Lunch 2.0 – Canadian Style

Is Lunch 2.0 just dinner?

Lunch 2.0

Leila and the folks over at the Ideeplex are bringing Lunch 2.0 to Canada. I’m still not exactly sure what it is, other than more networking and sharing at lunch time. This is more confusing than TorCamp. Wait, I get it!

“So initially, we just started doing this ourselves, e.g. “hey, you know so-and-so at Yahoo, can we go meet him for lunch next week?” or “my friend has this new startup and they just got an office, let's go see them”. We thought others would be interested to see what we had seen, so we took photos and posted them online (in the process, coining “lunch 2.0” since we needed a name for the site, and it felt like a web-2.0 approach to the problem of meeting people). We also blogged upcoming events, but mainly just as an alternative for managing a mailing list of our few friends that wanted to come to these events. As we told our friends what we were doing, more and more wanted to come too, so we just pointed them to the blog, not thinking much of it.” – The Origins of Lunch 2.0

Looks like a great idea. Maybe everyone will head out to the Microsoft Canada campus in the ‘burbs to visit me and my MS colleagues.

RSVP for the first Lunch 2.0 Canada on Feb 22, 2008.

We the good folks at Idée liked the idea of getting together for lunch while checking out great local tech companies and meeting interesting people. So we decided to start Lunch 2.0 in Canada!

The first Canadian lunch 2.0 will be held at the Idéeplex in Toronto.

Come join us to check out our cool image recognition software labs and hear about our exciting new developments! Have some pizza (No pizza pizza here), Italian sodas, dessert, and lots of interesting conversations with passionate people doing cool things around the city.

About Lunch 2.0

Lunch 2.0 is free lunch events at any (interesting and innovative) tech company where you show up, eat, and talk to interesting people. Lunch 2.0 was started in Silicon Valley; it has been so successful that people in other cities started organizing their own Lunch 2.0 events. Lunch 2.0 is open to anyone to attend and open to anyone to organize and hold their own Lunch 2.0

Why go to Lunch 2.0?

Well, this is why we go:

  • Learn about cool local companies, technologies and people
  • Share ideas….or learn about new ideas
  • Expand our network in our city's Tech community
  • Get free stuff!

How Does It Work?

When there is a Lunch 2.0 organized in your area:

  • RSVP
  • Leave work for your lunch hour – that's innovative I tell you!
  • Get free food and drinks
  • Meet new people, learn about a new start up, new technologies
  • Meet new people in the industry
  • Scope out companies you may be interested in working at (hey if you are a new graduate or a co-op, what better way to figure out where you would like to end up!)
  • When Lunch 2.0 is all done and wrapped up: Go back to work happy and be productive

2 thoughts on “Lunch 2.0 – Canadian Style”

  1. <p>Thanks David! Am I to take it that you are scheduling Lunch 2.0 at Microsoft as the next Lunch 2.0? Awesome. I just love your initiative. Go them tiger! 🙂 I am sure everyone will love to trek up to the end of the world to see you. I will rent a bus!</p><br />
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    <p>I will be waiting for an invitation! </p><br />
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    <p>Leila</p>

  2. Thanks David! Am I to take it that you are scheduling Lunch 2.0 at Microsoft as the next Lunch 2.0? Awesome. I just love your initiative. Go them tiger! 🙂 I am sure everyone will love to trek up to the end of the world to see you. I will rent a bus!

    I will be waiting for an invitation!

    Leila

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