I was privileged enough to be attend North By Northeast in Toronto for the last two days and even more privileged to take part in the first interactive conference offered by it in Canada. NXNE is the counterpart to South By Southwest and is a place where the most influential people in media and technology come together in a mutual forum to discuss the future of communications, entertainment and interactive technology, like SafeKidZone. Some of the best developers and web gurus were present and I was honored to meet Ze Frank, Zachary Lieberman, and Erica Ehm or YummyMummyClub.ca.
In the past, I’ve recommended Cafémom.com as a great forum for moms to talk about all the issues, so I’m excited to recommend Yummy mummy club as well to our Canadian subscribers. Yummy Mummy Club is a website for moms to come together and discuss just about anything they want with the common ground of being parents. They are providing a great sounding board for mothers to become part of a very large community to pass on pearls of wisdom whether they be advice about how best parent one’s child to where to find that perfect nail polish color. Either way, it’s the place to be and if you’re a a Canadian mom, I highly recommend yummymummyclub.ca
On to GovCamp: If I could describe it in one word, that word would be “challenging.” GovCamp was put on by Microsoft and it was a forum to demonstrate and learn about applications that utilize public data. Obviously this was right up SafeKidZone‘s alley.
I met some influential people in the Canadian government and one in particular really grilled me about the implications of SafeKidZone. Her main concern was privacy and I was happy to inform her that SafeKidZone usage is opt-in, permission based. That is, a SafeKidZone user with a
protected phone can invite specific people to their safety network who are trusted and then decide how much information to share with each individual in their network. For example, if you don’t want to share your panic button alerts but don’t want to share your location with a contact you can set that.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been to several conferences, met many people and showed SafeKidZone to just about every person I’ve spoken to and I noticed that the common response from all those who have discovered SKZ has consistently been positive. To be more specific, people are feeling like SKZ is simply a no-brainer, or what I like to call, an “idea in good currency.” Of course! Who wouldn’t want to keep their families safe in a socially responsible way! This sentiment keeps us going and we appreciate your input at all times.