The Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC) is part of OCAD and they believe that Ontario is being held back from growing its mobile sector during the current recession. According to a new study called “Innovation and Insight: Mapping Ontario’s Mobile Industry” the reasons are that there are too few mobile phone users, expensive data rates, lack of access to capital and distribution.
Sara Diamond, Chair of the MEIC and President of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) said “Mobile and wireless devices are revolutionizing the way we think, work, play and live in the same way the Internet did almost two decades ago. Unfortunately, our research shows that we’re falling behind other jurisdictions in terms of our ability to play a leading role in driving this mobile revolution.”
One of the reports authors Ray Newal said “One of the key findings of our research is that we don’t have enough
people with the right set of skills to keep up with the demand to develop applications for new and emerging mobile platforms and devices. We need to invest in education to build a workforce that’s ready to lead the world in mobile research, design and innovation.”