk-profile) than if we had used one of the commercial offerings – indeed, we may never have had the incentive to consider this without the DAIR program – which would have limited our growth significantly.”

Dr. David Poellhuber, COO of ZEROSPAM Security Inc., points out that it’s vitally important for tech entrepreneurs to keep pace with emerging technologies. “There is an important shift in our market to cloud-based solution as organizations realize the hidden costs of software and appliance-based solutions,” he says. “I wish I had known this program existed before.”

“This is exactly the kind of program that Canada needs in order to compete in today’s digital economy,” says John Reid, President and CEO of Canada’s Advanced Technology Alliance. “It leverages existing infrastructure, builds skills, and gives a competitive edge to Canadian entrepreneurs.”

For more information about the DAIR program visit CANARIE.





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