Students discover London's diverse tech sector

From digital interactive media development to software for financial services and human resources management, London, Ontario is an area of diverse technology. With more than 300 companies employing over 9,000 talented employees, the city is home to world-class, technological innovators.

Over 80 international students from secondary and post-secondary institutions in London had the opportunity to experience some of that innovation during a downtown technology tour. The event, held during International Week which ran from November 21-25, 2016, was organized by a number of institutions (listed below). The tech tour ran in tandem with a Civic and Heritage Plaques and Monuments downtown walking tour.

Starting at 1:30pm on Friday, November 25, the students were split into groups and each tour visited two tech companies with a different industry specialty. The walking tour lasted approximately two hours, where the groups visited Big Blue Bubble, Diply, Media Sonar and R-Traction. The event concluded with a reception at the centrally located London Public Library, with greetings from Mayor Matt Brown and time for networking with other students.

The technology tour gave the students an opportunity to see some of these companies first hand, and explore many exciting job prospects awaiting graduates from various disciplines in the heart of downtown.

About the Companies

Big Blue Bubble: Since 2004, the company has been inspiring worlds of creativity. Big Blue Bubble has grown to become Canada’s largest independent mobile gaming company, establishing a network of millions of players around the world. They create engaging experiences that enable everyone to discover and share creativity with others through play http://www.bigbluebubble.com/.

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Diply: Diply.com is a user generated, social news and entertainment community dedicated to connecting audiences with the content they love. With a global community of 150 million monthly unique visitors, Diply delivers captivating and engaging entertainment, videos and news that incites social conversations. The site was launched just over two years ago, and since then Diply.com has been dubbed as one of the fastest growing websites in internet history https://diply.com/.

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Media Sonar: More than just a social media aggregator, Media Sonar offers a high-value platform that includes industry-leading filter capabilities, powerful analytics and reporting, and dedicated customer support. Founded in 2012, Media Sonar’s innovative platform has helped corporate security, sports, entertainment, and education organizations target relevant data to gain knowledge and improve decision-making https://www.mediasonar.com/.

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r-Traction: Located at the London Roundhouse, r-Traction Canada Inc. is a Certified B Corporation that started in 2001 as a joint initiative. The founders have grown the award-winning agency into four distinct brands, including Ellipsis Digital, an expert digital marketing and creative company that helps social purpose organizations connect and grow, and Engine SevenFour, specializing in custom web application development http://www.rtraction.com/.

About International Week

International week celebrates the international community, diversity and collaborations, and provides an opportunity for international students to engage with London. It enables London and campus communities to engage in global learning and intercultural sharing.

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