For those engineers, technologists, inventors and business owners facing challenges there is hope. GCEngineers, an abbreviation for Globally Connected Enginers is an online community conceived by a group of engineering technologists who upon graduating found themselves facing the challenge of finding employment, support, tools and support in the toughest economy of our times.
The key founder of the site is Moe Taleb, at the time a Sheridan student enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Design and Drafting program. His ideas was to connect Engineering students together since there was no network available within Ontario dedicated to the unique needs and nature of engineering students.
Taleb went to Nick Aleks, a fellow student in the mechanical engineering program. Aleks, a previously award winning robotics developer with expertise in the technical aspect of web development. The idea then transformed into a social network in which engineers and technologists can find each other and work together online.
The first phase of the network was launched in September of 2009 and relaunched February 27 with some improvements. The new launch included a better css style, Company and personal profiles, an online library where students can search for files that can help them with their school work, job boards, and a resume build section within the personal profiles.
The team had conducted surveys to determine the unique needs of engineers, which resulted in the design of new functionality to the website which is now being developed. With the need for additional programming, new talent was added to the team. Students were brought onto the team to apply what they had learned in class, help build their portfolio, gain experience and network.
In November of 2010, a VentureMind a venture capital firm out of Toronto invested in GCEngineers.com bringing additional resources, expertise and contacts to help grow the community.
The work has gotten a lot more hectic, and the idea a lot more serious as the market need was validated by additional research. Within the first year the site acquired over 400 engineering users to assist with the pre-beta phase of the site. There are currently seven new applications being developed that promise to make the members very happy by making their life easier and providing them help with their careers, business and projects.
GCEngineers.com is now looking for additional engineering types (engineers, technologists, technicians, inventors, tinkerers, teachers) to join the community, provide feedback, and contribution to a special plae where we can help each other.
The team of individuals that GCEngineers is currently working with is amazingly working hard. The team is managing its time very wisely in building the online community.
With a leading team of grass roots users, business minded CEO, and eager community members GCEngineers shows great promise for engineer types across the world.