Click here to close now.


Release Management Authors: Jnan Dash, Liz McMillan, Lori MacVittie, Gilad Parann-Nissany, Carmen Gonzalez

Blog Feed Post

Québec’s Booming Tech Haven Produces Seven SXSW® Award Finalists

Montreal, Canada, February 25, 2014 --( The Québec Government, and its annual SXSW festival experience, Planet Québec, is proud to announce expanded interactive representation at the conference this year, reflecting Québec’s rapid growth in the industry. Thirteen of Québec’s best interactive organizations will attend, seven of which are SXSW award finalists.

“In the interactive sector alone, we’ve seen 700 percent growth in less than 12 years,” says Annie Bréard, International Business Developer, Invest-Québec. “In fact, Québec hosts the world’s third-largest pool of employees in the gaming industry, after California and Tokyo. This, along with 275 college and university programs designed hand-in-hand with local employers, significant tax incentives and highly-competitive costs, has convinced such big-name West Coast companies as Electronic Arts and Warner Brothers to open studios here.”

“The IT industry is one of Québec’s fasted-growing sectors,” says Louise Fortin, director of Economic Services at the Québec Government Office in Atlanta. “And it shows, with three Québec organizations chosen as finalists in the 2014 SXSW Business Accelerator competition and four more among the Interactive Award finalists.”

The 2014 SXSW Accelerator pitch competition is designed to highlight the most innovative advancements in a variety of emerging technology sectors. The three Québec finalists are:

Mighty Cast (Wearable Technologies category)
Mighty Cast connects physical objects to the cloud through its patent-pending technology and proprietary platform. The first product for Might Cast, The NEX Band, is the world’s first collectible, social, gaming, proximity detecting wearable device; giving users and ever-changing experience

PPLCONNECT (Social Technologies category)
PPLCONNECT is a free app that allows users to access and use their smartphones from any web-enabled device, without changing their cell number

Synbiota (Innovative World Technologies category)
Synbiota is a collaborative open web platform that allows anyone to safely and sustainably create new medicines, materials, food and fuel by engineering life, virtually, using real DNA as building blocks

The SXSW Interactive Awards honor the concept of creation and strive to showcase the most innovative, “pushing the boundaries” projects developed by the world’s interactive community. Québec is proud to have the following finalists in four of the 15 award categories:

Emilie (Interactive category)
A creatively interactive, romantic web series produced by Radio-Canada

Fort McMoney (Experimental category)
A highly-interactive documentary game by David Dufresne, coproduced with the National Film Board of Canada, to educate viewers about the impacts of the oil industry in Alberta, Canada

Just a Reflektor (Music category)
A first-of-its-kind interactive music video by Vincent Morisset for Grammy award-winning indie rock band, Arcade Fire

Tom Bradley LAX International Terminal
(Technical Achievement category)
The largest immersive multimedia system of any airport in the Americas done by Moment Factory

Planet Québec invites SXSW badge holders to hob nob with these awe-inspiring finalists at the Planet Québec SXSW Interactive, Advertising, Film and Music Mixer, taking place in the Maggie Mae’s (6th & Trinity) Gibson Room on Tuesday, March 11, 5-7 p.m.

Additionally, even more of Québec’s promising technology entrepreneurs and knowledgeable representatives will be showcased at one of SXSW’s scheduled Meet Ups, So Cold, So Hot: Québec’s Booming Interactive Industry, on Monday, March 10 from 2:30-3:30 p.m., as well as The Planet Québec SXSW Trade Show pavilion, located in the Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3 at stands 1219, 1221, 1318 and 1320, from Sunday, March 9 to Wednesday March 12. Join the Meet Up and stop by the booth to be inspired by these highly innovative organizations, and learn exactly why Québec is a true North American entertainment, technology and interactive industry hub.

“Although a majority francophone culture, Québec is one of the most culturally diverse places in the world,” says Nadir Aboura, President, CEO of Kiwili and one of Planet Québec’s exhibitors at the Trade Show: “Québec offers unprecedented opportunities for growing businesses. It is a perfect testing ground for Kiwili because if it works for Québec’s diverse community, you know it will work globally.”

Planet Québec Trade Show Exhibitors

Brandicted offers experiential shopping that allows consumers to visually explore and purchase branded products based on current, popular and relevant real-life images.

Float4 Interactive is an award-winning Montréal-based creative technology company focused on producing interactive experiences in entertainment, advertisement, design and architecture. The company collaborated with NBA Digital for the 2014 Jam Session during the NBA All-Star event February 14 – 16 in New Orleans

Invest-Québec consists of a team of experts providing the full range of services needed for organizations to set up operations in Québec and ultimately achieve long-term success

Kiwili is a web application management tool providing real-time information flow on estimates, billing, expenses, project management, accounting, time sheet reports, charts and agendas, all combined with a private social network.

Québec Cinema and Television Council
The Québec Film and Television Council contributes to the development of Québec’s competitiveness as a world-class film and television production center by providing a single point of entry for foreign producers and offering a range of free services tailored to each producer’s needs.

About Planet Québec
For the fourth consecutive year, the Québec Government will display some of Québec’s best talent in the Interactive, Film and Music at SXSW from March 7 – 15, under the Planet Québec banner.

Arts and innovative technology companies are booming in Québec and gaining international recognition. Planet Québec promises an unforgettable cultural, musical, cinematographic and technological experience at South by Southwest 2014. Follow Planet Québec on Twitter and Instagram @PlanetqcSXSW and on Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and with the hashtag, #SXSWqc.

About So Cold, So Hot: Québec’s Booming Interactive Industry
Québec is known as a hotbed of creativity in music, film and interactive. On Monday, March 10, at 2:30 p.m. in the Austin Convention Center, join creative industry experts from Québec who will showcase innovative approaches to engaging customers and delighting audiences across multiple platforms.

About the Québec Interactive, Advertising, Film and Music Mixer
As SXSW Interactive comes to a close and Music launches, all SXSW badge holders are invited to mingle with some of Québec’s most innovative technology organizations at its Interactive, Advertising, Film and Music Mixer in the Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room on Tuesday, March 11, 5-7 p.m.

For more information:

Twitter/Instagram: @PlanetqcSXSW

Music/Film Press Contact:
Leah Selvidge
[email protected]

Interactive Press Contact:
Katie Schaeffer
[email protected]

Contact Information:
Katie Schaeffer
Contact via Email

Read the full story here:

Press Release Distributed by

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Newswire is a unique website where companies can promote literally everything about their business and/or organization in a one-stop, all inclusive business marketplace. A cross between a public relations and advertising entity, is a directory of businesses, products and services, jobs and dynamic articles that include exclusive celebrity interviews. In addition, is one of the most effective and widely used press release distribution services on the Internet. With a full company profile, each business listed on has a powerful means by which to generate quality leads as well as gain worldwide and local exposure for all of their products, services and other business information. offers the best advantages of the Internet on one website.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessions, I wanted to share some of my observations on emerging trends. As cyber security serves as a fou...
Discussions of cloud computing have evolved in recent years from a focus on specific types of cloud, to a world of hybrid cloud, and to a world dominated by the APIs that make today's multi-cloud environments and hybrid clouds possible. In this Power Panel at 17th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the importance of customers being able to use the specific technologies they need, through environments and ecosystems that expose their APIs to make true change and transformation possible.
There are over 120 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content. Join @ThingsExpo conference chair Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040), June 7-9, 2016 in New York City, for three days of intense 'Internet of Things' discussion and focus, including Big Data's indespensable role in IoT, Smart Grids and Industrial Internet of Things, Wearables and Consumer IoT, as well as (new) IoT's use in Vertical Markets.
Container technology is shaping the future of DevOps and it’s also changing the way organizations think about application development. With the rise of mobile applications in the enterprise, businesses are abandoning year-long development cycles and embracing technologies that enable rapid development and continuous deployment of apps. In his session at DevOps Summit, Kurt Collins, Developer Evangelist at, examined how Docker has evolved into a highly effective tool for application delivery by allowing increasingly popular Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (mBaaS) platforms to quickly crea...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data shows "less than 10 percent of IoT developers are making enough to support a reasonably sized team....
As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningful and actionable insights. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Paul Turner, Chief Marketing Officer at...
The cloud. Like a comic book superhero, there seems to be no problem it can’t fix or cost it can’t slash. Yet making the transition is not always easy and production environments are still largely on premise. Taking some practical and sensible steps to reduce risk can also help provide a basis for a successful cloud transition. A plethora of surveys from the likes of IDG and Gartner show that more than 70 percent of enterprises have deployed at least one or more cloud application or workload. Yet a closer inspection at the data reveals less than half of these cloud projects involve production...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 7-9, 2016 at Javits Center, New York City and Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 18th International @CloudExpo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York and Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound cha...
We are rapidly moving to a brave new world of interconnected smart homes, cars, offices and factories known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Sensors and monitoring devices will touch every part of our lives. Let's take a closer look at the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is a worldwide network of objects and devices connected to the Internet. They are electronics, sensors, software and more. These objects connect to the Internet and can be controlled remotely via apps and programs. Because they can be accessed via the Internet, these devices create a tremendous opportunity to inte...
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Day 2 Keynote at 17th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, wil...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Kintone has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. kintone promotes cloud-based workgroup productivity, transparency and profitability with a seamless collaboration space, build your own business application (BYOA) platform, and workflow automation system.
Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical to maintaining positive ROI. Raxak Protect is an automated security compliance SaaS platform and ma...
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now all corporate assets – people, objects, and spaces – can share information about themselves and thei...
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi’s VP Business Development and Engineering, explored the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driving this change including privacy controls, data transparency and integration of real time context with p...
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
DevOps is about increasing efficiency, but nothing is more inefficient than building the same application twice. However, this is a routine occurrence with enterprise applications that need both a rich desktop web interface and strong mobile support. With recent technological advances from Isomorphic Software and others, rich desktop and tuned mobile experiences can now be created with a single codebase – without compromising functionality, performance or usability. In his session at DevOps Summit, Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, demonstrated examples of com...
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).
The Internet of Everything is re-shaping technology trends–moving away from “request/response” architecture to an “always-on” Streaming Web where data is in constant motion and secure, reliable communication is an absolute necessity. As more and more THINGS go online, the challenges that developers will need to address will only increase exponentially. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Todd Greene, Founder & CEO of PubNub, exploreed the current state of IoT connectivity and review key trends and technology requirements that will drive the Internet of Things from hype to reality.