CanCon Podcast Ep. 120: Canadian tech’s forgotten sector

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The recent E3 – Electronic Entertainment Expo, for those not familiar – was chock-full of Canada. Over 18 triple-A and top-tier indie games shown at the expo were from Canadian development studios. Throw a rock at a popular video game being released this year or next, and you’ll probably hit the Canadian working on it.

It should be no surprise, then, that video games contributed $3.7 billion to the country’s GDP in 2017. But I can’t shake the feeling that for most in the Canadian tech sector, these numbers would be surprising, given the disconnect between the startup and corporate tech scene and our gaming brethren. What’s the reason for that gap?

Speaking of gaps, WWDC – Apple’s developer conference – recently passed, and Rob is steaming mad from the gap between his expectations for the company and what they happened to deliver at the show. Beyond the lack of newly-announced hardware, there also seemed to be a lack of innovation, with Apple’s focus predominantly on solving issues already resolved on other platforms. Is Rob right to be upset, or did Apple leave enough breadcrumbs to point to “one more thing” coming this fall?

Join us as the CanCon crew – Erin Bury, Managing Director of Eighty-Eight; Rob Kenedi, General Manager of TWG New York; Patrick O’Rourke, MobileSyrup Managing Editor; Josh McConnell, freelance tech reporter; and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor-in-Chief – answer all these questions before deleting their Twitter burner accounts.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 120

Canada likes to play games
Here are all of the Canadian-made games shown off at E3 2018
Report: Canada’s gaming industry contributes $3.7 billion to economy

Interlude: Erin’s tech PR tips
The Curious Case of Bryan Colangelo and the Secret Twitter Account
Karlsson’s wife alleges partner of Sens forward conducted campaign of harassment

Rob is upset at Apple
OS 12’s Siri Shortcuts are an interesting mix of Google Assistant and IFTTT
Apple’s cross-platform ‘Marzipan’ iOS development framework is what macOS needs
Here’s how watchOS 5’s Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie feature works

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “I’m Upset” by Drake
Ad music: “Dreams” by Joakim Karud

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.

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