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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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