StartupDrinks – Management Talks

When: Wednesday January 14th 2015 @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (2nd floor) @ 20 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario

What: StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly networking event for Hamilton’s tech and startup community. The event involves talks by subject matter experts on topics relevant to startups – UX, funding, management, sales & more will be covered, with a focus on one topic each month.

Rough Agenda:
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Arrival & mingle
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Talks by Kimberley McKay & Paul Lupinacci
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Talks by Anand Sinha & Andrew Holden
9:00pm – whenver – stay, drink, relax

 

 

Talks

 

Kimberley McKay


IT Director

@

Mabel’s Labels



Bio:

Exceptional technology senior leader that creates efficiencies while fostering business innovation, bridge building, and inter-departmental relationships. A deep understanding of how technology, the stakeholders, and the process drivers interact and accelerate business growth. Manager of multiple platforms from web applications, e-commerce, CRMs and ERPs. Mentor to developers, analysts, help-desk, and service staff and an advocate for professional and personal growth.



 Paul Lupinacci


Vice President of Development and Operations
@
VIZIYA 

 

Bio:

Paul is responsible for VIZIYA’s product development, service and support teams. Paul’s engineering and enterprise software experience guides the delivery team and makes sure our products exceed expectations.

Prior to joining VIZIYA, Paul started his career in manufacturing engineering and industrial automation. In 1992 Paul helped start Changepoint Corporation and was part of the management team that grew Changepoint into an enterprise software company with staff of 185 and annual revenues of over $30 million. Changepoint was acquired by Compuware Corporation in 2004.

In 2006 Paul became COO of MedShare transforming the company from a services firm to a software product company in the home health care market. Most recently Paul was a partner at investment firm Hewick Research Inc., where he advised companies in a wide range of markets including human capital management, identity management, and clean-tech. Paul is a professional engineer, has an MBA and is on the board of the Golden Horseshoe Venture Forum.

 

Anand Sinha



President @ Sinha Consulting Group 

 

 

 

Bio:

As an experienced SW professional, Anand Sinha has worked in all areas of SW development, from embedded systems, to customized desktop software, to shrink-wrap Enterprise software.   Anand has previously held director and manager roles at BlackBerry/RIM and Mabel’s Labels.

Anand was a member of the team that originally conceptualized and delivered the end-to-end BlackBerry solution. Anand wrote software for the BlackBerry Enterprise server, the radio code and various applications for the BlackBerry handheld device, and core code for the connectivity between the Server and Handheld.

Anand has a keen desire to close the loop between the customer and development to ensure that development is focusing on areas of frustration for the customer. Anand has solid skills in leadership, driving solutions, driving change, and building leadership skills amongst my teams, and across teams.


 

 Andrew Holden

 

Chief Experience Officer

@

Weever Apps

Bio:

Andrew is the co-founder and CXO of Weever Apps, a Hamilton startup that began with two “tech guys” in 2011 and is now a global businesses with customers in over 60 countries and 16 languages. He is familiar with the mistakes a startup can make and emphasizes the importance of early customer validation and experience design.
Andrew is an award-winning technical designer and project engineering lead. He holds a patent on Weever Apps’ mobile app generation technology and believes that anything is possible in Hamilton, Ontario. 

 

Hydromantis releases GPS-X Version 6.4

hydromantis(Hamilton, ON Canada) – December 2nd, 2014 - Hydromantis Environmental Software Solutions, Inc. (Hydromantis), the leading global provider of water and wastewater simulation software and professional modelling services, announced today the latest release of their flagship product GPS-X™ Version 6.4.

The latest release of GPS-X includes new data plotting features, functions for defining variables, Sankey Diagram generator and a number of new process models. “With this release the users will be able to set up models, run simulations and interpret results quickly and more efficiently”, said Dr. Spencer Snowling, VP of Product Development at Hydromantis. Unit process models for anaerobic membrane bioreactors (AnMBRs), micro- screening solids separation and high rate treatment have been developed to further expand the largest collection of unit processes in GPS-X. Responding to user requests to model energy consumption more accurately, a new state of the art dynamic pump energy models for fixed- and variable-speed pumps have been developed using pump and system characteristics curves.

“Our commitment to annual development and calibration of existing unit process models keeps GPS-X at the forefront of wastewater simulator technology and the preferred choice of global wastewater professionals. Our world-class support team continues to provide assistance on demand to our evergrowing community of users” said Dr. Rajeev Goel, President of Hydromantis.

GPS-X™, introduced in 1992, was the first commercially available wastewater simulation technology and continues to be the industry’s tool of choice for the mathematical modelling, simulation and optimization of wastewater treatment plants.

 

About Hydromantis

Hydromantis Environmental Software Solutions, Inc. traces its roots back over 29 years as the global pioneer in the development of water and wastewater simulation technology. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Hydromantis offers expert professional services for treatment plant modelling, design and optimization and is the developer and owner of the industry’s most advanced modelling and simulation software solutions including: GPS-X™, SimuWorks™, Toxchem™, CapdetWorks™ and WatPro™.

For more information please contact:

Robert P Beres, Executive VP – Sales & Marketing beres@hydromantis.com

REfficient launches Defang cables and power supplies to Canadian market

refficientlogoHamilton, Ontario – December 4, 2014 – REfficient is now a distributor of Defang power cables and fiber cables, allowing Canadian telecom companies to access the same popular solution that many of the large US service providers procure. The cables have shown to save 20-40% off of traditional buying sources without sacrificing quality or environmental integrity.

REfficient is a Canadian-based company that sells refurbished, used, and surplus new telecom products, including digital cables boxes, modems, network equipment and more. The company has become the go-to for Canadian and other telecom service providers to find quality equipment at affordable prices. REfficient has customers in nine Canadian provinces, three Canadian territories and 11 other countries.

Defang is REfficient’s first line of new products with environmental designations to be introduced. Defang is a Chinese manufacturer that supplies a range of power supply solutions, including power cords, power supplies (for DCT, DCX and other cable boxes), HDMI cables, AV cables, fiber cables, and more. All of Defang’s products are 100% compliant with the Reduction of Harmful Substances (RoHS) standards and all facilities are ISO9001 certified.

REfficient will carry popular products in stock at their warehouse, and bring in other products as needed. “This move is a response to REfficient’s customers regularly requesting cable and power supply solutions,” says REfficient CEO Stephanie McLarty. “These products do not become surplus to companies very often, so they are difficult to find through asset recovery. Yet they are necessary to operate many refurbished and used equipment.”

McLarty says a large part of the decision to carry these products was alignment of their companies, “We chose to work with Defang because they are similar to REfficient in philosophy. Like us, they focus on quality, affordability and a superior customer experience. Customers love their product, and we are excited to give this opportunity to our customers.”

To learn more about these Defang products, please contact Bruno Venesia, REfficient’s Director of Sales, at 905-544-5000 x5011 or bruno.venesia@REfficient.com.

About REfficient

REfficient’s transactional marketplace is built on a “triple-win” model, providing large telecom and AV companies a trusted and efficient solution for deriving value from surplus inventory, while offering buyers reliable, often new equipment at savings of 20-50% over traditional sources. This innovative new green model benefits everyone by reducing waste and increasing resource efficiency. You can follow REfficient at @REfficient and www.facebook.com/REfficient.

Contact
Bruno Venesia
905-544-5000 x5011
bruno.venesia@REfficient.com

 

REfficient CEO Appointed to Canadian National Committee of IEC

refficientlogoHamilton, Ontario – November 26, 2014 – REfficient CEO Stephanie McLarty has been appointed as a Member of the Canadian National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (CANC/IEC). The committee works to safeguard Canadian interests, and identify priorities and emerging issues in the electrical and electronic (or “electrotechnical”) sector.

The CANC/IEC recently reorganized in order to better represent Canadian interests. Working under the auspices of Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the CANC/IEC has 19 Members. The group is comprised of business and industry leaders representing a variety of key stakeholders in the electrotechnical industry.

McLarty has been involved in standardization work for five years. During this time, she has been the Canadian Technical Expert for reuse and recycling on TC111, Environmental Standardization for Electrical and Electronic Products and Systems. McLarty has held Secretary positions in two TC111 working groups, most recently the ad hoc working group for the TC111 Strategic Business Plan. She was selected to represent Canada at the inaugural IEC Young Professionals Program in 2010, where she was chosen by her peers as one of three global leaders to represent the group. In 2014, McLarty received the inaugural SCC Young Leader Award, which recognizes a leader of tomorrow who has been an engaged and active participant of the standardization network and who is under the age of 40.

McLarty and other Members appointed to CANC/IEC will shape and influence standards development and conformity assessment activities in Canada’s economic and trade policies, deployment of new technologies, and the health and safety of Canadians. CANC/IEC will also support a coordinated approach between industry and Canadian governments as well as for Canada’s regulator portfolio. McLarty notes, “It is an honour to be appointed to such a prestigious body, and to play an important role in the health and safety of Canadians and the environment.” The first meeting of the newly appointed group is being held in Ottawa in November 2014.

About REfficient

REfficient’s transactional marketplace is built on a “triple-win” model, providing large telecom and AV companies a trusted and efficient solution for deriving value from surplus inventory, while offering buyers reliable, often new equipment at savings of 20-50% over traditional sources. This innovative new green model benefits everyone by reducing waste and increasing resource efficiency. You can follow REfficient at @REfficient and www.facebook.com/REfficient.

Contact
Bruno Venesia
905-544-5000 x5011
bruno.venesia@REfficient.com

Learn about Unity 3D this Tuesday

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When: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: Applivy HQ @ 901 King Street West, Unit B, Hamilton, Ontario

Register: meetup.com/Brainy-Web/events/218876130

Learn about Unity 3d game development environment and get your hands wet in this wonderful microworkshop by Nael.

Requirements:

- Bring your own laptop.
- Unity 4.6 or higher installed

Nael Jazar is a McMaster Mech. Eng graduate and gamedev with a particular interest in developing with Unity. He is always open to new collaborative opportunities with the local game development industry and DOTA 2 challenges so feel free to email him!

 

Street Smarts app released

ss1Hamilton, ON — (ReleaseWire) — 12/09/2014 – Becoming separated from your child is a parent’s worst nightmare. Now imagine your child has special needs.

Approximately 2 million children in North America live with autism and about half of them have wandered away from a safe situation at least once during their childhood. The best approach to teach basic life skills is through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment, but despite being deemed medically necessary in many states, the treatment can be expensive and inaccessible.

Street Smarts by Special Appucations and developed by Weever Apps is a mobile app for students with autism that was designed using the science of ABA. The first app of its kind, Street Smarts teaches children with special needs what to do if they are lost and also coaches caregivers on how to practice the tactics in the real world.

“Having a child component and a teacher/parent component built into the framework of the same app makes it really unique,” says Sarah Kupferschmidt M.A., BCBA, CEO and Co-Founder of Special Appucations. “The instructional design is informed by cutting edge research on how to teach this really important safety skill to maximize the learning potential for any child that uses it. The app is all about keeping kids with special needs safe!”

This app release brings Special Appucations closer to their mission of developing a complete ABA curriculum that is mobile, cost effective and easily accessible. To that end, Special Appucations plans to release many ABA-related apps in the near future with App Development partner Weever Apps.

“The app is driven by high quality videos and animations to keep learners engaged,” says Steve McBride, CEO of Weever Apps. “With Morton the Monkey as their guide, children with autism or other special needs can learn in a fun and interactive way.”

Street Smarts is the only ABA safety skills app that includes a parent/teacher component to help practice the steps in the real world. The app was awarded a 9/10 overall rating at kiddycharts.com (link: http://www.kiddycharts.com/review/little-star-presents-street-smarts-app/)

Street Smarts is available for download on the App Store, Google Play and BlackBerry World for $1.99 in Canada/USA and ÂŁ1.49 in the UK. The Street Smarts app can help empower children with the skills they need to keep them safe in the event that they become separated from their parents/caregiver.

Links:

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/street-smarts/id881549494?mt=8

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appucations.streetsmarts

BlackBerry World: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/57676888/?lang=en&countrycode=CA

About Special Appucations

At Special Appucations, we’re pretty passionate when it comes to making the learning process fun and engaging for kids with special needs. As Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs) who work with children with autism, we created Special Appucations to address the unique and specific learning needs of kids with autism and other developmental delays. It’s our goal to continue to develop new and inspiring ways to help you teach and connect with your child.

For more information visit: specialappucations.com/

About Weever Apps

Weever Apps is an innovative mobile solutions company. Our platform is used to create apps in 11 languages in over 65 countries around the world. We develop cost efficient, beautifully designed and highly functional mobile experiences.

For more information visit weeverapps.com.
To contact directly email hello@weeverapps.com or call 800-299-0623.

StartupDrinks User Experience this Wednesday

When: Wednesday December 10th, 2014 @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker (2nd floor) @ 20 Augusta Street – Hamilton, Ontario

What: StartupDrinks Hamilton is a monthly networking event for Hamilton’s tech and startup community. The event involves talks by subject matter experts on topics relevant to startups – UX, funding, management, sales & more will be covered, with a focus on one topic each month.

Rough Agenda:
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Arrival & mingle
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Talks by Michael Bonds & Simon Woodside
8:00pm – 9:00pm – Talks by Chris Latour & Andrew Holden
9:00pm – whenver – stay, drink, relax

 

 

Talks

 

Michael Bonds


UI/UX Developer and Designer

@

FluidMedia


Bio:

Michael spends his days as a Web Designer and Developer at Fluid Media Inc. During his free time, he can be found building personal and client Web Apps while continuously learning and and pushing the world of UX forward. 

Details:

UX is more than design. It’s a team sport. From product managers to engineers, visual designers to quality assurance , UX touches us all. Michael will talk about avoiding a dragged out UX process, while ensuring the entire team has a hand in it – even the “Non Designers”

 

Simon Woodside

Entrepreneur and Owner

@

Monolith Interactice


Bio:

An entrepreneur with experience at Apple and a degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Simon owns and run Monolith Interactive, a startup focused on mobile apps for health. He collaborates with clients and his employees to create outstanding software in areas such as long-term care, brain injuries, and hearing. His work at a previous startup earned him awards including the silver Clio, and he works with Engineers Without Borders to solve the root causes of poverty.

 

Chris Latour


Game Designer

@

BattleGoat

 

Bio:

BattleGoat Studios is a Canadian Software Developer committed to developing leading edge “Intelligent Strategy Games” for the PC. The 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.

 

 Andrew Holden

 

Chief Experience Officer

@

Weever Apps

Bio:

Andrew is the co-founder and CXO of Weever Apps, a Hamilton startup that began with two “tech guys” in 2011 and is now a global businesses with customers in over 60 countries and 16 languages. He is familiar with the mistakes a startup can make and emphasizes the importance of early customer validation and experience design.
Andrew is an award-winning technical designer and project engineering lead. He holds a patent on Weever Apps’ mobile app generation technology and believes that anything is possible in Hamilton, Ontario. 

 

WordPress December meetup

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When: Thursday December 11th 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Imagination Plus @ 69 John St S #304, Hamilton, Ontario

Register: meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/218871129

 

Thanks to Imagination Plus and Adam Wills, the December meetup is back on for the last meetup of the year! Come and meet other WordPress users, developers, bloggers and more in and around Hamilton. We may have some treats.

In the spirit of the holidays my thought is to do a “giving back” session – if you have questions for your own site you can bring them, and we can also check out some WordPress support forum threads in various categories to try and answer a few! We’ll also discuss what topics we’d like to cover in the new year.

Agenda:

7pm – doors open

7:30pm-8pm – news, presentation, etc

8pm-8:45pm – networking, discussing WordPress, Q&A

8:45pm-? – A nearby establishment for a drink and more discussion!

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

 

Creative Exchange at McMaster LiveLab December 9th

livelab

Originally posted on creativexchange.ca

 

We are very excited to announce that the McMaster Institute for Music & the Mind will be hosting the Creative Exchange in December! This Creative Exchange cannot be missed. The LiveLab is a one-of-a-kind research and recording facility on the McMaster University campus. The LiveLab is located in the Psychology Building (#34 on the following campus map) http://www.mcmaster.ca/welcome/images/campus_map.pdf, very close to the hospital, if you are coming in from the Main West entrance to the campus. For directions to the campus: http://www.mcmaster.ca/welcome/directions.cfm

Mark December 9th in your calendars, 5 to 7 p.m.

The LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Lab located in the Psychology Building at McMaster University is a unique 96-seat Research Performance Hall designed to investigate the experience of music, dance, multimedia presentations, and human interaction.

The space includes Active Acoustic Control; Sound Recording Equipment; and measurement of behavioural responses (96 tablets), Movement (motion capture), Brain Responses (EEG), Muscle Tension (EMG), Heart Rate, Breathing Rate, and Sweating Responses (GSR) in up to 96 people at a time.

The Creative Exchange is a casual networking event for professionals and entrepreneurs from the Film, Digital & Design Media and Music communities. Join us to reconnect with people or meet new contacts from this community.

 

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