CUTC – where the future goes!

cutc2009 CUTC abbr. Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference. [que-te-see]

  1. Happening in Toronto on March 12-13, 2009 at the Toronto Hilton.
  2. CUTC is the biggest and most defining platform for students to meet and learn from experienced industry and academic professionals.

I haven’t been to a CUTC yet. Unfortunately, I won’t get to go this year. It’s happening the same time as SxSWi and I’ll be back in Austin. Looks like a great event for Canadian undergraduate students (sponsored by Rypple and Infusion Development). The conference schedule includes:

  • TechPanels – open panel discussions between 2-4 industry representatives on cloud computing, mobile communications and next-generation consoles.
  • TechShops – Interactive workshops with hands-on tinkering. Play with Eclipse, Maya and other tools.
  • TechTours – Go see where the magic happens. Picture desks and monitors ;-) I actually love lab and studio tours. Seeing others workspace is inspiring and can help you determine if you want to work there.
  • TechTeam – Divide into groups with students and industry pros to build upon an idea and present a feasible solution. Awesome, you get to see how people at different companies think about rapid problem solving.
  • TechShow – I think this is presentations, entertainment and inspiration. It’s a show. It’s designed to facilitate conversation.
  • TechExpo – think tradeshow. You get to see what’s going on in the industry. Push it. Poke it. Prod it.

In case you missed it, it’s about Tech!Looks like a great conference. Just hoping that they publish a schedule sooner rather than later.

  • Jawad Shuaib

    CUTC is awesome. A lot of very good presenters as well as smart students come together for the event. The event is very well organized and the food's great too! I may be speaking at this year's CUTC.

  • http://jawadonweb.com Jawad Shuaib

    CUTC is awesome. A lot of very good presenters as well as smart students come together for the event. The event is very well organized and the food's great too! I may be speaking at this year's CUTC.

  • jsorgent

    Great and informative post! As an undergraduate currently studying Tech and Management <a href="http://www.ryerson.ca/itm/&quot; target="_blank"><a href="http://www.ryerson.ca/itm/</a>&quot; target="_blank">www.ryerson.ca/itm/</a></a> I am always looking for opportunities to engage academics and industry professionals to gain insight from those with experience. Having attended CUTC I can tell you that it IS a great platform to meet industry and academic folk. One of the biggest challenges for CUTC, like most student conferences, is impact; when leaving the conference I&rsquo;ve felt empowered but faced with no initiative to place the energy in. We've reacted by creating a platform where the students have an even greater level of interaction with presenters by providing a focus on Q&amp;A allowing for debate. Our thinking is that by focusing on a healthy back-and-forth with presenters, students truly experience the conference which often resonates into taking action, both personally and professionally. Check us out <a href="http://www.connectitconference.com&quot; target="_blank"><a href="http://www.connectitconference.com</a>&quot; target="_blank">www.connectitconference.com</a></a> and I look forward to your thoughts. How and/or what is best when trying to connect students with their future more tangibly?</a></a></a></a></a></a>

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jsorgent jsorgent

    Great and informative post!

    As an undergraduate currently studying Tech and Management (http://ryerson.ca/itm/) I am always looking for opportunities to engage academics and industry professionals to gain insight from those with experience.

    Having attended CUTC I can tell you that it IS a great platform to meet industry and academic folk. One of the biggest challenges for CUTC, like most student conferences, is impact; when leaving the conference I’ve felt empowered but faced with no initiative to place the energy in.

    We've reacted by creating a platform where the students have an even greater level of interaction with presenters by providing a focus on Q&A allowing for debate. Our thinking is that by focusing on a healthy back-and-forth with presenters, students truly experience the conference which often resonates into taking action, both personally and professionally. Check us out (http://www.connectitconference.com) and I look forward to your thoughts.

    How and/or what is best when trying to connect students with their future more tangibly?

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/jsorgent jsorgent

    Great and informative post!

    As an undergraduate currently studying Tech and Management (http://www.connectitconference.com and I look forward to your thoughts.

    How and/or what is best when trying to connect students with their future more tangibly?

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/jsorgent jsorgent

    Great and informative post!

    As an undergraduate currently studying Tech and Management (http://www.connectitconference.com) and I look forward to your thoughts.

    How and/or what is best when trying to connect students with their future more tangibly?

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/jsorgent jsorgent

    Great and informative post!

    As an undergraduate currently studying Tech and Management (http://www.connectitconference.com) and I look forward to your thoughts.

    How and/or what is best when trying to connect students with their future more tangibly?

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/jsorgent jsorgent

    Great and informative post!

    As an undergraduate currently studying Tech and Management http://www.ryerson.ca/itm/ I am always looking for opportunities to engage academics and industry professionals to gain insight from those with experience.

    Having attended CUTC I can tell you that it IS a great platform to meet industry and academic folk. One of the biggest challenges for CUTC, like most student conferences, is impact; when leaving the conference I’ve felt empowered but faced with no initiative to place the energy in.

    We've reacted by creating a platform where the students have an even greater level of interaction with presenters by providing a focus on Q&A allowing for debate. Our thinking is that by focusing on a healthy back-and-forth with presenters, students truly experience the conference which often resonates into taking action, both personally and professionally. Check us out http://www.connectitconference.com and I look forward to your thoughts.

    How and/or what is best when trying to connect students with their future more tangibly?

  • Seak Pek Chhan

    There is plenty of opportunities to ask questions and interact with the speakers. All speakers leave room for questions at the end. We even have speakers that encourage student input and discussions during their presentations. I attended CUTC as a delegate in 2007 and I found plenty of opportunities to put my inspired energy to use. My favourite event was the TechTeam challenge where students get to put their ideas into an initiative, developing a solution to a problem. For me, it was an awesome experience in 2007. I formed a team with 4 other students. We got into a heated brainstorming session where great debates and ideas were sparking. To this day, I still remember that project. I learned some teamwork and presented to a group of judges who in turn grilled us with some tough questions. We also got a great story from a student in the audience who shared his perspectives and ideas on the proposal. I also debated with a student from McGill about career paths after school – pros and cons about starting your own business or working for corporate. He was a great guy who was also using the conference as a rendezvous for his partners from UW. In addition, I heard an epic tale from an awesome entrepreneur, Rahim Fazal, representing NeoEdge Networks at the time. His story was unforgettable about how he started his ISP business in BC, obstacles that he ran into and how he handled it, how he was working on getting into UWO Ivey Business school without an Undergraduate degree – and he did and did awesome there too! I got to speak with him after his seminar and got great advice that I still use today with how I inspire my younger sister on finding what she wants to do in life. My experience at CUTC 2007 as a delegate was phenomenal, and this is why I am still involved with CUTC, as a logistics organizer last year and a Sponsorship executive this year.

  • Seak Pek Chhan

    There is plenty of opportunities to ask questions and interact with the speakers. All speakers leave room for questions at the end. We even have speakers that encourage student input and discussions during their presentations.

    I attended CUTC as a delegate in 2007 and I found plenty of opportunities to put my inspired energy to use. My favourite event was the TechTeam challenge where students get to put their ideas into an initiative, developing a solution to a problem. For me, it was an awesome experience in 2007. I formed a team with 4 other students. We got into a heated brainstorming session where great debates and ideas were sparking. To this day, I still remember that project. I learned some teamwork and presented to a group of judges who in turn grilled us with some tough questions. We also got a great story from a student in the audience who shared his perspectives and ideas on the proposal.

    I also debated with a student from McGill about career paths after school – pros and cons about starting your own business or working for corporate. He was a great guy who was also using the conference as a rendezvous for his partners from UW.

    In addition, I heard an epic tale from an awesome entrepreneur, Rahim Fazal, representing NeoEdge Networks at the time. His story was unforgettable about how he started his ISP business in BC, obstacles that he ran into and how he handled it, how he was working on getting into UWO Ivey Business school without an Undergraduate degree – and he did and did awesome there too! I got to speak with him after his seminar and got great advice that I still use today with how I inspire my younger sister on finding what she wants to do in life.

    My experience at CUTC 2007 as a delegate was phenomenal, and this is why I am still involved with CUTC, as a logistics organizer last year and a Sponsorship executive this year.