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Friday, January 20, 2012

More Silicon Hali

Other local digital wizards

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 4:00 AM

A couple of weeks ago The Coast ran a story called Silicon Hali, offering profiles od a number of the digital software designers here in Nova Scotia. Of course, there were plenty of others that we might have mentioned given a little more space.

Who else is out there? Well, consider TeamSpace (teamspace.ca), a Bedford-based software solutions company specializing in Lotus Notes and Domino development. Or how about Medusa Medical (medusamedical.com), a company creating software for the healthcare industry, including the Siren ePCR Suite for paramedics, which helps them track a patient's condition and shares data with hospitals.

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Or what about the people who brought us Swearport, an app that gives the user the ability to curse in more than 50 languages. The guys behind this innovative product are Mark Dennis and Lee Gancman, recent Dalhousie University graduates in Computer Science and Political Science, respectively.

The app was "recorded almost entirely in Canada from native speakers," explains Gancman. "In that sense this application, or at least the process of its creation, and the continuing efforts to add new languages, is a testament to Canadian multiculturalism."

Though they split their time between Ottawa and Toronto with their company DGML, Dennis and Gancman find themselves back in Halifax regularly. The Swearport---for more info go to swearport.com---was banned from the Apple iTunes store for "offensive content," but before that, it was number one on the Canadian entertainment chart for almost a month, selling more than 1,000 copies a day. "Since that time, however, we have moved to Android phones where we are trying to get exposure," Gancman says.

If you have an Android phone, click here for Swearport. It'll set you back $1.

And we must mention Twisted Oak Studios (twistedoakgames.com). They're a local company and a creator of 3D game apps including Zombie Wonderland and Reign of Steel, and are the hosts of Halifax Game Jam (halifaxgamejam.com), an annual event where the public is invited to learn how to make a game from scratch over the course of a weekend. This year's Game Jam takes place at The Hub (1673 Barrington Street, 2nd floor), March 2-4. More information on that closer to the date.

If you feel there are other app developers or webmasters in Nova Scotia deserving of attention, don't hesitate to comment on this story or get in touch.

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