Webinar this Thursday for Columbia ICT trade

From Hamilton Economic Development

Hamilton Economic Development Department together with our local partners Innovation Factory and Chambers of Commerce encourage you to participate in the following webinar hosted by Gateway to Trade and ProColombia to learn more about doing business in Colombia and connect with ICT and digital media companies:

Thursday, March 8th, 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST (registration details available in this PDF)

In addition, Gateway to Trade and ProColombia will be bringing Colombian companies to our region week of April 23rd to meet with our local companies in a b2b networking format. The following link identifies the 27 companies including their profiles:


If your company is interested in doing business in Colombia and developing partnerships with Colombian companies in ICT and digital media, this program is for you.


Artificial Intelligence Linker at McMaster


When: Tuesday March 6th 2018 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: CIBC Hall, McMaster University (3rd Floor of McMaster University Student Centre, 1280 Main St. West, Hamilton, ON)

Organizer: McMaster University

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/artificial-intelligence-ai-linker-tickets-43226268934


The Michael G. DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare (MGD School of Medicine), Faculty of Engineering and DeGroote School of Business are bringing large-scale discussions about emerging technologies to McMaster University. Join us, as we engage with industry professionals, researchers, clinicians and students to discuss how artificial intelligence is contributing to the future of health, engineering and business.


5:45 – 6:00 PM – Registration

6:00 – 6:10 PM – Opening Remarks

6:10 – 6:40 PM – Panel Discussion

6:40 – 7:30 PM – Debate-Based Conversations on Key Questions Concerning Artificial Intelligence

7:30 – 7:45 PM – The Future of AI

7:45 – 8:30 PM – Open Networking

Food and refreshments will be provided. Come ready for a great conversation!

E-commerce meetup with Selling on Etsy panel discussion


When: Sunday March 4th 2018 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

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

Organizer: Hamilton E-Commerce and Online Entrepreneurism

Register: meetup.com/Hamilton-E-Commerce-Entrepreneurs/events/247663948


Join us for the Hamilton E-Commerce and Online Entrepreneurs Meetup! Let’s get together to share, learn and grow together. Meet real people doing real business online.

1) Meet & Greet

2) Panel Discussion – 4 sellers share their Etsy journey. Featuring:

– Lovely Little Design Co. by Alex Jones

– Munching Monster Chewlery by Melissa Robertson-Bye

– Random Ferret Felties by Nathan Clark

– Fingerprint Orgonite by Vanessa Langen

***Please send your questions ahead of time to the organizer.

3) Introductions

4) Networking

Bring your laptops and your projects.

Cost: $10 suggested

Hamilton E-Commerce & Online Entrepreneurs No Solicitation Policy

Hamilton E-Commerce & Online Entrepreneurs members or guests may not solicit at any time, for any purpose, during Hamilton E-Commerce & Online Entrepreneurs events or related activities. This includes the distribution of materials, promotion or marketing of other businesses and/or professional services, unless pre-authorized by Hamilton E-Commerce & Online Entrepreneurs organizer.


New machine learning group forms


As an offshoot of the first ever Hamilton Machine Learning conference last December, a new machine learning and applied computing group has formed in Hamilton!

The group held its first ever meeting this past Saturday at CoMotion on King. About 40 attendees worked through a Kaggle machine learning problem together, using a dataset from the Titanic to predict which passengers would survive the tragedy. They also consumed copious amounts of pizza, thanks to the event sponsor, Hamilton machine learning startup Preteckt!

The group is planning its next meetup event and has started a Facebook group and Slack channel where you can join in the discussion and find out abut the next meetings! The group is being led by Masha Rahimi and Nick Miladinovic.



Next WordPress meetup features Happiness Bar


When: Thursday March 8th 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Organizer: Hamilton WordPress Meetup

Register: meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/248027903


Join us for our next meetup! Come and meet other WordPress users, developers, bloggers and more in and around Hamilton. This month, we’ll be hosting a “Happiness Bar!” Instead of serving drinks, we’ll be serving up a helping hand for WordPress questions, problems, and more! Bring your laptop (we’ll have some on hand if you can’t), and we’ll do our best to help!

While we welcome showing up with a problem, it’s also helpful to share your issue ahead of time in the Meetup Discussion so we can put some ideas together beforehand.


6:30pm – doors open, networking

7pm-8pm – Happiness bar is open!

8:pm-? – Networking

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


GameDev Drinks tomorrow with Don Nguyen


When: Wednesday February 21st from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

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

Organizer: @GameDevDrinks

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/game-dev-drinks-don-nguyen-tickets-42725530211


We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, February 21st for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speakers will be Don Nguyen, Chairperson of ConBravo.

From 7:30-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Don Nguyen speak about conventions, booth setup, and how to market your game at a convention in preparation for ConBravo. Don has been helping out ConBravo for years on top of going to other conventions marketing games like Electric Super Joy and Toronto Graffiti. Afterwards you can chat with Don, 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 21st!


Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 6th


When: Tuesday March 6th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm

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

Organizer: Canada Learning Code (@learningcodeyhm) and Broad Conversations (@broadconvos)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/ladies-learning-code-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-hamilton-registration-42593044944


Long gone are the days of Encyclopedia Britannica on the shelves of homes or trips to the library to complete a book report. Generations young and old are turning to the internet and resources like Wikipedia to discover important information about the world around them. The benefits are endless – technology has increased access and ease while minimizing many barriers that previously existed. Information now transcends rooms and borders turning anyone into an author or historian. But, women still remain underrepresented.

Wikipedia has a gender bias problem. Their own surveys have indicated that only about 8–16 percent of Wikipedia editors are female and a 2009 Wikimedia Foundation survey showed only six percent of super editors (more than 500 edits) were female. This is an issue for many reasons, including reports of harassment of female editors on Wikipedia forums.

The lack of female editors on Wikipedia also creates a bias in the content generated by their editor community. We need more women participating to ensure that women are represented equally in the massive fabric of human history that is Wikipedia. One approach to address this bias is running female edit-a-thons, which are growing in popularity and have taken place across the globe.

All feminists welcome – men included!

The event is free but please register to indicate that you plan to attend. Organizers will email all registrants with important ahead-of-time preparation (just a few easy steps!) that you need in order to start editing right away at the event.

This facility is accessible by elevator.


City of Hamilton launches CityApp

HAMILTON, ON – The first release of the City’s new mobile app – CityApp – is now available for download in the App Store and Google Play.

The app provides easy-to-use mobile access to our most popular online information from Hamilton.ca. Users can:

  • Find and contact City Councillors, easily add committee meetings to their smartphone calendar, check meeting agendas and watch videos of Council and Committee meetings
  • Access waste collection resources, including our interactive waste collection calendar and sorting tools
  • View and filter drop-in recreation schedules by date or location. Add classes to their calendar and get notifications when drop-in programs are cancelled or facilities have emergency closures
  • Take advantage of ‘Near Me’ GPS functionality and find local events and festival listings based on distance from their current location
  • Receive notifications of emergencies, closures, cancellations and service changes

Upon downloading CityApp, users are prompted to answer a series of start-up questions such as what area of Hamilton they live in, and specific services or topics of interest, which helps tailor the app to their needs.

This first release is timed with this weekend’s Winterfest event, enabling residents to access information about events in a paperless format. Winterfest, which runs February 3-19, is a 17-day exploration of what Hamilton has to offer including winter-inspired neighbourhood celebrations, art exhibits, heritage exploration, recreation programming and much more. For more information, download CityApp, visit www.hamiltonwinterfest.ca or follow #HWF2018 on Twitter.

“We are working hard to grow our digital capacity and provide residents and visitors with a better online experience. Our new CityApp provides more opportunities to access information and interact with the City of Hamilton on the go. I encourage our residents and visitors to download CityApp and take advantage of this new, convenient and fun way to access our programs and services.”  – Mayor Fred Eisenberger

The City plans to do future releases of the app and is looking for public feedback. For more information, to download the app, and to take the in-app survey, visit www.hamilton.ca/CityApp.

The launch of CityApp supports the City’s commitment to providing residents with the continuous expansion of digital platforms.

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New shared office space opens

Regus Opens Its First Co-working and Shared Office Space In Hamilton 

In response to Hamilton’s rapid growth and economic development, Regus, the world’s largest workspace provider, has opened its first shared workspace and co-working centre in Hamilton. The new workspace is located at 21 King Street, right in the bustling business hub of Hamilton’s downtown core.

The new centre caters to Hamilton’s startup and entrepreneurial scene. Regus offers local professionals and entrepreneurs a professional space and alternative to working from home. According to research by Regus Canada, the main reasons people choose co-working include working with like-minded people (77%) and the opportunity to network (78%). People also crave the flexibility that comes with working from a shared office environment.

The new Hamilton workspace offers private and shared offices, a large collaborative co-working space, and multiple team meeting rooms. The space will also host a calendar of networking events and educational workshops for the local business community.

Regus has an expansive network of flexible workspaces around the world and in Canada. The global workspace provider enters the Hamilton market as its 104th centre in Canada at a time of massive growth and development in the city.

Regus is the leading global workspace provider. We have built an unparalleled network of office, co-working and meeting spaces for companies to use in every city in the world. It’s a global infrastructure built for businesses to support every opportunity.

Our network of workspaces enables businesses to operate anywhere, without the need for set-up costs or capital investment. It provides our customers with immediate cost benefits and the opportunity to fully outsource their office portfolio. Designed to enhance productivity and connect 2.5 million like-minded professionals, it’s an instant global community and a place to belong.

For more information please visit:

City of Hamilton Smart City Challenge Survey


Editor’s note: I copied this text from the city website, it’s an opportunity to influence how the City of Hamilton should do to become a smart city (see this online survey).


Municipal Governments around the world are focusing on using technology to improve quality of life for residents, enable sustainability, better deliver services and improve effectiveness. ‎This includes enabling more online services and direct two way communication between the community and their government; and using technology to improve the services themselves, such as using sensors to monitor performance real-time and using the data to make decisions.

Infrastructure Canada has launched a $50 million Smart Cities Challenge program and the City of Hamilton is participating. The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, MĂ©tis and Inuit). The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

We want you to join the challenge. Think big. And we want your input into Hamilton’s plan using a smart city approach.

What is a smart cities approach?

A smart cities approach aims to achieve meaningful outcomes for residents by leveraging the fundamental benefits that data and connected technology have to offer:


When communities make their data truly accessible, usable and barrier-free, their decision-making processes become transparent, empowering citizens and strengthening the relationship between residents and public organizations.


Data and connected technology empower communities to break down silos that exist within local governments and public organizations.


When tools and technological approaches are open-source, transparent and standardized, they can be used by communities across the country, no matter their size or capacity.


Connected technology enables communities to bring traditional and non-traditional partners together to collaborate.

As the City is developing its Smart City Strategy and Roadmap we’ve been reaching out to our community partners to get the conversation going. We have also reviewed what residents and the community have already told us through the Our Future Hamilton engagement so we don’t lose sight of what we’ve already heard from the community.

What should our focus be? What should our challenge be? And what’s words would you include? We want to hear from you, tell us what you think – what should the City focus on from a Smart City Perspective‎?

Share your ideas and complete the survey to let us know your big ideas.