Coding Bootcamp opens doors

Mohawk College and IEC Hamilton partnered on a new Coding Bootcamp program this Fall. The program involved about 30 adult learners at the Hamilton Public Library downtown and The Eva Rothwell Centre learning HTML/CSS and JavaScript.

The program was inspired by coding bootcamp innovations taking place in the private education sector that teach coding skills in short timeframes, for example HackerYou. These programs tend to be very hands-on, immersive and industry-focused. They’ve been gaining media attention and industry respect for turning students into web developers in as little as a few months.

The innovative approach to learning is excellent, but these programs also tend to be high-tuition and inaccessible for a lot of learners. The Coding Bootcamp program was free, and though not the same pace as private sector bootcamps with different objectives, the program borrowed the concept of hands-on immersion in coding.

The Coding Bootcamp program took place across 12 weeks, and by the end had students that had never written a line of code before creating web apps by the end of the program (e.g. Robert Ling’s Hamilton Quiz).

Congratulations to the first ever Coding Bootcamp participants!


WordPress Meetup Holiday Social this Thursday


When: Thursday December 7th 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker – 20 Augusta Street, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: WordPress Hamilton Meetup



Let’s get together and enjoy an evening to chat, geek out and enjoy! Please RSVP sooner rather than later so I can tell the venue about numbers. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


HamOnt ML builds machine learning community


Hamilton’s first ever machine learning conference took place this weekend. The event was excellent for a bunch of reasons.

Strong mix of industry, government and academia talks. We had leaders from industry, government, academia represented in the talk and panel line-up, and it manifested itself in some great connections, between industry and academia in particular!

It sold out, completely. We’ve been doing conferences on topics that we knew there was a local market for, in the case of topics like JavaScript and User Experience. But for a topic that’s a little more “emerging” in terms of prevalence in local industry, we were blown away by the response for this one.

40% of the attendees were McMaster students. McMaster students can be a very tough audience to pull out to off-campus, Hamilton-branded events. Students call it the “McMaster bubble” (there’s even a Pop the Bubble initiative). But they showed up in large numbers, I guess if you built it right they will come. I was talking to a bunch students afterwards that were very happy to see this type of a topic and talk line-up in Hamilton.

The mayor showed up! Yes, that’s him in the photo! Fred Eisenberger (@fredeisenberger) came by and said a few words at the start in support of the community, and recognizing the willingness of Hamiltonians to collaborate as a community strength. It was great to see support from the mayor for something in the community at the grassroots level.

Andrew Holden at Weever Apps and myself started up this conference series last year, with different leaders in the community organizing each topic (@dpetican, @megthesmith, @eimaj, @kensills). It’ll be continuing next year, details on event dates posted early next year.



eHealth Final Projects Showcase


When: Wednesday December 6th 2017 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Burke Science Building Room 105 – McMaster University, 1280 Main St West, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: @MSc_eHealth



This year students in the CAS/eHealth 757 course worked on seven different software development projects. They used modern software technologies to tackle the following ehealth problems for their final projects. Project abstracts are available on request to

– Quick Quotes Quill – Automating Prescription Writing with Voice Recognition
– HeMa Care Application for Hemodialysis Patients
– WiserRoo: Pediatric Cancer Education App
– MyPeriOp: A Periopoerative Mobile App to Assist Patients Scheduled for Surgery
– MiScript: Medication Reconciliation Made Easy
– PhysIO: Increasing Treatment Adherence With a Mobile Application
– Intensive Care Unit Electronic Scheduling Dashboard


Global student hackathon at HPL this Saturday


When: Saturday December 2nd from 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where: Hamilton Public Library – Circuit 4.0 space (4th floor) at 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: canCODE (@cancodecanada



MLH Local Hack Day is a 7 hour hack day at the Central Branch of the Hamilton Public Library brought to you by canCODE. On December 2nd 2017, students around the world will be simultaneously hosting their own MLH Local Hack Day at their school, resulting in the single largest day of student hacking ever.

Whether you’re a seasoned hackathon veteran or have never been to a hackathon before, MLH Local Hack Day is the best way to kick off the 2018 MLH Hackathon Season.


Small Business Hackathon this weekend

What are you doing this weekend?

On December 2nd-3rd @IntuitDev and QuickBooks is hosting its 2nd Small Business Hackathon at Devhub in Toronto.

The goal is to create a solution that will help small businesses to save time or money. Available APIs are Quickbooks and Square, and prizes are $5000 CAD,  Nintendo Switch and HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer. On top of that, we’re also giving away tons of SWAG and giveaways! If you check-in at the event before 10am, you might get a Phantom 4 drone, or a Google Home Mini…

So don’t miss out! Check out all the details and register here

New e-commerce meetup this Sunday

A new e-commerce meetup is starting up in Hamilton – check it out!


When: Sunday December 3rd from 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Must register to view!

Organizer: Hamilton E-commerce Entrepreneurs



Join us for the first Hamilton E-Commerce and Online Entrapraneurs Meetup! Learn and get inspired by e-commerce opportunities and possibilities. 1) Meet & Greet

2) Show & Tell – Cory Dunne Owner/Operator of – Profitable online store specializing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu products shipped from Hamilton to all over Canada since 2013

3) Introductions

4) Resources, Tools, Platforms, Tips

5) Questions & Projects – ask questions and work through specific problems and projects


Rory Woods added to HamOnt ML speaker line-up

When: Saturday December 2nd 2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Where: CoMotion On King at 115 King Street East (3rd floor), Hamilton, ON

Cost: $20 regular, $10 student



HamOnt ML is less than one week away and the line-up is just about finalized (only 15 tickets remain).  Check out this talk we’ve added by Rory Woods!


Rory Woods

Lead Data Scientist, Preteckt

Talk: The Data Science Loop

Bio: Rory is the lead data scientist at Preteckt. Over the past two years he has helped to grow the Preteckt data science team into a collaborative and effective branch of the company. Rory and his team have been intensely analyzing automotive data from a variety of sources from clients across North America to offer accessible solutions for predictive maintenance. He received his PhD in computational astrophysics from McMaster University in 2015 and made the transition to data science soon after.


Clearcable partners with Lambton on ML research


Hamilton-based specialized telecommunications technical consulting firm Clearcable (@clearcable), who launched a Canadian Content Distribution Network (CDN) for broadcast TV channels, has partnered with Lambton College on an applied machine learning research project.

The new Canadian business labeled “Clearcable Streams” is attempting to evolve online streaming applications for Canadian service providers.

Clearcable and Lambton College are working to establish a reliable process, methodology and algorithm to be directly integrated into Clearcable’s existing product to measure, assess, and optimize the quality of the video streamed automatically. The new technology will be directly integrated into Clearcable’s existing product offering as an augmentation/improvement of the technology.

Funding for Lambton College AI and ML projects is supported through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).


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Carolyn Chong added to HamOnt ML talk line-up

When: Saturday December 2nd 2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Where: CoMotion On King at 115 King Street East (3rd floor), Hamilton, ON

Cost: $20 regular, $10 student



HamOnt ML is only one week away and the line-up is just about finalized (only 20 tickets remain).  Check out this talk we’ve added by Carolyn Chong (@carolynechong)!


Carolyn Chong

VP Product,

Talk: Applications of Machine Learning in the Workplace

Bio: Carolyn Chong leads the product at, a software startup based in Hamilton. At Obie, she works with the engineering team to leverage machine learning to deliver relevant answers to common team questions. Carolyn is passionate about the technology behind conversational interfaces and delighting users through the power of words. Born and bred in Hamilton, Carolyn graduated from the Arts & Science Program at McMaster University with a Combined Honours in Computer Science.