February 12, 2008
How would you like to be part of Canada’s largest business-to-business technology show? By entering Massive Events Co.’s Make Your Business Massive Contest, you may just have the chance.
The competition, which runs from February 11 to March 10, 2008, inclusive, is open to all Canadian small businesses who have introduced a new technological product or service to the marketplace within the last 13 months. Six winners, three from Vancouver and three from Toronto, will each receive a Massive Marketing campaign prize valued at $5000.00 which includes a ten foot by ten foot display area at the show.
Winners will also receive a mention at the Massive kick-off reception, as well as logo placement and company bio on the Massive Technology Show website and logo placement in all email marketing campaigns leading up to the shows which are scheduled to take place in Vancouver on April 1, 2008 and in Toronto on April 30, 2008.
To enter, Massive producers are asking small businesses (defined as those having 20 employees or less) to submit 500 words describing their business and the technological product or service that they have developed. Submissions must include examples of the technology and wherever possible, qualitative and/or quantitative supporting information.
Please submit your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions please contact Christie at 604-622-7479 ext. 208. Winners will be notified the week of March 10, 2008.
January 7, 2008
The Expert: Warren Frey, Technology Blogger, techvibes.com
Definition of Web 3.0: Web 1.0 consisted of simple static pages. Web 2.0 brought dynamic applications, rich media and subscription to RSS feeds to the browser. Web 3.0 is so new that no-one has really nailed down a clear definition, but every indication is that it will transform the World Wide Web into a smarter, faster, and more intuitive platform for information and interaction.
Elaborate: For some, Web 3.0 is the “semantic web,” where ordinary language can be used for complex searches. Other versions of Web 3.0 link “real world” geography to the web, or try to integrate the 2D web with 3D graphics. Web 3.0 probably will consist of parts of all these innovations, but far more likely is a turn in a direction we never could have predicted. But every one of these changes will present new challenges and opportunities for web users and businesses.
How it will affect business: Web 3.0 is presently a buzzword that hasn’t yet gained traction in the business world, because no-one can actually agree on what it means. But just as Web 2.0 defined this generation of tech start-ups and influenced the decisions of goliaths like Yahoo and Google, the coming of Web 3.0 will also mean new features for business to wrap its head around and eventually monetize, or they’ll be left behind in the next tech boom.
January 7, 2008
The Expert: Duane Nickull, Technical Evangelist, Adobe Systems Inc.
Definition of Web 3.0: Wikipedia notes that Web 3.0 has been defined as various technologies coupled with Web 2.0 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_3.0), including semantics, geo-spatial and database type functionality. Given all of this exists in the current web and the internet evolves continually, I favour not using the term “Web 3.0”.
Knowledge of what has been referred to as “Web 2.0” is can be distinctly captured as a series of design and architectural patterns and as new patterns (such as semantic tagging) are added, there is no need to increment the numerical suffix.
How it will affect business: The business community has already noted that web 2.0 patterns have resulted in several successes that have disrupted the status quo. As media companies have witnessed revolutions from MySpace, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube causing them to rise to some of the most visible assets in the world, they have struggled to understand the patterns behind the rise to duplicate in their own domains. Businesses cannot ignore the evolutions in their industries and have got to understand what these patterns can do before their competition locks in their customers to their own platform.
Elaborate: Businesses were greatly affected by the first internet adoption and that trend continues today. Businesses can not longer rely on customer loyalty, patience and history if they are in competitive fields. If a competitor rises with a new business model and innovation in web presence, customers might leave to become customers of the competitor. This constant force should not be labeled Web 3.0. It is instead a concept of the constant beta, a pattern in which continual innovation exists. Other concepts and trends like trusting your users and harnessing collective intelligence can propel a business to the top of their field if done correctly. Those who neglect the potential disruptive innovations may soon find themselves buried within their industries.