MacGDA everyone can develop event

When: Thursday January 29th from 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Where: McMaster University – Room IAHS 201


Did you ever want to develop a game but lacked the programming or graphic skills? Now you can develop a great game from start to finish without needing to have both skills!

Come out THURSDAY JAN 29 at 5:30 pm to hear about a new software package developed by one of the founders; Theodora Kapsali.




Spectrum student startup competition workshop

When: Tuesday January 27th at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: McMaster University – room ETB 535


Spectrum will be hosting a workshop for those interested in participating in our year end Spectrum Student Startup Competition.

Ask your questions, and get a better idea of the things you should include in your application.
Dinner will be provided to those who register with us.



Code clubs update

Just a quick update on the code clubs initiative to start lunch hour code clubs in Hamilton-area elementary schools:

– 17 elementary schools in the HWDSB and HWCDSB have signed up to participate so far, with another batch expressing interest

– A dozen mentors have signed up to run code clubs

– Mentors are now in the process of completing police background checks (it takes a few weeks), after which they will be assigned to run a code club

– Expected start date for the first code clubs is now in February

– Initiative could still use a few more mentors to ensure that all code clubs can get started

If you’re interested, check out the details on getting involved.

Enlist today! These future software developers need YOU to get them pumped about coding!




#HamOntForever Digital Literacy Panel Discussion


The #HamOntForever campaign is organizing a panel discussion, see the details below:

When technology moves faster than society, it’s either keep-up, or risk going the way of the floppy disk. Presented in partnership by Hamilton Community Foundation and KITESTRING, join us for a panel on Digital Literacy, our city and how a growing digital divide must be addressed.

The discussion will be moderated by Chris Farias (VP – Creative Development, KITESTRING) with panel participants Mark Chamberlain (President & CEO PV Labs), Terry Cooke (President & CEO Hamilton Community Foundation), Joey Coleman (Journalist and Crowdfunding Pioneer), and Paul Takala (Chief Librarian Hamilton Public Library).

When: January 28th, 2015 from 5–7pm, with the one-hour panel beginning at 5:30pm.

Where: First floor at The Seedworks Building, 126 Catharine Street North, Hamilton.


Online: Streaming at or join the chat on the KITESTRING Facebook Page


Arduino Day at McMaster on February 7th

When: Saturday February 7th 2015

Where: McMaster University – Room ITB A113

ECE Student Society (ECES) is bringing its first ever tech workshop to you all in collaboration with Exceed Learning! It is scheduled for 7th February (Saturday) at ITB A113. Timing still needs to be confirmed.

Come and learn to build that Arduino project you always wanted to try out!

The workshop itself is completely free! Thanks to MES & MSU for their financial support.

You will have to buy the Arduino Uno R3 and the Technical Kit that you will get to take back home and continue building other cool stuff. The cost of the Arduino + Technical Kit is $75.

Registration Deadline: Deadline to register – 25th January 10:00 PM

More information:




ECES Industry Night

When: Monday January 26th 2015 @ 5:30pm

Where: McMaster University – ETB 124 / 126


Seating for presentations will be first come, first serve.

Come experience the innovation and explore the industry of Electrical & Computer Engineering. The event will begin by a presentation from each of the companies, followed by a Networking Session with the professionals. Great way to connect with the team and learn more about your industry and the opportunities out there.

We will also be providing free LinkedIn Professional Photoshoot on site!

More information:




Embrace UX speaker profile: Jon Lax



Embrace UX (@EmbraceUX) will be taking place on Saturday February 28th – Sunday March 1st in Hamilton, Ontario.

Embrace UX will bring together web and technology professionals in the Southern Ontario region to get excited and informed about user-centric design, share their experiences, and network with fellow practitioners. Embrace UX is a two-day event with talks, discussions, and a UX masterclass on Saturday and a chance to flex your UX skills during the design charette on Sunday!

Between now and the conference Software Hamilton will feature an Embrace UX speaker each Sunday.

Jon Lax – Teehan+Lax / Facebook

jonJon has been working in digital media since 1994. He started at Shift Magazine in 1994 where he helped develop the first ad supported site in Canada. In 1995 he received a National Magazine Award Nomination for his writing in the magazine. Jon went on to Grey Interactive in 1996 and was made Creative Director of Modem Media Canada in 1998. Jon received B.A.’s in Journalism and History from the University of King’s College.

Jon was/is the President and Co-Founder of Teehan+Lax, responsible for the overall strategic direction and operation of the company. Teehan+Lax was started in 2002 and has worked with clients like Beatport, Corcoran, Medium, Google, and Bell. Net Magazine’s 2014 Agency of The Year. Teehan+Lax has built a stellar international reputation out of their Toronto location:

“Teehan+Lax has a reputation bigger than their size and location might warrant. They’ve built this reputation on the principles of openness and sharing. Despite being relatively small and Canadian, Teehan+Lax has managed to gain a following within the global design community by making useful tools that are freely accessible to all. They’ve become the goto source for iOS PSD templates, recently releasing an iOS 7 pack just days after Apple announced the update.”Isaac Gray –




Teehan+Lax made national headlines earlier this week when Jon and several others within the firmed announced they were moving to Facebook:

Toronto design firm Teehan+Lax closes, designers head to Facebook – CBC News

Toronto design firm shuts down as top leaders join Facebook – The Globe and Mail

Partners At Teehan+Lax, The Design Firm Behind Medium, Join Facebook – Tech Crunch

Don’t worry though – Jon will still be speaking at Embrace UX next month! It’ll be very exciting to have his expertise and perspective at the conference, and all the more exciting with this news.


If you’re planning to go to Embrace UX, I’d suggest registering before the end of January as ticket sales are going at a pace more brisk than usual for a Hamilton conference due to interest from out of town:


Big thanks to Embrace UX sponsors Innovation Factory, FluidMedia and Imagination Plus too!


Mohawk College Opens Additive Manufacturing Centre



HAMILTON (Jan. 16, 2015) – Mohawk College has officially opened Ontario’s first Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre in Canada’s manufacturing heartland.

Engineering Technology students and faculty are already working with 43 industry, education and government partners on applied research projects. Digital images are turned into three-dimensional prototypes and parts made out of titanium, aluminum, nickel, stainless steel, bronze and other metals.

The $2 million centre received $720,000 in funding from both the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund, with additional support from industry partners. Mohawk is one of only three postsecondary education institutions in Canada with the capacity to manufacture metal parts for industry.

Additive manufacturing joins digital health and smart grid technologies as Mohawk’s three areas for applied research.


“Our recently announced Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy expands the scope of our government’s targeted research priorities to include advanced manufacturing. The Canada Foundation for Innovation and our government are proud to partner with Mohawk College in developing Canadian innovations to improve our manufacturing sector, create jobs, and improve the quality of life of Canadians.” – The Hon. Ed Holder, Federal Minister of State (Science and Technology)

“Ontario is thrilled to support this partnership, which will help provide cutting-edge resources to companies and train future generations to become leaders in additive manufacturing — a field that promises to help drive advanced manufacturing, keep Ontario competitive in the global economy and create highly skilled, well-paying jobs here at home.” – The Hon. Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation

“Canada’s colleges work with the private sector in state-of-the-art research labs to create innovative products and services. These prototypes can be applied rapidly, giving Canada’s manufacturing industry a unique advantage in the highly competitive global marketplace.” – Gilles Patry, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation

“Our Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre helps strengthen our region’s global competitiveness on two fronts. Advanced manufacturers can test and develop new and improved products while our students work with emerging technologies and go into the workforce as highly skilled, future-ready graduates.” – Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie

For more information, contact:

Jay Robb, Director of Communications, 905.575.1212 ext. 3965,

Coder Camp 27

CoderCamp was born from the spirit of BarCamp, and has evolved into a monthly mini-conference. CoderCamp is for local software developers to learn tools, techniques, and technologies from one another in a casual and friendly setting. We meet to talk about coding, software development, and technology to learn from each other and get better at what we do in the process.

We have a projector and screen set up for people to give presentations. We try to have a few speakers lined up in advance to give the event structure, but there is usually room for “open mic” presentations or discussions if you’re interested in sharing. We welcome you to come, talk, discuss, share, or just sit quietly and listen.

Where: The Pheasant Plucker @ 20 Augusta Street (2nd floor)
Date: January 21, 2015
Rough Agenda:
6:30pm – 7:00pm – meetup, grab a drink, talk shop
7:00pm – 9:30pm – series of 5-20 min. talks

Scheduled Talks:

J Kenneth King will improve our understanding of algorithmic composition and procedural generation, which has applications in games, art and beyond!

Bryan will tell us why he thinks Datomic is important, and why 2015 should be the year you stop deleting facts in your information systems.

Interested in giving a presentation? You can show up that evening and hope there is time for your talk, or you can email and we’ll add you to the list of scheduled talks.

If you could register above so we know how many people are coming we would appreciate it – if enough people are coming then we need to tell the bar to bring in another staff member.


– AJ
– Bryan

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