Open Data Jam 2014


When: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM – Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Where: McMaster Innovation Park (175 Longwood Road South Hamilton, Ontario)



Open Data Jam 2014

#ODJAM2014 is a 3-day event bringing together government, developers and citizens to collaborate and accelerate Open Data efforts in Hamilton.
Governments and organizations have become some of our largest data collectors and the resource is often resting in silos untouched. Open Data is taking this valuable resource and giving it to people who can unlock its value — resulting in new economies, job creation and increased efficiencies in public services.

Friday, November 21, 2014 (1:00-5:00pm)

- Learn how other cities are changing culture within government to release more datasets
- See how developers are using the data to improve government services
- Hear about Open Datasets currently available in Hamilton
- Familiarize yourself with tools to interpret Open Data

Open Hamilton Jam Time! Pitches, building solutions, workshops…

Starts: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 9:00am
Ends: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 4:00pm

Together with McMaster Innovation Park, Innovation Factory, The City of Hamilton, and Microsoft, Open Hamilton is calling all developers, designers and problem-solvers to Open Data Jam 2014!! A chance to work with civic-minded developers to create compelling applications using Hamilton’s Open Data. Hear about local success stories! Have a chance in determining how the City of Hamilton creates open-data sets, and help prioritize the next sets of open data. Collaborate with other developers, and city officials to create applications that make a difference in our daily lives!

Be a part of the Open Data/Open Government movement in Hamilton. Help make collaboration and co-operation a key cog in the economic growth of Hamiltonians.

Startup Weekend Maker’s Edition comes to Hamilton



The first ever Maker Edition of Startup Weekend Hamilton is happening on November 21st-23rd at Mohawk College. Startup Weekend events are 54-hour weekend long events during which groups of makers, hackers, students, developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening where a panel of judges will select a wining team.

While Hamilton has hosted four previous Startup Weekend events since 2011, this will be our first ever Maker’s Edition that is focused on creating physical products. Imagine designing and creating 3D printed products, Arduino based micro-controllers, wearables, robots and the endless hardware startup possibilities. Hamilton is a city with a legacy in manufacturing great physical products – it’s time to bring the ambition back with a 21st century spin!

The winners of the event will receive a prize package courtesy of Mohawk College, the details of which will be announced soon. Those who place first will also have the opportunity to compete in the Global Startup Battle for up to $500,000 in prizes, gain international exposure, and showcase the best of the Hamilton startup scene. The Global Startup Battle was previously won by McMaster students Matt Gardner and Jason Moore as part of Groupnotes (now co-founders of Videostream which has 575k users). We want to see another Hamilton team take home the top prize!

Join us on November 21st – 23rd for the first ever Startup Weekend Hamilton Maker’s Edition! For more information and to register check out:


Hire a Mohawk College ICT program co-op student



I’ve been teaching at Mohawk College for almost a year now, and the students up here are fantastic. I just wanted to create a quick blog article to make some more people aware of how they can go about hiring Mohawk College students, and the tax benefits.


What computer technologist programs does Mohawk College offer?

Just for the sake of background, at Mohawk College we offer four diploma programs in the ICT field. All of the programs offer 4-month co-ops at varying times in the student’s progress throughout the programs (and at some points allow students to do sequential 4-month co-ops, essentially allowing a student to stay 8-months at a single company).


2-year – Software Support Diploma
3-year – Software Development Advanced Diploma

Software program alumni occupations include:

- Software Application Developer
- Systems/Business Analyst
- Database Administrator
- Project Manager
- Technical Writer
- Software Quality Assurance


2-year – Network Systems Diploma
3-year – Network Engineering and Security Analyst Advanced Diploma

Network program alumni occupations include:

- Network Administrators
- Security Analyst/Security Administrators
- IT Support Specialists
- Technical Support Analyst
- Computer Forensics


What are the tax benefits of hiring a Mohawk College co-op student?

“The Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC) is a refundable tax credit available to employers who hire students enrolled in a co-op program at an Ontario college or university. The CETC is based on salaries and wages paid to a student in a co-operative education work placement. The maximum credit for each work placement is $3,000. Most work placements are for a minimum employment period of 10 weeks up to a maximum of four months.” –


When are co-op students available, what are their capabilities, and what is there salary range?

The salary range, availability, and capabilities of students varies by program, and by their amount of progress in the program thus far. You can check out these PDF documents for all the details for each program:

2-year – Software Support Diploma
3-year – Software Development Advanced Diploma

2-year – Network Systems Diploma
3-year – Network Engineering and Security Analyst Advanced Diploma


Woodside is your good guide to UX

simonWhere: Innovation Factory @ 175 Longwood Road South (McMaster Innovation Park)

When: Wednesday October 29th from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Join iF on October 29th as Simon Woodside, founder of Monolith, shares lessons-learned from a decade of making smartphone apps.

Simon’s passion is to combine user experience with deep technical excellence, and he will go through his philosophy on strategy, design, coding issues, web vs native, and user testing.

To register please email


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!



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