Updated 5:01 pm E.S.T. We just finished another amazing discussion with wearables startup labs from Toronto and around North America and were also joined by many wearables enthusiasts. A special thanks to our guest experts who contributed to the chat. Has your IT department considered incorporating wearables into your organization?  If not, you might want to scroll down and read on why these technology trailblazers believe you should! Tune in to our next Twitter chat on May. 28, 12-1 pm E.S.T.!

The stretch of highway that connects Toronto with Waterloo, Ont. is officially called the 401, but lately investors have labelled it “wearables alley.” From EEG brain-reading devices, to armbands that transform gestures into computer interactions, and a wrist band that authenticates your identity, a range of innovation in the wearable computing sector has risen in this patch of Ontario. We take a look at some of the most promising new startups that are offering up the innovative technologies and how they could change the way we all work, play, and live our lives. This chat will be hosted by our @ITBusinessca account.

Join us on Apr. 30, 12-1 PM EST, at the hashtag #ITWCchats. If this is your first time taking part in a Twitter chat, check out this video on how to join a twitter chat. The questions are listed below so you can start thinking about what you might want to tweet about.

We’ll be joined by the following guest experts:

Tom Emrich
Tom Emrich
As a writer, consultant and community builder, Tom uses his passion for emerging technologies as a catalyst to bring on the future. He founded We Are Wearables, a community that rallies people together to learn, discuss and celebrate wearable tech in order to foster adoption and facilitate innovation in this space. He writes regularly about wearables, the Internet of Things and 3D Printing. Tom also works with startups, and large organizations as an advisor and consultant offering assistance on product development, marketing and organizational strategy.

Stephen Lake
Stephen Lake
Stephen was named one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 in 2007 and one of the Next 36 entrepreneurial leaders of Canada in 2011. He focused on hardware during his time at the University of Waterloo, where he studied as a Loran Scholar, and robotics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). Prior to Thalmic, Stephen spent time working in a range of industries from surgical robotics to lunar rovers. Stephen is passionate about creating new ways for humans to interact with technology.

Brennan Hatton
Brennan Hatton
Brennan is the pioneers technical coordinator at Meta labs, and conducts technical training and support for use of the Meta SDK.

Q1 Toronto is becoming a hotbed of wearable startups. What kinds of startups and technology developments are out there? #ITWCchats

Q2 Do you own a wearable? How has it changed your life, either personally or professionally? #ITWCchats

Q3 Unlike phones, wearables are very diverse in form and function. What type do you think will take off the most in businesses? #ITWCchats

Q4 What kind of benefit do wearables bring to the workplace? What kind of challenges should employees expect? #ITWCchats

Q5 What industries and workplace practices do you think will be influenced the most by the introduction of wearables? #ITWCchats

Q6 What kind of security measures will need to be considered for wearables in the workplace? #ITWCchats

Q7 What should wearables startups do to improve adoption rates? #ITWCchats

Q8 How will the introduction of wearables to the workplace affect MDM policies? Who’s responsible in the end? #ITWCchats

Q9 Should the government support wearable startups? If so, how? #ITWCchats

Q10 What members of our office teams do you think will start using wearables first and why? #ITWCchats

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