BraveNewCode teases new Response WordPress plug-in

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Editor’s note: Hamilton’s own BraveNewCode has been releasing teaser information for a new WordPress plug-in called “Response”, check out the details pulled from below:



Give it your best image, Response does the the rest.
Response creates different image sizes for everything you include inside (or outside) your content, serving them from the cloud.

Link to an image on Flickr? No problem. Response even works with images not hosted on your website.
Sound complicated? Response makes it easy. Simply turn on Responsive Images support, choose your quality setting, and you’re done. It even works for older images on your website, too.



Deliver images, JavaScript and CSS faster from everywhere to everywhere.
Response automatically provisions a CDN (content distribution network) for you, zero-configuration required.
Serving assets from the cloud, your CDN chooses from a worldwide network of 50 locations to send content to your visitors.



Simple, powerful page caching, made for you, not developers.
Response includes both page and browsing caching, in an easy to use and clear way.

You don’t have fiddle with all kinds of options you don’t need— Response makes using one of the best ways to speed up your WordPress site a whole lot easier.
Just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s unintelligent— Response Page Caching handles special pages that shouldn’t be cached with ease.



Squeeze the most out with minification & concatenation.
Response minifies HTML output, JavaScript & CSS files, removing whitespace characters which tend to add bloat to files.

Response knows what order these files are loaded in and can concatenate them together as well, further speeding up load times. Why load eight files when you can load one?
Many speed recommendations (from folks like Google) suggest this as a best practice in optimizing your website.



Response reveals how well it’s working for you.
The Response dashboard shows reporting metrics for all four aspects of its accelerators: responsive images, CDN, caching and minification. See real-time data on images served and data saved, along with the speed boosts of serving pages and assets using Response vs. without.



We’ll send you a digest of your monthly report.
In addition to real-time data and the weekly view available on the Response dashboard we’ll send you a quick monthly e-mail letting you know how fast your website is— and share information with you on upcoming changes and features for Response.


Supreme Ruler Ultimate announced

capsule_main_467x263Ancaster, Canada - BattleGoat Studios is proud today to announce Supreme Ruler Ultimate, the most ambitious and comprehensive title in our Supreme Ruler strategy game series. With the announcement of Supreme Ruler Ultimate David Thompson, Lead Designer and Co-Founder explained, “Our recent release of Supreme Ruler 1936 has proven to be very popular with our fans and strategy/wargame players as it revolves around World War II, but one of the biggest requests we’ve received has been to blend it with the near future game we released back in 2008, Supreme Ruler 2020. That game provided players with the opportunity to make anything they wanted of our modern world, from any starting nation, without any preconceived expectations.”

Supreme Ruler Ultimate will incorporate the content from all of BattleGoat’s Supreme Ruler series, letting players take control of a nation from the historic troubles of World War II, through the Cold War, and into the near future where established relations are undermined by disorder and turmoil. Thompson went on to comment, “With what is currently going on internationally and the intense domestic polarization forming within various countries, it certainly is not hard to imagine a spark spreading unparalleled chaos through our world.” Thompson indicated that BattleGoat will continue to add historic events and content to the game for players that want to start in the 20th century, as well as updating the near future storyline to incorporate new technology threads and to reflect the new international crises that have developed.

Supreme Ruler Ultimate will be released on October 17, 2014 at an SRP of $29.99, and an announcement regarding a Steam Early Access Beta is expected soon. BattleGoat have also announced that owners of Supreme Ruler 1936 will be given a special upgrade price to the new title.

Steam Store Page:

About Supreme Ruler Ultimate

Supreme Ruler Ultimate represents the pinnacle of fourteen years of development on the Supreme Ruler series of Real Time Geo-Political Military Strategy Games for PC and Mac. Supreme Ruler Ultimate incorporates the stories, campaigns, scenarios, and features from the previous Supreme Ruler releases and expands on them in an improved game engine. Take control of any nation in the world from World War II through the Cold War and into the near future as our world lurches from one crisis to the next. Play historical or modern campaigns with specific objectives, attempt one of the many Set-Piece Scenarios for a shorter game, or customize your gaming experience by picking any nation in the various era sandboxes and choosing your own preferred Victory Condition. With so many options to choose from, Supreme Ruler Ultimate provides virtually unlimited replayability!

- Play Historical or Futuristic Campaigns.
- Take Control of any Nation in Sandbox Mode and impact the outcome of an era.
- Play through a single era, or guide your Nation through more than a century of progress.
- Challenge yourself with Set-Piece Scenarios for a faster-paced gameplay experience.
- The butterfly effect… Influence the timeline and outcome of thousands of historical events.
- Use Diplomacy, Trade, Espionage, and Intimidation to influence the policies of other nations.
- Thousands of units and technologies available for unprecedented Scientific Advancement.
- Modernize your economy to support whatever social and military policies you choose.
- Sophisticated Real-Time Strategic and Tactical Control of your Military Forces.
- Detailed historically-accurate armies down to the Battalion level.
- Choose your level of control. Make all decisions or use your Cabinet Ministers to help.
- Battle the elements! Fully integrated weather model influences battlefield outcomes.
- Up to 16 players in Multiplayer over local network or Internet.

About BattleGoat Studios

BattleGoat Studios is a Canadian Software Developer committed to developing leading edge “Intelligent Strategy Games”. BattleGoat’s game design history dates back to the first text-based Supreme Ruler game in 1982, making Supreme Ruler one of the oldest computer gaming franchises still in development. The design team firmly believes that Strategy Gamers are looking for more sophisticated games that also remain fun to play. BattleGoat insists that their approach to development will always emphasize an accurate, heavily researched environment assuring players an entertaining and immersive gameplay experience. Their previous PC releases are Supreme Ruler 2010, Supreme Ruler 2020, Supreme Ruler Cold War, and Supreme Ruler 1936.


Twitter: @battlegoat –




Intro to jQuery workshop on October 25th



Ladies Learning Code is a non-profit organization that runs introductory code writing workshops across the country – if you haven’t already, check out an event in Hamilton either as a learner or a mentor!

Organizer: Ladies Learning Code

When: Saturday October 25th 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Price: $50

Where: Hamilton – location TBA

Full Details + Registration:



You’ve learned how to make web pages with HTML and CSS and now you’re ready for the next step. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to take a static web page and give it that little extra sumthin’ sumthin’.

JavaScript or jQuery, what’s the difference?

JavaScript is a wildly popular programming language that is used on almost every website. Photo slideshows, Twitter timeline updates and Google auto-complete search terms are just a few examples of JavaScript! jQuery is a library that makes writing JavaScript a breeze. Not sure what a JavaScript library is? No worries, you’ll get plenty of information about what it is, how to write your own jQuery code and use plugins like this snazzy photo slider:

What will you learn?

jQuery is JavaScript so we’ll start with fundamental JavaScript concepts such as variables and functions. Also, learn how to use the handy tools like the console, right in your browser. Then we’ll jump into jQuery and learn how to manipulate various elements of a web page and add fancy effects based on different user actions like click and hover. You can even change the CSS and update how your web page looks based on these interactions. We’ll also dive into how to use the Flexslider photo gallery plugin to make your web page even more dynamic.

By the end of the day, your web page will no longer just sit there and look pretty, it’ll also be full of fun interactions!

This workshop has been designed for people with some experience with HTML/CSS and JavaScript. If you know absolutely nothing about JavaScript, you’re welcome to join us, however some degree of HTML/CSS knowledge is necessary. Not sure if you have the basic HTML and CSS you’ll need to get the most out of this workshop? If you’ve been to either of our Intro to HTML & CSS workshops (and paid attention), you should be good to go! Missed those workshops? See this quiz. If you can answer the 3 questions, you are probably a good fit for this workshop.


DevNet connects students to jobs

DevNet took place earlier this week on McMaster campus thanks to the McMaster Game Development Association and McMaster Computer Science Society. The event connected local area companies (GTA and Hamilton) with attendees, mainly for the purpose of job opportunities.

It’s really, really, really awesome to see the leadership coming from these students clubs in terms of organizing something like this. Of course institutions organize more general job fairs, but it’s not the same as this type of event.

Check out the coverage of the event below!



HIVE X 2014 – Ambition

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Get involved and make a change in Hamilton: this is the essence of the Hamilton HIVE. On Saturday October 18th Hamilton is, was, and will be Canada’s “Ambitious City,” and with 2014 being a municipal election year, the feeling of ambition in Hamilton is palpable. Yet, what does this mean to Hamilton’s young leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs? What does this mean to their careers, their community, and to the broader socio-economic development of their city? Moreover, how does one properly balance both thought and action, in the ambitious pursuit of goals?

On October 18 Hamilton HIVE seeks to address these issues and more.

Last year, HIVEX 2013: Click Here built on the strong reputation of the conference by offering a highly engaging program to a growing constituent of high-energy, Hamilton-area emerging leaders. This year’s event, to be held at The Sheraton Hotel Hamilton, will feature a thrilling slate of speakers and moderators, civic-engagement, career, and business focused workshops, as well as an exciting and informative Mayoral Debate to be held in the City Centre, Jackson Square. The day will end off with attendees enjoying their city’s cultural offerings at the official after party hosted by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. In partnership with hpoGO, the HPO’s young patrons program, HIVEX attendees will enjoy the HPO concert Ray Charles: A Tribute immediately followed by a Motown after party in Hamilton Place where guests will have the opportunity to meet musicians while listening to DJ Andy Inglis spin the best Motown and Soul hits.

In its fourth year, the annual conference is fast becoming a landmark event in the Golden Horseshoe region, as it attracts both attendees looking to advance themselves and the Hamilton community, as well as those who look for ways to attract, retain, engage, and develop young leaders. Hamilton HIVE is a local network of young professionals and entrepreneurs that provides a gateway to access a range of business, social and learning opportunities. Its mission is to attract young professionals in Hamilton by advancing their civic, social, education, and career development.

Conference will include keynote speakers, 4 interactive workshops and keynote lunch before moving to the Mayoral Debates at the Hamilton City Centre. For full conference agenda and speaker bios please check out



NFP and Social Enterprises are foundational to any thriving city by provide pathways to engage with and build local communities. In this session you will learn more about the NFP and Social enterprise community, how to engage with and leverage these opportunities for professional development and how to create your own social enterprise right here in Hamilton. Join us for this interactive session and hear from a number of young professional community leaders and their stories of building this crucial piece of Hamilton’s fabric.



This workshop revolves around the business of local, where we will generate ideas about the importance of local business investment in key areas: community, people, arts, economic development, small business, food and agriculture, infrastructure, health/quality of life, natural ecosystems/urban ecology, culture/history & heritage, innovation, and impact investment. We will bring together social and environmental entrepreneurs, people who are building a more inclusive and more sustainable Hamilton to determine how we as a community can support local investment to drive the ambitious city.



How to be a change agent – a facilitated interactive workshop from Studio Y. Studio Y is an immersive Fellowship for young people committed to driving positive change in their own lives, in our communities and in the systems around us. Studio Y is an 8-month full-time commitment that supports Fellows with a $20,000 stipend.



How do you present yourself on social media, in person, and through other means in order to set yourself apart from the “competition”. Learn from experts on how to create the right business and casual persona that will present well to your future employer and cultivate your online presence to reflect it.


#HamTech hastag

A suggestion on r/SoftwareHamilton was to have a hashtag for informal meetups. That’s not a bad idea, more generally speaking a hashtag of some kind would be useful.

For a brief period there was a #HamTech hashtag for Hamilton tech community related posts. I’ve added a #HamTech Twitter widget back to the sidebar, and I’ll start tagging @hamiltonsw tweets with #HamTech again. Feel free to use #HamTech to meet up with others, share news, etc.




Ranggo captures grand prize at Lion’s Lair 2014



Hamilton, Ontario October 6th, 2014: On Thursday October 2nd, Ranggo was named the grand prize winner in Lion’s Lair 2014. In its fourth year, Lion’s Lair is an annual business competition presented by The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Innovation Factory. After filtering down all business plans submitted by more than 70 companies, ten companies were selected as finalists. The 10 finalists were given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of Hamilton’s top business experts, the “Lions”, for a chance to win over $160,000 in cash and in-kind resources. The sold-out final gala event held on Thursday night at Carmen’s brought together the entrepreneurship and innovation community in Hamilton, Ontario.

Incorporated in Ontario in March 2014, this is not the first business recognition for Ranggo. Earlier in April 2014, Ranggo was again a Top 5 finalist in Halton’s region own business competition, The Python’s Pit. Ranggo was one of 3 companies to receive follow up meetings from the investors, “The Python’s”. During the very short period since its inception,Ranggo has partnered and piloted in multiple local restaurants and food festivals and events in the Hamilton and Burlington area.

Ranggo is an all-in-one feedback, customer retention and acquisition service for restaurants. “We all love to eat and we use our smartphones all the time, especially while sitting on our tables at the restaurant”, said Peter Basl, CEO. “Ranggo allows restaurants to leverage this opportunity by collecting valuable real-time feedback from their patrons and use this feedback to attract more customers through online and social network venues.” Ranggo is collecting feedback down to the menu item level and its innovative business model relies on rewarding its users with instant restaurant coupons and savings. “The overall process brings the customers to the restaurant more often and through the app’s food search engine, new customers can easily find those restaurants serving the best dishes they are craving,” said Noha Abdelaziz, COO. “Ranggo simply creates a win-win situation for both the restaurants and the customers.” Ranggo is a subscription based service for restaurants and its app is free to download for users. “Since July 2014, we have been piloting the service in 10 restaurants in Hamilton and Burlington. The results are amazing. In such a short period of time, Ranggo was able to engage with diners and collect more feedback than any existing service in the market today,” said Mo. Shahin, CTO.

In the Lion’s Lair competition, Ranggo was awarded a total of $25,000 in cash and in-kind services from KPMG, VA Partners and Albanese Branding valued at $27,500. The prize will be used to speed up customer acquisition process as well as further application development. During the Lion’s Lair Gala, the Lions announced the win stating the main reasons behind their choice to be: Ranggo’s strong team, solid business model as well as its potential of global scalability.

Ranggo’s cofounders are Peter Basl, Noha Abdelaziz and Mo Shahin. They are all McMaster University alumni with postgraduate degrees. Peter holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University and currently finishing his Masters in Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation at McMaster too. Noha holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from McMaster, while Mo is a serial entrepreneur who has graduated from McMaster’s Masters of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2008. The team collectively has more than 20 years of experience both on the technical and business levels having worked in leading industry positions as well as co-founded multiple businesses in the past.


For more information on Ranggo, visit

For more information on the Lion’s Lair visit

Ranggo pitch in 1 min:

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Interview with Roomer creator Simar Singh



I remember in my undergraduate days that the libraries weren’t always the best place to study. There was the noise – Mills Library was known (affectionately?) as “Club Mills”, but there was also the lack of seats. Often times you were better off finding an empty classroom. Which was great when you found one, but time consuming.

That’s why I found this new app called Roomer by Simar Singh (@simarr_) to be a pretty neat idea. Check out the interview with Simar below:


simarTell me about yourself.

I’m currently a third year computer science student at McMaster University. I’m passionate about all aspects of software development. I have been working on projects for as long as I can remember, and I aim to build projects that make people’s lives easier.


What is Roomer?

Roomer is an android app that helps students find study space on campus. Roomer shows you all of the empty classrooms and lecture halls.


Why did you decide to create Roomer?

Many students have experienced difficulty finding a good study space on campus. Libraries are often crowded, especially during exam period. Group study rooms are frequently in short supply. Roomer aims to solve this problem. Roomer shows the user which classrooms and lecture halls are currently empty on campus. They can then choose their favorite spot to work on their assignments, hold group meetings or practice presentations.




How does Roomer know which rooms on campus are available?

Roomer’s server side algorithms uses the master timetable system provided by universities to figure out what rooms are currently not being used.


How has the response to Roomer been thus far?

Roomer has already been downloaded 350+ times in its first week of launch.




Will you try to make money off of Roomer? How?

Roomer was built to enrich students’ campus experience. Roomer will be for free for the foreseeable feature.


What tools did you use to build Roomer?

The backend was built with Python and the Android app was written in Java. I used Amazon Web Services to host Roomer’s backend.




What are your future plans for Roomer?

Roomer is currently available for McMaster University, University of Waterloo, and Western University. I plan on expanding Roomer’s service to more Universities across Ontario.


Do you have any advice for students planning to release apps?

Focus on user experience and what problems your app will help its users solve.


Try out Roomer on Android today!



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