GameDevDrinks featuring talk by Creative Bytes

 

When: Wednesday August 23rd 2017 from 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker at 20 Augusta Street (2nd Floor), Hamilton, ON

Organizer: @GameDevDrinks

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/game-dev-drinks-creative-bytes-studios-tickets-36982518709

Details:

We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, August 23 for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speakers will be Paul Caporicci and Shawn Jackson of Creative Bytes the studio behind Embers of Mirrim.

From 7:30-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Paul Caporicci and Shawn Jackson speak about the trials and tribulations of simultaneously launching Embers of Mirrim on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. Afterwards you can chat with Paul Caporicci and Shawn Jackson, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone – student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike – who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.

We look forward to seeing you on the 23th!

 

 

First Ever EhList Coffee Meetup

 

When: Tuesday August 15th from 8:30am – 10:00am

Where: Democracy at 202 Locke Street South, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Startups in Canada (@StartupsInCan) [local startup leaders @ChrisButtenham and @KrisBorghesan]

Register: bruha.com/event/1676

Details:

SOMETHING GOOD IS BREWING! Come join us for the FIRST EVER monthly coffee meetup for the YHM EhList chapter. If you’re a founder, you’re a fit!

Come chat with like minds and enjoy a delightful cup of joe from Democracy.

 

Lions Lair 2017 top ten finalists announced

 

Original article is on lionslair.ca

 

As part of the seventh annual LiON’S LAIR competition, 15 startup businesses spent their summer with Innovation Factory to develop their pitch and media relations skills.

After a head-to-head mini pitch competition, Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the top 10 companies who will move on to face the Lions with a 15-minute pitch filmed on Cable 14.

Aiva LabsBridesMadeDash MDDolled Up DessertsGene Blueprinthealthypets.ioHiNT NeuroLumagoNanophyll, and Oneiric Hockey will all get that opportunity.

“Our top 10 is truly representative of the economic diversity and growth that Hamilton and the surrounding area has experienced since the competition’s inception,” said David Carter, Executive Director at Innovation Factory. “We can see a wide range of industries and products represented, and for the first time, the majority of our finalist companies are led by female founders and co-founders. It’s exciting to see the competition reflect larger, positive trends in entrepreneurship.”

The 10 finalists will now compete for over $160,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. The winners will be announced live at the LiON’S LAIR gala September 27 at Carmen’s Banquet Centre.

Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce are pleased to collaborate with local organizations and businesses in providing prizing and event support. The competition would not be possible without the support of these generous partners.

Tickets to the gala will go on sale mid-August and will be available at lionslair.ca. This event sells out every year, so stay tuned for upcoming announcements.

 

Check out the pitch from Aiva Labs below and the rest on YouTube.

 

 

Debris by Moonray arrives October 2nd

 

Moonray Studios (@moonraystudios) has announced the release of Debris for October 2nd, 2017!

Check out the trailer below and check out the game on Steam!

 

 

Description: Debris is an atmospheric single-player/co-op adventure game set in a surreal frozen ocean. Trapped in the depths, you must reach the surface to survive. Power is scarce, your team is lost and unusual creatures lurk in the darkness. Escape together or die alone.

Features:

  • Deep storylines dramatically impacted by the choices you make
  • Single-player and co-op modes
  • A unique underwater setting like nothing you’ve ever seen
  • Stunning graphics with dynamic ice and alien bioluminescence
  • Living creatures with their own domains, desires and attitudes
  • Futuristic weapons and a robotic squid

 

 

Local tech and startup inclusivity initiatives

 

The issue of inclusivity in the tech sector has been a focus in the news lately, as well as a focus of discussions locally. It’s too bad the reasons it’s coming up are sad, but the reasons aren’t surprising (which makes it even more sad…).   I wanted to write this article going over existing initiatives around inclusivity that are already happening in the city around tech and startups, including ways to get involved and help them. I want to write some more articles on this topic, including one highlighting some cool things that women in the local tech sector are doing that maybe some people don’t know about but would find interesting to learn about.

 

Hamilton tech and startup inclusivity initiatives

 

Hamilton Code Clubs (@hamontcodeclub) is a program by IEC Hamilton, led by Beth Gibson (@bethkgibson), to teach elementary school students how to code through lunch-hour and after-school clubs run by community mentors.  The program is focused on priority neighbourhoods and female students, especially in grades 6-8 which are particularly critical years for encouraging career paths, and has reached over 1,600 students in the Hamilton-area at roughly 40 schools.  The program has recently expanded into some weekend workshop and summer activities.  Right now you can help out by volunteering to mentor, helping to promote workshops, and in the future I’ll be posting more opportunities for involvement such as sponsorship.

 

It’s also worth noting that Hamilton Code Clubs is organizing a small working group to provide advice on ensuring the program is inclusive and welcoming to everyone.  As the group evolves over the next year, the intention is that it can also look at sharing best practices to help local firms with inclusivity.  For example, several firms partnered with the program have noticed specific changes they can make to their job postings to appeal to more women applicants; these types of best practices can be packaged together and shared with the community.  When that happens, I’ll be sure to post the results.

 

Ladies Learning Code (@LLCHamOnt) is a non-profit regularly occurring series of workshops where women (and men) learn technologies like HTML/CSS, WordPress, JavaScript, and Python.  They also run occasional workshops for children.  The organization has chapters all over Canada, and the Hamilton chapter is led by Meg Smith (@megthesmith), Abena Asomaning (@wyldbloom), and Erin O’Neil (@erinlauraoneil).  You can help out by volunteering to help facilitate or lead workshops, by sponsoring, and by helping to promote the upcoming Hamilton Chapter events.

 

Black Boys Code (@blackboyscode) is a program founded by Bryan Johnson that introduces boys of colour between the ages of 8 to 17 to computer science through one and two-day; workshops, after-school events and mentoring programs.  The program has recently started running workshops in Hamilton on McMaster University campus.  You can help out by volunteering to mentor and helping to promote their upcoming workshops.

 

Women in Computing Society (WiCS) McMaster is a McMaster University group that runs events for women in the various computing programs on McMaster campus, founded by Alyssia Jovellanos (@alyssiacodes) [who is a rockstar leader in general too].

 

Coding Bootcamp is a new joint project by Mohawk College and IEC Hamilton.  A 12-week free Coding Bootcamp will introduce basic web programming to adults 19+ who are not currently enrolled in post-secondary.  The program will operate out of Hamilton Public Library, and a female only version of the same program will operate out of the Eva Rothwell Centre.  Over the summer some introductory workshops are running as a “try and see if you like it before you commit to 12 weeks”.  You can help out by spreading the word about these upcoming workshops!

 

McMaster Computing and Software Outreach (@maccasoutreach) is a program led by Christopher Anand, focused on computer science outreach, through creating educational software, delivering workshops and other activities such as summer programming.  The program is particularly innovative in its curriculum development, covering computer science and computational thinking rather than the imperative style computer programming covered by most outreach activities.  For example with concepts such as functional programming with the Elm Language.  The program has also had a focus on women and other underrepresented groups in its curriculum development and program delivery.

 

Women Entrepreneurship (@women_ent) is a local event series founded by Justin Policarpio (@Justin_Polic) covering the success of women entrepreneurs (not just tech/startup), and supporting those small businesses in the region.

 

Hamilton Fempreneurs (@hamfempreneurs) is a monthly meetup group for women entrepreneurs and leaders (not just tech/startup), with a talk or discussion at each meeting, founded by Suzanne Zandbergen (@thegeneratorca) [also, if I’m missing other founders, please let me know].

 

GameDevDrinks with Oddbird Studio tomorrow night

 

When: Wednesday July 19th 2017 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm

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

Organizer: @GameDevDrinks

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/gamedevdrinks-oddbird-studio-tickets-35932206196

Details:

Hey GDDers,

We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, July 19 for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speaker is Oddbird Studios the studio behind Arrow Heads

From 7:00-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Oddbird Studios speak about the trials and tribulations of Arrow Heads, as well as get a hands-on experience with their latest game. Afterwards you can chat with Oddbird Studio, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone – student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike – who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.

We look forward to seeing you on the 19th!

Regards,

OddBird Studio is a collaboration of Sheridan Game Design students operating out of Oakville, Ontario. The team came together to create an engaging and memorable game to submit to the Level Up Showcase in Toronto. Although we are currently laying the groundwork for our debut title Arrow Heads we are passionate about creating games that are not only fun to play, but that push our design capabilities. While OddBird Studio may have started as a game project the team is always focused on moving forward with future developments; including a market release for Arrow Heads.

 

IBM and HHS officially launch Innovation Exchange

 

Last month IBM and Hamilton Health Sciences officially launched the Innovation Exchange, a 7,000 sq. ft health innovation accelerator at 1 King St. W in downtown Hamilton. Check out the announcement below:


Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and IBM Canada have continued to build on the IBM/HHS innovation collaborative announced in March 2016 and, on June 26, officially launched a new health innovation accelerator in downtown Hamilton, which will serve as a platform for local entrepreneurs, researchers and healthcare professionals to collaborate on projects that will help improve the delivery of healthcare across the region, the country and the global market.

The HHS Innovation Exchange initiative, within the IBM Innovation Space in Hamilton, gives participants access to an array of IBM Watson cognitive and analytics software, expertise in cloud computing and high-performance computing infrastructure, and a network of global collaborators. Hamilton Health Sciences, with its cadre of more than 1,500 research staff and 15,000 healthcare employees across six facilities, provides practical industry expertise and a “real-world” test environment.

“We’re applying our respective expertise in health and technology to find innovative solutions to today’s most pressing healthcare challenges,” said Rob MacIsaac, president & CEO of HHS. “This centre will serve as a launch pad for work that will change how we provide health care in Ontario, and beyond.”


 

Also check out IBM Canada President Dino Trevisani (@DinoTrevisani) elaborating on the concept in an interview with Bloomberg:

Help greenBYTE with computer donations

 

Editor’s note: Saw this on greenBYTE Hamilton just now and wanted to share – maybe help them out and donate!

 


“It was the right thing to do”- Recently a mom and her 13 year old son Scott came into the store to purchase a computer. When I asked what they needed the computer for, Scott’s mom told me that he was being harassed in the community and she wanted him to have something to do at home where he would be safe. When I heard this I knew what I had to do. I went to the back and got a laptop for Scott and told him it was free. Scott and his mom thanked me profusely and said that I helped them out more than I would ever know. greenBYTE is always looking for end of use computer donations so we can help more kids like Scott. Please visit our web site at www.greenbyte.ca to find out how you can help us.

Mike Marchand


 

Internet of Things conference on Saturday June 24th

 

When: Saturday June 24th

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King Street East, Hamilton, Ontario

Cost: $20 regular, $10 for students

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/hamont-iot-conference-2017-tickets-33104444284

Details:

9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Arrival and registration!  We’ll have coffee and snacks available!

10:00 a.m — 12:00 p.m.

Colin Gagich (@colingagich)

Owner, NVC Software Solutions

Talk: HitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot (@HitchBOT)

Bio: Colin Gagich operates NVC Software Solutions, a software company which performs contract design and development work based in Hamilton, Ontario. Through NVC, Colin has worked with clients in the Aircraft Deicing Industry, HVAC Industry and Restaurant Point of Sales Industry. Colin specializes in embedded system design, mobile application development and web application development. Colin has been operating NVC Software Solutions since 2013.

Ian Pilon

Ambient Intelligence Specialist

Talk: Ambient Intelligence: Human-Computer Interaction Design & Smart Environments

Bio: Ian Pilon is an IoT product designer from Kitchener Waterloo Ontario. He studies the relationships between humans and computers and how to interact with physical objects that are evolving into the digital domain. Ian is the Founder and Managing Director of IoT Waterloo Region and IoT GTA, a peer to peer network group of over 2,000+ members who meet-up quarterly for professional networking and learning from industry speakers. He’s also the founder of the “Ambient Intelligence Conference” held annually in the Waterloo Region.

Nick Tomkin

Director of Orbital Studios

Lightning Talk: Creating Carina

Carina is a lightweight, portable structure that takes photos of guests at various public or private events and locations, and uploads them directly to Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram, complete with captions, photo frames, as well as the event hashtag and branding.

Lightning talks – 10–15m each!

  • Adrian Duyzer of Parallel on Taking Advantage Of The IoT Opportunity

12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Fantastic lunch! Gluten free and vegetarian option will be available.

1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.

James Arlen (@myrcurial)

Director of Risk and Advisory Services at Leviathan Security Group

Talk: Avoiding common security issues in novel IoT products

Bio: James Arlen is Leviathan’s Director of Risk and Advisory Services. Over the past twenty plus years, James has been delivering information security solutions to Fortune 500, TSE 100, and major public-sector organizations. James is involved in information security policy, process, and procedure improvements for internationally known manufacturing and financial organizations and has held key contributor roles as CISO of a publicly traded financial institution and as Information Security Coordinator at a large scale power utility.

Best described as: “Infosec geek, hacker, social activist, author, speaker, and parent”, James’ areas of interest include organizational change, social engineering, blinky lights and shiny things. James founded Hamilton’s first makerspace think|haus before the Internet had Things. He is also a contributing analyst with Securosis and has a recurring column on Liquidmatrix Security Digest. James is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is a prolific contributor to standards bodies and media.

Sam Reid (ioTcan)

Director of Business Development for ioTcan

Talk: Launching a nationwide loRaWAN M2M (machine-to-machine) IoT network

Bio: IoTCAN is a next generation wide area network designed specifically for IoT solutions. Sam’s talk will cover ioTcan’s work to deliver a robust, carrier grade network to enable the reliable bi-directional communication of connected devices and machines. Initially launching in the GTA IoTCAN will quickly expand their network to offer service in other major cities nationally and then full nationwide coverage. This network is being built on a recognized global standard for low power wide area coverage established by the LoRa Alliance. LoRaWAN™ is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery operated Things. For more information on LoRa please refer to the following sites: www.lora-alliance.org and Semtech.

Meg Smith (@megthesmith)

Ladies Learning Code Hamilton Chapter Co-Lead

Talk: Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Technology

Bio: Meg Smith is a Senior Designer at Parallel, the Ladies Learning Code Hamilton Chapter Co-Lead, and loves all things DIY. Her work with LLC was featured in Hamilton Business article.

Lightning talks – 10–15m each!

  • Terry George and team on their “FITWIZ” ECE capstone project (McMaster University)

3:00 p.m. — 3:15 p.m. (ish)

Break time with drinks and snacks!

3:15 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

John Gerryts

IT telecom analyst by day, uber blockchain hacker by night

Talk: Project Oaken – The intersection of blockchain and IoT

Bio: John Gerryts is a Technologist that has been involved in the cryptocurrency space since 2013. Beginning as an active miner, John is the organizer for the Niagara Bitcoin Meetup Group, and has led a few projects surrounding IoT + Blockchain technology (mostly related to Ethereum.org as early as PoC3). For the last 23 years, John has been involved at different levels of technology, with roles such as Network Administrator, Telecommunications Specialist, and Senior Network & Electronics Integrator. His Project Airlock placed 3rd at the “In Crypto We Trust” Hackathon which has since been mentioned in the Canadian Senate and on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast by Andreas Antonopolous.

Lightning talks – 10–15m each!

  • Lightning talk: Blake Laufer, award-winning investor and entrepreneur on his new IoT parking counter project
  • More speakers to be announced soon!

Q&A Panel: Succeeding as an IoT entpreneur

Ask whatever you like – this is your opportunity to learn from successful entrepreneurs and investors in person!

Panel participants:

  • Blake Laufer: Invester, entrepreneur, and board member of Angel One Investor Network
  • Colin Gagich: McMaster graduate, entrepreneur, hardware and software developer, and creative genius
  • Alex Ross: Lawyer and partner at Gowling WLG in Hamilton specializing in intellectual propert law

5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Beer and pizza! Make connections, ask more questions of the presenters, and start great conversations about IoT!

 

Women Working in WordPress Panel this Thursday

When: Thursday May 25th 2017 at 6:30pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King St East, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: WordPress Hamilton Meetup

Register: meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/238774940

Details:

Join us for our next meetup! Come and meet other WordPress users, developers, bloggers and more in and around Hamilton.

Presentation: Panel – Women Working in WordPress

We’ll be having a panel of women working in the web industry in a variety of roles – who all have a hand in WordPress. We’ll be talking about how they got into the IT field, developing skills and more.

This will be a moderated panel with some time for QA afterwards.

Panelists confirmed:

Donna Peplinskie – JavaScript Wrangler @ Automattic
Olga Kwak – entrepreneurial marketer @ OK Digital Content
+1 TBD

Agenda

6:30pm – doors open, networking

7pm-8pm – panel + Q&A

8:pm-? – Networking

Grab a coffee, tea or soft drink before heading up at one of the nearby cafés.