Notman House project is moving forward!

Future home of Montreal tech scene unveiled – TechnoCité

“There have been a few events and ad hoc gatherings with groups of tech entrepreneurs,” said Philippe Telio, the president of Embrase, and one of the organizers of several tech events such as Startup Camp Montreal.

“The idea is to bring these groups into a central location, and create a sort of clubhouse for tech entrepreneurs to get together and create, collaborate and stimulate innovative ideas.”

The group made an offer to purchase the property that was accepted by the Société en Commandite Milton, which owns the building. Included in the sale is the attached St. Margaret’s home, a three-story building that served as a hospital and then a seniors’ residence.

I am on the Notman House committee, we have had a few meetings in the last few weeks to brings this project into high gears, it’s a lot of efforts but it’s totally worth it. This is one of my big project for 2010-2011 (as if Praized didn’t keep me busy enough).

If you have any questions about the project, ask them here.

I can’t promise I will be able to answer all of them, but I will either find who knows the answer or work on answering it if we don’t know yet.

This is a total work in progress and I like that!

We need a plan B

As read on Alex Russell’s Infrequently Noted:

The single most frustrating thing for me as a web developer is the incredible disconnect between day-to-day development and the shiny, shiny stuff showing up in HTML5 and modern browsers. (…) How bad is it? The next time you read some tech journalist write about how some new browser version is just around the corner and how it’ll make everything better, remember that:

  • 50+% of Windows users are on XP a year after Windows 7 shipped and 3.5 years since Vista shipped
  • Windows XP will be supported until 2014, giving organizations on XP extra breathing room to limp along on IE 6-8
  • There will be no IE 9 for Windows XP
  • After something like 4 years of MSFT urging customers in the strongest possible language to get off of IE 6, it still has 16% of the market, and it’s not falling nearly fast enough. At the current 0.75%/month dropoff, we’re looking at 20+ more months of IE 6.
  • At this rate, kids born today will be walking and maybe even talking by the time we can write IE 6 into the history books.

We need a Plan B.

And you know what? Most of these helpful developers for plan B actually work in the Montreal Google office!

I think it would make a great post on NextMontreal, guys get in touch with Patrick so he can write a bit about this (yeah we know, you have NDAs up the wazoo at Google, but there is a lot of public stuff you can talk about too).

Mes inspirations Web/Techno de Montréal

Suite à l’article de Nathalie Collard ce matin (les incontournables du Montréal 2.0) je me suis dis que ça serait une bonne idée de faire la liste des gens qui m’inspirent à Montréal (et qui ne sont pas dans la liste de la journaliste).

Ma définition courte de “inspire” c’est celle-ci: il ne faut pas manquer leur intervention quand ils en font, en personne, sur twitter, sur leur blogue. Je suis fan et ami de la plupart d’entre eux (dans le sens de viens-tu prendre un verre chez nous cet après-midi).

Voici mon top très subjectif (par ordre alphabétique):

Faut pas que j’y pense trop, (j’arrête pas d’en rajouter et de me dire… aaaargh, non, c’est certain que c’est un processus plein de trous et mal foutu) donc ce sont les premiers qui me sont venus en tête. Note à moi-même: ça manque de femme, de design et de diversité.

C’est une liste qui est filtrée selon ma lentille “techno+affaires+société”, ce sont des gens que je considère comme des pairs et j’apprécie leur contribution à l’écosystème internet de Montréal.

Ce sont aussi des gens assez actifs, ce qui exclut donc certainement des personnes à grande contribution mais qui le font avec moins de bruit (notamment plusieurs geeks, ça serait une autre bonne liste ça). Ou des gens qui sont plus affaires et moins techno… ou de Québec plutôt que de Montréal… Mais si on me demandait, partout dans le monde “who gets the web in Montréal”? Ça serait pas mal ça ma liste, du moins pour aujourd’hui.

J’aurais aussi voulu faire une liste des mes grandes inspiration du web techno de par le monde, ça sera pour une autre fois!

Ile-Sans-Fil: Expérience de co-création technico-citoyenne

Ma présentation à propos du modèle communautaire de collaboration d’Ile-Sans-Fil au forum de créativité citoyenne de Mosaic/HEC est maintenant téléversée sur slideshare (et ici). Peu de mots, surtout des images et des concepts. Je vous ajoute le lien vers le vidéo de la présentation dès qu’on me le fait parvenir.

CloudCamp Montreal – June 4, 2010

So many camps! CloudCamp Montreal – June 4, 2010 — /via @NicolasRoberge

CloudCamp is an unconference where attendees can exchange ideas, knowledge and information in a creative and supporting environment, advancing the current state of cloud computing and related technologies. As an informal, member-supported gathering, we rely entirely on volunteers to help with meeting content, speakers, meeting locations, equipment and membership recruitment. We also have corporate sponsors that provide financial assistance with venues, food, drink, software, services and other valuable donations

For schedule and more info, visit:

Interested in more CloudCamps in Canada? Visit:

Not sure I will be there, but I’m happy this is happening in Montréal.

Techvibes in search of Montreal Community Manager

A few years ago I would have applied, but now I don’t have any time to write about these camps, startups or investments, I’m busy doing them!

If the answers to these questions were a resounding YES – you may just be the perfect candidate for the Montreal Community Manager position at Techvibes.

There is a definitive need to raise the level of coverage in Montréal, with Montreal Tech Watch in hibernation, we need our local fix! More details in the full post on techvibes.