I Want To Go To FITC Toronto 2013 | Shanta R. Nathwani, B.Com., MCP

I’ve finally launched my main site, thanks to the inspiration of FITC once again. You can check it out here:

I Want To Go To FITC Toronto 2013 | Shanta R. Nathwani, B.Com., MCP.

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CareerMash Women in ICT Event Tomorrow Night!

Students take note it’s FREE for you! Hope to see many of you there tomorrow.

Women-in-ICT-flyer

For more cool events that I get to attend, check my Events page.

UPDATE:

Thank you for registering for the CareerMash Women in ICT Mixer!

We’re excited to host our first Women in ICT networking event this Thursday, and to thank you for registering, we’re offering a special promotional code so you can bring a friend at a reduced ticket price! While space is available, purchase as many additional tickets as you like for $5 each by using the promo code BRINGAPAL.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

#FF Dames Making Games

I was introduced to this group about 8 months ago by my friend Alex Bethke. Having just started Women In Technology Hamilton, I thought it was important to find other women doing tech things, no matter where they were.

Dames Making Games is dedicated to teaching women, regardless of what their professional background is, how to make their own games. They run sessions a couple of times a year and tomorrow night is the Show and Tell from the latest session, Jeuxly. They will be running this again in the winter and they call it Jamuary. Brilliant naming.

They are also looking at trying this formula out in other areas including Europe. I’ve even volunteered to be one of their guinea pigs to run this from a distance. Will keep you updated on that project as it goes…

So, if you’re not doing anything tomorrow night come out to their Jeuxly Show and Tell. Even if you can’t, please give Dames Making Games a Follow Friday on Twitter.

Dames Making Games

People are too dependent on technology: agree or disagree?

People are too dependent on technology: agree or disagree?

I agree. On coming up to the cottage this weekend, I felt compelled not only to bring my Blackberry, but I also brought my camera (which is handy at the cottage), my digital voice recorder, my iPod and my laptop. I figured I could get some writing done (as I am doing sitting in peace and quiet in cottage country). Catch up on a few blog posts that I’ve been meaning to write, some I have written and just need to transcribe to electronic form. Catch up on some emails that I’ve been meaning to write and clear my head. For me, that means detaching from the network and start with a semi-clean slate on Monday when I reconnect. My Blackberry does get reception up here, but I’m keeping it on silent and only using it if I need to get something off my head, like an idea I’ve just had.

In general I know that I have become much too dependant on technology. Sometimes to a point where all of it just makes my job harder to do and I spend more time trying to fix it or to find a better way of doing it than if I just sat down to do it.

A few years ago, we had the massive blackout on the eastern seaboard of North America. Friends of mine were jonesing for their cell phones to work. I was actually impressed with myself because I didn’t feel the need for my cell phone nor the internet. I made sure my family and close friends were okay and life was good. The barbecue still worked and food was defrosting, so we had friends over who didn’t have very good ventilation in the summer and we all ate together. We found things to keep us busy, but we connected with each other. I mean really communicated with each other face to face.

I know that I can actually detach myself for a weekend, maybe even more. I only keep up with everything because it will be less to deal with when I come back. Besides, writing these is fun. So vacation mission accomplished.

UPDATE: Of course I couldn’t upload this while on vacation, but I managed to go through all day Saturday without turning on the laptop, except to view some photographs I’d just shot. You’ll see those soon too…