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Polytechnics Canada is a national alliance made up of nine institutions dedicated to helping colleges and industry create high-quality jobs for the future. The members include Seneca College, Humber College, Sheridan College, OLDS College, George Brown College, Conestoga College British Columbia Institute of Technology, Algonquin College, and SAIT Polytechnic. The idea here is to work closely with companies to promote innovation and practical applied research.  Being a graduate, and now working for Seneca College, I have the opportunity of working with industry partners. Seneca’s Centre for Development of Open Technology is currently working with Mozilla, NexJ, Aerius 3D and Fedora. Out of all the research projects at Seneca, popcornjs was chosen to be presented at the 2010 Polytechnics Canada meetup. Each member was to choose one project that would be presented by a student during a 5 min Power Point presentation. Yes Power Point. 5 min 5 slides. Not sure how that promotes innovation but I guess it allows for a controlled environment with flawless transition from one presentation to the next. Being part of the popcornjs team I volunteered to present. For those of you who do not know what popcornjs is you have to read my blogs more often. I joke. Popcorn.js is a JavaScript library aimed at allowing non-technical people to manipulate open video on the web. It provides a way for filmmakers to control the environment in which their video is viewed by integrating semantic content (wiki articles, google maps, google news, webpages, twitter, flickr) with HTML5 video. I created a demo specifically aimed at explaining what popcorn can do for this presentation. View it here.  Some of the other student presentations consisted of new concept wind mills, water oil filtration units, and high tech. lenses.

After the 5min presentation came the “elevator pitch” to the Minister of Stats for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear. We were suppose to pitch our projects. I was prepared, at least I thought I was.  I had it all figured out. I was going to start with “Imagine CP24 on the web” a simple statement that I thought would get his attention. After all I heard a lot of people refer to CP24 while explaining popcorn it really is a close comparison. However, during dinner, i was sitting beside a member of NSERC and as soon as he realized that I was to do a pitch he said “pitch me”. So I went for it and got blown out of the water. Whats CP24? he asked. He continued to state that he and the Minister would be interested in knowing how popcornjs impacts Canada’s economic growth.  Well? How doest it? I mumbled something about revolutionizing the web and bringing Canadian developers to the top of Internet technology. But really popcornjs in an Open Source project that will not make or save a particular company millions of dollars. However, it has the potential of blowing up. I mean popcornjs was already featured in Wired’s webmonkey, and CHIP an online magazine. But how does one put a price tag on something that is free to use? Anyone?  Please comment if you have any ideas as I am sure this question will appear again.


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3 thoughts on “Seneca at

  1. Hi Anna – My son is planning to attend Seneca in the fall – deciding btwn Bachelor of Software Development, Bachelor of Informatics & Security and Computer Programming & Analysis… As a grad of BSD & knowing what you know about the real world, do you have any comments to help guide a future techy?

    • Hi Sue, The only two programs that I can comment on is Computer Programming and Analysis and BSD. I originally graduated from CPA, worked for two years then went back to upgrade to BDS which took 2 years. When you graduate college it really doesn’t matter what your degree is because you are going to have to start at the bottom. Some companies do want to see a bachelor under your belt right off the bat but that just because they are big and can discriminate. However, I do believe that you need a bachelor to get to those higher paying jobs (Im currently working in the USA on a TN visa you can only get if you have a bachelor). That being said you also need work experience. Seneca has 2 really good programs to help you gain experience. The first is their co-op program, which is available to both CPA and BSD. The second one is the research department (CDOT) which hires students while they are still in school to work on projects with companies like Mozilla and Nexj. Also note that the decision between CPA and BSD can be done after year two just before year 3 enrollment. Both programs are the same in the first two years from what I remember anyway 🙂

      • Hey Anna,
        Fellow BSD grad here (just this year). I’m also going to be moving to California soon and was looking for TN visa info; your blog popped up.

        Good to see BSDers can qualify.
        Thanks for you info.

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