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Charlottetown customer engagement service projecting 400,000 new users

Charlottetown customer engagement

service projecting 400,000 new users

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Jordan Fraser, founder of BamText, hopes to have one million people using his texting service by 2018.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – BamText, a Charlottetown-based customer engagement company,

is projecting to increase their yearly users by nearly 400,000 in just one year.

 

Our business is based around how people communicate, and texting is the

fastest growing communication

tool in the world Jordan Fraser

“Our business is based around how people communicate, and texting is the fastest growing

communication tool in the world,”said BamText founder Jordan Fraser. BamText partners with

businesses across Canada and the United States, and sets up a feedback service, which allows

customers to text the store’s manager directly if they have a complaint while at there. BamText is

great for both the customers and the businesses, Fraser said. “It helps the customer get their problem

solved quickly. For businesses, it decreases the chances that the person is going to take to social media

and rant about their bad experience, which is something they don’t want to happen.”   

Fraser had the idea for the company in 2013 after he had to wait for nearly half an hour, unattended,

at a sunglass store, before leaving in anger. “There had to be a way for me to let that manager know

about how bad my experience was there,” he said. Fraser searched for apps to do this, but didn’t

find any good ones. That’s when he thought of a texting service. He approached Keir Pollard, a

developer at the electronic company Fraser had been working at, with the idea. The two began

thinking about how this would work. “We knew it had to be free, simple and instant. The whole

idea is if I have a problem at a restaurant and text the manager, they get my complaint right

away and can do something about it.” After six weeks of development, BamText launched on

Feb. 12, 2014 and had its first client within two weeks. Since then, BamText has partnered

up with companies like A&W, Circle K, Pita Pit, as well as many small, local businesses

across Canada and the United States. They’ve increased their yearly users from 30,000

in their first year, to 110,000 in their second, to 280,000 in their third, and are projecting

to have roughly 700,000 by the end of 2017. Fraser said he’s surprised by the company’s

rapid success.  “We’re only six people who work at BamText, and over the past three years

roughly 500,000 people have used our system. It’s incredible.” Along with the customer

feedback service, BamText also offers a text-voting product at food events, where people

attending can vote for their favourite dish. BamText also introduced a service last year that

allows golfers on the course to text their food and drink orders to the manager, and have it

delivered it to them. Looking ahead, Fraser wants to have one million people using BamText

by 2018, a goal he knows won’t be easy. “It’s a big number. We’d have to nearly double the

number of users BamText had last year, but if things keep going like this, I’m confident

we’ll be able to hit it by 2018.”

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Forestry.io hopes to build ‘world-class business’ on P.E.I.

Forestry.io co-founder says after launching only four

months ago, it already has 5,000 users

Forestry.io is a content management tool for websites.

A Charlottetown tech start-up is aiming to be at the “leading edge” of website management.

Forestry.io is a content management tool for websites. Once a website has been designed, Forestry.io can be used to keep it updated.

‘We’d like to hire some of the brightest minds in the region, and build really cool products and build a world-class business from here.’– Scott Gallant

Co-founder Scott Gallant says the service only launched four months ago, and it already has 5,000 users worldwide.

“We see this as the future of the web,” he said. “In a few years, we think, no developer will use a site like WordPress and, all developers will use the platforms that we support and we just want to be at the leading edge of that.”

The company was accepted into the accelerator program Tech Stars, which offered three months of mentoring and $125,000 US in financial support.

Hiring more staff

Six people are employed now with Forestry.io, Gallant said, and they’re looking to hire a programmer, a designer and some administrative help in the next few months.

Gallant hopes to eventually take the company public, like Ottawa-based Shopify did a couple of years ago.

“We’d like to hire some of the brightest minds in the region, and build really cool products and build a world-class business from here.”

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Northeast PHP Conference Day 2

Northeast PHP draws industry leaders from around the world

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Northeast PHP Conference Day 1

Northeast PHP draws industry leaders from around the world

 

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Northeast PHP Conference

The Northeast PHP Conference is a community conference intended for networking and collaboration in the developer community.

PHP + UX + WEB = The best low-cost conference in North America!

Two days of talks on topics like: PHP, UX, Composer, Design, REST,Nodejs, Autoloading, Jenkins, Continuous Integration, Usability, HTML5, Architecture, CSS, API,Santize Data, Dependency Management, Javascript, Forms, Mobile, Agile, Laravel,Frameworks, SOA, Collaboration, HHVM, Legacy Code, Content Strategy, Refactoring, Facebook, Http, OSI, UDP, IP, TCP, Raml, RESTful, America, Civic Hacking, Wikipedia, Documentation, Networking, Process, Emails, Responsive, Cinema, Llvm, Hacklang, APIs, Theory, Design Thinking, Strategy, Testing, Selenium, Hack, Functional Testing,Variadics, Splat, Generators, Traits, Closures, PSR-0, PSR-4, Survival, Adventure, Teamwork, Leadership, Namespaces, Unit Testing, FIG, Surgery, DIY, Keynote, PHP The Right Way, Tools,Ad-hoc, Coding Standards, Strategies For Success, OOP, Soft Skills, Management, Code Quality, IOT, PHPUnit, XSS, Web Security, Security, Internet Of Things, Cachegrind, Profiling, Xdebug, Object Oriented, Layout, All Levels, Visual Identity, Brand, Data, Results, CSRF

History

It all started with a humble conversation between organizers of the Boston PHP, Atlantic Canada PHP, and Burlington, Vermont PHP user groups. Boston PHP was (and still is) the largest and most active PHP community in the world and had long dreamed of starting its own conference. After almost a year of planning and collaboration between organizers throughout the northeast region, this dream was finally realized with the inaugural Northeast PHP Conference in August of 2012.

Starting with no budget and no conference experience, the organizational team overcame many challenges to create an event on par with the big technology conferences. With the event space generously donated by Microsoft’s New England Research and Development (NERD) Center the NEPHP organizers were able to check many large ticket items off their list. Many other sponsors, too numerous to mention here, provided additional resources making it possible to keep the ticket price to an absurdly low price. Most profoundly, all the organizers or speakers not only volunteered their time, but also contributed their own expenses to participate in the conference.

PHP, WEB, and UX.

While grounded in PHP, the Northeast PHP Conference is not just about PHP. As the organizers know, most PHP developers are working on websites and applications, which means that they need more than just PHP skills to get ahead. The additional Web Technology and User Experience topics help these developers broaden their skill sets and expand their knowledge & experience.

The future points North

As the Northeast PHP team looks to the future there is a strong desire to take the event on the road, traveling throughout the northeast region. With many developers in the northeast region, and not many conferences serving these developers, Northeast PHP can help developers grow and learn, becoming confident and even sharing their own talks. Initially, the team plans to have satellite events in Prince Edward Island with additional locations to be considered in future years.

Non profit

We are entirely non-profit. All money will be used to pay for the conference itself, including food and other expenses required to run a conference of this size. Please show your support and help us create one of the best conferences in the northeast region.

Get involved

We value the participation of each member of the PHP community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. The best way to do that is to get involved and move your ideas forward. Volunteer to join the Conference Planning board, contribute talk ideas, and tell your friends and co-workers!  This is YOUR community and YOUR community conference.

Thank you

We value the participation of each member of the PHP community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

Follow @NEPHP on Twitter for updates and don’t miss out on the Northeast PHP Conference 2016 in P.E.I., Canada!

Thank you for being a part of Northeast PHP!

Sensational Speaker Line-up

We’ve got all the rockstars from our industry in one place just for you! With talks ranging from starting to work in the industry to expanding your skill set as an experienced user; we have sessions for everyone!

NOTE: This line up of speakers is subject to change.

 
 
 
 
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May Business Mixer “Celebrating PEI Entrepreneurs!” sponsored by MRSB

Celebrating PEI Entrepreneurs!
 
Join The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, Island Advance and PEI Connectors for a spring networking event.

Celebrate the unveiling of the entrepreneur profile video series, and welcome members of PEI’s newcomer business community.

Let’s celebrate, support and encourage entrepreneurship Island wide!
 
List of exhibitors

Cavendish Beach Music Festival
CBDC Central PEI
Crown ZH Ltd.
Futurpreneur Canada
Island Advance
MRSB Group
OK Technical System Inc.
PEI Connectors
Prince Edward Island BioAlliance
Prince Edward Island Brewing Company
PropelICT
Show and Buy Healthcare Inc.
Startup Zone
The TnT Food Experience
Wilson’s Fuel Company Ltd.
Youth Engagement Centre (Boys and Girls Club of Summerside)