Transparent ratio conserver

Posted on June 07, 2018

Why True North was a Hit

Dear humans -- we’re going to look into the future of tech as a force for good. Robot or human, all were welcome to Communitech’s first annual True North Conference in Kitchener-Waterloo. Here at Kiiah, we went to find out what all the buzz was about. So let us fill you in on why we thought True North was such a hit! Dancers To kick off True North 2018, DJ Shub threw down some beats for the incredible indigenous dancers. We all agreed that they did an amazing job to kick off the event! Every person in the venue had their attention glued on these energetic dancers as they hyped everyone up. Communitech photo: Harminder Phull     Celebrity Speakers and Influencers The keynote speakers that True North boasted this year set the standard for the years to come. Big names and big brands made people jump on the opportunity to listen in on their sessions. Our favourite speaker was Bozoma Saint John, the Chief Brand Officer for Uber. This woman is a true legend. She left you laughing so hard you cried and she inspired you to take on any new opportunity that comes your way.  Her story of how she joined Uber was incredible. When she joined, Uber was going through a rough patch -- but that’s not how Bozoma saw it. She left Apple because she saw this as her opportunity to truly build the brand.   The incredible lineup of speakers had us on the edge of our seats the entire conference. Each one captivating with their knowledge on tech, cool stories and intriguing topics. Whether they were offering insight into A.I. Learning, Digital Red Tape, Tech for Good or Inclusion, they left you inspired and ready to hit the ground running.   Network Growth True North did a great job of creating that networking ambiance. From the moment you walked in to the moment you sat down in your seat, you had ample opportunities to connect with other leaders in the industry. True North also offered a networking courtyard where delegates could sit out on some cool lawn furniture. You could grab a drink, stick your feet up and and get to know some other delegates. There was also a special lounge for partners, and an international lounge to host people who came a far distance.   Venue The venue LOT42, was sweet! It was an old manufacturing factory that captured the industrial look that Kitchener’s tech has adopted. They had giant murals painted across the sides of the building in the courtyard and a large open space on the inside. There was so much personality that added to the entire conference vibe.   #TNDTK True North decided to take their conference’s festivities and offer them to the whole community. A highlight was watching the girl rock band The Beaches perform in City Hall. They were very cool. As well a large variety of local restaurants and bars gave special deals and discounts to anyone from the True North Conference. The #TNDTK experience also forced us to walk around our city and really take it all in. We discovered things that we never knew existed! For example, have you ever heard of the White Tiger Vintage Boutique? Super cute shop that you have to check out! The #TNDTK festival was a fun experience and something that newcomers, locals and the whole community could get involved in. As True North 2018 ended, we left feeling excited for the future of tech in our community of Kitchener-Waterloo. We can’t wait to see what True North 2019 holds in the future! Let us know in the comments your favourite part of the True North 2018 Conference!
Read more
Transparent ratio conserver

Posted on May 29, 2018

10 Steps to freeing yourself from negativity

There are days when you feel like you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed and you can’t seem to shrug off that pissy feeling! For some of us, it’s a rough patch in life that doesn’t seem to be fading. Life is full of ups and downs which is why freeing yourself from negativity is so important to keep balanced. We’ve compiled these 10 steps to turning that frown upside down and putting your life back into positive momentum. Embrace fear – Embracing fear (the ‘terror barrier’) and breaking through it is key to success according to this video. If your dreams and ambitions do not create a negative emotion like fear, along with the good stuff such as excitement, then they probably aren’t worth pursuing! The trick is to react to fear proactively and not get beaten down by it. Be sure to watch the video for guidance on creating personal breakthroughs. Look for the grey-areas – Negative mindsets create distorted perceptions of black or white situations. However, life is full of grey areas! Try to look for those and remember this mantra; no problems only solutions. Self responsibility – Life may throw some hurdles your way, but you have control over your thoughts, feelings and reactions. Nobody but you has the power to take away your happiness. Make the conscious choice to think positively and focus on what makes you happy. Cut bad influences – Responsibility for your own behavior is part of the solution but so is your social circle. Surround yourself with good vibes and healthy influences. Be aware that spending time in the company of negative folk can also have an affect on you.   Quit being unreasonable – Unreasonable expectations of yourself and others allow indulgence in negative thinking when they aren’t met. Live in the moment and release those expectations. Observe before reacting – Reacting in the heat of the moment can spiral negatively out of control. Take a moment to slow down before reacting impulsively. Meditation is the perfect way to observe our behavior and come into awareness of those split-second reactions. Love thyself – Loving yourself means letting go of negativity that is causing you harm physically and mentally. Nourish your soul with activities that make you feel good about life. Forget other people’s judgments on how to live your life and be your own master. Focus on the blessings – The phrase ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ rings true for this tip. Instead of focusing on the bad, look for the good of every experience; there’s bound to be one even if it’s just a lesson learned. Optimism will also give you numerous health benefits. Ditch ‘I can’t’ – Words can seriously affect our subconscious and limit us with outdated thinking patterns. How many times have we said ‘I can’t’ without even giving a try? Ditch ‘I can’t’ and get excited about ‘I can’. Let go – Let go of any residual emotions or grudges that no longer serve you. Are you drained from situations or thought patterns? Make the conscious choice to drop it! Follow a few of these tips in no particular order and you’ll dramatically cut negativity from your life. If you’re still wondering why it might be worth the effort, then sneak a peek at this to remind yourself and be inspired to grow.
Read more