I am passionate about
ActionsThis year, I've been spearheading the creation and advancement of Ontario's
first ever Ericsson Garage. A process which has been deeply gratifying as
this new community continues to grow and bring forth new ideas.
To Explain: an "Ericsson garage" in an incubator for innovations. Innovations
which touch one of Ericsson's many research or business areas.
It is a physical space, set of resources, and a community of people which
collaborate to drive ideas forward. People with an idea come to the garage to
get the help in refining it, getting the direction, coaching and equipment
they need to make it a reality.
In order to kick-start the Garage in Ottawa, we chose a theme near and dear
to my Heart: The Internet of Things. Since its grand-opening, I've
facilitated a number of events and forums for new and exciting IoT ideas to
emerge. Events like: learning sessions, hands-on workshops, brainstorming
sessions, guided Innovation Workshops- not to mention a site-wide Hackathon.
After a few months of generating and nurturing ideas in the Garage, it's was
time to push those ideas out into the world. I've most recently been helping
people realize their IoT solution so that they can be presented to our
partners and demonstrated at conferences/trade-show.
Looking back, it's heart-warming to see how much we've accomplished, and how
far we've come since the year begun.